OPIN - Ocean Power Innovation Network


Project Summary

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:

  • Annual Symposiums: providing networking opportunities for OPIN members
  • Workshops and Masterclasses: to facilitate knowledge transfer between the project partner regions and to simulate the growth of the network.
  • Technology Assessment Processes (TAPs): assessments allowing companies to benchmark their technologies, map structured development paths and identify potential collaborators.
  • Collaborative Innovation Groups (CIGs): clusters of SMEs, working with research entities or large companies to solve problems identified as barriers to the ocean energy sector.

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

Project Partners

  • Scottish Enterprise

    50 Waterloo Street, Atrium Court
    Glasgow
    G2 6HQ
    United Kingdom

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  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

    Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park Chi Gallos, North Quay
    Hayle
    TR27 4DD
    United Kingdom

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  • Sirris, the collective centre of the technological industry

    935 Technologiepark
    Zwijnaarde
    9052
    Belgium

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  • Ecole Centrale de Nantes

    1 rue de la Noë - BP 92101
    Nantes Cedex 3
    44321
    France

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  • Dutch Marine Energy Centre

    200 Bergerweg
    Alkmaar
    1817 MN
    Netherlands

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  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.

    59 Königstor
    Kassel
    34119
    Germany

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  • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

    Wilton Park House Wilton Place
    Dublin 2
    D02 T228
    Ireland

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Lead partner

Organisation Contact name Address Email Website
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland Patricia Comiskey Wilton Park House Wilton Place
Dublin 2
D02 T228
Ireland
Patricia.Comiskey@seai.ie https://www.seai.ie
Name Contact Name Email Country
Scottish Enterprise Karen Fraser Karen.Fraser@scotent.co.uk United Kingdom
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult Simon Cheeseman simon.cheeseman@ore.catapult.org.uk United Kingdom
Sirris, the collective centre of the technological industry Bart Teerlinck bart.teerlinck@sirris.be Belgium
Ecole Centrale de Nantes Florent Vince florent.vince@weamec.fr France
Dutch Marine Energy Centre Justin den Hartog justin@dutchmarineenergy.com Netherlands
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. Jochen Giebhardt Jochen.Giebhardt@iee.fraunhofer.de Germany

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:

 

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