THE CTC MARINE LABORATORY IS THE MOST DEMANDED INSTALLATION IN EUROPE IN THE SECOND CALL OF MARINET2
The marine laboratory “Marine Corrosion Test Site El Bocal“, managed by the CTC Technology Center, is the most demanded European installation within the second edition of MaRINET2: a prestigious network of 56 unique infrastructures dedicated to the research of marine renewable energies. The characteristics of the laboratory, which offers three test conditions (submerged, tidal or splash) depending on the exposure of the samples, and its location in an area of open sea, with an environment identical to that supported by offshore structures, have converted to the Cantabrian laboratory in the most requested installation of the network.
This has been confirmed by the representatives of CTC who have participated in the General Assembly of the MaRINET project recently held in Lisbon. During the second call of the project, open between January 15 and February 28, MCTS El Bocal received 5 of the 54 access requests processed. Both the second and the third stayed in four. These requests are those that allow researchers to carry out trials in charge of the project they wish to develop.
Two universities, one Swedish and one from the United Kingdom, a paint company from the United States and two other European companies are behind the applications processed to access free Cantabrian infrastructure. All of them have submitted proposals for the development of marine anti-corrosion and biofouling paints (adhesion of marine microorganisms).
Once the requests have been resolved by those responsible for the network, those selected have 6 months to access the laboratory. Specifically, they can do it from April 20 to October 30. In the previous call, the Cantabrian installation, developed by CTC in collaboration with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, was the second most demanded in the continent, only surpassed by the Deep Ocean Basin of the Irish University of Cork.
The MCTS El Bocal is having a great reception among companies and research centres that develop systems and components for the marine renewable sector, including wind, wave and tidal energy technologies. Of the 56 facilities available, only 28 received access requests during the second call.
MaRINET2 is a project of 10.5 million euros linked to the Horizon 2020 program of the European Commission that coordinates the Center for Marine Energy and Renewable Energy of Ireland (MaREI) at the University of Cork, in Ireland.
It is a European initiative, involving 39 partners from 13 different countries, whose objective is to provide researchers with access to relevant test infrastructures at a continental level, with the aim of encouraging the development of marine renewables in Europe. Thus, applicants can choose from a series of facilities to test devices at any scale, in areas such as wave energy, tidal energy and offshore wind energy, or to carry out general tests on energy systems and network integration, among others. The third call of the network will open on November 1 of this year.
General Assembly and Users Workshop
The CTC Technology Center has heard the news during the General Assembly of the MaRINET2 project. In addition to knowing the data of the second call, CTC researchers moved to Lisbon have participated in the meetings of several work packages. Specifically, they have attended the meetings related to the Normative packages in Essays, Transnational Access and Infrastructures. They have also attended the meetings in which the general future lines of the MaRINET2 have been exposed.
The meeting is reserved only for leading research organizations in the development of oceanic energies. Therefore, although there are no companies, it is an excellent forum to explore possible synergies or collaborations with other European centers.
Also, on Friday, April 20, the CTC representatives participated in the First Users Workshop of MaRINET2. In this work meeting, the users of the network presented part of their research experience in these test infrastructures. In this way, in addition to confirming the support provided by the European Union for the development of these investigations, transnational collaborative work is promoted and the development of technology is promoted on which to settle the growth of marine renewable energies in Europe.
Source: Sector Maritimo