This first annual report provides an overview of progress in the ocean energy sector in 2018 and the range of the activities undertaken in each OceanSET work package. Key findings from the annual data collection are presented below:
• Six Member States (out of 11) have an ocean energy policy.
• Ocean Energy received €26.3M funding from Member States in 2018.
• 90 ocean energy projects were funded by Member States in 2018, two-thirds of which are supporting wave energy devices.
• Twelve ocean energy projects, operational in 2018, were identified as TRL 7 or above.
• Three Member States consented wave or tidal projects in 2018.
• Test sites enabling demonstration can be found in almost all of the Member States.
• The supply chain in most Member States is considered robust.
At times, accurate information on the performance and costs of the different technologies has been difficult to assess via the surveys undertaken, as developers were unwilling to share this level of critical information. This issue will need to be resolved if progress in cost reductions and increased power output in the sector is to be measured precisely.
> Download: D6.5 – 1st OceanSET annual report
The plan for exploitation and dissemination of results (PEDR) of OceanSET is the reference framework for evaluating the impact of project activities. It corresponds to the deliverable D6.1 which is a public deliverable of the OceanSET project, produced in the context of WP6, Task 6.1. The objective of “WP 6 – Communication and dissemination” is to establish a strategy and implement an action plan for an optimised communication and dissemination of the project outputs, helping to ensure implementation of the SET Plan IP in the ocean energy sector. “Task 6.1 – Plan for exploitation and dissemination of results (PEDR)” aims to clearly explain the exploitation, dissemination and communication strategy of the project results by listing audience target groups, setting out main messages, determining the channels and tools that will be used and presenting concrete actions that will be carried out throughout the project and presenting how their effectiveness will be evaluated. The main intention of the OceanSET project being to collate and disseminate information and that this information be open source and available for public good use, there is no plan to exploit the project information other than in the sense of maximizing communication and dissemination actions to the benefit of the project goals.
Overall, a core focus of the OceanSET project is the completion of a total of three annual discovery exercises, with the objective of building up a detailed picture of the status of the ocean energy sector and its progress over the three years of the OceanSET project. The OceanSET project will build on the mapping exercise carried out in 2017 by the IWG to set an initial baseline and understand the Policy, Environmental, Technical and Financial activities that support the Ocean Sector in each Member State.
Under the Ocean SET project, the plan is to complete this mapping exercise of the Member States supports and activities each year for the duration of the project, to identify any gaps in the MS activities and to provide guidance for local programme development in line with the Implementation Plan. This particular work package is tasked with developing metrics to monitor the progress of the funded projects in the OE sector. The baseline mapping analysis carried sought a total figure for funding available within each Member State for the development of the sector.
This work package has sought to enable the Implementation Group to map data below that level and to seek metrics for each project funded at Member State, Agency and Developer level. The purpose of these metrics is to collect more granular data each year and to be able to compare, year on year the progress of projects and programmes in each Member State.
> Download: D5.1 – Metrics For Ocean Energy Sector