The fifth and final MaRINET2 call results have been announced, bringing the project’s total budget for free lab, tank and open-sea testing of wave, tidal and offshore wind technologies to €5 million (US$6 million).
In all, MaRINET2 has provided more than 600 weeks of testing and support to over 170 technology developers from almost 20 European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Brazil and the U.S.
Under the last of the trans-national access calls, €1.2 million was awarded to 30 offshore renewables projects. Despite some delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, projects funded under previous calls are well under way, with the latest batch due to hit the water in the coming weeks, according to a press release.
MaRINET2 participants have free-of-charge access to Europe’s leading test and research infrastructures — on the condition that they test abroad, thus enabling an exchange of skills and facilities between different countries.
“The number and range of projects that the testing program has been able to support is impressive and we are proud to play our part in developing the latest innovative technologies. Over the next year, we will be able to present the results of these endeavors and demonstrate the added value that they bring to the offshore renewables sector,” said Dr Jimmy Murphy, MaRINET2 project coordinator.
An open call for virtual access to data sets and a free training program are also available through the project until its conclusion at the end of 2021.
MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is a network of 39 partners in 13 European countries, involving research centers and organizations who work together to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore wind. This pan-European network provides marine energy development companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups and researchers with fully-funded access to marine energy experts and wave, tidal and offshore wind test facilities.