MaRINET2 opens call for free access to testing facilities

Press release, 10 April 2017.

The MaRINET2 project has opened a call for applications today. Successful applicants will receive free access to a world-leading network of testing and research infrastructures. The call is open to offshore energy technology developers, including wind, wave and tidal energy at system and component level. It is open until 20 May 2017.

MaRINET2 is a €10.5m project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, and coordinated by the MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland) Centre. The project will accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies by providing free-of-charge access to a network of 57 research facilities across Europe. Access will be granted through a series of competitive calls for applicants.

MaRINET2 Project Coordinator, Jimmy Murphy, University College Cork, highlighted the value of the project for the offshore renewable energy sector: “Over the next four years, MaRINET2 will be an important instrument in reducing the cost of development in Europe’s offshore renewable energy sector. It will keep innovative new technologies progressing towards the marketplace, and keep Europe at the cutting edge of development globally. It will also strengthen Europe’s network of world-leading offshore renewables research infrastructure”.

Jose Luis Villate, MaRINET2 Dissemination Coordinator, Tecnalia and offshore renewable energy director at TECNALIA highlighted the need of collaboration around offshore renewable technologies: “Access to testing and research infrastructures within MaRINET2 will open collaboration opportunities among different actors in the sector. This is a positive development”.

Christophe Maisondieu, Marinet2 Access Coordinator, Ifremer welcomed the project: “The first Marinet project supported 178 projects over a period of 4.5 years, and had a considerable impact on research into offshore renewables in Europe. We will look forward to building on this success in MaRINET2, and help develop exciting new renewable energy technologies from around Europe”.

For details on eligibility criteria, how to apply, available testing infrastructures etc, please visit the Marinet2 website: www.marinet2.eu. 

For further information, contact:

  • Christophe Maisondieu
    IFREMER and MaRINET2 Trans-National Access Coordinator
    marinet2_tna@ifremer.fr
    +332 98 22 47 33

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 731084.

About MaRINET2

MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is composed of 39 organisations who collaborate to progress offshore renewable energy technologies in Europe. It aims to accelerate the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries.

The project is now in its second iteration, and it is supported by the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme.

Led by MaREI, the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland at University College Cork, the project provides companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups and researchers with fully-funded access to marine energy experts and the world’s leading offshore energy test facilities. The project will also progress the standardisation of testing in the ocean energy sector.

The first MaRINET phase proved the value of the project during its 4.5 years’ lifespan by providing 700 weeks of access to 178 projects and 800 companies. This second phase will run from 2017 to 2021.

www.marinet2.eu