The formation of the first open pan-European Network on an interdisciplinary approach will contribute to large-scale WEC Array deployment by dealing with the current bottlenecks.
The WECANet EU COST Action aims at a collaborative and inclusive approach, as it provides a strong networking platform that also creates the space for dialogue between all stakeholders in wave energy. An important characteristic of the Action is that participation is open to all parties interested and active in the development of wave energy. Currently, 31 partner countries are active in the network.
Previous activities organised by WECANet core group members have resulted in a number of joint European projects and scientific publications. 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.
Participants of the first annual assembly, 11-12 February 2019, Thessaloniki (Greece)
Focus on wave energy challenges
Provide a platform for efficient networking
Organize training schools and workshops
Support research through Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)
amongst participating members
Provide support for achieving funding
Balance the gender representation
Coordinate and support scientific publications
The WECANet COST Action consists of Working Groups (WGs), whose interaction is regulated by the Management Committee members of the participating countries through the COD (COST Action COordination and Dissemination) activities. Each WG has a specific focus:
WG1: Numerical hydrodynamic
modelling for WECs,
WEC arrays/farms and wave energy resources
WG2: Experimental hydrodynamic
modelling and testing of WECs, WEC arrays/farms, PTO systems, and field data
WG3: Technology of WECs and WEC farms
WG4: Impacts and economics of
wave energy and how they affect decision- and policy-making