Feb 6 (Renewables Now) - Marine energy development companies and researchers will get fully-funded access to 59 testing and research facilities in Europe from 2017 to 2021 under the next phase of the MaRINET project.
European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, one of the participating partners, said on Friday that the EU is supporting the MaRINET2 initiative with EUR 10.5 million (USD 11.3m) in Horizon 2020 funds. The goal is to accelerate the development of marine renewable energy technologies, such as wave, tidal and offshore wind.
The project is coordinated by MaREI, the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, at University College Cork.
“By offering European-wide access to marine energy testing we ensure that the best facilities and expertise in the world are being made available to more people, and that developers are saving several thousands of euro during critical development phases of their technology,” said Jim Gannon, CEO of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
In the first MaRINET (Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network) project, a 4.5-year initiative ended in 2016, 29 partner organisations gave access to their testing and research facilities to 178 projects and more than 800 companies. In the second phase of the project the list has grown to 39 partners representing 59 facilities across 13 countries.