Annual Report 2018

Work Programme


The primary activity of the OES is to develop research projects (Tasks) to study various aspects of ocean energy systems. Each research project (Task) is managed by an Operating Agent who is selected by the Executive Committee.

The Tasks running in 2018 are presented below, as well as those activities under discussion that could potentially turn into future Tasks. OES has an internal prioritisation process for selection of activities which includes the analysis of the following points: how it fits with the OES Strategic Plan, the impact in member countries, the impact of the work and the relevance of the work being done by the OES. In many cases, before initiating a new project, the OES supports the organisation of workshops on a specific topic as a way to discuss the role that OES can play, as well as the format of the collaborative work. 


OES Work Programme  - Current, Completed and Future Tasks












The OES is self-financed by the participants, either through financial and/or in-kind contributions. The participants themselves decide whether cost-sharing, task-sharing or a combination of both is most appropriate. Under the cost-sharing approach, each participant contributes to a common fund which can then be used to finance activities under the OES’s programme of work; under the task-sharing approach, each participant contributes resources in-kind.

In 2017, OES had 10 active co-operative tasks bringing together experts from industry, government, and research institutions around the world to exchange information and participate in various research activities (Table 3).

Two tasks were approved in 2017 by the Executive Committee: Task 12 on Stage Gate Metrics for Ocean Energy and Task 13 on Numerical Code Validation for Tidal Energy, both of which will formally begin in 2018. The ExCo also approved a new study on the Cost of Energy, as a continuation of the work done in 2016 under task 7.

Further, three proposals for new activities were discussed in the last ExCo meeting addressing ocean energy in insular conditions, ocean energy jobs creation and open water testing. These proposals are presented in chapter 2.