Written By: Emma Websdale
This week, the European Ocean Energy Association (EUOEA) announced the launch of the Ocean Energy Forum –a new technology and innovation platform whose goal is to drive research and funding into the ocean energy sector.
During this week’s European Ocean Energy annual conference, Rémi Gruet, policy director of the EUOEA, announced the launch of the Ocean Energy Forum. The purpose of the Forum is to bring together the ocean energy industry, and EU members and EU institutions to identify the sector’s research needs and accelerate funding opportunities into ocean energy projects.
The announcement made yesterday in Edinburgh the first time the conference has been held outside of Brussels, follows the European Commission’s call for a leadership body of stakeholders to step up and guide EU support for technology and research in the ocean energy sector. Furthermore, the announcement provides a fresh opportunity to help Europe meet its target of producing 20% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.
“I’m delighted that the Association chose Scotland to host its first conference outside Brussels”, said first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond. “The Scottish Government supports the Association’s important work in raising the profile of wave and tidal energy technologies across Europe. The new Ocean Energy Forum will help strengthen collaboration and ensure that research and innovation remain focused on the aims and objectives of the industry as it moves towards commercial deployment in the waters around Europe.”
The conference, whose Association members combined are developing over 2 gigawatts (GW) worth of ocean energy projects, drew ocean energy developers from Europe, America, Japan and Australia to tackle the current challenges facing the sector.