The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) will hold two events in the first quarter of 2020: a workshop in February and a masterclass in March. Read More
OPIN - Ocean Power Innovation Network
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).
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 members
- Workshops and Masterclasses: to facilitate knowledge transfer
- Technology Assessment Processes (TAPs): to allow companies to assess their technologies and identify potential collaborators
- Collaborative Innovation Groups (CIGs): to encourage SMEs to work together to solve problems in common
OPIN plans to provide direct support to over 100 companies during the lifetime of the project.
There are seven partners involved in the OPIN project:
- Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
- Scottish Enterprise
- Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
- West Atlantic Marine Energy Community / École Centrale de Nantes
- Dutch Marine Energy Centre
- Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung
For more information on the OPIN project please contact OPIN@seai.ie
50 Waterloo Street, Atrium Court
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult
Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park Chi Gallos, North Quay
Sirris, the collective centre of the technological industry
Ecole Centrale de Nantes
1 rue de la Noë - BP 92101
Nantes Cedex 3
Dutch Marine Energy Centre
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V.
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
3 Park Place, Hatch Street Upper, St Kevin's
|Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland||
3 Park Place, Hatch Street Upper, St Kevin's
|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|
The OPIN Project provides 3 types of Innovation 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).
- The lead applicant for a CIG must meet be an SME.
- The core membership of a CIG must involve a minimum of 2 SMEs.
- Large companies and research organisations may also be members of the CIG, as long as at least 50% of members are SMEs.
- CIGs should include members from at least 2 different OPIN regions.
- Additional members can come from countries in the North-West Europe area, as defined by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme.
- Associate members / observers from outside North West Europe may be involved with the CIG but cannot be direct beneficiaries of support. Associate members / observers can’t be included in a CIG at the expense of a potential CIG member from North West Europe.
- CIGs are expected to consider cross-sector opportunities and preferably include at least one member from outside the ocean energy sector.
For more information on eligibility criteria for CIG Support please read the CIG Guidelines to Applicants and Call for Proposals document.
CIG Support Applications and Approval Timelines:
Applications must be submitted by email, using the OPIN CIG Application Form.
OPIN Supports can be applied for at any time.
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:
- To take part in an OPIN workshop or masterclass
- To take part in a Collaborative Innovation Group meeting or activity
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”.
Guidelines for Support:
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
The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Project has just announced the launch of its Innovation Support Scheme. Read More
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
The event will provide an overview of key technical challenges in the wave and tidal sectors, including evolving solutions, and will build on the ORE Catapult’s extensive experience in these fields.
The OPIN Annual Symposium 2020 was to be held on June 11th, 2020, in Nantes, France. The event is delayed until further notice.
The event will provide an update on the latest developments in materials and manufacturing techniques for harsh environments.
The event will provide an overview of public and private funding opportunities for the offshore renewable energy sector in Europe.
This one day training will provide developers, operators and technology providers with a background knowledge in mooring systems for offshore renewable floating farms (wind, wave, tidal).
The masterclass content will support the attendees to choose and design adapted mooring systems from a techno-economic standpoint, but also control the installation requirements and maintenance of these systems.
This webinar will be an opportunity for companies across North West Europe to come together to discover the benefits of the OPIN project.
This workshop in partnership with Scottish Engineering will take place in Edinburgh on 26th February 2020 at Murrayfield Stadium, home of Scottish international rugby.
We are delighted to draw on the vast experience of our innovative speakers from various sectors, who will share their learning and how it can be transferred to the challenges facing ocean energy and the engineering sector.
As well as hearing from the speakers, delegates will also have the opportunity to participate in facilitated break-out sessions, lunch reception and a tour of Murrayfield Stadium.
This workshop will provide developers, operators and techno providers with the latest innovation in advanced materials & manufacturing, with a particular focus on composites.
During this Europort Masterclass frontrunners in the field of offshore renewables will present their newest solutions and share their vision on the future of offshore energy. What are the business opportunities for companies operating in the traditional oil and gas market today? And what technical innovations will reduce costs and increase efficiency?
The workshop will discuss the UK policy and emerging markets for Offshore Renewables (offshore wind, floating wind, wave and tidal stream energy)
During the OPIN project a number of tools for supporting ocean energy SMEs and other network members will be developed. These will include value chain reports, a process document for technology assessments, a log of all CIG support categories (Innovation Challenges), the content of workshops and masterclasses, presentations and work from Annual Symposiums and CIG summaries. These will be documented and made available for future use through this Documents section.
The Ocean Power Innovation Network counts close to 190 members. A directory is available below.