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Design & implementation of a global marine energy industry network (mein)

Create a dynamic platform to connect and accelerate renewable energy industry (considering marine energy as a pilot- "marine energy industry network")), as an opportunity to exchange marine energy intellectual capital, providing tools to drive down the cost curve and accelerate industry development.

The purpose is to create a Marine Energy Industry Network (MEIN), that allow as a plataform to connect relevant actors of the industry, and to set up an organizational structure that not only facilitates, but actually promotes knowledge sharing, The Marine Energy Industry Network will have two functional components and associated services that will be provided for the user. The first component is what could be called the ME KNOWLEDGE FORUM. It would bring together business practitioners, industry thought-leaders and experts/academics to help marine energy organizations tackle the new challenges presented by evolving technologies and changes in their business context. It would offer an ongoing programme of workshops, seminars, webinars, discussion groups and highly focused research projects spanning key issues affecting most organizations in the industry. It would also draw on experiences from the off-shore wind industry where fora operate in very specialized areas. These would be specialization cells within the broader ME Knowledge Forum. Each specialization cell (e.g. technology developers, project developers, supply chain, etc) will have its own moderator. Moderators will have a peer-to-peer status and will be permanent staff of MEIN with extensive marine energy background. Moderators will be responsible of encouraging and engaging with participants in each cell challenges and forums in order to create an even interchange of knowledge and experiences from different countries, markets and technologies. As they will play a crucial role, they will be under continues professional development to enhance MEIN performance, lead discussions or challenges and answer questions as well as managing ICT development. Additionally, the direct interaction with MEIN users in each cell will allow moderators to identify top quality talent and experience of subject matter experts. While these cells would generate interactions between its members on a frequent basis and often in a problem-solving mode, the ME Knowledge Forum at large would have a more structured and strategic mode of knowledge sharing. The ME Knowledge Forum would operate by subscription, and it would be expected to enroll large organisations such as utilities (e.g., EDF, ENEL, PowerGen, EMERA), applied research centres (e.g., EMEC, WAVEC, MERIC,…), Universities and project developers (e.g., Siemens, DCNS, Andritz, Lockheed Martin) as well as smaller technology developers. It is envisioned that the latter would be the driving force behind the specialization cells that will be mentored by experts in the respective fields. The other component is what could be called the ME KNOWLEDGE BROKER and itself would again have two parts, the ME Knowledge Repository and the ME Expert Network. The ME Knowledge Repository would contain the IP produced by any member of the industry and left there for others to use. The owner of the IP would be compensated by users at a set fee. It would also help users find public domain IP and in fact it is anticipated there will be individual subscribers from all domains of marine energy who for a small annual fee will use this service. As its name implies, the ME Expert Network operates as a market where supply and demand for expertise comes together. The ME Expert Network cross-checks credentials and enrolls the experts, and then performs a matching service when needs arise. When there is a new request for specialized expertise, the ME Expert Network will draw from its database the profiles with the closest fit to the requirements and respond with the three closest fits. Once an expert is hired, MEIND will provide a safe online work platform to share files, to communicate with the company team, to monitor the project progress, to deal with compliance issues and, to manage invoice and payment in a secure We have had conversations with Ministry of Energy and CORFO officials in Chile that confirm that this project is highly relevant to them. It has been recommended by them that this project has the backing of the Division de Prospectiva y Política in the Ministry. We will get formal support letters in time for the January 31st 2017 deadline if we are invited to submit a final proposal. The project includes a comprehensive communications plan that will take the form of a series of three workshops/roundtables for the marine energy industry community in Chile, and the presentation of the outcome at the most important international marine ener
Acronym: 
MEIN
Project ID: 
11 247
Start date: 
03-04-2017
Project Duration: 
12months
Project costs: 
210 000.00€
Technological Area: 
ELECTRONICS, IT AND TELECOMS TECHNOLOGY
Market Area: 
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