ENCORE: Energising Coasts with Offshore Renewable Energy

ENCORE: Energising Coasts with Offshore Renewable Energy

Artelia is involved in the European project ENCORE which aims to develop renewable marine energies.

Artelia is contributing its expertise in the analysis of marine conditions: 

  • Tidal and wave energy resource assessment
  • Identification of the environmental conditions to which MRE production technologies are exposed for the determination of stresses on structures. 

These activities are based on the processing and analysis of in situ oceanographic measurements and numerical modeling results of currents and waves in the two seas, at pilot test sites.

On the other hand Artelia also contributes to the activities for the promotion of marine renewable energies in the framework of the ENCORE project:

  • Participation in the creation of educational tools for young professionals in the sector
  • Participation in the regional campaign to promote MRE production technologies targeted by the ENCORE project in France.


Interreg 2 Seas Programme

Interreg 2 Seas is a European Territorial Cooperation Program covering South of England, North of France, the Netherlands and Belgium (Flanders). The Program is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and has a total of 241 million euro ERDF to co-finance projects in the 2016 - 2022 period. The overall objective is to develop an innovative, knowledge and research based, sustainable and inclusive 2 Seas area, where natural resources are protected and the green economy is promoted.


Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE), an emerging market

Europe’s waters are an untapped source of renewable energy able to deliver 25% of our energy demand by 2050*. The 2Seas region covers: The Channel, North Sea and Delta's and stores abundant and unexploited energy from sun, wind, tides, currents and waves. This Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) can power households and industry. The ORE sector is emerging rapidly and has the ambition to become a global industry leader.

2Seas companies could tap into a global annual market worth €100+BN. The sector is hindered in this ambition, as new prototypes are not developed based on a standardised protocols integrating previous lessons learned. The lack of this standardised prototype development is a significant market failure in the sector, as certification following standardised development is crucial for further capital investment in companies, bankable projects, and scaling-up the sector as a whole.

*10% from tidal & wave energy and 15% from offshore solar

Companies in the Northern Europe of the Two Seas zone could tap into an annual global market worth more than 100 billion euros. However, the sector is held back in this ambition because new prototypes are not developed on the basis of a standardized protocol incorporating recently acquired knowledge. 

The lack of development of these standardized prototypes is a major market failure in the sector. Indeed, the certification carried out as a result of standardized development is crucial for continued capital investment in companies, reliable projects and the expansion of the sector as a whole.


ENCORE: Energising Coasts with Offshore Renewable Energy

Through its Interreg 2 Seas Programme, Europe awards 5.9 million euro to the ENCORE project: ENergising Coasts with Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE). The goal of the project is to advance the rapidly emerging ORE sector. With the ambition to become a global industry leader, the 2 Seas ORE sector needs support to successfully scale-up.

ENCORE offers advanced technical and business support services to accelerate the ORE sector in the 2 Seas region, covering the Netherlands, Belgium, France and United Kingdom. ENCORE is funded by the European Interreg 2 Seas Programme and co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under grant agreement No 2S08-004 for the period February 2020-June 2021. Also the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands and the Provinces of South-Holland and North-Holland are offering financial support. As part of the service portfolio, international certification schemes will be applied to reduce risks and increase investor confidence and to attract new capital to the sector. An education & training programme will be developed to train and prepare new young talent in the sector. In each country, regional impact campaigns will be set up to involve supply chain and stakeholders in the project.

Within ENCORE, five innovative technologies will be further developed: offshore floating solar (Oceans of Energy), river current technology (Water2Energy and EEL Energy), wave energy (Teamwork Technology and THyPSO), and tidal-to-hydrogen production, storage and offloading plateform (Inyanga Marine Projects). To develop the prototypes of these technologies, ENCORE expects to sub-contract significant works.


To support the five ORE technologies, lead partner Dutch Marine Energy Centre (DMEC) brings together project partners from 4 European countries: the European Marine Energy Centre (UK), Artelia (FR), Bureau Veritas (FR), Ghent University (BE), Inyanga (UK) and Deftiq (NL).

      De bronafbeelding bekijken      Ghent UniversityDe bronafbeelding bekijken            DMEC (Dutch marine Energy Centre)


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