MARINET, the Marine Renewables Infrastructure Network, is a network of research centres and organisations that are working together to accelerate the development of marine renewable energy technologies - wave, tidal & offshore-wind.  It is co-financed by the European Commission specifically to enhance integration and utilisation of European marine renewable energy research infrastructures and expertise.  MARINET offers periods of free-of-charge access to world-class R&D facilities & expertise and conducts joint activities in parallel to standardise testingimprove testing capabilities and enhance training & networking.


 The results from MARINET's 5th and final call for FREE-OF-CHARGE TRANSNATIONAL ACCESS were made available on the 21st January 2014.  Over €1.2m and 175 weeks worth of access has been awarded to 50 successful projects, bringing total funding awarded to date to €3.5m. Applicants can check the outcome of their application via the  Project Workspace.  For further details, please see here.


MARINET Network of Access Providers (number of facilities available)



A number of companies and research groups have availed of free-of-charge access to European marine renewable energy infrastructures via the MARINET Transnational Access programme.  To read profiles of some of the completed Transnational Access projects and details on what they have achieved, click on the links below:





CROSS-CUTTING AREAS (electrical, PTO, materials etc....)


More profiles will follow as ongoing tests are completed. 


For video clips of testing carried out via MARINET go to our YouTube channel.





A number of personnel working within research infrastructures have availed of MARINET's 'Transnational Exchange of Personnel between Infrastructures' programme

  A comparative “Round Robin” testing programme is being conducted by MARINET to test an identical tidal energy model at four different tidal test facilities to characterise and verify the performance behaviour of the test facilities.   The Galway Bay National Test Site is a test site for quarter-scale floating wave energy devices. This site is located on the west coast of Ireland in Galway Bay off the Spiddal coast.
staff exchange at COaST, Plymouth University   Round Robin testing  

This programme is offered to share knowledge and experience, train new people for the sector and achieve harmonisation of procedures/practices adopted by providing hands-on experience at a host Infrastructure.  Reports on some of these completed staff exchanges available here.


To date "Round Robin" testing has been carried out at IFREMER and the University of Strathclyde with testing to follow at CNR-INSEAN and Edinburgh University. Read more about this testing here.


Analysis of wave data since 2005 has shown that the site can be highly energetic and has a wave regime which is comparable to one-quarter that of the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Ireland.  Thus the site is unique and ideal for those who wish to test (Stage 3) wave energy converters at one-quarter scale (Stage 3).


Sendekia have availed of free-of-charge access to Ifremer's wave basin to test their wave turbine using a 1:20 scale model.   MARINET's final short course entitled "Instrumentation of Ocean Devices" will take place in Le Croisic, France from the 8th-11th April 2014.
  MARINET's 1st User-Workshop hosted by CNR-INSEAN was held in Rome, Italy on the 5th & 6th of November.

  Short Course Orkney   User-workshop attendees at CNR-INSEAN

To read more about Sendekia's testing at Ifremer click here.

To read the profiles of other completed Transnational Access projects click here.


This course will include a tour of the French wave energy test site SEM-REV. More information on this course available here. The registration deadline for this course was March 3rd 2014.

  Information on how to claim a contribution for Travel & Subsistence expenses incurred attending this workshop available here.   This is claimed directly from the Access Provider (i.e. the organisation operating the Infrastructure at which the User-Group tested). The contribution is up to €700 per User-Group.

UEDIN-Flowave TT is a new All-Waters Combined Current and Wave Test Facility in Edinburgh that has been recently completed.  UEDIN-Flowave TT has a unique circular 25 metre pool with a depth of 2 metres and a working area of 17 metres that can mimic the normal and extreme conditions of coastlines across Europe.  The image below shows a cross section through the test facility showing five floating oscillating water column buoys under test.


MARINET 2nd Progress Meeting & 1st User Workshop

Thanks to all MARINET partners & Transnational Access Users who attended the 2nd MARINET Progress Meeting & 1st User Workshop; hosted by CNR-INSEAN in Rome. View the press release here and images from a tour of CNR-INSEAN.

FlowaveTT cross section  


The MARINET network consists of 29 partners who operate 45 world-class test facilities.  Find out more about MARINET and the opportunity for free-of-charge Transnational Access open to entrepeneur companies, research groups etc.


UEDIN-Flowave TT is just one of the suite of facilities that makes up the MARINET network representing the highest quality of facilities in the marine renewable energy sector.

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  • submit Transnational Access applications (when a call is open);
  • check the outcome of your application following notification of results for each call;
  • complete Post-Access obligations following completion of a project at an infrastructure (this a condition of receiving access and also necessary in order to claim MARINET's Travel & Subistence contribution directly from that infrastructure).