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  • Funding programme and call:
    H2020-INFRAIA-2016-2017 / Topic: INFRAIA-01-2016-2017: Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities / Deadline Id: H2020-INFRAIA-2016-1
  • Start date:
    01/01/2017
  • End date:
    30/06/2021
  • Duration:
    54 Months
  • Total budget:
    10.592.285,25 €
  • Budget for PLOCAN:
    85.500,00 €
  • Total funding:
    10.592.285,25 €
  • Funding for PLOCAN:
    85.500,00 €
  • Coordinator:
    University College Cork (UCC_MaREI)(IE)
  • Partners:
    UCC_MaREI (IE) - EMEC (UK) - Ifremer (FR) - UoS (UK) - TECNALIA (ES) - DTU (DK) - WAVEC (PT) - AAU (DK) - ORECat (UK) - UC-IHC (ES) - TTC (NL) - ECN (FR) - EurOcean (PT) - SmartBay (IE) - SINTEF (NO) - UNEXE (UK) - CENER (ES) - CNR-INSEAN (IT) - FloWave (UK) - FZK (DE) - Marin (NL) - CTC (ES) - CRIACIV LABIMA (IT) - UOP (UK) - PLOCAN (ES) - NUIG (IE) - EVE (ES) - QUB (UK) - NTNU (NO) - Surrey (UK) - SSPA (SE) - BiMEP (ES) - MARIS (NL) - CSC (FI) - UU (SE) - OCD (FR) - UL (IE) - UEDIN (UK) - OEE (BE)

Marine Renewable Infrastructure Network for Enhancing Technologies 2

Integrating activities planned under MaRINET 2 build upon the achievements of the advanced community created in MaRINET FP7. MaRINET 2 will ensure the continued integration and enhancement of all leading European research infrastructure and facilities specialising in research, development and testing of offshore renewable energy systems including electrical sub systems and grid integration through a range of TRLs (1-7).

MaRINET FP7 proved the added value of uniting these facilities, and substantially improving their capability as a community of practice to deliver consistent testing services ensuring, quantifiable, stepwise innovation and progress in the development of devices and key components, and identifying critical areas for further technical investigation and enhancement. Whilst activities proposed under MaRINET 2 will follow the same formula, balancing networking/ joint research/ and transnational access, the consortium and scope of work is expanded to include xx partners in xx countries with xx facilities. The e-infrastructure programme fills a strategic gap. Taking stock of existing capacities for data management/sharing; it addresses user requirements and demonstrates the operation of a new system based on standards and tools adapted from the SeaDataNet infrastructure.

The European Commission and member states recognise offshore renewable energy as an important source of clean energy that can: generate economic growth and employment; increase energy security; and boost competitiveness and technological innovation. The realisation of this potential depends on the accelerated development, deployment and grid integration of reliable, efficient technologies for harvesting offshore renewable energy, which in turn requires robust and exhaustive testing in dedicated facilities operated by practitioners with specialised expertise. MaRINET 2 provides this ecosystem, and is pre-eminently suited to fostering the next generation of offshore renewable energy devices.

  • Funding programme and call:
    H2020-INFRADEV-2016-2017 / Topic: INFRADEV-02-2016: Preparatory Phase and support to early phase of ESFRI projects / Deadline Id: H2020INFRADEV-2016-2
  • Start date:
    01/01/2017
  • End date:
    30/06/2019
  • Duration:
    30 Months
  • Total budget:
    1.999.798,75 €
  • Budget for PLOCAN:
    282.500,00 €
  • Total funding:
    1.999.798,75 €
  • Funding for PLOCAN:
    282.500,00 €
  • Coordinator:
    University College Cork (UCC_MaREI)(IE)
  • Partners:
    UCC_MaREI (IE) - UoS (UK) - IFREMER(FR) - WAVEC (PT) - PLOCAN (ES) - SINTEF (NO) - IWES (DE) - CNR-INSEAN(IT) - UGENT (BE) - MARIN (NL) - UPPSALA (SE) - AAU (DK) - Bird&Bird(UK)
  • Project website:

    http://www.marinerg-i.eu/

Marine renewable energy research infrastructure

The objective of MARINERG-i is to become the leading internationally distributed infrastructure in the Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) sector. Its integrated nature and co-ordinated approach will accelerate the research development and deployment of offshore wind, wave, tidal and combined energy technologies and help maintain Europe as a global leader in this industry. In addition MARINERG-i will strengthen European, scientific and engineering excellence and expertise as its combined facilities represent an indispensable tool to foster innovation across a large variety of MRE technologies and systems and through all key stages of technology development (TRLs 1-9).

