The overall objective of the WAVEPLAM project is to speed up the introduction of wave energy sources onto the European renewable energy market, tackling in advance the non-technological barriers and conditioning factors that may arise when these technologies are available for large-scale development, by means of a series of activities geared towards supporting the creation of a market for ocean energy technologies.
The proposed objectives will be addressed through the following activities:
- elaboration of a comprehensive state of the art analysis identifying the existing technologies and the those currently in demonstration phase;
- assessment of the non-technological barriers that may hinder the large-scale development of ocean energy and propose measures to minimise their effect, taking into account the best practices in the EU and other pioneer countries;
- development and testing of methodologies and guidelines for the implementation of pre-viability studies;
- networking activities with other projects and platforms;
- design and application of a dissemination plan, targeted at administering, managing and disseminating the project outcome.
The direct outcomes achieved at the end of the project will be :
- a detailed state of the art of ocean energy identifying existing technologies and those that are currently in demonstration phase;
- a survey of the non-technological barriers and conditioning factors identifying the best practices in EU and other pioneer countries to enable effective implementation of ocean energy;
- a methodology for site selection, not only based on the resources available but also considering additional issues such as conflict of interest, environmental impact, availability of the grid connection points, harbours, ocean bottom bathymetry and tidal and current levels;
- a guideline for implementing ocean energy projects oriented towards the decision makers, promotors and investors;
- 10 pre-viability studies (Spain, Portugal, UK, Greece and Ireland), applying the methodology and guidelines;
- building a network consisting of project partners and other identified projects and platforms from the EU and outside;
Europe wide dissemination of project results, exchange of implementation instruments and tools.