€10.5 million marine renewable energy project MaRINET2 launched

Ireland is to lead up a new €10.5 million EU marine renewable energy project that was launched earlier today.

MaRINET2 project was officially launched this morning at an event in Dublin. The project is co-ordinated by MaREI, the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, based out of University College Cork and aims to accelerate the development of offshore renewable energy technologies and infrastructure.

MaRINET2 is a network made up of 39 partners, involving research centres and organisations cooperating to progress offshore renewable energy technologies such as wave, tidal and offshore-wind. This is the second phase of funding for the project and plans to by 2021 have opened up access to 57 test facilities across 13 European countries.

The MaRINET2 network will provide researchers, entrepnereurs and marine energy development companies with fully funded access to marine energy experts and wave, tidal and offshore wind test facilities.

Dr. Jimmy Murphy, Co-ordinator of MaRINET2 speaking at the launch today said “MaRINET is a model for success and demonstrates what we can achieve in terms of collaboration and sharing knowledge transnationally. It will reduce the risk and financial burden of technology development in the offshore renewable energy sector and complement the existing national SEAI funding for these developers to test in Ireland e.g. at the Lir National Ocean Test Facilities, funded by SEAI and Science Foundation Ireland.”

“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.”

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