The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has team-up with Ocean Energy Europe as lead partner to help drive the development of Europe’s ocean energy industry.
Ocean Energy Europe meanwhile will serve as the main point of dialogue between Ireland and the European industry as it develops a common plan for commercialising the ocean energy sector.
The size of the prize for commercialising the ocean renewable energy sector is significant (where Scotland has some of the EU’s biggest potential resources) – by 2050 the industry plans to deploy 100GW of production capacity in Europe alone.
To capture that prize in the most efficient manner possible, collaboration between industry and countries at the forefront of development is key.
Rémi Gruet, Chief Executive, Ocean Energy Europe, said: “We are very happy to have SEAI join us. Today Europe is a clear global leader in ocean renewable energy development.
“To turn this leadership into a new manufacturing sector, it is essential that the industry and leading countries are on the same page. Ocean Energy Europe provides an excellent platform to do just that, and I look forward to working closely with SEAI to help build this new European industry”,
Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of SEAI, said: ”Ocean energy represents a significant opportunity for Ireland and by collaborating with key partners across Europe we are keen to promote Ireland’s strengths, particularly in areas such as prototype development and testing infrastructure.”