EU funding for renewables research facilities

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) at Blyth UK will be available for 24 weeks of total allocated use under the project The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) at Blyth UK will be available for 24 weeks of total allocated use under the project

As part of a €9m EU funded FP7 project, Marinet is offering SMEs, research groups and entrepreneurs working in the area of marine renewable energy and based in the EU or in FP7-associated States access to free renewable energy testing facilities.

Project MARINET aims to accelerate the development of marine renewable energy (wave, tidal and offshore wind) by coordinating marine research and development at all scales (small models through to prototype scales from laboratory through to open sea tests) and allowing researchers and developers access to specialist marine renewable energy centres and facilities across Europe. Access is open to companies and research groups of any size who wish to test at facilities outside of their own country.

This fourth call is specifically targeting access to test facilities specialising in the fields of offshore marine renewable energy, cross-cutting technologies (electrical, mechanical and moorings) and scaled prototype sea testing. 

Costs of accessing the facility are covered by the EC through the 7th Framework Programme for defined periods of access, and a contribution is made towards travel costs.

The National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) at Blyth UK will be available for 24 weeks of total allocated use under the project.

An applicant team must be based in the EU Member States or States associated with the 7th Framework Programme. Team members based outside the EU can also participate as long as they do not form the majority in the team. The team must apply for a facility which is located outside their home country. MARINET also provides a financial contribution to assist the team with travel and accommodation costs.

Anyone interested in using Marinet to access Narec’s facilities should contact Alan Waggott, Chief Engineer – Wind & Marine at Narec on Tel:  +44 (0)1670 357616, Email: alan.waggott@narec.co.uk

To apply to the call or for further information visit: http://www.fp7-marinet.eu/. The call closes on 20 August 2013.

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