The CTC marine laboratory, MCTS El Bocal, was the second most demanded facility in Europe in the previous call for proposals
Companies developing systems and components for the marine renewable energy sector, including wind, wave and tidal energy technologies, will have a new opportunity to apply for access to any of the unique testing facilities included in the European MaRINET2 infrastructure network. The consortium that manages the project will open the second call of this network, which provides researchers with free access to 56 laboratories throughout Europe, today, January 15th.
The marine laboratory of the CTC Technological Centre, the Marine Corrosion Test Site (MCTS) El Bocal, will once again appear within this prestigious European network, framed in the category of infrastructures that allow testing under real conditions. The specific characteristics of the laboratory, which offers three testing conditions (submerged, tidal or splash) depending on the exposure of the samples, together with its location in an open sea area and an environment identical to that supported by offshore structures, have made the MCTS El Bocal one of the most demanded facilities in the network.
In fact, during the first call of the network, MaRINET2 received 48 proposals, five of which were for the MCTS El Bocal. Only the Deep Ocean Basin of the University of Cork had more applications for use than the Cantabrian laboratory.
MaRINET2’s first call for proposals was open to European companies, whose researchers were working in a country other than the one where the facility is located. The multinational Hempel, a world leader in paints and coatings for the industrial, naval, container, marine and decoration markets, was one of the companies that took advantage of the MCTS El Bocal conditions to test their new developments through the first MaRINET2 call.
The installation, developed in collaboration with the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (Instituto Español de Oceanografía), allows analysing the evolution of the study samples when subjected to the effects of marine corrosion or their resistance to biofouling (adhesion of marine microorganisms).
MaRINET2 is a €10.5 million project linked to the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme coordinated by the Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy of Ireland (MaREI) at University College Cork. Its primary objective is to foster the development of marine renewable energies. To this end, it provides researchers with free access to relevant test infrastructures at a continental level in 13 different countries.