The Marine Renewable Energy Research Infrastructure (MARINERG-i) is a distributed Research Infrastructure composed of a network of test facilities with the critical mass of expertise and world-class equipment to support the design and advancement of the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) systems. This involves interdisciplinary research in hydrodynamics, aerodynamics and fluid-structure interaction, material science, electro-technical engineering, ICT, naval architecture, sensors, oceanography, environmental and social sciences, business management, economics and legal sciences. It will accelerate the research development of wave, tidal, offshore wind and combined energy technologies to maintain Europe a global leader in constantly evolving industry.
MARINERG-i builds on the existing community developed in the FP7 MaRINET and H2020 MaRINET2 projects and it is the major outcome of the first application to ESFRI Roadmap 2016. Even though unsuccessful, MARINERG-i was considered an emerging project and deserving a H2020 funding for ESFRI Early Phase projects. The project provided the nucleus to coordinate the consortium of 14 partners spread in 12 countries to undertake the effort to successfully submit a new proposal to the ESFRI Roadmap 2021 with the development of the main components of the RI, the identification of the most appropriate legal and governance structure, the identification and implementation of the actions necessary at the national level to secure the Member States commitment.