MaRINET - Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for Emerging Energy Technologies

Offshore Renewable Conversion systems are mostly at the pre-commercial stage of development. They comprise wave energy and tidal stream converters as well as offshore wind turbines for electrical generation. These devices require research to be undertaken at a series of scales along the path to commercialization. Each technology type is currently at a different stage of development but each one also needs specific research infrastructures to facilitate and catalyze commercialization.The aim of this project is to coordinate research and development at all scales (small models through to prototype scales from Laboratory through to Open Sea tests) and to allow access for researchers and developers into facilities which are not available universally in Europe. The linking together of facilities at different scales together with the incorporation of test facilities for components such as power take-off systems, grid integration, moorings, environmental tests will ensure a focusing of activities in this area.

MaRINET brings together an Infrastructure with 42 Facilities from 28 Partners spread across 11 EU countries and 1 ICPC, Brazil. It also brings together a network of expertise in the Offshore Marine Renewable Energy sector with experience at all scales of offshore technology research and development.

MaRINET offers over 600 weeks of access to 300 projects and 800 external users. The majority (77%) of the MaRINET budget has been targeted in the areas most prioritized in the EC Call such as networking, training, dissemination and transnational access.

In this project, the WavEC provides its Wave Energy Plant at Pico Island, Azores, for testing of new solutions of air turbines and associated components. For this action, the second connection to the air chamber of the plant will be used. The Plant has unique features for testing large air turbines, as well as a higher pneumatic power than available elsewhere in the world.

Besides this access to the Pico Plant, the Wave Energy Centre participates also in the tasks of standardization of data presentation of prototype tests and research on forecasting of short term incident wave temporal series. WavEC is also responsible for 12 short courses to be undertaken in the aim of the project, which will start in February 2012 in Cork.

General Information

Funding: European Commission (7FP)
Call (part) identifier: FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2010-1
Activity code most relevant to this topic: INFRA-2010-1.1.23: Research Infrastructures for offshore renewable energy devices: ocean-, current-, wave- and wind energy.
WavEC Coordinator: José Cândido
Total Funding (Requested EU contribution): € 8 999 997,58
WavEC Funding: € 270 898,75
Duration: April 2011 – 31 March 2015 (48 months)
Coordinator: University College Cork, National University of Ireland, Cork
Partners: Aalborg Universiteit, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, National Renewable Energy Centre Limited, The University of Exeter, European Marine Energy Centre Ltd, Ente Vasco de la Energia, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, University of Strathclyde, The University of Edinburgh, Queen's University Belfast, The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Stichting Tidal Testing centre, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der Angewandten Forschung E.V, Institut Francais de recherche pour L'Exploitation de la Mer, 1-Tech, Danmarks Tekniske Universitet, Stichtung Energieonderzoek Centrum Nederland, Sintef Energi AS, Universita Degli Studi di Firenze, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Universitaet Hannover, Universita Degli Studi Della Tuscia, Universitaet Stuttgart, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelie Universitet NTNU, University of Plymouth, Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas do Estado de São Paulo SA, Instituto Nazionale per Studi ed Esperienzi di Architettura Navale and WavEC.
Website: www.fp7-marinet.eu
Information Pico Plant withing project page: www.fp7-marinet.eu/WavEC-wavec-pico-owc.html