Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) is a 3 year project, running from October 2018 to December 2021. The project has a total budget of €2.57 million and is supported by Interreg North West Europe, who provides €1.54 million of ERDF funding.
In this project, DMEC works together with Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (lead partner), Scottish Enterprise (UK), Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (UK), Sirris (BE), Ecole Centrale de Nantes (Fr) and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e. V. (De).
The aim of OPIN is to accelerate the ocean energy sector and its supply chains, by building cooperation between sectors (oil & gas, offshore wind, etc.) and between countries in North-West Europe (one of the biggest hotspots of ocean energy). This collaboration enables the ocean energy sector and its supply chains to benefit from knowledge, know-how and products from other sectors and vice versa.
Common challenges in the ocean energy sector and other sectors are identified, for example during organized workshops and collaborative innovation groups. These sessions facilitate the ideation of new solutions, which will in turn be converted into new products. The development of a sustainable OPIN network offers the opportunity to continue this transnational and cross-sector cooperation after the project lifetime.
DMEC also works together with associated partners Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) and the Association of Dutch Suppliers in the Oil and Gas Industry and Offshore Renewable Industry (IRO), to explore positive synergies between the different sectors in technology development, infrastructure and supply chains.
After 3 years, OPIN supported more than 100 companies, with 30 tested products, 10 of which developed into TRL7. In addition to the project, the OPIN network will be a fixed mechanism for the transfer of know-how, with 200 members.