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Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Offshore Renewable Energy

Objective

The consortium behind the MARINCOMP IAPP – NUI Galway and University of Ulster; Toray Carbon Fibers Europe, a company specialized in manufacture of carbon fibre; EireComposites, an SME with innovative composite manufacturing technology; and Suzlon Blade Technology, a utility class wind turbine manufacturer – aims to reduce the cost of offshore wind and tidal turbine blade structures and enable the drive toward lower cost per kilowatt renewable energy for both industries. The specific objectives of MARINCOMP are to jointly develop and optimise carbon-fibre reinforced composite materials which are tailored for long-term durability in the marine environment, and can be processed rapidly and cost-effectively. New software tools such as a fatigue life design tool which incorporates the effect of immersion in seawater, and a cost-performance model will be developed in the project. Through an objective-driven transfer of knowledge (ToK) programme between industry and academia, MARINCOMP will couple state-of-the art scientific knowledge in composite materials and processes with industrial knowledge in carbon fibres and large-scale composites processing to provide a step change in the use of carbon fibre in large high volume composite structures. The ToK programme will also bring benefits to the researchers in terms of greater opportunities for employment and training in the marine renewable energy market. In addition the project will improve the quality of research undertaken by the commercial partners and will increase their competitiveness in this emerging market. The project will improve the research network of the academic partners and provide routes for commercialisation of their research. MARINCOMP’s consortium is uniquely placed to plan and implement a long-term cooperation and knowledge transfer needed to push the envelope of the current state-of-the-art in composite materials for the marine environment, in keeping with the objectives with the Marie Curie IAPP programme.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 292 269,91
Administrative Contact
Jerry Murphy (Prof.)

Participants (7)

EIRECOMPOSITES TEORANTA
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 600 157,45
Address
Udaras Industrial Estate An Choill Rua
CO. GALWAY Inverin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrick Feerick (Mr.)
UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 634 317,20
Address
Cromore Road
BT52 1SA Coleraine
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marie Patton (Dr.)
SE BLADES TECHNOLOGY BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 125 988,66
Address
Jan Tinbergenstraat 290
7559ST Hengelo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Harald Bersee (Dr.)
TORAY CARBON FIBERS EUROPE SA
France
EU contribution
€ 43 912,93
Address
Route De Lagor
64150 Abidos
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cedric Abad (Mr.)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

Participation ended

Ireland
Address
University Road
H91 Galway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mari Vahey (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 555 999,84
Address
Old College, South Bridge
EH8 9YL Edinburgh
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lindsay Hampton (Mr.)
ORBITAL MARINE POWER LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 123 411,20
Address
Innovation Centre - Orkney Hatston Pier Road, Crowness Business Park
KW15 1ZL Kirkwall
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Finlay Wallace (Mr.)