The Ocean Power Innovation Network (OPIN) Project has just announced the launch its Innovation Support Scheme. OPIN is a cross-sectoral collaborative network that aims to accelerate the growth of the ocean energy sector and its supply chains across the partner regions of Ireland, the UK, Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany.
The Innovation Support Scheme is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within the ocean energy sector and its current or potential value chain. The Innovation Supports are designed to encourage both cross-sectoral and cross-regional collaboration between OPIN members.
There are three types of Innovation Support offered OPIN members:
- Technology Assessment Process (TAP) Support
- Collaborative Innovation Group (CIG) Support
- Travel Support
OPIN TAP Support offers a high-level technology assessment 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 the ocean energy sector.
OPIN CIG Support is available to groups of SMEs who want to work collaboratively with each other and research entities or large companies. CIGs will work to solve specific problems which have been identified as barriers to deployment of ocean energy. OPIN will offer support to a Collaborative Innovation Groups to work together to find a solution to these issues.
OPIN Travel Support will assit SMEs travelling abroad either to take part in an OPIN workshop or masterclass, or to take part in a Collaborative Innovation Group meeting or activity. This support is only available t SMEs in Ireland or the Scottish Enterprise region.
For more information on the TAP, CIG and Travel Supports, available to OPIN members, please see the Innovation Supports page on the OPIN website.
A list of all the upcoming OPIN events can be also found on the Events page the website. These events include the first OPIN Annual Symposium, taking place alongside the Ocean Energy Europe 2019 Conference on 30 September. A series of workshops are also planned, beginning with Energy Policy and Emerging Markets for Offshore Renewables in Blyth, UK, on 23 October and Advanced Materials and Manufacturing in Nantes, France, on 12 November
To become a member of OPIN, free of charge, just fill in the OPIN Membership Form.