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OCEANERA-NET Report Summary

Project ID: 618099
Funded under: FP7-ENERGY
Country: United Kingdom

Periodic Report Summary 2 - OCEANERA-NET (The coordination of national research activities of Member States and Associated States in the field of Ocean Energy (ERA-NET))

Project Context and Objectives:
Context
The Ocean Energy ERA-NET (OCEANERA-NET), as a network of European marine energy research funding organisations, has been developed to coordinate ocean energy research in Europe to reduce duplication, benefit from transnational cooperation, further the extent of research carried out and provide a Europe-wide research gap analysis. Europe is ideally positioned to make use of the natural waves and tidal streams that surround our continent. The potential for ocean energy in Europe is huge, 334GW for wave & tidal power and around 50GW for salinity gradient Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology also offers significant export and development potential for tropical coastal areas. This potential means the ocean energy sector will make a mainstream contribution to the energy mix by 2050, contributing up to 15 per cent of Europe’s electricity demand . The goal of the ocean energy industry, as stated in the European Ocean Energy Association Industry Vision Paper, 2013, is to deliver reliable and cost-effective electricity from several small ocean arrays of up to 10 MW from 2015, the front-runners to deliver large-scale projects of up to 50MW by 2020, in preparation for wholesale market roll-out by 2050. It is recognised that such a vision can only be achieved by fostering partnership at the European level.
Objectives
The overall objective of the OCEANERA-NET is to facilitate coordination of research in the ocean energy sector across Europe. In achieving this objective it will avoid duplication, promote information sharing, and scientific excellence by furthering links between institutions and researchers across Europe. This will in turn give Europe a competitive advantage in the global pursuit of commercialising ocean energy.

The specific objectives required to achieve this are:
• To promote information exchange – the keystone to a successful ERA-NET will be developing strong information exchange networks and links between the regions
• To assemble and analyse information and views on the management of current and planned ocean energy programmes: funding schemes, eligible R&D operators, evaluation, monitoring and dissemination
• To engage in a dialogue process on regional and national priorities: how they can work in synergy and progress towards joint programming
• To develop a common toolkit to enable the management and evaluation of joint transnational activities and calls
• To launch joint transnational activities and calls. By achieving the previous objectives OCEANERA-NET will be well placed to launch joint transnational activities and calls. The ERA-NET will launch a pilot call towards the end of the first year of the project. Based on the successful launch of the pilot joint call, the ERA-NET aim to launch a joint call on an annual basis where partner member states and regions priorities and funding allows
• To promote a sustainable and growing coordinated research community for future calls and activities
• To act as a leverage for further research and innovation funding at European, national or regional scale in the context of Horizon 2020 and the development of cohesion policy 2014-2020

The specific objectives required to achieve this are:
• To promote information exchange – the keystone to a successful ERA-NET will be developing strong information exchange networks and links between the regions
• To assemble and analyse information and views on the management of current and planned ocean energy programmes: funding schemes, eligible R&D operators, evaluation, monitoring and dissemination
• To engage in a dialogue process on regional and national priorities: how they can work in synergy and progress towards joint programming
• To develop a common toolkit to enable the management and evaluation of joint transnational activities and calls
• To launch joint transnational activities and calls. By achieving the previous objectives OCEANERA-NET will be well placed to launch joint transnational activities and calls. The ERA-NET will launch a pilot call towards the end of the first year of the project. Based on the successful launch of the pilot joint call, the ERA-NET aim to launch a joint call on an annual basis where partner member states and regions priorities and funding allows
• To promote a sustainable and growing coordinated research community for future calls and activities
• To act as a leverage for further research and innovation funding at European, national or regional scale in the context of Horizon 2020 and the development of cohesion policy 2014-2020

Project Results:

