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European marine renewable energy project H2020 launches in Brussels

EBR Staff Writer Published 20 March 2017

The European Union (EU) sponsored marinerg-i (H2020) project has been launched in Brussels of Belgium, which is designed to facilitate the development of marine renewable energy sector.

Coordinated by the MaREI Centre at University College of Cork Ireland, the project is supported by the consortium that includes 13 partners from 12 countries such as Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, France, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, the UK and Sweden.

With a budget of €2m, the project will run up to June 2019 and focuses on developing sustainable energy sources and offshore renewable energies, including offshore wind, wave and tidal.

The project is expected to help in the formation of an independent legal entity for the marine renewable energies sector, as well as to create road map for the 2020 European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).

The project will develop both scientific and business plans to solve governance, legal, financial and strategic issues, helping to prepare 2020 ESFRI roadmap application.

It will also help in designing best practices, improve efficiency and create an e-infrastructure blueprint to enable remote access and enhance data management.

Plocan from Spain is participating in the marinerg-I to represent the Spanish node in the future infrastructure.

The project coordinator Jimmy Murphy said: “our mission is to ensure that marinerg-i will accelerate the research, development and deployment of offshore wind, wave, tidal and combined energy technologies and maintain Europe as a global leader in this industry.”

Image: The H2020 project is supported by the consortium that includes 13 partners from 12 countries. Photo: courtesy of PLOCAN.