ENCORE - Energizing Coastal Regions with Offshore Renewable Energy

01 January 2020 → 31 March 2023
European funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Coastal and estuarine hydraulics
    • Wind energy
    • Marine engineering not elsewehere classified
offshore renewable energy
Other information
Project description

ENCORE's main objective is to increase the delivery of innovation in the Offshore Renewable Energy sector supported through 2 specific objectives:

  1. Advance five ORE technologies with experts in a structured and collaborative process and tackle common challenges
    1. Water2Energy river current turbine from TRL 3 to 5
    2. Laminaria wave energy device from TRL 3 (subsystems) to 7 (full scale)
    3. Teamwork Technology wave energy device from TRL 3 to 5
    4. Oceans of Energy offshore solar plant from TRL 3 to 5
    5. EEL Energy undulating water current turbine from TRL 3 to 5
  2. Develop a Route-to-market strategy for ORE solutions to accelerate commercialization for islands, harbors, estuaries and offshore structures building on the following sub-objectives;
    1. prepare SMEs for investment
    2. continue to improve new international standards and certification
    3. support skills development in the Blue Economy
    4. involve supply chain and stakeholders
Role of Ghent University
Ghent University is represented by 2 groups in ENCORE: CERG and Power-Link. Coastal Engineering Research Group (CERG) facilitates interdisciplinary cooperation for Blue Growth activities. It has experience in the field of offshore renewable energy and coastal and offshore engineering and performing integrated research, thereby using physical and numerical modelling and field measurement campaigns. Power-Link is the platform within Ghent University for energy transition projects. It establishes links between industry and research, initiates and supports scientific research projects and encourages innovation and implementation of new energy technologies. Besides the communication activities, UGent will provide technical services to support resource assessment and loads analysis, draft a plan/programme for scale testing according to IEC technical specifications and make recommendations to improve technical specifications and certification schemes. Support the organisation of a regional impact campaign in Belgium When engaging in these activities, UGent will focus on generating knowledge and better understanding of marine renewable energy concepts for adoption in the 2 SEAS region. Furthermore, UGent also commits to broadly disseminating the research results on a non-exclusive and non-discriminatory basis.
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