Marine and renewable energy centre offers free EU-funded wind, wave and tidal energy tests (in Ireland, France…

An EU-funded network of marine energy testing centres is offering free facilities to offshore energy technology developers, including wind, wave and tidal energy at system and component level.

MaRINET2 is a £10 million project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme, and coordinated by Ireland’s Marine and Renewable Energy Centre.

MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is a network of 39 partners in 13 European Countries, involving research centres and organisations who work together to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore-wind.

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.

He said: “Over the next four years, MaRINET2 will be an important instrument for 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”.

The offer closes on 20 May 2017.

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