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Press release: MaRINET2 opens call for free access to testing facilities

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The MaRINET2 project has opened its first call for applications.

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 close on 20th 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 the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). Access will be granted through a series of competitive calls for applicants.

Eileen Linklater, Commercial Manager at EMEC, discusses the centres involvement in the project:

“Real sea testing is fundamental to proving performance and helping technologies develop in the ocean energy sector. EMEC is delighted to be able to participate in the Marinet 2 project, to enable our sites to be used for research and demonstration. As well as very challenging grid-connected connected sites, EMEC offers more accessible non-grid-connected sites which can be used for testing small scale wave and tidal devices, as well as components, subsystems, materials and equipment – helping technology developers step into seawater with reduced time, cost and risk.

“We would encourage any companies interested in applying for access to the EMEC sites 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”.

Further information

For details on eligibility criteria, how to apply, and available testing infrastructures, please visit the Marinet2 website: www.marinet2.eu

If you’d like to discuss MaRINET2 opportunities at EMEC, please contact Eileen Linklater: eileen.linklater@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060

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