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TTC is one of the partners in the new EC-funded initiative MaRINET. It aims to accelerate the development of marine renewable energy (wave, tidal & offshore-wind) by bringing together world-class testing facilities at all scales to offer periods of free access, coordinated research, common standards, industry networking and focused training.

The initiative is funded through the EC's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and runs for four years until 2015.  The network of 29 partners with 42 specialist marine research facilities is spread across 11 EU countries and 1 International Cooperation Partner Country (Brazil).    

MARINET offers periods of free-of-charge access to test facilities at a range of world-class research centres.  Companies and research groups can avail of this Transnational Access (TA) to test devices at any scale in areas such as wave energy, tidal energy, offshore-wind energy and environmental data or to conduct tests on cross-cutting areas such as power take-off systems, grid integration, materials or moorings.  In total, over 700 weeks of access is available to an estimated 300 projects and 800 external users, with at least four calls for access applications over the 4-year initiative.

As well as offering funded test facility access, MARINET partners are also working to implement common standards for testing in order to streamline the development process, conducting research to improve testing capabilities across the network, providing training at various facilities in the network in order to enhance personnel expertise and organizing industry networking events in order to facilitate partnerships and knowledge exchange. 

This initiative aims to streamline the testing and development process for marine renewable energy to aid progress towards commercialization.

Your contact person: Peter Scheijgrond

 

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