The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.1 million in support to 32 offshore renewable technology developers to test at its network of world-leading research facilities. This support will accelerate the next generation of energy technologies towards the marketplace, and help maintain Europe’s global leadership in renewable energy research.
€1.1 million of funding was awarded to 32 innovation technology developers from 17 countries, following a second competitive call for applications. The support will provide 583 days of state of the art testing and research at facilities around Europe. One Irish company was granted access for 3 weeks in FZK Großer Wellenkkanal (GWK) in University of Hanover. Funding was also awarded to 3 European companies to use Irish test facilities for a total of 31 days. These facilities include, the Deep Ocean Wave basin and the Electrical infrastructure at the Lír National Ocean Test Facility in University College Cork, and the MRE MOV in University of Limerick.
On the announcement of the awards Dr Jimmy Murphy, Funded Investigator at MaREI and co-ordinator of MaRINET2 said, “Europe is the clear global leader in offshore renewable energy because it invests in research, development and innovation. The support awarded today will advance the development of 32 technologies through testing in state of the art European facilities. It will thus ensure that Europe remains at the centre for offshore renewable energy technology development”.
Steven Nauwelaerts, CEO of Laminaria and a successful MaRINET2 applicant said, “This support from the MaRINET2 programme will help us learn a lot about our technology and how it operates in real-sea conditions. Furthermore, it will demonstrate an effective solution for offshore wave energy generation and help bring the ground-breaking Laminaria technology to market”.
MaRINET2’s third call for applications will open on 1 November 2018. An open call for virtual access to data sets provided through the project remains on going.
For further information visit the MaRINET2 website: www.marinet2.eu