Implementing a transnational
marine energy strategy in the
Atlantic Area

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2007-2013 Atlantic Area Programme. ERDF, Interreg Atlantic Area. Priority 2.3 - Exploit the renewable energy potential of the marine and coastal environment.

Project Description

Atlantic regions have a huge potential in renewable energy which can be useful for the EU to meet the goals of its energy strategy, while contributing to the prosperity of their industries and populations, and meeting the objectives of economic, social and territorial cohesion.

The Atlantic Power Cluster project builds on the Marine Energy Working Group set up in the CPMR (Atlantic Arc Commission) and is intended to implement a transnational marine energy strategy so the partner regions can seek complementarities to tackle the crucial challenges for the development of marine energies in the Atlantic Area (AA).

The project seeks to develop cooperation and joint approaches to facilitate the identification of new market niches in the renewable energy sector and the redefinition of educational and training programs as per the needs of the offshore and marine energy sector in the AA. The project likewise is expected to contribute to a "greener" model of energy development, while enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacities in the Atlantic regions.

The total ATLANTIC POWER CLUSTER budget yields 3,020,000 €.

Project period: 01/02/2012 - 31/07/2014, duration 2.5 years.


1. Building a transnational marine energy strategy in the Atlantic Area.
2. Creating an adequate political and social environment for the marine energies enhancing the competitiveness and innovation capacities of the industrial community in the Atlantic regions.


The NMCI vision is to be an internationally recognized centre of excellence for the provision of career focused maritime education and training. Innovation in the delivery of maritime Training and Education is an imperative if this vision is to be achieved. The Halpin Centre is working with and supporting faculty staff involved in establishing best practice in:

1. SODERCAN (Lead Partner), Spain
2. FUAC, Foundation University of La Coruña, Spain
3. Galway County Council, Ireland
4. Bretagne Innovation, France
5. FAEN, Asturias Energy Agency, Spain
6. Regional Council of Basse-Normandie, France
7. CPMR, Atlantic Arc Commission, France
8. CIT, Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
9. EVE, Basque Government Energy Agency, Spain
10. Wave Energy Centre, Portugal
11. INEGI, Portugal
12. SEGEC, Scottish European Green Energy Centre, UK
13. Pôle des Eco Industries de Poitou Charentes, France
14. Société Publique Régionale des Pays de la Loire, France
15. Regional Council of Aquitaine, France
16. CIEMAT, Spanish Environment Energy Research Centre, Spain
17. Regen SW, UK

Halpin Centre Participation

The Halpin Centre, Maritime Safety and Security, as part of the Cork Institute of Technology is the lead partner in WP5 and additionally collaborated in other work packages such as WP7, communication and dissemination.

WP5. Adapting the Atlantic Area workforce to the needs of MRE. Skills and training

Adapting the Atlantic workforce to the needs of the marine energy sector will address the significant opportunities for employment creation and upgrading of skills and the significant challenges in having a highly trained workforce available to service the sectors future needs.

This WP will be dealing with adapting and preparing the workforce in the Atlantic Area to the needs of the marine energy sector.

5.1 Labour Market and Skillsets Research
5.2 Development of Education, Training and Accreditation of courses