The Crown Estate, Marine Scotland and Welsh Government have announced they will be funding Aquatera Ltd and their delivery partners MarineSpace and the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to run a secretariat function for the new Offshore Renewables Joint Industry Programme (ORJIP) for Ocean Energy.
Building upon the successful model developed by the ORJIP for Offshore Wind, the programme will bring industry, regulators, funders and researchers together so that the wave and tidal energy sectors’ consenting risks can be addressed in a strategic and coordinated manner, avoiding duplication of efforts and in turn leading to a reduction in delay to projects.
Whilst ORJIP Offshore Wind and ORJIP Ocean Energy will be managed separately, the consistency of the ORJIP brand will facilitate knowledge sharing between the different sectors.
The aim is that ORJIP Ocean Energy will work by:
- – Helping organisations whose role it is to fund and manage research, to do so efficiently and effectively by bringing together knowledge and expertise on needs and practicalities from industry, regulators and the wider sector;
- – Making this knowledge available in a way that can be readily understood and acted upon;
- – Providing a funded Secretariat to coordinate creating and sharing the information and encourage action; and
- – Supporting project developers by co-ordinating research and monitoring to ultimately assist with commercialisation.