SEAI is leading a new pan-European project, Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN), which aims to accelerate the development of the ocean energy sector.
With a three year budget of €2.6 million, SEAI will partner with organisations in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands to explore ways to unlock the potential of this renewable energy resource.
We are stepping up our ambition on renewables as part of the all of government Climate Plan, and will be targeting 70% for renewable electricity by 2030. Decarbonising our electricity supply is a crucial part of reducing our overall emissions and harnessing Ireland’s ocean energy resources will be key to achieving this for 2030 and beyond. Projects like OPIN that enable European collaboration are critical to us unlocking opportunities to advance the development of our ocean energy sector.
Richard Bruton T.D. , Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment
OPIN will encourage collaboration between the ocean energy sector and other sectors, such as oil and gas, automotive, aerospace, ICT, advanced materials, sensors, and manufacturing, to identify ways to grow the ocean energy supply chain. SEAI is calling on small businesses with expertise that can be used in the ocean sector to join the OPIN project, 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. As we work to remove barriers to offshore renewable energy development, OPIN will help to reduce costs and accelerate both technology and market development.
Jim Gannon, CEO, SEAI
A series of events will be hosted in partner countries this year, beginning with a symposium in Dublin in September. Any businesses who are members of the project can attend these events. In addition, OPIN will assess technologies presented by members to benchmark their potential for success, identify potential collaborators, and grants for collaborative groups of SMEs.
OPIN is a 3-year initiative, running from 2019 to 2021. The budget for OPIN Is €2.6million, with €1.5 million in financial support 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, École Centrale de 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 (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter)