OCEANERA-NET is a Network of European national and regional funders and managers of R&I programmes in the field of ocean energy. Ocean energy includes the generation of renewable electricity from wave and tidal energy, salinity gradient and ocean thermal energy conversion.
OCEANERA-NET was a European project funded by the European Commission that started in December 2013 with a duration of 4 years. This project was coordinated by Scottish Enterprise, the Regional Economic Development Agency for lowlands Scotland. The consortium OCEANERA-NET comprised 15 partners from 8 European countries (Belgium, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and UK) open to opportunities for collaboration with other European and non-European countries to address common challenges.
The objective of OCEANERA-NET was to coordinate funding programmes between European countries and regions to support research and innovation in the ocean energy sector. OCEANERA-NET was one of a number of initiatives to help address the R&I challenges for the role ocean energy can play in contributing to future renewable energy targets, economic growth and job creation. OCEANERA-NET works alongside the European Energy Research Alliance Ocean Energy Joint Programme, Ocean Energy Forum and Technology Platform to develop a shared vision and co-ordinated action plan.
The consortium have agreed on a road map of Work Packages to work towards the implementation of joint activities, namely joint calls for transnational collaborative R&I projects. OCEANERA-NET launched two joint calls, in October 2014 and in February 2016.