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Initial Training Network for Wave Energy Research Professionals

Objective

The proposed action builds strongly up on the logics of its predecessor with the same name. The overall objective is to create a pool of specialised wave energy research professionals to support an emerging industry in a field with a very strong anticipated growth and no dedicated existing training curriculum. Although most jobs can be done being a trained engineer in one of the adjacent fields, the existance of interdisciplinary skilled researchers trained in direct connection to the technology development is vital for successful development. In the predecessor, almost all fellows where immediatley absorbed by industrial players in the field or continued research in the host institution. The work plan for WAVETRAIN 2 fellows is specifically directed towards a wide range of challenges that industrial-scale wave energy implementation faces in the present situation, with some bias towards technical issues, from hydrodynamic and PTO (Power-Take-Off) design, to instrumentation issues and energy storage and cost reduction show to be critical for successful deployment. On the other hand, also non-technical “barriers”, typically less tangible difficulties related to legal issues (licensing, conflicts of use, EIA procedures, grid connection, regional differences) and the non-sufficient representation of socio-economic benefits of the sector, will be dealt with, as they are seen as a major obstacel for fast implementation on a European scale. The methodology to achieve the desired results is to provide (i) in-depth training in one applied research topic (host institution), (ii) good interdisciplinary background and understanding of industry environment (short courses and secondments), and (iii) active participation in wave power plant testing in the sea (some of the profiles; others: site visits). The in-depth training at the host institution will be incorporated in relevant research topics, where typically an advance the state-of-the-art is expected.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/hydroelectricity/marine energy/wave power

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2007-1-1-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

WAVEC/OFFSHORE RENEWABLES - CENTRO DE ENERGIA OFFSHORE ASSOCIACAO
Address
Edificio Diogo Cao, Doca De Alcanta Norte
1350-352 Lisboa
Portugal
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 433 266
Administrative Contact
António Sarmento (Prof.)

Participants (12)

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 438 986
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
1049-001 Lisboa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Teresa Malhoa (Ms.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 207 393
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Brian O´prey (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 217 377
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Angela Noble (Ms.)
Wave Dragon Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 208 928
Address
Third Floor, Essex Hall, Essex Street, 1-6
WC2R 3HY London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Iain Russell (Mr.)
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 242 308
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Frigaard (Mr.)
SPOK APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 250 237
Address
Frederiksborggade 1,4. Tv.
1360 Kobenhavn K
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Hans Christian Sørensen (Dr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 298 864
Address
Stevinweg 1
2628 CN Delft
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
D.F. Van Doorn (Mr.)
AWS OCEAN ENERGY LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 208 728
Address
Alness Point Business Park - Redshank House
IV17 0UP Alness
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Fitzgerald (Mr.)
ECOLE CENTRALE DE NANTES
France
EU contribution
€ 207 389
Address
Rue De La Noe 1
44321 Nantes Cedex 3
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Michel Labrousse (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 223 197
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Peter Kennedy (Prof.)
NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU
Norway
EU contribution
€ 356 853
Address
Hogskoleringen 1
7491 Trondheim
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Torgeir Moan (Prof.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 286 109
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
José Luis Villate (Mr.)