18 December 2019. The MaRINET2 project has today awarded €1.3 million worth of free lab, tank and open-sea testing to 38 offshore renewable energy developers. The results of the project’s fourth call bring the total amount provided by MaRINET2 for free testing access to €4.8 million. High-quality testing of devices and components is an essential part of accelerating the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind technologies.
The next and final call is due to open in June 2020 and will raise the total allocated by the project to over €5 million. So far, the total time allocated by MaRINET2 test centres comes to nearly 400 weeks, benefitting users from 18 EU countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Norway, Brazil and the US.
The MaRINET2 project coordinator, Dr Jimmy Murphy said: “Free access to test facilities gives an important boost to both individual technologies, but also the progress of the European offshore renewable sector as a whole. We are already starting to see the results of the project’s earlier calls, and the advances this testing brings to the technological state-of-the-art. We look forward to the final call next year and to sharing more testing successes as developers complete their programmes.”
An open call for virtual access to data sets and a free-of-charge training programme are also available through the project.