Since the beginning of the project, work has focused on the following areas:
• Promotion of information exchange through the project website, OCEANERA-NET partner profiles and presentations, consortium meetings, two joint workshops with the European Energy Research Area Ocean Joint Programme, other events.
• Gathering of information on national and regional policies and programmes, research and demonstration capacity and the European ocean energy sector, to provide a basis for identifying gaps and opportunities for collaboration.
• Engaging in a dialogue process on regional and national priorities, through consortium meetings, meetings between the Strategic Advisory Board and Operational Dialogue Working Group and joint workshops.
• Development of an OCEANERA-NET Action Plan.
• Development of a toolkit for implementation of two joint calls for transnational, collaborative research and development projects and strategic documents to guide the design and implementation of joint activities and calls.
• Launch of the pilot joint call in October 2014 and a second joint call in February 2016 with a closing date for full proposals of 5 July 2016. Promotion of the calls at European and national / regional level and administration of the application and international independent peer-review processes.
• Implementation of other joint activities: two joint workshops with EERA OJP; two joint call information and brokerage events at the Ocean Energy Europe Conference, in October 2014, and the International Conference on Ocean Energy, in February 2016; two stakeholder workshops at Bilbao Marine Energy Week, April 2015 and at the Ocean Energy Europe Conference in Dublin, October 2015.
• Completion of a planning process for other joint activities, 7 of which have been agreed for implementation from June 2016 to the end of the project.
• Development of communication materials and raising awareness of the project and opportunities presented by joint calls.
• Working towards a sustainable and growing coordinated research community for future calls and activities through inclusion of specific activities in the draft Action Plan.
• Considering opportunities to act as leverage for further research and innovation funding at European, national or regional scale in the context of Horizon 2020 and the development of cohesion policy 2014-2020, such as the scope for an ERA-NET Cofund for ocean energy.

A programme of 7 other joint activities has been agreed to be implemented during the final period of the project, including: (i) Exchange of best practice on funding and addressing barriers to joint calls; (ii) Collaboration with other ERA-NETs and Joint ERA-NET events; (iii) Identifying ways to engage with and support SMEs; (iv) Network of joint call funded projects; (v) Mapping of competences centres and test centres; (vi) Knowledge sharing and transfer (including cross-sector) - “Learning from the past to have a future”; (vii) Developing consistent technology development pathways and stage gate criteria for ocean energy.

Potential Impact:
Expected impacts of OCEANERA-NET will be: (i) increased coordination of research in the ocean energy sector; (ii) reduction in duplication in research in this sector across the European member states; (iii) wider dissemination of results and impact of studies where more researchers have been involved; (iv) more extensive research packages due to greater extent of resources to be used in programmes; (v) and acceleration of sector maturation. By the end of the project, it is expected that:
• A significant resource of information about the sector will have been created, improving the targeting of research funding efforts;
• A number of strategic documents will have been agreed, through analysis of available data and consultation and coordination with key stakeholders, which will provide a sound basis for development of national and regional research programmes and in particular added value, transnational collaboration;
• Two transnational calls for collaborative research projects will have been implemented, targeted on identified research needs of the sector, and providing significant funding to support the industry and research community to work together to tackle common issues, make technical advances, improve the reliability and performance of ocean energy devices, reduce the cost of energy and progress towards commercial deployment;
• Other joint activities will have been implemented to promote communication and common understanding of research needs and take specific action where it can be seen that the ERA-NET can add value;
• The results of OCEANERA-NET and the funded research projects will have been widely disseminated, promoting knowledge exchange, learning and utilisation of results;
• An approach will be agreed to continue cooperation among the consortium partners and other relevant countries and regions will be engaged to join the network and participate in future joint activities.
It is expected that, following successful joint calls during the project, there will be further opportunities for joint programming and calls between at least some of the consortium members. Even if future formal joint calls are limited in coverage or numbers, the work of the ERA-NET will have developed a shared vision and research agenda, strong working relationships between regions and countries, and a basis for future coordinated action, at a minimum comprising stronger cooperation on research programming to avoid duplication and ensure key common challenges are addressed, and cooperation between the regions’ joint research projects.
The work of the project will have longer term impact in the following ways:
The project will impact on the growth of the sector by helping to answer the research challenges and developing an integrated information exchange network. By promoting the development of the sector and the prize that comes with it – potential for 380 GW of ocean energy by 2050 – the ERA-NET will support increased energy production from renewable sources, reduced CO2 emissions and the growth of an industrial sector creating jobs across all aspects of the value chain. Due to the nature of the ocean energy industry and where the resource is found these jobs will include remote locations where skilled work is not readily available and will support local supply chains during manufacture, installation and also operations and maintenance.
The biggest impact in terms of the production of clean, green energy from ocean energy will be beyond 2020, but the potential for generation at this time is huge and is waiting to be realised.
The advantages that close collaboration can provide will enable the developing European ocean energy sector to maintain first mover advantage and compete effectively with technology concepts currently under development in other parts of the world but at the same time support collaboration where this is in the common interest of developing the sector and the contribution it can make to global energy and climate challenges.

List of Websites:
http://www.oceaneranet.eu/

Contact

Karen Fraser, (Europa Senior Executive)
Tel.: +44 141 228 2066
E-mail
Record Number: 195765 / Last updated on: 2017-03-14