H2020 EU funded project
Budget: €2million
Duration: January 2017 – December 2019
Coordinator: University College of Cork
Consortium: 13 partners from 12 countries

The world is transitioning to more sustainable energy sources and offshore renewable energy has the potential to make a significant contribution. MARINERG-i is developing a plan for an integrated European Research Infrastructure, an independent legal entity, designed to facilitate the future growth and development of the Offshore Renewable Energy sector.

An application was made to the 2016 the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) roadmap and the proposed MARINERG-i Research Infrastructure was identified as an emerging Research Infrastructure of European significance. The concept developed from the MaRINET FP7 project (ended 2015), which demonstrated the benefits of uniting Europe’s leading renewable energy research organisations. MaRINET consisted of 45 infrastructures operated by 36 research centres across Europe and has recently launched for a second project (MaRINET2, January 2017-June 2021). It had measurable success, establishing an advanced community of testing infrastructures and enabling integration whilst supporting research and development in this sector. MaRINET was very well received by the infrastructure institutions, the Offshore Renewable Energy industry and national funding agencies that are now supporting MARINERG-i.

Partners have joined together to complete the studies required to determine a comprehensive vision and model for this pan-European Research Infrastructure for Offshore Renewable Energy. The key aims include:

  • Broaden the number of member states involved
  • Create a design study and scientific plan
  • Develop a business plan including governance, legal, financial and strategic issues
  • Secure further national support from partners
  • Create and agree an implementation plan

See our Work Plan page for further information

MARINERG-i is a first step in realising the partnering facilities’ combined vision to form an independent legal entity and be adopted onto ESFRI roadmap in 2020 …read more