OceaNET concerns floating offshore wind and wave energy. These two areas are well aligned with the European Energy Strategic Plan and the Horizon 2020 programme. It aims at contributing to develop specific technologies and enabling technologies common to both energy sources. The research activities are structured in a number of research projects, which will provide the opportunity for a set of young researchers to be trained in first class European research & development institutes, universities and companies active in these areas. This hands-on training will be complemented with a number of short courses on enabling technologies, relevant for farm development, and on associated economic, environmental and societal issues required for their future integration in the market.
The OceaNET training programme will be complemented by secondments in selected industrial companies. OceaNET will be developed in close collaboration with the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) KIC InnoEnergy OTS project. KIC InnoEnergy is a pan-European non-for-profit company, mainly funded by the EIT, devoted to enhance the education-research-innovation triangle by developing innovative industrial products. The integration of floating offshore wind and wave energy in the training and research programmes results from both being in a similar status of development and sharing the same enabling technologies, licensing, survivability, O&M issues and stakeholders, requiring well-trained professionals with the same background, which at present is still not well integrated in existing university courses.
WavEC Offshore Renewable are the coordinators for the OceaNET project and will be responsible for delivering general annual progress, as well as mid-term and final reports. WavEC will also host two OceaNET Early Stage Researchers.
Funding: Marie Curie Actions - Initial Training Networks, EU FP7
WavEC Coordinator: José Cândido
Total Funding (Requested EU contribution): € 3 420 098
WavEC Funding: € 729 773
Duration: September 2013 – August 2017 (48 months)
Coordinator: WavEC Offshore Renewables
Full Network Partners: WavEC Offshore Renewables, Instituto Superior Técnico, Uppsala Universitet, Stichting Maritiem Research Institut Nederland, University College Cork, The University of Exeter, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V., École Centrale de Nantes, Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation & Universidad de Cantabria.
Associated Partners: ESB Energy International, Kymaner – Tecnologias Energéticas, Lda., Blue Edge – Engenharis de Sistemas Lda., Critical Materials SA., Oceantec Energías Marinas S.L., EOSEA, Woelfel Beratende Ingenieure GmbH+Co KG, EDP Inovação SA., Mojo Maritime Ltd., Seabased AS, Fortum Oy, Critical Software SA., Ocean Energy Ltd., Aalborg University, HIDROMOD & ABENGOA SEAPOWER SA.