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SEGEC Projects

Here's a small selection of successful SEGEC projects, and how funds were unlocked from a variety of EU sources.

Ocean Energy

1. The Aegir Project (a joint venture between Pelamis and Vattenfall) is a 10MW wave array off Shetland. SEGEC assisted the consortium partners to submit a bid under the FP 7 Demonstration of the First Ocean Energy Farms ENERGY.2012.2.6.1 call. The aim is to build Shetland's first ever wave farm. The plans are for 10 to 14 Pelamis wave energy converters moored offshore in 50 metre-plus waters. Electricity generated will be exported back to the Shetland Mainland, via a cable on the seabed, to be fed into the local electricity grid via a substation. The first machines are likely to be commissioned in 2018. It's an excellent opportunity to learn more about the community, environmental impacts and interactions of wave farms.

2. SEGEC successfully facilitated a bid from ScottishPower Renewables to develop the first consented demonstration tidal array in the Sound of Islay. Ten Hammerfest Strom HS1000 devices, fully-submerged on the seabed just south of Port Askaig. The bid was put forward by the UK Government to the European Investment Bank (EIB ) for consideration in the first round of the EU's New Entrant Reserve (NER300) scheme. It was subsequently awarded €21M of European funding.

3. The Atlantic Power Cluster is part of The Atlantic Area Programme, financed through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Its total budget is €158 million. SEGEC is one of 17 organisations working in partnership to create the Atlantic Power Cluster project, budgeted at just over €3 million. Ultimately, it's to meet the needs of the offshore and marine energy sector in the Atlantic Area - all of Ireland plus the Atlantic regions of Spain, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom. The project will contribute to a greener model of energy development while upping competitiveness and innovation in the Atlantic regions. 

4.The ERA-NET initiative aims to coordinate the work of research funding organisations in Europe, providing a framework for transnational joint activities. 
This should have several benefits: the promotion of information sharing, and ensuring scientific excellence by furthering links between institutions and researchers across Europe.
Also, importantly, reducing duplication to promote more efficient use of resources  In turn, this should give Europe a competitive advantage in the global pursuit of commercialising ocean energy.This initiative was developed by SEGEC, and funded under the Seventh Framework Programme. Co-ordinated by Scottish Enterprise. It will run for four years until 2017.

Offshore wind

During 2009, SEGEC played a vital role in unlocking the potential for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). SEGEC took responsibility for securing the €40 million in EU grant funding for a revised £230 million scheme, comprising both a novel windfarm of 11 next generation turbines and a deployment centre for testing offshore wind technologies.
Supporting this demonstration enables Scotland and the EU to reduce development risks and capital costs, by providing the opportunity to test real time reliability and capacity generation.

SEGEC employed an interim project team to develop the EU bid and refine the plans for the centre. This culminated in the announcement in early 2010 that Technip would join the project as an industrial partner, working with Vattenfall and AR EG to deliver a scheme that offers significant opportunities for offshore wind technology providers looking to test and validate in a bespoke facility.

Grids

1. NorthConnect is a project company owned by four partners in Norway, UK and Sweden. Their directive is to plan, build and operate an HVDC interconnector between Norway and the UK. The co-operation agreement between Agder Energi, E-CO, Lyse and Vattenfall AB was signed on 1 February 2011.

SEGEC facilitated a successful bid to the EU Funding Programme TEN-E for the project. In March 2012, the work package conducting technical, regulatory and commercial studies for the proposed interconnector was awarded €690,000 by the European Commission.The selected UK landing point in North-East Scotland could provide existing and future renewable generation in the north of the country, access to Norwegian hydro storage and will link the UK to Scandinavian electricity markets.

2. As a direct result of SEGEC support, the Moray Firth Offshore HVDC Hub project achieved significant funding from the European Economic Recovery Plan (EERP ). SEGEC helped prepare the bid and secured support from Scottish and Westminster Governments. The decision by the European Commission to allocate the project €74M towards the capital costs was announced in December 2009.

The aim of this innovative and challenging project? To provide an opportunity for deployment and further development of technology and engineering - key to the realisation of any future offshore Super Grid in Europe. The specific focus is Multiterminal Voltage Source Converter (VSC) HVDC Transmission  and Offshore HVDC substations.

Smart Cities

1. Working with Scotland Europa and the Scottish Government, SEGEC are currently helping to shape the strategic Scottish approach to the EU Smart Cities opportunity. 

SEGEC has already facilitated delivery of an EU funding application for a large scale smart cities project based in Scotland, involving academic, local authority and industrial partners.
This project featured many different aspects of the smart cities concept: energy efficient buildings, district heating, smart electricity grids and ICT systems. Importantly, it dealt with how to integrate these most effectively too. 

SEGEC are now seeking to develop other similar projects and there are several EU funding mechanisms which apply, like Horizon 2020.
Large scale grant funding for collaborative projects to demonstrate innovative combinations of technologies is available. 

2. The European Investment Bank’s ELENA programme provides public sector bodies with grant funding for ‘technical assistance'. This is to help projects reach investible status and is aimed specifically at projects in the Smart Cities space. SEGEC is seeking to identify a suitable opportunity to assist the Scottish public sector with the development of an ELENA application.

Finally, the ERDF JESSICA fund provides loans for urban regeneration projects in the context of business properties, energy efficiency and renewable energy installations. SEGEC hopes to support the development and implementation of such projects and provide support for Scottish local authorities throughout the process.

3. In early 2014, SEGEC facilitated the entry of the Scottish Government into a large EU project called STRATEGO, unlocking a share of a €2.6m grant. This will help the development of national heating and cooling plans. The Scottish Government is one of 16 consortium partners across 12 European Member States. With support from the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, and the Scottish Cities Alliance, it will lead a work package to exchange best practice. For developers, this is an opportunity to learn directly from some of Europe’s leading researchers in low carbon heating and cooling, plus practical insights from some of Europe’s most experienced cities and regions.