The European consortium that manages the infrastructure network for research Marinet 2 will open on the 10th of April the first call for all interested companies to request the use the facilities included in the project. It will be the first time that the MCTS El Bocal, marine laboratory of the Technological Center of Components (CTC), appears among the possibilities offered to the European investigators to realize tests without cost.
The Marine Corrosion Test Site (MCTS) The Bocal, together with 56 other unique European facilities dedicated to the research of marine renewable energies, will be available for companies to conduct studies related to the behavior of materials in a marine environment completely natural. All companies from outside Spain, as well as Spanish companies that have a plant abroad and apply from there, may attend this call.
Within this prestigious European network, the Cantabrian laboratory belongs to the category of the infrastructures of the network that allow trials under real conditions. Located on a cliff in the north of Santander (Spain), this facility allows to carry out tests and investigations in an environment identical to the ones that are subjected, for example, the offshore structures, used for the production of renewable energies.
The collaboration between the CTC and the Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO) led to the development of this facility which offers three test environments (submerged, tidal or splash) depending on the zone where the samples are exposed. Of this way, the evolution of the samples can be analyzed against the effects of marine corrosion or their resistance to biofouling (adhesion of marine microorganisms).
Marinet 2 is a European initiative, involving 39 partners from 13 different countries, whose aim is to provide researchers with free access to relevant testing infrastructures. Thus, in order to encourage the development of marine renewables, applicants can use a number of facilities to test devices on any scale, in areas such as wave energy, tidal energy and offshore wind energy, among others.