Team members of the OPERA Project and Project Officer Ms. Francesca Harris met in Brussels on 19th September to review the main achievements and lessons learnt during the last 12 months of the project. The Consortium is grateful to the Delegation of the Basque Country to the EU in Brussels for providing the facilities to host this review meeting.

After a brief overview of the Project Coordinator Mr. Pablo Ruiz-Minguela (Tecnalia), there were presented project results in the different Work Packages along with successes and difficulties encountered:

  • Open-sea operating data collection and streaming – Mr. Endika Aldaiturriaga & Borja de Miguel (Idom)
  • Mooring loads assessment and reduction – Prof. Lars Johanning (University of Exeter)
  • Power take-off reliability and performance – Prof. Luís Gato (Instituto Superior Técnico)
  • Controls algorithms for reliability and performance – Mr. François-Xavier Faÿ (Tecnalia)
  • Applicability and extension of IEC Technical Specifications – Mr. Florent Thiebaut (University College Cork)
  • Lifetime offshore logistics – Mr. Raúl Rodríguez-Arias (Tecnalia)
  • Risks management, cost of energy and overall assessment – Ms. Tianna Bloise-Thomaz (University of Edinburgh)
  • Exploitation, dissemination and communication – Mr. Patxi Etxaniz (Idom)

Ms. Francesca Harris could learn first-hand of the performance of project innovations and procedures, as well as of the new knowledge generated and the impact of dissemination and communication activities. Mr. Matthijs Soede, from DG Research & Innovation, could join discussions on the last part of the meeting.

The OPERA team received a very useful feedback on the implementation of the project, particularly with regards to the large public component of project results. Actually, wave energy stakeholders are invited to browse through the full set of public deliverables and results, which are available on the website.

OPERA’s purpose is to reduce the time-to-market of wave energy and contribute to environmental and economic goals. The OPERA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 654444.