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Building Demonstration Cases for the Blue Economy: Lessons from NeSSIE and...

Apr 24, 2019 · Bruxelles, Belgium

Demonstration projects are an effective way to take innovation to full commercialisation.

With support of DG MARE, the NeSSIE (North Sea Solutions for Innovation in Corrosion for Energy) project was funded by the EU to tap into the existing knowledge of anti-corrosion technology / novel materials solutions to develop demonstration projects for offshore renewables in the North Sea.

The opportunity for anti-corrosion solutions in offshore renewable energy markets will provide global growth and job creation opportunities in coastal regions in the EU.

This conference will explore the learning from NeSSIE and bring together examples of demonstration projects in Scotland, the Basque Country and Belgium.

It will be held by partners from the countries of the NeSSIE project (Scotland, Belgium, Spain, Italy and Sweden) to share lessons learned in building demonstration projects. The Regions will also provide examples of other demonstration projects in their areas and their lessons learned.

The event will provide a forum for discussion on the challenges, opportunities and key learnings required to undertake demonstration projects with EU support.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at anyone with an interest in developing further offshore renewable energy demonstration projects across the EU.

9am Arrival and coffee
9:30am Welcome and Background
9:45am The NeSSIE approach – creating demonstration projects:

  • The Roadmap: demonstrating the benefits and necessity of addressing corrosion challenges
  • Finding project owners through a competitive call process
  • Building the value chain, and engaging with suppliers from other industries
  • Defining the business cases for offshore renewable energy demonstrators for anti-corrosion solutions

10:45am Anti-Corrosion Solutions in harsh offshore environments
11:15am Coffee Break
11:45am Demonstrations from the regions:

  • Scotland - The Meygen project: The world leading demonstrator for tidal energy with ambitions to demonstrate anti-corrosion for tidal energy (Nick Sargent/Jeremy Thake)
  • Belgium - Innovative Business Network – Offshore Energy: The importance of clustering and need for test and demonstration in the offshore energy sector (Pieter Mathys)
  • Basque Country - HarshLab - first floating laboratory in Europe for testing in a real offshore marine environment

12pm The Investor Perspective – Scottish Investment Bank
12:15pm Expert panel Q&A
12:45pm Closing remarks
1pm Lunch

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