Institute for Energy Transition
dedicated to Marine Renewable Energies


Support to ocean energy implementation plan of the European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET Plan)

Duration: 3 years


The SET Plan aims to accelerate the development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. It seeks to improve new technologies and bring down costs by coordinating national research efforts and helping to finance projects. In this framework, the SET Implementation Plan (SET Plan IP) for Ocean Energy was adopted on 21 March 2018 and it has since been managed by the Implementation Working Group. This group is composed of representatives from the European Commission, Member States, Regions and other stakeholders.
To date it has focused on the development of research and roadmaps which have set out the aspirations of wave and tidal sector. The principle of the ocean energy SET Plan IP is to transform those aspirations into operational actions. The actions listed within this SET Plan IP are primarily based upon the Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap, which is considered to be the Declaration of Intent. The target timescale presented in this declaration is 2025 for tidal technologies and 2030 for wave technologies.


To provide support to ocean energy implementation plan of the SET Plan.

Expected results

  • To facilitate technology development for ocean energy, promote knowledge sharing and investigate collaborative funding mechanisms.
  • To understand the current support activities for ocean energy across Europe and determine how these can be enhanced so that the sector can evolve.
  • To identify appropriate innovation programmes which can bring ocean energy technologies to commercial deployment at an acceptable levelized cost of energy by 2025 (for tidal technologies) and 2030 (for wave technologies).


An annual process comprising 4 key stages:

  • Mapping: To gather information on the ocean energy sector across Europe.
  • Analysis: To compile and analyse the data collected from stakeholders and to conduct a gap analysis.
  • Monitoring: To assess the progress of the ocean energy sector by tracking key metrics and to consider other factors (identification of best practices, state-of-the-art…).
  • Review: To provide recommendations on the next steps required to progress the implementation of the SET Plan and suggest approaches to stimulate industry and research progress in key priority areas.


Leader: Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)

OceanSET project partners


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°840651.

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