A European project, Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) with a budget of €2.6m, aims to accelerate development of the ocean energy sector.

Over three years, lead organisation, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, and partners from the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, will explore ways to unlock the potential of this renewable energy source.

Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said Ireland was “stepping up” its ambition on renewables as part of the government’s climate plan of targeting 70% renewable electricity by 2030:

Reducing emissions

“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.”

OPIN aims to encourage collaboration between ocean energy and other sectors (oil gas, automotive, aerospace, ICT, advanced materials, sensors, manufacturing) to identify ways to develop the ocean energy supply chain.

SEAI is calling on small businesses with relevant expertise to join the OPIN project, to share knowledge and avail of the available supports.

“The basic premise of OPIN is to encourage cross-sectoral and cross-regional collatoration for offshore renewable energy SMEs, ” explains Jim Gannon, SEAI chief executive.

“As we work to remove barriers to offshore renewable energy development, OPIN will help reduce costs and accelerate both technology and market development.”

A series of events will be hosted in partner countries throughout 2019, beginning with a symposium in Dublin in September.

OPIN Events for 2019:

Workshop Title Date Location
Annual Symposium 30 September Dublin, Ireland
Energy Policy and Offshore Renewables State of the Nation October Blyth, UK
Advanced materials and manufacturing (Composites) November Nantes, France
Finance and Innovation Models December Glasgow, UK