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MaRINET2 opens final call for free offshore testing

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The final call for the EU-funded MaRINET2 project has opened, targeted at offshore energy technology developers who are looking to test their device or components.

The project offers fully-funded access to a world-leading network of testing and research infrastructures in Europe.

Open until 16 October, the fifth and final call will grant access to a number of research and testing facilities, for developers of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy systems and components.

So far, MaRINET2 has awarded almost €5 million in free testing access, across a network of 57 world-leading research facilities in Europe. The project’s objective is to accelerate the progress of the European offshore renewables sector towards full-scale industrialization.

Initially scheduled for June 2020, the call timetable has been postponed due to Covid-related delays.

“As we open the final call, I am delighted with the success of the project to date. This sector has demonstrated its resilience in the face of the Covid-19 crisis and is poised to play a big role in Europe’s energy mix. Providing developers with access to some of the world’s best test facilities and expertise is a big part of kick-starting this new European industry.”

MaRINET2 project coordinator, Dr Jimmy Murphy, University College Cork.

“Hundreds of projects have already benefitted from the MaRINET2 and MaRINET programmes and the project team is looking forward to working with a new set of developers under this last call. Putting new technologies through their paces is essential to produce reliable, effective machines, and to reduce project risks.”

Christophe Maisondieu, MaRINET2 access coordinator, Ifremer.

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