Specific communication activities during 2015 have included:
The OES dedicated website (www.ocean-energy-systems.org) is the primary source of communicating the activities of OES to a wider audience and has a restricted area to the ExCo delegates.
A LinkedIn group was set up in February 2015 and has now 170 members.
CLOSE LINK WITH ICOE
The ExCo has a close link with the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) and hosts past ICOE conference material at a dedicated website managed by the OES (www.icoe-conference.com), including the upload of all papers from previous conferences. In 2015, the OES collaborated with the organisation of the ICOE 2016, in particular the “poster award”, a cash prize to 3 students selected by an international jury, composed of members of the ExCo.
The Annual Report includes, each year, country reports provided by each member country on ocean energy policies, R&D and technology demonstration. This is intended as the flagship document for OES activities and a marker for industry development.
In 2015 a subdomain was created with an interactive online version: http://report2014.ocean-energy-systems.org/.
VIDEO ON OCEAN ENERGY
A video about ocean energy was prepared with the following goals: i) to promote ocean energy as a viable energy resource and educate decision makers as well as public about what ocean energy is and how it can contribute to a sustainable energy production, ii) to highlight recent developments, challenges faced by technologies deployed in the ocean and the need for adequate national policies to promote ocean energy, iii) to promote international collaboration. The video was placed at youtube and up to now had over 4000 views. See the movie here:
A Bulletin issued each semester, immediately after each ExCo meeting presents most up to date information exchanged by the delegates. A free subscription is offered to all interested.
FACT SHEETS ABOUT EACH PROJECT
For each project a fact sheet is prepared summarizing the objectives and outcomes of each OES project.
PRESENCE IN MAIN EVENTS
Dissemination of OES activities has been an ongoing process, through the presence of OES representatives in well known conferences related to ocean energy. The table below lists the main events in 2015, in which the OES was represented:
OCEAN ENERGY FORUM
The Ocean Energy Forum is a European initiative launched by the European Commission in April 2014 which brings together stakeholders to develop a shared understanding of the problems and to develop solutions. This Forum is a first stage of an action plan to accelerate the progress towards full industrialisation of ocean energy in Europe. The Forum will run for two years and its ultimate aim is to deliver a Strategic Roadmap for the development of the sector.
It is divided into three workstreams: Technology, Finance and Environment & Consenting. Each of these worstreams has its own Steering Group, with representatives from all relevant stakeholder groups. The OES is part of the Steering Group on Environment & Consenting and in 2015 was represented in the two meetings of this group.