The OCEANERA-NET Project to create a Network to co-ordinate the activities of national and regional research of the Member States and the Associate States of the European Commission (EC) in the field of ocean energy, held its final conference in Edinburgh (United Kingdom) on the 30th and 31st of January, entitled “Breaking Through: Innovation & Collaboration in Ocean Energy”, bringing together international representatives from the industry, politics and academe in the marine renewable energy industry.
Over 120 delegates from this community took part in the event, addressing a range of subjects of interest, such as, for example, how the industry and research centres can face the challenges of the sector and be successful when marine energy technology is scaled up, or what messages must this industry send to society to gain greater acceptance. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Energy of the Scottish Government made a speech highlighting the importance of renewable energies for their region and for all islands in general. Other highlights included the presentations made by representatives of marine wind power as an example to bear in mind for the development of the other marine energies (e.g. wind, tide), drawing attention to the lessons learned and best practices arising from their experience.
There were several presentations on the sector during this two-day event, including the following: The European Project Officer on the political perspectives of the EC; the director of Ocean Energy Europe from the standpoint of the industry and SMEs and the director on Opportunities for North East Scotland. There were also four sessions on innovation, where 9 of the 12 projects funded through calls for funding launched by this ERA-NET were presented. Canary Island groups are participating in two of these, funded by the Canary Island Research, Innovation and Information Society Agency (ACIISI, in Spanish) of the Canary Island Government.
The OCEANERA-NET Project is funded by the European Commission as part of the 7th Framework Programme and PLOCAN is one of the partners.