MERMAID project outcomes booklet available

The MERMAID project presents Go offshore - Combining food and energy production, a booklet which explains the most important outcomes from the MERMAID project

Download the booklet


OCEANERA-NET is a European network which aims to coordinate the funding programmes between European countries and regions to support research and innovation in the ocean energy sector (i.e. Wave Energy, Tidal Energy, Tidal and Ocean Currents, Salinity Gradient and Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion).

The first OCEANERA-NET joint call has been launched on 23 October 2014 with a total budget of 7 million euros. The deadline for pre-proposals online submission is scheduled on 18 December 2014. This first call aims to enable collaborative RTDI projects addressing the following topics:

  • Develop standardised approaches/methods/ tools for ocean energy site characterisation and project and array/park planning.
  • Modelling and design of components, systems, sub-systems and devices for ocean energy technologies taking into account manufacturing, installation, operation, maintenance, and environment requirements.
  • Development and testing of critical components for delivering reliable, sustainable and high-performance ocean energy generation.
  • Demonstration and validation of technological developments in a real sea environment.
  • Design and development of tools and solutions for the technological advancement and optimisation of components, devices and arrays/parks.

More information:

MERMAID movies published

The MERMAID movie have been released. The short film on multi-use offshore platforms include scientific facts, interviews with science and industry and selected project results translating them for the public at large. The movie is introduced by European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn.

Both the trailer and long version are available on the MERMAID YouTube Channel.

For more in depth information, you can watch all indivudual interviews with the workpackage leaders of MERMAID.

MERMAID Booklet available

The MERMAID booklet can be downloaded at

World Renewable Energy Congress (WREC XIII) - 3-7 August 2014

The World Renewable Energy Congress / Network will hold its 13 Conference on 3-7 August 2014 at University of Kingston, London, UK.

  • Deadline submission abstract: March 10, 2014
  • Deadline early bird registration: June 30, 2014
  • Conference website

Topics addressed at the conference include:

  • Photovoltaic Technology
  • Solar Thermal Applications
  • Sustainable & Low Energy Architecture (Making buildings work with renewables)
  • Biomass & Waste to energy
  • Policy, Finance, Education & Sustainability
  • Energy Meteorology
  • Wind & Hybrid Energy
  • Water & Hydropower
  • Ocean Energy
  • Geothermal Energy
  • Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
  • Renewable System Integration

Seagriculture Conference 25-26 September 2013

DLG BENELUX, Wageningen UR (PRI & IMARES) and Maritime Campus Netherlands are happy to announce the 2nd International Seaweed Conference, organised in cooperation with NIOZ, TNO, ECN, Hortimare, ATO, Blueport, Stichting Zeewierboerderij & Provincie Noord-Holland. This international conference will take place in Den Helder/Texel, The Netherlands from 25 to 26 September 2013.

At this international conference you will discover the business opportunities seaweeds and seaweed commodities offer to your company. Science will meet practice, visions & trends in the field of starting materials, cultivation and harvesting, biofiltering and waste streams, market chain development and biorefinery will be discussed, posters will be presented, technical visits to several aquaculture hotspots in the North Sea will be made, and workshops can be followed. Next to this you will have sufficient time to network and do business.

More information and the programme can be found on the congress website:

Interview Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn

Interview with the Commissioner

On June 20th 2013, the European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, was interviewed by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) on behalf of the MERMAID project.

The Commissioner highlighted the contribution of the MERMAID project to the development of a thriving maritime economy, in an environmentally sustainable manner. Furthermore, Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn stressed the importance of the smart use of marine space and making offshore platforms economically viable. The Commissioner highly appreciated the multidisciplinary approach of the MERMAID project, as well as the interaction with partners from industry and stakeholders.

The interview will be incorporated in the MERMAID dissemination movie (due at the end of 2013) and will undoubtedly add to the strategic importance of the MERMAID concept.

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LITTORAL 2012 - Coasts of tomorrow, 27 - 29 November 2012, Oostende, Belgium

The City of Oostende, at the heart of Belgium’s coast, will proudly host the 11th LITTORAL conference, the biannual international conference of the Coastal and Marine Union – EUCC and EUROCOAST, from 27 – 29 November 2012. Coastal practitioners, researchers and policy makers are invited to register and participate at this year's conference.

The program is packed with interesting keynotes, sessions, workshops a showcase exhibition and a high level debate. During the session on coastal infrastructures, the MERMAID project will be presented.

The full program is now available at the website.

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched

The international Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) launched the world's first open-access global atlas of renewable energy resources. The atlas is now available at: It currently charts solar and wind resources, and will expand to other forms of renewable energy over 2013 and 2014, the agency announced."

The Seabed and Wind Farm Interaction program held an End User Workshop

The project “Seabed and Wind Farm Interaction”, a 4.5-year research program financed by the Danish Council for Strategic Research, and undertaken by a Consortium of five institutes, held a successful End User Workshop on May 15, 2012, organized jointly by the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) and the Danish Society of Marin Civil Engineering. The venue was DTU. Over 70 people, both from industry and academia, participated in the one-day event. The Power-Point presentations of the workshop are downloadable at the following Web address:

Websites of TROPOS and H2OCEAN online

The websites of the other FP7-OCEAN.2011-1 projects are now online.


The MERMAID Project website has been launched

On monday May 21th 2012 the MERMAID project website was launched.