MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation Centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the marine and renewable energy sectors. MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and has over 200 researchers working across 6 academic institutions collaborating with over 45 industry partners.
The MaREI Centre conducts fundamental scientific research relating to marine and renewable energy applications and enables the development and testing of technology through to the construction of demonstration systems. MaREI offers unique world class MRE testing infrastructure, state-of-the-art structural laboratories, novel prototypes and measurement equipment that allow the systematic identification and reduction of development risks through a structured TRL development cycle. This, combined with the technical competence of its employees, makes it a preferred research and development partner for companies and research institutes across the world. Our specific strength is our ability to work in interdisciplinary teams and combine insights to allow a wide spectrum of research and development services.
MaREI provides innovative research, development, engineering and consulting services and tailor-made solutions for companies of all industries. MaREI partners benefit from the synergies and multidisciplinary potential of the various disciplines at our Centre, thus enabling novel approaches to problem solving and development. MaREI has active collaborative contracts with greater than 45 companies and is participating in various FP7 & H2020 projects (co-ordinating 5). In addition to collaborative contract R&D, we offer analytical and testing services of reliable and constant quality fulfilling international standards.
The MaREI research team comprises internationally recognised experts from UCC, NUIG, UL, MU, UCD, and CIT, who have complementary research backgrounds key to providing the underpinning research necessary for Ireland to develop commercially successful marine and renewable energy industries. Currently, it has over 200 employees and its budget exceeds 35 million euro.
MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and its headquarters are housed in the new UCC ERI Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork along with the Lir National Ocean Test Facility (Lir-NOTF). Lir NOTF is a custom designed facility for small to medium scale laboratory testing of ocean and maritime systems. It consists of state of the art test tanks for wave and current emulation, and electrical test rigs.