MET-CERTIFIED joined forces with ICOE2018: our impressions, facts and figures

June 25, 2018
MET-CERTIFIED sponsored the ICOE2018-Seanergy Conference and Exhibition in Cherbourg, France from 12 to 14 June.   The exhibition welcomed over 2500 individual participants covering the entire supply chain and a broad geographical area.  MET-CERTIFIED was represented by project partners DMEC, Tocardo, EMEC & Ghent University, as well as observer partners Bureau Veritas, IEA Ocean Energy Systems, Ocean Energy Europe & France Energies Marines.  The project team reached out to the marine energy certification stakeholders in several ways:

  • MET-CERTIFIED co-hosted the B2B with Enterprise Europe Network: over 900 B2B meetings were organized, including 40 B2B meetings with MET-CERTIFIED partners.
  • Conference attendees received the MET-CERTIFIED flyer in their welcome package.
  • MET-CERTIFIED submitted a paper, "Advancing IEC standardization and certification for tidal energy convertors”.
  • MET-CERTIFIED presented the project progress during a presentation by Peter Scheijgrond from lead partner DMEC.  
  • Observer partner Bureau Veritas gave a presentation titled “Certification Schemes for Marine Renewable Energy Technologies”. 
  • Project partner EMEC had a stand, which included a scale model of Tocardo's Universal Floating System to be build under the MET-CERTIFIED project​.
  • MET-CERTIFIED got a lot of visibility, through the ICOE mailings, the logo on participant’s badges, on stage banners and of course the B2B.  
  • A steering group meeting was held with the project partners proceeding the conference & exhibition.

 OpenHydro assembly factory inaugurated, but endend with a low note after disinvestment 6 weeks later

At the end of the conference, the highly anticipated Navales Energies Group/Open Hydro assembly factory was officially inaugurated.  The first turbines ordered were shipped to Cape Sharp, Canada, with the first turbine being commissioned July 24th.

Surprisingly, Naval Group announced on 26thJuly the termination of its investments in tidal stream, forcing the liquidation of its tidal stream subsidiary, OpenHydro.  On the same day, the European Commission announced the Raz Blanchard project in line with European State Aid rules.  OpenHydro was supposed to deliver 7 turbines.

According to Naval Energies, a “deterioration in the market” and a “lack of commercial prospects in the long term” lead to its decision.  Meanwhile, provisional liquidators were appointed by the Irish High Court to OpenHydro Group and OpenHydro Technologies.

Both Ocean Energy Europe as well as competitor Sabella responded to the liquidation.  Rémi Gruet of Ocean Energy Europe stated “that tidal stream marches on in Europe, yet closures are part of pioneering and innovating in a brand new industrial sector, on the road to commercialisation.”

At the time of publishing this article, the impact for the 100 employees as well as for the Cape Sharp & Raz Blanchard projects remain unclear.