Ocean DEMO - Demonstration Programme for Ocean Energy Pilot Farms and Supporting Technologies


Project Summary

The existing terrestrial supply for renewables is already market-driven, whereas Ocean Energy (OE)  is untapped. Having advanced single device OE deployments,  FORESEA has identified a key market failure relating to the first multi-device OE farms; this is the point when risks and capital requirements are highest, hence market intervention is now most needed to realise the NWE OE potential.
 
Ocean DEMO will address this market failure via 3 key elements:

  • Prove investability with investors by demonstrating and de-risking the most promising OE generating technologies in multi-device farm configuration.
  • Develop an active supply chain that invests in dedicated OE sub-systems and components.
  • Create a supportive policy environment for OE by providing governments with confidence in OE and highlighting OE's economic benefits.

Change

  • Demonstrate investability of OE with at least 15 investors that provide debt and project finance to raise awareness & promote the uptake of OE.
  • Create a more active and invested supply chain to help reduce technical risk of OE and advance the TRL of dedicated OE sub-systems and components.
  • Establish political support for a supportive policy environment that will encourage production of ocean energy in NWE.  These will most likely be in Ireland, UK, the Netherlands, France and Belgium as this is where the majority of the NWE resource is located.

Outputs

  • Operation of 2 OE deployments in multi-device farm configuration in NWE connected to the European electricity grid. 
  • Advance 15 cross cutting low carbon technologies to near to commercial readiness.  
  • Supportive policy environment for OE in at least 3 member states in NWE.

Long-term effects

  • 500m EUR of private funds invested into OE deployment farm deployments
  • 20 dedicated OE products 
  • 100MW of OE installed capacity

Project Partners

Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
European Marine Energy Centre Old Academy, Stromness, Orkney
Stromness
KW163AW
United Kingdom
lisa.fitzpatrick@emec.org.uk www.emec.org.uk
Name Contact Name Email Country
Dutch Marine Energy Centre Benjamin Lehner benjamin@dutchmarineenergy.com Netherlands
BlueWise Marine (SmartBay Test Site) Mairéad Elliott mairead.elliott@bluewisemarine.ie Ireland
Ecole Centrale de Nantes Florent Jubé florent.jube@ec-nantes.fr France
Ocean Energy Europe Victor Kempf v.kempf@oceanenergy.eu Belgium

News


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Mocean Energy lands €873k new funding to accelerate commercialisation plans

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Wave power specialists Mocean Energy have secured major new investment to accelerate the commercial roll-out of their ground-breaking wave energy technology. The Edinburgh firm has raised €873,000 equity funding from existing funders, led by angel syndicate Equity Gap, together with Old College Capital, the University of Edinburgh’s in-house venture investment fund, and Scottish Enterprise. Read More

AWS wave energy converter arrives in Orkney for EMEC demo

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A new wave energy converter, developed by Inverness-based AWS Ocean Energy, has arrived in Orkney ahead of its imminent deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The 16 kW Archimedes Waveswing arrived at Hatston Pier, Kirkwall on Tuesday evening, 25 January 2022, before being transported to Copland’s Dock in Stromness where it will be readied for deployment at EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site in February. Read More

Ocean DEMO supports 6 developers at OEE2021

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The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project has awarded recommendations for support to 6 offshore renewable energy developers under its 4th call. The awards support developers on their path to commercialisation and ease the transition of ocean energy towards multi-device farms by providing free access to open sea test sites. This announcement comes at the start of the OEE2021 Conference & Exhibition, where attendees will learn more about the project at the Ocean DEMO stand and official side event. Read More

Mocean Energy Blue X wave machine completes sea trials

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Mocean Energy’s Blue X wave energy machine has returned to dock after a successful five-month test period at sea. In the last few days the 20-metre long, 38-tonne wave machine has been towed from EMEC’s Scapa Flow test site to Kirkwall and has been lifted onto Hatston Pier, where it will be cleaned, inspected, and maintained until next year’s testing programme commences. The innovative 10kW prototype began its test phase in mid-June and since then has completed 154 days at sea, delivering steady outputs of up to 5 kW and safe instantaneous peaks of 30 kW, and operating in sea states up to 2.3 meters maximum wave height. Read More


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3rd Call


Only two weeks left to apply for Ocean DEMO's 3rd call

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The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project is open until 18th September 2020, at 17:00 UTC. Successful applicants will receive free access to test their ocean energy products and services in real sea environments at the project’s network of test centres. This call focuses on supporting technology developers with high readiness level for deployment in late 2020 or early 2021. Technology developers can apply for support packages to test multi-device farms or single devices able to scale up to multi-device in the future. Read More


4th Call


Ocean DEMO supports 6 developers at OEE2021

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The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project has awarded recommendations for support to 6 offshore renewable energy developers under its 4th call. The awards support developers on their path to commercialisation and ease the transition of ocean energy towards multi-device farms by providing free access to open sea test sites. This announcement comes at the start of the OEE2021 Conference & Exhibition, where attendees will learn more about the project at the Ocean DEMO stand and official side event. Read More

Ocean DEMO opens 4th call, be part of our success

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The EU-funded Ocean DEMO project 4th call opens on 4 June 2021. Successful applicants will receive free access to test their ocean energy products and services in real sea environments at the project’s network of test centres. This new call will focus on supporting technology developers ready to deploy in 2021 or early 2022. Technology developers can apply for support packages to test multi-device farms or single devices able to scale up to multi-device in the future. Read More


Innovative Network


Innovative Network MoU

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In the collaborative work undertaken within Ocean DEMO as well as FORESEA, demonstration projects funded by Interreg NWE, the partners have created an innovative network blueprint. Combining efforts to harness our shared goals within the ocean energy sector; supporting active testing of ocean energy converters and enabling technology, providing data to support further investment and demonstration. Read More


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