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MaRINET2, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network for Enhancing Energy Technologies, is composed of 39 organizations who collaborate to progress offshore renewable energy technologies in Europe. MaRINET2 is a project supported by the European Commission in the Horizon 2020 Program and funded with €10.5 million, from which PLOCAN gets 85.500 euros financed at 100%. The project builds on the original MARINET one, which ran from 2011 until 2015, and depends on strong offshore renewable energy testing facilities in Europe and draws on the expertise and participation of 13 European countries. Its main objective is to accelerate the development of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy technologies and infrastructure by opening up access to 57 test facilities across the consortium countries.

The first three MaRINET2 calls awarded €3.5 million in free testing access to almost 100 users, delivering over 250 weeks of free-of-charge testing at the MaRINET2 network of facilities. The fourth call for proposals runs from 15 August - 30 September and will fund test programs in operation between 1 January – 30 June 2020.

A webinar will take place on 28 August to assist potential applicants. For more information and to find out if you’re eligible for support, contact us directly, or visit the MaRINET2 website:


The National Museum of Science and Technology (MUNCYT) in Alcobendas will host an exhibition related to the EDUROVs Initiative and Marine Robotics workshops during August and September.

Young people aged 12 years and over will be able to participate in these Marine Robotics workshops that last one hour and a half, from August 2 to September 29, 2019, Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 to 13:00 hours, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12:30 to 14:00 hours. The workshop participants, divided into groups of 6 and 8, will be helped by responsibles for dissemination during the construction of the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) with specific material provided by PLOCAN, in order to operate it in a swimming pool installed at the Museum. These workshops could be requested at the Museum ticket office until full capacity.


A WaveGlider autonomous surface vehicle from the Canary Island Oceanic Platform (PLOCAN) fleet, fitted with an array of meteorological and oceanographic sensors, is completing a cetacean observation mission this week in the waters of the East and South of Gran Canaria.

Ensayo AutoNaut

UK’s companies AutoNaut Ltd. and Seiche Ltd. have successfully conducted between July 8th and 13th , 2019 in waters of PLOCAN’s Test Site in Gran Canaria ocean trials with a 5-meter AutoNaut unmanned surface vessel (USV) suited by a dedicated payload configuration including passive acoustic and optical sensors mainly addressed to monitor marine mammals. Trials have been conducted in technical cooperation with the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) and the logistic and operational support of PLOCAN. AutoNaut is an USV propelled by the motion of the waves and able to carry on different sensor payload configurations according to user needs, addressed to improve ocean observations in both coastal and open ocean areas in a more efficient and sustainable way.