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Strategic Initiative for Ocean Energy (SI OCEAN)

Project brief
Key action: Electricity production
Status: Closed
Coordinator: Gema San Bruno
European Ocean Energy Association, Belgium
Tel: +32-24001040
DHI (DHI), Denmark
Wave Energy Centre - Centro de Energia das Ondas (WavEC), Portugal
RenewableUK Association Limited (RenewableUK), United Kingdom
The Carbon Trust (CT), United Kingdom
The University of Edinburgh (UEDIN), United Kingdom
Benefits: SI-OCEAN will deliver a common strategy for ensuring maximal wave and tidal installed capacity by 2020 – paving the way for exponential market growth in the 2030 and 2050 timeframe by stimulating the investment and market confidence and benefiting the sector development’s stakeholders
Keywords: Wave & Tidal Atlantic Arc Development, Ocean Energy Strategic Technology Agenda, Wave & Tidal Resource Assessment, Ocean Energy Market Deployment Strategy, Wave & Tidal 2020/2030/2050 Projections
Duration: 23/06/2012 - 22/06/2014
Budget: EUR 1 005 334 (EU contribution: 75%)
Contract number: IEE/11/089


In 2011, 3.4 MW of wave and tidal energy devices in advanced stages of technology development have been tested across Europe. To reach the European target of 1.9 GW of installed wave and tidal energy by 2020 – as outlined by Member States in the 2010 Renewable Energy Action Plans – will require an aggressive deployment trajectory. To achieve the 3.6 GW industry target – as outlined in the EU-OEA 2050 Ocean Energy Roadmap – an even higher rate of deployment will be required. It is estimated that the initial 10 MW of wave and tidal energy projects will cost approx. 80 M€. With associated cost reductions, it is thought that to deploy the 1.9 GW EU target for wave and tidal energy, costs will be between 4000 M€ and 6000 M€. None of these targets can be achieved without stronger industrial cooperation and greater focus on the deployment of wave and tidal energy by national and European policy makers.

SI OCEAN aims at covering gaps and identifying barriers/opportunities in the areas of (a) resource assessment and potential, (b) technology priorities and areas of development (c) cost assessment and competitiveness, (d) policy and legal framework, (e) market analysis and (f) 2020/2030/2050 roadmap (scenarios, targets, penetration) in order to set up an common strategy for sector’s deployment. SI Ocean focusses on wave and tidal technologies developed in the Atlantic Arc area.

The project is structured in five work packages of which WP2, WP3 and WP4 represent the core of activities covering resource, technology, cost, policy and market assessments. The key target groups are (a) European/National /Local Authorities & Public Bodies, (b) Customers & Investors (Utilities, Banks and Private Financiers) and (c) Manufacturing (Technology Developers, Supply Chain and Original Equipment Manufacturers).

The main highlight of SI OCEAN is the strong and dynamic involvement of stakeholders in order to create a SI Network giving input to the project through consultations and workshops as well as strong communication, dissemination and visibility at EU level in order to consolidate a roadmap for the sector’s market uptake setting up confidence for investors, developers and policy makers. The key players are (a) MS representatives, (b) Utilities, (c) Project & technology developers, (d) European policy makers and (e) General public.

  • Wave and Tidal Energy Resource Interface: A methodology for Energy Resource Assessment has been agreed by about 100 stakeholders and endorsed by the main companies and developers in the sector. This results in the identification of energy.
  • Wave and Tidal Energy Projections 2020, 2030, 2050: contribution of wave and tidal energy to EU energy needs, market deployment Strategy input as well as targets/scenarios.
  • Technology and cost assessment: analysis of the existing technologies and identification of drivers for future technology development, cost of Energy assessment for wave and tidal energy devices, consultation process on the technology assessment and identification of technology needs and priorities for 2020, 2030 and 2050, identification of technology gaps and barriers, Strategic Technology Agenda, including the results of the consultation process.
  • Market Deployment Strategy (MDS): A policy analysis & a framework for MS&EU market assessment were developed. This was carried out after running a consultation involving about 100 representatives from the industry and the local & national authorities. The MDS working group will input the strategy to follow in view of the resource assessment results & the technology agenda recommendations in order to feed policy makers with technical & economical information to speed up market deployment.
  • 2020/2030/2050 Projections: Consultation & validation stakeholders

Lessons learnt
  • SI OCEAN represents an opportunity for consolidating and gathering together the wave and tidal actors across the Atlantic Arc.
  • As a new comer, wave and tidal renewable energy sector needs a coordination and common understanding on the resource, technical and regulatory assessment in order to draw a European strategy for getting into the commercial phase. The SI OCEAN project counts already with 800 fellows.
  • SI OCEAN consolidates the European approach towards 2020/2030/2050 objectives based on different energy production scenarios built upon the resource, technology and regulatory assessments. This information will enable policy makers to develop assertive decisions on future support for the wave and tidal energy.

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