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OceaNET projet - PEOPLE Marie Curie Actions finished

For immediate release
03rd October 2017

81418-oceanet_logotipo.jpgAfter four years of development, the OceaNET project came to its conclusion on August 31, 2017. OceaNET ( is an Initial Training Network project dedicated to floating offshore wind and wave energy, comprising a consortium of 10 European partners, plus 21 associated partners, coordinated by WavEC Offshore Renewables and funded under the European Union’s FP7 PEOPLE Programme (Marie Curie Actions). The project followed the success of previous research training networks (Wavetrain and Wavetrain2) led by WaVEC.

The ultimate goal of OceaNET was to train 13 science-based young engineers by offering them good technical, economic, environmental and societal background, and a market-oriented approach for the upcoming Offshore Renewable Energy market. In doing so, the network developed a number of cutting-edge research projects, each led by one of the research trainees for 36 months, hosted by a first-class European Research & Development institute, university or company, active in the field. Activities focused on such topics as array design, implementation and O&M for wave and floating offshore wind energy applications. The development of enabling technologies to support the deployment and operation of arrays has been equally addressed. The hands-on training was complemented with a handful of short-courses on a range of topics relating to the field of offshore renewable energies. The training programme also comprised secondments to selected industrial companies. The trainees were also vehemently encouraged  to engage in PhD studies. Out of the 13 hired early stage researchers (ERS), 10 have enrolled in a PhD.

The short-courses organized as part of OceaNET’s training programme covered a range of topics relevant to the common offshore renewable energy background of the ESRs. The short-courses followed the “summer school” principle, with the fellows coming together during typically one week. As a consequence, they have been instrumental not only in complementing the training of the young researchers in the field, but also in consolidating the ties among this up-and-coming community in terms of networking.

OceaNET has been actively represented in the most important conferences and events in the fields of offshore wind and wave energy. Furthermore, outcomes of the fellows’ research have been published in relevant peer-reviewed journals.

In addition to the training and education aspects, relevant research activity was conducted by the network. It is expected that the network will continue to grow and solidify beyond the scope of the project, significantly contributing to boost and sustain the upcoming offshore renewable energy market. The increasing interest of the industry in OceaNET’s group of up-and-coming researchers corroborates these expectations and is a clear indication that the project has been successful in achieving its goals.

About WavEC
WavEC Offshore Renewables is a consultant company with a deep R&D background founded in 2003, dedicated to promote the development of MRE as a new industry supported by knowledge and innovation. WavEC has now more than 20 very qualified personnel in a wide range of fields relevant to MRE: monitoring & instrumentation, marine environment, site selection & resource assessment, aero & hydrodynamic modelling, economic models and licensing & public outreach.

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61183-european_union_hi.jpgThis project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 607656

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