Objectives & Activities

BEPPo - Blue Energy Production in Ports

CAN AND WILL EUROPEAN PORTS BECOME ENERGY PRODUCTION CENTRES?

 

The significant amount of marine energy still to be captured from waves and tides in the 35.696 km of coastline makes the North Sea Region a perfect area to drive forward the development and application of new renewable energy technologies. 

In particular, many ports facing the North Sea have spare capacity, quality and quantity of vacant land quays, access to the sea and often proximity to renewable power (offshore/onshore wind, biomass, wave/tidal) development zones. Hence, they are potentially an ideal location for the clustering of industries, technology transfer or research centres and incubators all focused on renewable energy. 

However, for port authorities energy production/efficiency is not a primary business activity. Also, they often lack staff to focus strongly on environmental matters. Is it therefore worth while for port authorities being actively involved in the energy generation process and fostering the agglomeration of energy related companies within their premises? Which advantages can they gain in moving toward a port-centric goal? 

It is critical for the BEPPo and wider European ports to understand the framework (policy context, industry/research in the territory) in which they operate & the conditions (active/passive role, logistics, knowledge transfer from traditional to new energy sources, etc.) required for them to become renewable energy platforms and energy efficient businesses which can contribute significantly to the economic development of their areas. 

BEPPo will specifically try to answer these questions:

- Can ports structure themselves, financially and legally, in order to maximise benefits from marine renewable developments?

- Can ports organise themselves operationally to enable maximum benefit from marine renewable – i.e. charging structures, joint ventures with developers, allocating space (laydown, fabrication, deployment) between developers?

- Can ports act as a key enabler of the marine renewables supply chain, through infrastructure investment and innovative technology research?

Project Structure

 MANAGEMENT   COMMUNICATION

Focus on

 RESEARCH PORTS & RELATED REGIONAL CLUSTERSINDUSTRY & POLICY
CAPITALISE ON ADVANCED RESEARCH TO FOSTER THE INTRODUCTION & EXPLOITATION OF INNOVATIVE MARINE ENERGY
TECHNOLOGIES/ENVIRONMENTS
BUILD ON THE INNOVATION CAPACITY
OF PORTS
TO BECOME
RENEWABLE ENERGY PLATFORMS
STIMULATE THE DEMAND FOR AND UPTAKE OF MARINE ENERGY BY ESTABLISHING & STRENGTHENING MARINE ENERGY NETWORKS AND FACILITATING BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  • Exploit and merge results of other (EU) projects (FP7 MARINET, EquiMar, CORES, Marina Platform; Interreg IVB NSR Power Cluster, Lopinod and eHarbours; Interreg IVA 2 Seas PATCH; Interreg IVA France(Channel)-England MERiFIC; Interreg IVB Baltic SUBMARINER)
 
  • Verify and establish the conditions for NSR ports to become marine energy platforms (opportunities & potentials, required logistics, constraints, policies, Government support before/after the installation of marine energy plants, possible spin-off and clustering of enterprises, etc.)
 
  • link stakeholder networks of BEPPo partners’ marine energy generation test plants in Belgium, Denmark, UK and extend networks to other North Sea Region ports and respective public authorities and research institutions

  • Intregrate research data with BEPPo partners’ investment plans on renewable energy and energy efficiency
 
  • Monitor the effectiveness, survivability, requirements of existing test plants as well as the links between port authorities & energy industry
 
  • Create business opportunities via Business to Business events




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