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PRIMaRE is a network of world-class research institutions based in the west, south, and south west of England who undertake research and development to address challenges facing the marine renewable energy industry at the regional, national and international level. 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. PRIMaRE has identified and is currently focused on the following six research areas:
- Resource characterisation;
- Marine renewable energy systems;
- Environmental and biodiversity impacts;
- Safe operations and navigational risk;
- Underwater and surface electrical systems; and
- Socio economic factors.
South West Regional Development Agency and the European Union through its Convergence and Competitiveness programmes.
Baseline studies at the Wave Hub site, England.
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;
- 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.
Two papers have been submitted and one has been published relating to environmental and biodiversity impacts. Further publications for all six research topics are anticipated. 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.