WECANet COST Action CA17105

A pan-European Network for Marine Renewable Energy with a Focus on Wave Energy

The pressure of climate change and the growing energy demand has increased interest in marine renewable energy resources, such as wave energy which can be harvested through Wave Energy Converter (WECs) Arrays.

However, the wave energy industry is currently at a significant juncture in its development, facing a number of challenges which require that research re-focusses onto a techno-economic perspective, where the economics considers the full life-cycle costs of the technology. It also requires development of WECs suitable for niche markets, because in Europe there are inequalities regarding wave energy resources, wave energy companies, national programmes and investments. As a result, in Europe there are leading and non-leading countries in wave energy technology. The sector also needs to increase confidence of potential investors by reducing (non-)technological risks. This can be achieved through an interdisciplinary approach by involving engineers, economists, environmental scientists, legislation and policy experts etc. Consequently, the wave energy sector needs to receive the necessary attention compared to other more advanced and commercial ocean energy technologies (e.g. tidal and offshore wind).

The formation of the first pan-European Network on an interdisciplinary marine wave energy approach will contribute to large-scale WEC Array deployment by dealing with the current bottlenecks. The WECANet Action aims at a collaborative approach, as it provides a strong networking platform that also creates the space for dialogue between all stakeholders in wave energy. WECANet’s main target is the equal research, training, networking, collaboration and funding opportunities for all researchers and professionals, regardless of age, gender and country in order to obtain understanding in the main challenges governing the development of the wave energy sector.  Currently, 31 partner countries are active in the network.

New STSM Call

2nd Call for Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) Applications for Missions occurring between 10/09/2019 and 15/03/2020

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WECANET ASSEMBLY in PORTO

The 2nd WECANet Annual Assembly will take place at the University of Porto from 28-29 November 2019. The local organizer is Prof. Francisco Taveira Pinto and Dr. Matt Folley will chair the Assembly.  Deadline of abstract submission is 20 October 2019.  

Short course on Numerical Coupling Methodologies

The course will take place on 27 November 2019 at the University of Porto, the day before the WECANet Annual Assembly starts. Apply by 20 October 2019 via contact@wecanet.eu

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OES TASK 10 WEC modelling workshop 

OES TASK 10 WEC modelling workshop (the Ocean Energy Systems by the International Energy Agency) on WEC Numerical Modeling and Validation will take place on 14-15 November 2019 at the IBIS Schiphol hotel in Amsterdam. 10 grants of 500€ for the travel and accommodation are made available by WECANet!

Training school on Numerical modelling of WECs using SPH models

The training school will take place on 22-23 January 2020 at Campus de Ourense, Universidade de Vigo, Spain. Apply by 1 November 2019 via this Google form.

WECANet  Special Issue in the open access Water MDPI journal 

WECANet will fully cover the publication costs of 5-6 manuscripts for the special issue: 'Numerical and Experimental Modelling of Wave Field Variations around Arrays of Wave Energy Converters" in the WATER journal. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 March 2020. Send your expression of interest by e-mail to contact@wecanet.eu

ITC conference grant for Early Career Investigators

Conference grant of 500 EUR for an Action participant from an ITC country, in a well-known conference (finished before 1st of March 2020) directly related to the Action topics. Send your expression of interest and conference abstract by e-mail to contact@wecanet.eu

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