The MaRINET2 project has awarded €1.1 million to 32 offshore renewable technology developers from 17 countries. The funds will provide 583 days of testing and research at facilities around Europe, and accelerate the next generation of energy technologies towards the marketplace.
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 and a successful MaRINET2 applicant 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.”
The latest support was awarded following the second competitive call for applications, launched in January 2018. The first call provided €1.3 million in funding to 34 technology development teams in July 2017.
MaRINET2, a €10.5 million Horizon 2020 funded project which supports offshore renewable energy R&D activities, will open a new call for applications on November 1, 2018.