University College Cork is a leading educational centre located in the south-west of Ireland with an extremely strong focus on research and innovation. The university was founded in 1845 and continuously ranks highly on the QS World University Rankings. MARINCOMP is being managed through Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI). The SFI MaREI Centre is a cluster of key university and industrial partners dedicated to solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges related to marine renewable energy. The Centre delivers tailored technological solutions to companies through the delivery of its industry-led research programme, providing innovative solutions that reduce the time to market, and reduce costs to a competitive level.
ÉireComposites is an innovative design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in lightweight, high-performance, fibre-reinforced composite materials, with an international customer base in aerospace, wind energy, marine and automotive sectors. ÉireComposites has managed over €15.9m of EU FP6 and FP7 projects relating to composite materials for Aircraft Structures, Space Launchers and Renewable Energy. Key customers include Kingspan (wind energy) and Bombardier (Aircraft parts).
ÉireComposites offers its customer an integrated service including accredited design, innovative tooling, manufacturing and testing in a single organisation. The company is delivering composite components and assemblies for international aerospace programmes, and participates in important European Union R&D programmes in the aerospace sector.
ÉireComposites has world-leading proprietary technology and know-how in thermoplastic composites, from glass-fibre polypropylene (Twintex®) to advanced carbon-fibre thermoplastics such as PEEK and PEKK, and has particular expertise in moulding of new liquid-moulded thermoplastic resins such as CBT®, APLC-12 and APLC-6.
Our subsidiary company, Composites Testing Laboratory (www.ctlcomposites.com), is a leader in the field of accredited mechanical and physical testing of advanced composites for aerospace, wind energy and automotive applications.
Further information can be found at www.eirecomposites.com
Ulster is a university with a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement. We make a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland and play a key role in attracting inward investment. Our core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.
Take a look at our courses and you’ll see how we’re preparing students for tomorrow’s world today.
- We have a positive impact on the economy and community in Northern Ireland and employ over 3000 staff with an annual turnover of more than £200 million.
- Technology and knowledge transfer and commercial exploitation of ideas are promoted by our Office of Innovation through a range of initiatives and ongoing research and consultancy with business and industry.
- We are a major contributor to the Research and Development capacity within Northern Ireland and we support local business and industry. The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise confirmed the strength and quality of our research and the advances that we are continually making.
- We make a leading contribution to lifelong learning (via eLearning), widening access to education for all – enhancing the region’s knowledge base.
- Partnerships have been forged with other educational providers locally, nationally and internationally and we have a network of strategic partnerships throughout the world.
Further information can be found at www.ulster.ac.uk
SE Blades Technology Hengelo is a division of Suzlon Energy Ltd. We specialize in the design and development of rotor blades for wind turbines. Worldwide, we employ 2.500 people in R&D, technical product design, materials and production, engineering, tooling, serial production of blades and in worldwide service and maintenance of composite products.
Toray industries, the world leader in carbon fibre production, has been active in Europe manufacturing and marketing TORAYCA carbon fibre solutions through its French subsidiary, Toray Carbon Fibers Europe.
Toray Industries’ long-term vision, its globalisation strategy and its international reach, with four production sites across Japan, the USA, Korea and France, have enabled it to establish itself as a global player in the composites industry.
It offers real partnership opportunities to major industry stakeholders. Its drive for innovation, its ambition and capacity for investment have played a major part in the creation of a wide, differentiated range of products to meet the varying needs of the aeronautics and space markets, but other industrial markets too: energy, automotive, civil engineering, plus the sport and leisure market.
Further information can be found at www.toray-cfe.com
The College of Science and Engineering is one of the three academic Colleges at the University of Edinburgh. With nearly 2,000 staff and 7,500 students, it is one of the largest science and engineering groupings in the UK. It is also in the front rank of the UK University science and engineering groupings for research quality and research income. The School of Engineering has wide-ranging, comprehensive and exciting research activities. The research is carried out in six multidisciplinary institutes under a broad scope of challenging engineering research themes. The Institute for Materials and Processes (IMP) joins researchers from materials science, materials synthesis and processing, and manufacturing optimisation. Relevant materials projects include Prof. Conchúr Ó Brádaigh being main contractor and primary author of the WES Materials Landscaping Study Report in June 2016, EU projects MARINCOMP and POWDERBLADE and new EPSRC-funded Centre for Advanced Materials for Renewable Energy Generation (CAMREG), being led by Edinburgh, due to commence in September 2016. Composite materials research staff include Prof. Ó Brádaigh, Dr. Eddie McCarthy and Dr. Austin Lafferty. The University hosts laboratories in composite materials testing and processing.
The Institute for Energy Systems (IES) leads the EPSRC-UK Centre for Marine Energy Research, is a partner in the Supergen Photovoltaics consortia, several Energy Technologies Institute and EU projects, and houses the FloWave tank test facility. The University also leads the IDCORE Industrial Doctorate Programme for Offshore Renewable Energy.
Scotrenewables Tidal Power Limited (“Scotrenewables”) was founded in 2002 to develop cost effective tidal and river hydrokinetic turbines. The Company currently employs a team of 22 full time staff and is based in Orkney, Scotland, the home of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC).
From the start, the company’s design philosophy was to develop a turbine with low installation and maintenance costs. This resulted in a floating turbine with rotors mounted on retractable legs allowing it to be easily towed to and from site with small, locally available vessels.
From 2003-2009, the company tested its technology at increasing scales, supported by strong investment from TOTAL, Fred Olsen and ABB Technology Ventures.
In 2011, the company launched the SR250 250 kW, the first large scale floating tidal turbine in the world. The turbine had an extremely successful 2 ½ year testing programme at EMEC, clocking up more than 4,000 hours of deployment in the harsh operating conditions of the North Sea. The turbine was fully grid connected and exported electricity into the local electricity network, verifying the floating tidal turbine approach at large scale.
The company has a highly skilled engineering and offshore operations team. It has partnerships for turbine assembly with Harland & Wolff Shipyard, Belfast and an established supply chain for turbine construction. In 2014, the company opened its own production facility for electrical system testing and assembly. The company has patents protecting the key design advantages of its technology and an excellent health and safety record.
In 2015, the company will launch, a 2MW turbine, known as the SR2000, the culmination of more than 12 years of research, design and testing. This will be the largest and most powerful tidal turbine in the world and the most cost competitive technology in the sector.