The value of investments in renewable energy sources (RES) has increased rapidly over the last decade and in the last five years it outstripped that in fossil fuel generation. In Europe (EU) this was due to the combination of a strong: i) decrease of the Levelized Cost of Energy (LCoE) from RES, ii) increase of the reliability of renewable energy (RE) technologies, iii) policy pressure to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and iv) policy incentives to increase the share of RE in the EU energy mix consumption. Offshore renewable energies (ORE) represent the largest known untapped resource that can contribute to an EU sustainable energy supply. To maintain EU leadership in ORE market, whose value is estimated in more than 50 bln€/year up to 2050, it is necessary to continuously support the development of ORE devices and projects. The issue of corrosion effects on ORE devices is an important and growing area of interest as device deployment and design advance, and focus falls on device performance maintenance and lowering costs.
Within the NeSSIE project, WP2 has been aimed at:
i) providing the structure to map the current situation in relation to anti-corrosion solutions (ACSs) and the use of new materials in ORE,
ii) identifying business and innovation needs as well as the economic value along the complete ORE value chain concerning service life and specifically ACSs and new materials,
iii) mapping the funding options available for supporting the delivery of the demonstration projects (DPs) in this area across the public and private sector,
iv) identifying and analysing the best practice of DPs development in ORE.
The aim of this report is to comprehensively summarize the results of WP2 showing its importance within the NeSSIE project development. This document (deliverable D2.5) starts with a short summary of each WP2 deliverable followed by a discussion of the outputs of WP2 as a whole and how they build on each other and how they ultimately feed in to the later WPs and in the NeSSIE Roadmap.
In conclusion, this report will highlight the importance of getting a clear multidisciplinary - scientific, technical/technological, economic/commercial, financial and normative - and updated map of the state of the art of a technology when designing its development roadmap and 3 DPs within its field. Besides, we gathered from all the industrial value chain actors many inputs on the challenges faced by the sector, later used in NeSSIE activities such as the ones in WP3.