Ocean energy conference: the impact of EU R&D funding

A Trinomics led consortium, on behalf of The European Commission, will be delivering a conference in Brussels on 16 October 2018 on ocean energy research, development and technologies.

The free to attend conference will provide insights into the impacts of R&D funded through the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation; including providing access to the Ocean Energy R&D Impact Report and an opportunity to influence the recommendations to increase future R&D impacts.

During the workshop key industry experts will share their insights on the future of ocean technologies and there will be opportunities for you to discuss and understand how to increase the impacts of your own research projects.

Reasons for attendance

  • Influence the recommendations to increase future ocean R&D impacts
  • Gain a greater understanding of past and future research, trends and best practice for ocean energy
  • Q&A with industry experts, the European Commission and other researchers
  • An opportunity to network with ocean energy experts from across the EU
  • To learn about best practice for shaping and implementing R&D projects to maximise their impact

Who should attend

  • Past and present ocean research project coordinators
  • Academic institutes
  • National energy policy makers 
  • Private sector organisations implementing ocean energy or related technologies
  • Investors interested in ocean research and technology


Timing Agenda Item Speakers
09:00 Registration opens  
09:30 Opening address Piotr Tulej, Head of Unit 'Renewable Energy Sources'​ (European Commission)
09:40 Agenda and practicalities Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
09:45 Project introduction Onne Hoogland, Senior Consultant (Trinomics)
10:00 Ocean energy R&D: Study findings Fiona Buckley,  Chair (ETIPOCEAN) and Senior Expert and Project Manager (ENGIE Lab)
10:20 Questions and answers All
10:40 Break  
11:00 Ocean energy R&D: A technological perspective Davide Magagna (The Joint Research Centre)
11:30 Ocean energy R&D: Impacts of EU funded projects (project examples / case studies and best practice)  
  Optimal design tools for ocean energy array (DTOcean and DTOceanPlus). A project focused accelerating the industrial development of marine energy by creating software tools for the optimised design of first generation wave and tidal energy converter arrays. Simon Robertson, Research Associate (University of Edinburgh)
  Underwater Generation of Renewable Energy (SURGE). The engineering, construction, deployment and monitoring of a simple and robust near-shore wave energy concept (WaveRoller). The implementation is an important step towards the large-scale reality of submerged near-shore wave energy utilisation. Tuula Maki, Renewable Energy Manager (AW-Energy
  Stimulating the innovation potential of SMEs for a low carbon energy system (Direct Drive TT). The project has designed, built, deployed and operating a grid-connected turbine in Scotland to identify the market potential a direct-drive tidal turbine design Simon Forrest, CEO (Nova Innovation)
11:55 Interactive session: What are the main R&D impacts according to you? All
12:15 Lunch  
13:15 Introduction to afternoon programme Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
13:20 Maximising the impact of EU ocean energy R&D projects: Keynote speech and questions and answers session Jose Luis Vilate, Offshore Renewable Energy Director (TECNALIA)
14:00 Maximising the impact of EU ocean energy R&D projects: Keynote speech and questions and answers session Rémi Gruet, CEO
(Ocean Energy Europe)
14:25 Maximising the impact of EU ocean energy R&D projects: Moderated panel discussion Koen Rademaekers (Moderator, Trinomics),  Fiona Buckley (ETIPOCEAN) Matthijs Soede (European Commission), Simon Robertson (University of Edinburgh), Jose Luis (TECNALIA), Tuula Maki (AW-Energy) 
15:25 Questions from the audience to the panel All
15:45 Wrap-up and conclusions Koen Rademaekers, Managing Director (Trinomics)
15:55 Informal networking and coffee  
>15:55 Bilateral meetings with attendees  

Key information:

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2018

Location: Sofitel Brussels Le Louise, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 40, 1050 Bruxelles, Belgium

Cost: Free

Organisers: Trinomics, Tecnalia, TNO, VTT, Tractebel and Ricardo on behalf of the European Commission

If you have any questions regarding the conference, then please email trevor.glue@ricardo.com

Registration is now closed.

If you have any questions please contact: patti.pirooz@ricardo.com