Marine network calls for applications to test offshore energy, including wave and tidal

The Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network (MaRINET2) is calling for applications from offshore technology developers – including wind, wave and tidal energy – to receive free access to testing and research infrastructure.

MaRINET2 is a €10.5 million (US$11.1 million) project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 program and coordinated by the Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) 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, according to a press release.

“Over the next four years, MaRINET2 will be an important instrument for reducing the cost of development in Europe’s offshore renewable energy sector,” says Jimmy Murphy, MaRINET2 project coordinator. “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.”

Access to the facilities will be granted through a series of competitive calls for applicants, and this call is open until May 20, 2017.

Christophe Maisondieu, MaRINET2 access coordinator, said the first Marinet project supported 178 projects over a period of 4.5 years.

MaRINET2 is a network of 39 partners in 13 European countries.

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