Press release: MaRINET2 awards €1.1 million to 32 technologies in 2nd call
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 cutting edge testing and research at facilities around Europe.
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 Europe’s state of the art facilities. It will ensure that Europe remains at the centre for offshore renewable energy technology development”.
Steven Nauwelaerts, CEO of Laminaria, is one of the successful MaRINET2 applicants and is planning to install a wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. He 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.
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 in University College Cork. 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. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement number 731084.