|Funded by:||European Union|
The German marine renewable energy sector is set to benefit from a new €9m EU-funded initiative to provide access to test facilities in specialist marine renewable energy centres across Europe. ‘MaRINET’ (Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network) offers periods of marine renewable energy testing at these centres at no cost to participants through funding from the European Commission. ForWind members of the Leibniz University Hannover, the ForschungsZentrum Küste from Hannover as well as Fraunhofer IWES, Bremerhaven are key partners in this initiative.
MaRINET supports testing of concepts and devices in areas such as wave energy, tidal energy, offshore-wind energy and the environment, to accelerate Europe-wide development of marine renewable energy. The funding seeks to remove financial barriers for the first time by enabling companies and research groups to access unique world-class European testing facilities outside their own country, which is generally not covered under national grant schemes.
The initiative, with at least four calls for applications, runs until 2015 and the first call for applications opens today, 1st December. Potential users, who must work in Europe or a country associated to the European FP7 programme, are invited to apply to access this first call.
The network consists of 42 testing facilities at 28 research centres in 12 countries. By linking these marine renewable energy testing facilities and using an agreed testing framework, this initiative now provides a clear path to commercialisation by allowing users to seamlessly progress their device through each phase of testing. All participating centres will use common standards, conduct research to improve their own testing capability and provide training to enhance expertise in the field.
Marinet Members at Leibniz Universität Hannover:
- Institute for Steel Construction (coordination)
- Franzius-Institute for Hydraulics, Waterways and Coastal Engineering
- ForschungsZentrum Küste (FZK)
- Institute of Building Materials Science
- Institute of Geotechnique
- Institute of Structural Analysis
For further information, please contact Stephan Lochte-Holtgreven, Institute for Steel Construction, Leibniz University Hannover. Germany Tel: +49 511 762 3712 Email: lochtestahl.uni-hannover.de