Fifth & final MaRINET2 call opens for free offshore renewables testing

The final call for the EU-funded MaRINET2 project opens today, targeted at offshore energy technology developers who are looking to test their device or components. The project offers fully-funded access to a world-leading network of testing and research infrastructures in Europe.

Open until 16 October, the fifth and final call will grant access to a number of research and testing facilities, for developers of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy systems and components. Applicants should check the list of available facilities to see which ones are being offered under this call.

So far, MaRINET2 has awarded almost €5 million in free testing access, across a network of 57 world-leading research facilities across Europe. The project’s objective is to accelerate the progress of the European offshore renewables sector towards full-scale industrialisation.

Initially scheduled for June 2020, the call timetable has been postponed due to Covid-related delays. An updated timetable, and a webinar recording to assist candidates with their application and share updates on the process, are available on the project website.

MaRINET2 Project Coordinator, Dr Jimmy Murphy, University College Cork said: “As we open the final call, I am delighted with the success of the project to date. This sector has demonstrated its resilience in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and is poised to play a big role in Europe’s energy mix. Providing developers with access to some of the world’s best test facilities and expertise is a big part of kick-starting this new European industry.”

Christophe Maisondieu, MaRINET2 Access Coordinator, Ifremer added: “Hundreds of projects have already benefitted from the MaRINET2 and MaRINET programmes and the project team is looking forward to working with a new set of developers under this last call. Putting new technologies through their paces is essential to produce reliable, effective machines, and to reduce project risks.”

An open call for virtual access to data sets and a free-of-charge training programme are also available through the project. For details on eligibility criteria, how to apply, available testing infrastructures etc. please visit the MaRINET2 website.

MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is a network of 39 partners in 13 European Countries, involving research centres and organisations who work together to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore-wind. This pan-European network will provide marine energy development companies, entrepreneurs, start-ups and researchers with fully-funded access to marine energy experts and the world’s leading wave, tidal and offshore-wind test facilities.