Membership of the Ocean Power Innovation Network is completely free. To become a member of the OPIN Project fill in the Membership Form below and become eligible for all supports available through the project:
The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) is a 3-year initiative, running from 2019 to 2021. The project has a total project budget of €2.6M, with €1.5M in financial support contributed by Interreg North West Europe from the European Research and Development Fund (ERDF).
OPIN is a cross-sectoral collaborative network that aims to accelerate the growth of the ocean energy sector and its supply chains across the partner regions of Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany.
The basic premise of OPIN is to encourage both cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration for Offshore Renewable Energy SMEs. Cross-sectoral collaboration will bring already proven expertise, capabilities and products from other sectors into the ocean energy sector. This will help to reduce costs and accelerate technology development.
OPIN will also create a forum for collaboration and technology exchange across the partner regions. Companies from regions with ocean energy expertise will interact with potential collaborators from regions that are world leaders in other technology fields (offshore wind energy, oil and gas, aerospace, automotive and manufacturing). OPIN will provide a mechanism to transfer expertise between these regions, addressing the disparities in innovation and economic development across North West Europe.
The OPIN project will deliver supports to encourage both cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration. These supports will include:
OPIN plans to support over 100 companies over the lifetime of the project. Additionally, the OPIN network will continue to grow and be a mechanism for the transfer of expertise beyond the life of the project.
For more information on the OPIN Project contact: OPIN@seai.ie
50 Waterloo Street, Atrium Court
Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park Chi Gallos, North Quay
1 rue de la Noë - BP 92101
Nantes Cedex 3
Bedford Square Bedford Street
Wilton Park House Wilton Place
|Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland||Patricia Comiskey||
Wilton Park House Wilton Place
|Scottish Enterprise||Karen Fraser||Karen.Fraser@scotent.co.uk||United Kingdom|
|Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult||Simon Cheesemanemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
|Sirris, the collective centre of the technological industry||Bart Teerlinckfirstname.lastname@example.org||Belgium|
|Ecole Centrale de Nantes||Florent Vinceemail@example.com||France|
|Dutch Marine Energy Centre||Justin den Hartogfirstname.lastname@example.org||Netherlands|
|Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.||Jochen Giebhardt||Jochen.Giebhardt@iee.fraunhofer.de||Germany|
|Invest Northern Ireland||Brona Andersonemail@example.com||United Kingdom|
The OPIN Project provides 3 types of Innovations Supports to SMEs (Small or Medium sized Enterprises):
OPIN partners will offer a high-level Technology Assessment Process (TAP) to SMEs which is free of charge. TAPs can look at either a whole system, a sub-system, or component level. TAPs are an evidence-based assessment conducted through an informal interview process.
During a TAP, OPIN partners will discuss with the technology developer design principles, opportunities to de-risk onward development and the route to commercialisation (product to market). The TAP is open to developers in the ocean sector who are looking to develop their technology and to developers in other sectors who are looking for opportunities to transfer technology into ocean energy.
For more information on applying for a TAP, please read the OPIN TAP Guidelines to Applicants document.
Applications must be submitted by email, using the OPIN TAP Application Form.
OPIN will offer supports to SMEs to work collaboratively with other SMEs and/or research entities or large companies, to solve specific problems which are barriers to deployment of ocean energy. OPIN will offer support to a Collaborative Innovation Group (CIG) to work together to find a solution to the specific problem identified. CIGs should focus on challenges which cannot or have not been solved by one SME alone and aim to include complementary skills and expertise. The work carried out by a CIG is defined as a Collaborative Innovation Projects (CIPs).
For more information on eligibility criteria for CIG Support please read the CIG Guideline to Applicants and Call for Proposals document.
CIG Support Applications and Approval Timelines:
OPIN Supports can be applied for at any time. Application will be reviewed approximately every three months following the schedule below:
|OPIN Call 1||31/10/19|
|OPIN Call 2||31/01/20|
Applications must be submitted by email, using the OPIN CIG Application Form.
Travel support is an amount, up to €500 per trip and a maximun of €2,000 per SME (inclusive of VAT), available to SMEs travelling abroad either:
Travel Support is only available to SMEs registered in Ireland or the Scottish Enterprise region.
For more information on applying for a Travel Support please read the Travel Support Guidance to Applicants documents.
Applications must be submitted by email, using the OPIN Travel Support Application Form.
All applications for support must be submitted by email, using the application forms provided in the sections above, to “OPIN@seai.ie” using the subject heading “Innovation Support Application”.
To see the general guidelines explaining how SMEs from ocean energy and related sectors, located in an OPIN region, can apply for OPIN Innovation Support. please consult the following guidelines document: Innovation Support Scheme: General Guidelines for Applicants
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The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) has announced it will hold the project’s official launch at the SEAI Energy Show on the Energy Theatre stage at 4pm 27 March, in the RDS, Dublin. Read More
This workshop will provide developers, operators and techno providers with the latest innovation in advanced materials & manufacturing, with a particular focus on composites.
A half day workshop that will discuss the UK policy and emerging markets for Offshore Renewables (offshore wind, floating wind, wave and tidal stream energy)
The first OPIN Annual Symposium will be held on the 30th of September 2019 in the Convention Centre in Dublin. The event will coincide with the Ocean Energy Europe Conference which will also be held in the Convention Centre between September 30 and October 1.
Workshop to foster collaboration between the offshore sector and ocean energy technology companies
DMEC (Dutch Marine Energy Centre) organizes together with IRO (Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Upstream Oil and Gas Industry and Offshore Renewable Industry) a workshop to identify collaboration opportunities between the offshore supply chain and ocean energy technology companies.
Accelerated development of the ocean energy sector is linked with existing or new developments in other sectors, especially the closely related offshore sector. Synergies in joint technology developments, co-location (e.g. wave-wind farms), supply chain, and policies will be of great benefit to the success of both sectors.
In this workshop, the ocean energy sector will pitch to an audience of organisations from the offshore sector.
The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) has announced it will hold the project’s official launch at the SEAI Energy Show on the Energy Theatre stage at 4pm 27 March, in the RDS, Dublin.