SPECIFIC CHALLENGE: The challenge is the design, development and validation of cost-effective Wave energy convertors that can survive in a harsh and unpredictable environment as the ocean through demand-driven Pre-Commercial Procurement. The challenge is open to proposals seeking to steer wave energy research and development in an effective way at a European level establishing convergence of wave energy technologies and to bring these technologies to the market.
SCOPE: The aim of this European PCP action is to elevate experience with national public procurement approaches at a European level to bring European Wave Energy Research and Development more efficiently into the direction of commercialization.
The action is structured in two phases:
1) The participating users/buyers of R&D service should agree on common performance levels and associated specifications for the wave energy systems. Participants will plan the research and the design of actions covering a broad variety of building blocks addressing different sub-challenges. The funding of the participating programme owners (national and/or regional) and the European Union will be used for different stages in the wave energy technology development.
2) The action will take care for the implementation of the Pre-Commercial Procurement and of the PCP contracts. The results will be shared within the European industry to accelerate technology development and the establishment of guidelines and standards to facilitate the transferability of the knowledge creation. The research and specification work should lead to at least 3 prototypes tested in an environment close to expected performance. At the end of the action at least one of the prototypes should be ready for testing in an operational environment at commercial scale.
ORDER OF CONTRIBUTION: 15 to 20 millions euro
BENEFICIARIES: The following participants are eligible for funding from the Union:
- any legal entity established in a Member State or Associated Country;
- any international European interest organisation;
- any legal entity established in a third country identified in the Work Programme.
Furthermore participants should comply with the following consortium eligibility criteria
- two legal entities, which are “Public Procurers”
- both entities must be established in a different EU Member State or Horizon 2020 associated country.
- both legal entities shall be independent of each other.
FUNDING RATE: 70%
TYPE OF ACTION: Pre-Commercial Procurement Cofund Action (PCP) so funding is for a group of procurers (‘buyers group’) to undertake together one joint PCP procurement, so that there is one joint call for tender, one joint evaluation of offers, and a lead procurer awarding the R&D service contracts in the name and on behalf of the buyers group.