GDF SUEZ, Scottish Development International, ScottishPower Renewables & Siemens join Ocean Energy Europe as lead sponsors

12th March. Brussels. Four of the ocean energy sectors biggest players have lent their strength to Ocean Energy Europe by joining as lead sponsors. GDF SUEZ, Scottish Development International (SDI), ScottishPower Renewables & Siemens’ support confirms the Association’s mandate as the European representative of the sector and recognises the role the EU will have in bridging the gap to commercialisation.

The announcement comes at a time of unprecedented interest in ocean energy within the EU, following the launch of the European Commission’s Communication on Ocean Energy on 20th January and before the kick-off of the Ocean Energy Forum on 4th April.

“We are delighted to have such major industrialists and development agencies join Ocean Energy Europe; it is clearly indicative of the momentum the sector continues to gain. Commercialising ocean energy will require EU support and industry cooperation and today’s announcement shows that the industry has recognised that.”
Dr Sian George, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, the trade association for ocean renewables

“Following the development of our tidal projects in France and our commitment to contribute to the marine industry, it seems natural for us to join Ocean Energy Europe to promote innovation and further improve ocean technologies and their sustainable, efficient deployment across Europe.”          
Marc Florette, Member of the Executive Committee of GDF SUEZ, Research & Innovation Director

“Ocean energy has an important role to play in Scotland's future energy mix, and with a quarter of Europe’s potential tidal energy resource and 10% of its potential wave resource, Scotland has a key role in the development of the industry in Europe. We believe that it is important for the development of the ocean energy industry in Europe that it speaks with one coherent voice and Ocean Energy Europe is the ideal platform for us to do that. By supporting Ocean Energy Europe we aim to keep Scotland and Europe at the forefront of ocean energy development."
Sharon Hamilton, Renewable Energy International Sector Head at Scottish Development International

“We are pleased to be working with Ocean Energy Europe, and joining with the industry to promote the development of ocean renewable energy all across Europe. There is tremendous potential to deliver clean, green electricity from ocean renewables, and it is important that the industry works together to help achieve this goal.”
Lindsay McQuade, Director of Policy & Innovation at ScottishPower Renewables

“Siemens is assuming a leading role in Ocean Energy Europe to support a consolidated and focused dialogue at European level. We want to make ocean energy a reality in Europe not only to produce predictable, reliable clean energy, but also for job creation and to support innovation.”
Kai Koelmel, Vice President, Head of Sales and Product Management for the Siemens Hydro and Ocean Business

Ocean Energy Europe is the trade association for ocean renewables in Europe. It is based in Brussels and has nearly 80 members including some of the world’s leading utilities, engineering companies, device developers and research institutes. Their combined strength makes Ocean Energy Europe the largest and most powerful network of ocean energy professionals in Europe.

GDF SUEZ develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources. GDF SUEZ and its partners are preparing a project to respond to the call for expressions of interest for pilot tidal farms along the Raz Blanchard in Lower Normandy. GDF SUEZ employs 147,200 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €81.3 billion in 2013.

Scottish Development International (SDI) is a partnership between the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, which works to attract inward investment to Scotland and helps Scottish based companies to trade overseas. Today, there are more grid connected ocean energy devices in Scotland than anywhere else in the world.

ScottishPower Renewables is part of the Iberdrola group, the world’s largest wind energy developer, with an operating portfolio of over 14,000 megawatts (MW) (as of June 2013). ScottishPower Renewables is responsible for progressing Iberdrola’s onshore and offshore wind projects as well as ocean energy projects in the UK and Ireland managing the development, construction and operation of all projects.

Siemens Energy is one of the world’s leading suppliers of a wide range of products, solutions and services in the field of energy technology. Siemens-owned Marine Current Turbines Ltd (MCT), established in 1999, is both first mover and world leader in tidal power systems. With its technological history stretching back to the 1970s, MCT has led the way in commercialising tidal energy generation.

For further information please contact:

Ocean Energy Europe - Rob Flynn
Communications & Membership Officer
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t:             +32 2400 1040

GDF SUEZ - Jennifer Do Couto
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t:             +33 1 44 22 19 41

SDI – Press Office
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t:             +44 141 228 2019


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