WavEC Offshore Renewables (Coordinator of the project) is a private nonprofit association created in 2003 to develop its activities in three areas: applied research, consulting, and pro bono activities, characteristic of a private non-profit organization, namely the dissemination and promotion of opportunities associated with the early development of marine renewable energy in the country, among companies, the public administration and the general public, and also the training of young people within curricular internship and advanced training, including Master’s and PhD theses.
WavEC has long experience in marine energy technology at R&D level, but also, and depending on the cases, on conceptual, design, construction, deployment and operational phases. The latter is related in particular to the 400 kW Pico plant in the Azores (since 2005), a unique non‐commercial demonstration wave energy plant at the Pico Island in Azores owned and operated by WavEC.
The Johannes Kepler University Linz is a public university in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria. JKU is a leading research-focused higher education institution with 19,300 students, ranked the fifth best young university in the German speaking Europe in 2012. The Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences was established in 1969. The faculty hosts 51 distinct institutes in mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry and mechatronics. Research in the faculty is coordinated within three excellence clusters: (i) computation in informatics and mathematics, (ii) mechatronics and information processing and (iii) nano-, bio and polymer systems: from structure to function. The nano-, bio and polymer systems cluster is very strong in cross-disciplinary research on advanced materials. The Soft Matter Physics group is attached to the nano-, bio and polymer systems cluster, working in different research fields, such as stretchable electronics, soft robots and soft energy generators.
Marine in virtually all its aspects has been a focus of work at Plymouth University (UP) since the founding of the School of Navigation in 1862. It is a key strategic area in the University’s Strategy 2020 and in its Research and Innovation Strategy. Thus there is extensive and broad expertise across the marine and maritime arena, ranging across marine-related undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, and a focus on marine-related research. The history and excellence of UP in marine and maritime endeavours was recognised in 2012 through the award of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our education and research solutions for the global marine sector.
Plymouth University’s new COAST laboratory is a major new UK facility for physical testing in coastal and ocean engineering, which has a suite of wave basins and wave flumes for hydrodynamics and sediment dynamics testing at a range of scales.
INNOSEA is an independent technical engineering firm specialized in the field of Marine Renewable Energies: offshore wind (fixed and floating), tidal energy, wave energy, ocean thermal energy conversion, etc. INNOSEA is a spin-off company from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, whose experience and work on marine energy are recognized in France and abroad for over 30 years. INNOSEA now has a team of 17 people based at its headquarters in Nantes and with offices in Edinburgh.
INNOSEA provides technical expertise and multidisciplinary engineering services for offshore renewable energy systems and production farms with an aim to increase project profitability. INNOSEA delivers engineering solutions tailored to design devices and production farms recovering marine energy.
EDP Inovação, a subsidiary of EDP, the major Portuguese utility, carries responsibility for engineering development and research, and of new concepts and technologies prior to their exploitation and installation. EDP Inovação has been appointed by the EDP Board to participate in renewable energy projects involving new technologies like offshore energy (offshore wind and wave energy), enabling new “commercial companies” within the EDP-Group to take over the developed businesses, and to assure that the envisaged solutions will have a seamless interface to the power grid. EDP Inovação has experience in project management, market studies and economic/feasibility analysis in the renewable energy area and has valences in Electrical Engineering.
Selmar S.r.l. is an Italian engineering, high-tech, research-oriented SME with long time experience in the design manufacturing, integration and supply of marine electro-mechanical devices and special maritime constructions based on innovative materials. The core business of SELMAR is the design/production of specific systems for naval vessels, submarines, oceanographic and fishing vessels, and mega-yachts. SELMAR client portfolio includes: Benetti-Azimut, STX Europe, Teekay Corporation, Intermarine, Fincantieri and WASS. SELMAR has participated to several research programs in the field of marine technology, energy and smart material applications.
Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), the Faculty of Engineering of Lisbon Technical University, is the oldest and widely regarded as the most prestigious school of Engineering in Portugal. IST’s mission is to contribute to the development of society by promoting a higher education of outstanding quality in the areas of Engineering, Science and Technology, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and by carrying out research and development activities in accordance with the highest international standards.
IST has been involved in RTD activity in wave energy for more than 25 years, and participated in 16 European projects in the area of wave energy, including the overall co-ordination of 5.
Teamwork Technology is a company with a broad experience in new-venture development. It is specialized in developing new sustainable energy technologies. Teamworks main task is to grow new concepts/technologies into independent companies that operate in the market of sustainable energy production. The products and services of Teamworks start-ups contribute to a sustainable world by renewable energy production, efficient energy storage and efficient use of available energy. From a historical point of view, Teamwork Technology is strongly involved in ‘ocean energy’.
Aurora Ventures Ltd is an engineering consultancy company specialising in marine renewable energy systems and in energy storage. It was founded by Martin Wright in 2011 and its clients to-date have included Minas Paper Pulp & Power (Canada), Royal Haskoning (UK and Netherlands), P E Composites (UK), Mojo Maritime (UK).
Peter Fraenkel and Martin Wright were founders of Marine Current Turbines Ltd the company that developed the most successful tidal turbine technology so far under their leadership, namely SeaGen. When Siemens AG bought Marine Current Turbines Martin Wright set up Aurora Ventures to develop further new technology. Peter Fraenkel works with Martin Wright as an Associate of Aurora Ventures.
Trelleborg Infrastructure is a member of the Trelleborg group – a global industrial group offering leading-edge expertise in polymer technology combined with advanced industrial know-how of functional solutions and systems to meet our customers’ requirements. Trelleborg Infrastructure specialises in the design and production of engineered rubber products. The primary markets for Trelleborg are currently civil engineering applications, offshore oil and gas, dredging, sewage, building and industry.
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (SSSA), founded in 1987, is a small research-oriented public university with a unique position within the Italian higher education system. SSSA is a university where students, researchers and professors are part of a scientific community aimed at combining a diversity of knowledge. To achieve excellence in their field of study, students have the opportunity to use the laboratories and research facilities of the various Institutes of SSSA.
The University of Edinburgh was established in 1583 and is perhaps the first civic university in the world. It is one of the leading research-intensive universities and was ranked 17th in the 2013 QS world university rankings.
The School of Engineering is a combined school covering civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering and is organised into six multi-disciplinary research institutes, including The Institute for Energy Systems (IES).
IES conducts research into electrical power conversion, energy policy economics and innovation, energy storage and carbon capture, energy and climate changes, naval architecture, offshore renewable energy and energy systems.
It leads the EPSRC-funded UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, is a partner in the Supergen Photovoltaics consortia, several Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and EU projects, and runs the Industrial Doctoral Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy.