European developments

OCEANERA-NET Cofund Joint Call 2017 now open

The latest Call for Proposals from the OCEANERA-NET Cofund was launched on 20th March 2017. A €17M fund has been created through the new OCEANERA-NET Cofund project, which brings together a consortium of governments and agencies from Spain, the Basque Country (Spain), Brittany (France), Pays de la Loire (France), Scotland (UK), Sweden and Ireland, with funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme. The Cofunded Joint Call 2017 will provide funding to companies and research organisations to deliver collaborative projects to demonstrate and validate ocean energy technologies. The pre-proposal deadline is 26th May 2017. The Call documentation can be downloaded here.

MaRINET2 opens Call for free access to testing facilities

On 10th April the MaRINET2 project opened a Call for applications with a deadline of 20th May 2017. Successful applicants will receive free access to a world-leading network of testing and research infrastructures. The Call is open to offshore energy technology developers, including wind, wave and tidal energy at system and component level.

MaRINET2 is a €10.5M project funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, and coordinated by the MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland) Centre. The project will accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies by providing free-of-charge access to a network of 57 research facilities across Europe.

Details on eligibility criteria, how to apply, available testing infrastructures etc can be found here.

Call for experts in the field of financial readiness of projects

The Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) is looking for new experts to assess the financial readiness of project proposals submitted for EU funding. They are seeking experienced financial expert with skills in one or more of these fields: financial due diligence, credit application review, financial structuring or bankability analysis, transport/infrastructure financing, Public-Private Partnership or concession, asset-based, project-based or structured finance. The deadline for registration as an expert is 20th May 2017. More details can be found here.

Launch of report on commercial scale feasibility of clean hydrogen

The European Technology Platform for Zero Emission Fossil Fuel Power Plants (ZEP) has published a new report "Commercial Scale Feasibility of Clean Hydrogen". The report investigates the potential of decarbonised hydrogen produced through CCS on natural gas ("clean"/"low GHG emissions" hydrogen) and concludes that hydrogen has the potential to decarbonise a number of different industries and play a key role in Europe's energy transition. The report and accompanying press release can be downloaded here

Call for Expressions of Interest - Clean energy technology studies

The European Commission Joint Research Centre has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest for clean energy technology studies. The Call for Expressions of interest is divided into 3 fields:

As a first step, interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest by providing their full contact details and by listing the specific fields of interest. More details can be found here.