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Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE)

Research Study Annex IV

Title: Partnership for Research In Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE)
Start Date:
January 01, 2013
Country:
Technology Type:
Info Updated:
August 08, 2017
Study Status: 
In Progress
Princple Investigator Contact Information: 
Project Description: 

The Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is a consortium of marine renewable energy experts across higher education, research and industry which have joined together to establish a ‘network of excellence’ centred in the south of the UK. The Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton, Bristol and Bath, along with the Marine Biological Association of the UK and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, have agreed to work together on research projects across the spectrum of marine renewables. Completing the line-up of PRIMaRE is the South West Marine Energy Park (SW MEP) and the Wave Hub facility off the north coast of Cornwall, who will act as conduits between the research community and industry.

Funding Source: 

Directly from its members and UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Location of Research: 

South, West and South-west of England.

Project Aims: 

The Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is a network of world-class research institutions who undertake research and development to address challenges facing the marine renewable energy industry at the regional, national and international level. The overall aim of PRIMaRE is to foster a multi-institutional world-class research cluster in all aspects of marine renewable energy which will:

  • provide a forum for research in marine renewable energy;
  • facilitate and foster research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the Parties and with industry and national and international partners;
  • utilise the assets and resources in the south west of England including world class demonstration facilities such as Wave Hub;
  • work closely with the South West Marine Energy Park (SW MEP) as its research cluster of choice, taking part when appropriate in joint marketing and joint events;
  • hold an annual PRIMaRE research conference, to be hosted and organised by the Party chairing the Steering Committee, which will rotate annually; and
  • cooperate on a PRIMaRE website, providing content including contact details, a list of relevant expertise and skills, details of current research projects and available papers and reports, to be hosted and maintained by Plymouth.

PRIMaRE is managed through a steering committee consisting of representatives of the five universities, the two research centres, Wave Hub and the South West Marine Energy Park.

Project Progress: 

PRIMaRE started in 2009 as the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy, set up by the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter with funding from the South west Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), now REGEN SW, and the European Union through its Convergence and Competitiveness programmes. Initially conceived as a 3 year project which brought together world-class researchers around Marine Renewable Energy (MRE) to build together the capabilities necessary in the Peninsula to support Wave Hub and have a wider impact in the global MRE sector.

 

In 2013 PRIMaRE rebranded itself as the Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy, a consortium of marine renewable energy experts across higher education, research and industry which have joined together to establish a ‘network of excellence’ centred in the South of the UK. The Universities of Plymouth, Exeter, Southampton, Bristol and Bath, along with the Marine Biological Association of the UK and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, have agreed to work together on research projects across the spectrum of marine renewables. Completing the line-up of the Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is the South West Marine Energy Park (SW MEP) and the Wave Hub facility off the north coast of Cornwall, who will act as conduits between the research community and industry.

 

In July 2017 PRIMaRE has secured a 3 years Network Grant from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to further develop and extend the partnership. At the 4th PRIMaRE Conference happening in Southampton in July 2017 Cardiff University has joined the partnership as a Full Partner and Uppsala and Cranfield universities as Associated Partners.

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