The purpose of this INFRADEV proposal is to undertake development work which will ensure MARINERG-i is effectively positioned to attain the criteria necessary for being successful in a future ESFRI roadmap application. MARINERG-i made an application to the 2016 roadmap and was identified as an emerging RI of EU significance. Since making the bid to the ESFRI 2016 roadmap, the consortium has continued to evolve and collaborate, culminating in the submission of a proposal for a second MaRINET project (MaRINET2) under Horizon 2020 [Infra-IA].

This proposal takes on board the comments and recommendations provided in feedback from the ESFRI 2016 reviewers and has also analysed and updated the positioning of the MARINERG-i concept based on the current status of the sector. In this context it is proposed to:

  • 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 that will bring the proposal to the roadmap.
  • The consortium consists of partners from Ireland, UK, France, Spain, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Italy all of whom will become national nodes.

    • Funding programme and call:
      Territorial Co-operation Programme INTERREG V A Spain – Portugal (MAC 2014-2020) / CROSS-BORDER Co-operation: Axis 2: Improvement of the competitiveness of SMEs / PI.3.d Support of the growth capacity of SMEs in regional, national and international markets and in innovation processes
    • Start date:
      08/11/2016
    • End date:
      07/11/2019
    • Duration
      36 Months
    • Total budget:
      997.086,15 €
    • Budget for PLOCAN:
      200.028,84 €
    • Total funding:
      847.523,23 €
    • Funding for PLOCAN:
      170.024,51 €
    • Coordinator:
      Cluster Marítimo de Canarias (ES)
    • Partners:
      CMC (ES) - CETECIMA (ES) - PLOCAN (ES) - ARDITI (PT) - ACIF-CCIM (PT) - FRCT (PT) - CCIA (PT) 3os Países: ENAPOR (CV) Otros: SRMCT-DRAM (PT) - SmartBay (IE)
    • Project website:

      http://www.smartblueproject.com/

    Network of regional marine and maritime clusters for the competitiveness of SMEs in the blue economy

    Within the sphere of blue economy there are endless development opportunities in established maritime subsectors such as fisheries, maritime transport and ports, and in emerging sectors such as maritime tourism (recreation and cruises), aquaculture, and marine biotechnology, as reflected in the European Strategy for Blue Growth.

    In this regard, the SMART BLUE ATLANTIC project will develop activities to promote networks and services to support innovation and internationalisation focused on the concept of regional maritime clusters and aimed at SMEs in blue economy within the MAC co-operation area. This will result in an increase in the critical mass and capacity that will produce economies of scale in networks dominated by small businesses working together to innovate and access other markets, obtaining better results than would be obtained from acting individually.

    • Funding programme and call:
      Territorial Co-operation Programme INTERREG V A Spain – Portugal (MAC 2014-2020) / CROSS-BORDER Co-operation: Axis 5. Improvement of the institutional capacity and efficiency of public administration / PI. 11.a Improvement of the institutional capacity of public authorities and stakeholders and the efficiency of public administration through the use of measures to strengthen the institutional capacity and efficiency of public administrations and of public services associated with the implementation of the ERDF.
    • Start date:
      08/11/2016
    • End date:
      07/11/2019
    • Duration:
      36 Months
    • Total budget:
      632.938,27 €
    • Budget for PLOCAN:
      191.500,00 €
    • Total funding:
      537.997,53 €
    • Funding for PLOCAN:
      162.775,00 €
    • Coordinator:
      ACIISI (ES)
    • Partners:
      ACIISI (ES) - ITC (ES) - PLOCAN (ES) - ARDITI (PT) - FRCT (PT). 3os Países: NOSI (CV). Otros: DRCT (PT)
    • Project website:

      http://www.ris3-net.eu/

    Interregional Co-operation for the Intelligent Growth of the MAC Regions

    RIS3_Net will develop a strategy for institutional co-operation and a system of common governance, aimed at those institutions responsible for the planning, execution and follow-up of the intelligent specialisation strategies in the MAC regions, taking into consideration its possible extension to other countries. RIS3_Net will enable:

  • An increase in common knowledge of the RIS3 strategies of the participating regions.
  • The sharing of needs, difficulties and challenges affecting the MAC regions, related to the revision, execution and follow-up of intelligent specialisation strategies.
  • The creation of a governance that will permit a common work framework to be established.
  • The exchange of knowledge and best practices with regards to R&D and innovation policies and information systems for the follow-up and evaluation of the strategy.
  • The development of pilot actions in the form of “Proofs of Concept”.
  • Subcategories

    Data Portal

    Glider Missions

    Real Time ESTOC

    PLOCAN Dissemination

    Atlantic Ocean Research