MaRINET2 has opened its call for free access to testing facilities.
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.
The call will closes on 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, including Plymouth University’s Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory. Access will be granted through a series of competitive calls for applicants.
Dr Stuart Stripling, Facility Manager, COAST laboratory said:
“A sustainable future is one that will draw upon the benefits of clean energy. Plymouth University’s COAST laboratory is delighted to be participating in the second transnational access MaRINET programme: MaRINET2. Under the first MaRINET project, COAST supported a number of international clean energy development teams using its advanced R&D testing facilities and is looking forward to the unfolding of MaRINET2 over the next four years. We would encourage any company interested in applying for access to our COAST laboratory to get in touch.”
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 at 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, and available testing infrastructures, please visit the Marinet2 website.
If you’d like to discuss MaRINET2 opportunities at Plymouth University’s COAST laboratory, please contact
Dr Stuart Stripling, Facility Manager, COAST laboratory, Plymouth University, School of Engineering, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA
COAST@plymouth.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 7764 290927.