SEAI is leading a new pan-European project, Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN). The aim being to accelerate the development of the ocean energy sector.
With a three year budget of €2.6 million, SEAI will partner with various organisations. These are located in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The aim is to explore ways to unlock the potential of this renewable energy resource.
We are stepping up our ambition on renewables as part of the government Climate Plan. We will be targeting 70% for renewable electricity by 2030. Decarbonising our electricity supply is a crucial part of reducing our overall emissions. Harnessing Ireland’s ocean energy resources will be key to achieving this for 2030 and beyond. Collaborative projects like OPIN are critical to us unlocking opportunities to advance the development of our ocean energy sector.
OPIN will encourage collaboration between the ocean energy sector and other sectors. The aim is to identify ways to grow the ocean energy supply chain. These include oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, ICT, advanced materials, sensors, and manufacturing. SEAI is calling on businesses with expertise that can be used in the ocean sector to join the OPIN project. These business can explore collaboration opportunities with other organisations and avail of the supports available.
The basic premise of OPIN is to encourage cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration for offshore renewable energy SMEs. This will bring proven expertise, capabilities and products into the ocean energy sector. We are working to remove barriers to offshore renewable energy development. OPIN will help to reduce costs and accelerate both technology and market development.
A series of events will be hosted in partner countries this year, beginning with a symposium in Dublin on 30 September 2019. Any businesses who are members of the project can attend these events. Companies can apply to OPIN for independent technology assessments to benchmark members potential for success and identify potential collaborators. They can also apply for vouchers to support groups of SMEs to deliver collaborative innovation projects.
Interested businesses can see membership details and the full list of supports on the OPIN Project website. Visit www.nweurope.eu/OPIN or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
OPIN is a 3-year initiative, running from 2019 to 2021. The budget for OPIN Is €2.6million. Plus an additional €1.5 million contributed by Interreg North West Europe from the European Research and Development Fund (ERDF).
OPIN project partners working with SEAI include:
- Scottish Enterprise (UK)
- Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (UK)
- Sirris, the collective centre of the technological industry (Belgium)
- West Atlantic Marine Energy Community, Centrale Nantes (France)
- Dutch Marine Energy Centre (Netherlands)
- Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany)
OPIN Events for 2019
Energy Policy and Offshore Renewables State of the Nation
Advanced materials and manufacturing (Composites)
Finance and Innovation Models
Further details of these events will be posted on the OPIN Project webpage (www.nweurope.eu/OPIN) and social media channels.