By Oscar Michel, Masters in Journalism, DCU
The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.3 million to 34 technology development teams after a tough competition on July 14th.
Technology testing will be possible at MaRINET2’s network of world-leading testing facilities. This will accelerate the next generation of offshore renewable energy technologies. The project provides support to technology developers of offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies.
“In order to bring their product to market, it is essential for technology developers to de-risk their technologies through rigorous and staged testing programmes. With today’s announcement, the MaRINET2 project is supporting 34 technology developers to do just that. What’s more, by helping technology developers test at facilities across the EU, and encouraging knowledge sharing and collaboration, MaRINET2 is strengthening Europe’s position as a centre of excellence for offshore renewable energy research.” said Dr. Jimmy Murphy, co-ordinator of MaRINET2.
Coordinated by MaREI (Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland), MaRINET2 is a €10.5 million project, funded by the European Commissions’ Horizon 2020 programme.
Ireland is in one of the best locations in the world in terms of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) resources, but requires enabling science and technology to access these resources. Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has recently funded a €25 million Centre for Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI).
NUI Galway offers its state-of-the-art “Large Structure Test Cell” located at the University’s Alice Perry Engineering Building, to test full scale tidal blades (up to 9 metres). Two technology development teams have been awarded 50 days of testing in the turbine blade testing facility at NUI Galway. The University’s teaching and research is recognised through its consistent rise in international rankings.
“It is great that there was such great interest from tidal stream and river turbine developers to access our large structures test cell for free through the MaRINET2 programme. We look forward to working with Verdant Power and Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd to assist them in de-risking their technologies through rigorous testing in our laboratory” said Dr. Jamie Goggins, lead Principal Investigator of the Structures and Materials research area in the MaREI Centre, and who is responsible for the large structures test facility located at the Alice Perry Engineering Building at NUI Galway.