W.P. 2 - Resources & policies W.P. 2 - Resources & policies
Work Package number: 2 Starting date: 1st Month of the Project

Partners participating in the Work Package as Task leaders or additional partners:

Partner-country-flag  Technical University of Denmark - Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy (RISOE.DTU)
Partner-country-flag  Laboratório Nacional de Energia e Geologia I.P. (LNEG)
Partner-country-flag  Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico – RSE S.p.A. (RSE)
Partner-country-flag  CiaoTech (CTECH)
Partner-country-flag  Lyse Produksjon AS (LYSE)

For the three geographical target areas under investigation sites will be identified based on the amount and type of renewable energy resource available and on the sea characteristics (wind and wave extreme values and spectra, seabed depth and geotechnical characteristics, temperature, fauna, etc.), together with consideration of the infrastructure system, both offshore (coexistence with oil platforms, fish and other marine foods, etc.) and onshore behind (electric grid, etc.). The actual partition of the target areas will be the result of preliminary evaluation in the framework of the project itself, if relevant data are not available at present.

Description of work:

Since the development of offshore renewable energy conversion platforms in Europe is expected to be different in different coastal areas different technologies, system approaches and time schedules of the future implementation of the offshore plants will be evaluated for the optimal use of the available resources. The indicative partitions are:

  1. Area 1: North Sea + Baltic Sea, (task leader RISOE)
  2. Area 2: Atlantic Ocean, (task leader LNEG)
  3. Area 3: Mediterranean Sea + Black Sea (task leader CESIRICERCA)

For each of these areas a set of explicit data such as:

  • wind statistics, wave spectra, ocean currents, temperatures,
  • bathymetry, seabed morphology and geology
  • existing and planned use - marine spatial planning
  • environmental conditions (marine life, habitats, ecosystems)
  • competing other uses such as navigation routes
  • and regulatory, financial and legislative framework

will be generated in order to allow the identification of areas of interests towards a European market definition for offshore RE platforms. Where applicable, resource mapping based on GIS tools will be applied. This will allow calculating resources for different technologies and structures and also for the combined use (multi purpose
platforms) in limited areas of interest.

  • 1st Workshop: "The potential for Energy Conversion Platforms in Europe: resources, technologies and state of the market"
  • State of resources and state of the market finalised. Benchmark studies (National Policies and investment opportunities)
  • Contributions to the newsletters on available incentives for research, technology developments and investments in the field of deep offshore renewable energy conversion platforms and technologies.
  • Contribution to the final Road map study: chapter with updated suggestions on financial policies related to incentives (M18)