OPIN - Ocean Power Innovation Network

Project Summary

The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) is a 4-year initiative, running from 2019 to 2022. 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 delivers supports to encourage both cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration. These supports include:

Travel support is an amount, up to €500 per trip and a total of €2,000 per SME (inclusive of VAT) which can be reimbursed to an SME (small or medium-sized enterprise) which travels 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 to OPIN@seai.ie, using the OPIN Travel Support Application Form.

OPIN plans to provide direct support to over 100 companies during the lifetime of the project.

If you would like to know more about the support offered by OPIN, have a look at our General Guidelines for Applicants and explore further by clicking on the above links.

There are seven partners involved in the OPIN project:


For more information on the OPIN project please contact OPIN@seai.ie

Project Partners

  • Scottish Enterprise

    50 Waterloo Street, Atrium Court
    G2 6HQ
    United Kingdom

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  • Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

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

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  • Sirris, the collective centre of the technological industry

    935 Technologiepark

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  • Ecole Centrale de Nantes

    1 rue de la Noë - BP 92101
    Nantes Cedex 3

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  • Dutch Marine Energy Centre

    200 Bergerweg
    1817 MN

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

    59 Königstor

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  • Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

    3 Park Place, Hatch Street Upper, St Kevin's
    Dublin 2
    Co. Dublin

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Lead partner

Organisation Address Email Website
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland 3 Park Place, Hatch Street Upper, St Kevin's
Dublin 2
Co. Dublin
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:



Technology Assessment Process (TAP) Support

OPIN partners 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 to OPIN@seai.ie, using the OPIN TAP Application Form. Please make sure to submit as well an SME declaration form and a DeMinimis self declaration with your TAP application.


Collaborative Innovation Group (CIG) Support


OPIN offers support to SMEs through the Collaborative Innovation Groups (CIGs). A Collaborative Innovation Group (CIG) is a small group of SMEs, often working with research entities and / or large companies, to solve specific problems which are barriers to deployment of ocean energy and offer opportunities for new products, services or markets. 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 Project (CIP).


  • 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. 


Applications must be submitted by email to OPIN@seai.ie, using the OPIN CIG Application Form.


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.

OPIN/TIGER Webinar - Tidal Supply Chain Opportunities (09/07/2020)

Webinar - Funding Opportunities for the Offshore Renewable Energy Sector (24/06/2020)

CIG scoping meeting - Mooring Lines and Anchoring Solutions (17/06/2020)

CIG scoping meeting - Corrosion: Solutions and Impacts (11/06/2020)

Webinar - European Tidal Stream Projects (08/06/2020)

OPIN/MEA Webinar - Standardisation and Certification for Offshore Renewables (19/05/20)

Webinar - How OPIN can help your business (05/03/2020)

Workshop - Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (Nantes - 12/11/19)

Workshop - Energy Policy and Offshore Renewables State of the Nation (Blyth - 23/10/19)

2019 OPIN Symposium (Dublin - 30/09/19)

Ocean Energy Challenges and Recommendations: Desktop Analysis of Studies and Reports

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