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Support to the Realisation of the Ocean Energy Implementation Plan of the SET-Plan

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - OceanSET (Support to the Realisation of the Ocean Energy Implementation Plan of the SET-Plan)

Reporting period: 2019-03-16 to 2020-09-15

The OceanSET project was developed to support the progress of the Implementation Plan for Ocean Energy under the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan). The Ocean Energy Implementation Plan was adopted by the SET-Plan Steering Committee on the 21st of March 2018.

The Ocean Energy Implementation Plan focuses on the key challenges for wave and tidal energy technologies. Its ambition is to outline a structured approach that will enable wave and tidal technologies to follow a credible development path, with the ultimate destination of a commercially viable wave and tidal industry. The overall target is to bring LCOE Costs for tidal stream and wave technologies to 10ct/kWh by 2030 and 2035 respectively.

The OceanSET project is focusing on assessing the progress of the ocean energy sector and is monitoring National and European Union (EU) funded projects in delivering successful supports. Relevant data is being collected annually to help inform MS and the EC on the progress of the sector. It is also being used to review what works and what doesn’t and to assess how to maximise the benefit of the funding streams provided across the Regions, MS and the EC.

In addition to gathering data on the funding supports, the Oceanset Partners have focussed on reviewing progress of the Eleven Technology Development Actions have been identified in the SET-Plan IP and have been identified as significant areas to action in order to reduce LCOE for these technologies.

The OceanSET project has identified three key objectives to achieve the goal of supporting the realisation of the Ocean Energy SET Plan IP.
1. Facilitate the implementation of the Technical Actions of the Implementation Plan and provide support to the IWG
2. Promote knowledge sharing across the EC, MS, Regions and other stakeholders in the Ocean Energy sector
3. Investigate collaborative funding mechanism(s) between MS and Regions

The project has been in operation since March 2019. The partnership comprises of the following 9 organisations:
1. Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Lead Partner
2. Wave Energy Scotland (WES)
3. Direção Geral de Energia e Geologia (DGEG)
4. Ocean Energy Europe (OEE)
6. Agenzia nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA)
7. Ente Vasco de la Energía (EVE)
8. The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN)
9. Consorcio para el diseño, construcción, equipamiento y explotación de la Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias (PLOCAN)
Work has progressed well on the project. Over the last 18 months the main focus of the project partners has been on the development and dissemination of surveys to collate relevant information from Member States and technology developers. To date 2 sets of surveys have been issued and the results of the first year have been analysed and published. The second set is being analysed for publication later in 2020.

Among the main achievements and deliverables completed in Period 1 were:

• Creation of the OceanSET project management documents;
• Creation of a new project website;
• Development and distribution of comprehensive surveys to Member States and technologies on status of projects
• Analysis of data received from these surveys to compile the following reports:
-Funding Gap Analysis and Recommendation Report;
-Monitoring and Review Report;
-Report on Dissemination and Communication activities
• Publication and distribution of two OceanSET newsletters;
• Publication of the first Annual Report;
• Organisation of a knowledge sharing workshop;
• Definition of metrics to monitor the progress of wave and tidal energy activities;
• The development of a Pre-Commercial Procurement Programme including the completion of a set of call documentation ready for release upon commencement of a PCP

Project management procedures have also been put in place and the consortium is working well together. Project Management Plan (PMP) handbook and Quality Handbook has been prepared as well as procedures and policies to deal with data protection and GDPR.
Overall the project is progressing well and there have been a number of significant outputs already in the form of the website; annual report and the dissemination workshop. In addition, there are some considerable positive indications that the developers are more engaged in supporting the work of the project and responses to the second year survey are proceeding well. Some work packages have already closed (WP 1& 4) but for phase 2 of the project the following key deliverables will be focussed on:

• Continue to deliver annual reports on data gathered in 2020 and 2021 to review data gaps and data quality.
• Further assessment of public/private divide of financing & feasibility and design of insurance and guarantee funds
• Organising 2 further knowledge sharing workshops (the next event is planned for December 1st at OEE conference)
• Publishing and promoting the OceanSET 2nd and 3rd annual reports on website and social media
• Preparing a video to highlight the 2nd and 3rd annual report key findings,
• Organising meetings with relevant key EU representatives, Members States and regional authorities,
• Compile and Publish 2 annual reports on project activities

Work will also continue to support the progress of the IWG and to review Implementation Action delivery- which in turn will ultimately support the objectives to deliver on the Set Plan Implementation Plan for Ocean Energy to bring LCOE Costs for tidal stream and wave technologies to 10ct/kWh by 2030 and 2035 respectively.
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