Final MARINCOMP consortium meeting held

The final MARINCOMP consortium meeting was held in Dublin on 7th-8th November 2017. The event was chaired by Prof Ó Brádaigh of UEDIN and was well attended by all project partners. The meeting focused on the final project reports.

MARINCOMP International Symposium is held in Cork

  • MaREI Director Prof Jerry Murphy welcomes delegates to Symposium


The MARINCOMP International Symposium, “Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Offshore Renewable Energy”, was held in the National Maritime College of Ireland, Cork on Friday 1st September 2017. Featuring a number of internationally renowned speakers, presentations from MARINCOMP researchers and a panel discussion, the event was attended by over 60 delegates. The day also include a tour of the MaREI Beaufort Building and LIR National Ocean Test Facility.

Presentations from the event can be downloaded here:

MARINCOMP presents 6 papers at EWTEC 2017

A number of MARINCOMP researchers presented papers and posters at the recent European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC 2017). The conference was held in Cork between 27th – 31st August 2017. The presentations were:

  • Parvez Alam., Dimitrios Mamalis., Colin Robert., Austin D. Lafferty., Conchúr M. Ó Brádaigh. Mechanical properties and damage analyses of fatigue loaded CFRP for tidal turbine applications, European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) series, Cork, Ireland (2017).
  • Mamalis , Tomas Flanagan., Adrian Doyle., Conchúr M. Ó Brádaigh. A Carbon Fibre Reinforced Powder Epoxy Manufacturing Process for Tidal Turbine Blades., European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC) series, Cork, Ireland (2017).
  • Dooher, T, Flanagan, T, Archer, E, McIlhagger, A, J, Ó Brádaigh, CM, Cost modelling of a tidal turbine blade: Opportunities and challenges, European Wave & Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC 2017), Cork, Ireland, Aug 2017.
  • M. Maguire, N.D. Sharp, R.B. Pipes (Purdue University, United States of America), C.M. Ó Brádaigh, Process simulations for manufacturing thick-section parts with low-cost fibre reinforced polymers, SAMPE Europe Conference 2017, Stuttgart, Germany.
  • Vesna Jaksic, Finlay Wallace, Conchúr Ó Brádaigh, Upscaling of Tidal Turbine Blades: Glass or Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymers? EWTEC 2017, Cork, Ireland.
  • James Maguire, Adrian Doyle, Conchúr Ó Brádaigh. Manufacturing Thick-Section Tidal Turbine Blades Using Low-Cost Fibre Reinforced Polymers, European Wave & Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC 2017), Cork, Ireland, Aug 2017.

June 2017 Consortium Meeting hosted TORAY, France

The MARINCOMP  project held its latest Consortium Meeting in TORAY, Pau, France. The meeting took place on late June and was chaired by Prof Ó Brádaigh of UEDIN and was well attended by all partners. The meeting ran over two days and included a tour of the TORAY CFE facilities.


International Symposium on “Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Marine Renewable Energy”, Cork, Ireland, September 1st 2017

A 1-day International Symposium will be held in Cork, Ireland on September 1st, 2017 on the topic of “Novel Composite Materials and Processes for Marine Renewable Energy”.  The symposium is being organised by the consortium behind the EU FP7 Marie Curie IAPP project MARINCOMP, led by University College Cork and the University of Edinburgh, and involving partners University of Ulster; Toray Carbon Fibers Europe, ÉireComposites, Suzlon Energy and Scotrenewables Tidal Power.

Symposium topics will include development and use of carbon fibre and glass fibre reinforced composites for use in marine renewable applications such as tidal and wind turbine blades, involving novel powder-processing routes, fibre-matrix interface studies, water absorption effects on material properties, fatigue durability life design tools, 3D reinforcements, materials testing and characterisation, blade design methodologies, blade manufacturing cost models and structural testing of large composite blades.


International speakers at the symposium will include the project partners, plus the following guest speakers:


  • Prof Dayakar Penumadu, University of Tennessee, USA
  • Dr Peter Davies, IFREMER, Brest, France
  • Dr Klaus Gleich, Johns Manville, Germany
  • Prof Ole Thybo Thomsen, University of Southampton
  • Prof Janice Barton, University of Southampton
  • Dr Jamie Goggins, NUI Galway


The symposium will be held on Friday, September 1st, from 9.00am to 5.00pm in the Centre for Marine & Renewable Energy (MaREI), UCC‐ERI Beaufort Building, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork and will follow the holding of the 12th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference 2017 (EWTEC 17) in Cork from August 27th to Thursday August 31st.


Attendance at the symposium is free, but space will be limited.

To register go to

Symposium Flyer

MARINCOMP partner Scotrenewables clocks up the power


Having reached the 2MW rated capacity of their SR2000 tidal turbine earlier in April, and setting a new tidal industry benchmark, Scotrenewables have now generated over 18MWh within a continuous 24hr testing period; a performance level which matches established offshore wind turbines.

Speaking of the achievement, believed to be another tidal industry record, the CEO of Scotrenewables, Andrew Scott, said: “Recognising we are still in the early stages of our demonstration programme this is a tremendously reassuring level of performance to be achieving, one which provides further confidence in our technology’s ability to deliver a significant step reduction in the cost of energy from tidal stream and meet our future customers’ needs.”

The 2MW SR2000 is undergoing a comprehensive, grid connected, test programme at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney focused on demonstrating power and hydrodynamic performance of the patented floating turbine technology in parallel with a low cost maintenance and vessel strategy.

Jonathan Meason, Scotrenewables’ Engineering Manager said: “The SR2000 is providing invaluable experience and validation of our engineering – both of which are informing the optimisation exercise which we are undertaking within our flagship Horizon 2020 project; where we are confident we can considerably increase the performance from the system in parallel with reducing costs and risks.”

Scotrenewables’ EU funded Horizon 2020 project, “FloTEC”, is a collaborative industry and supply chain initiative aimed at further reducing the cost of energy from the company’s technology and providing the basis to commence commercial sales.

The SR2000 was conservatively engineered and built with a 16m rotor diameter for each of its 1MW turbines, improvements under the FloTEC project include increasing diameters to 20m with composite blades developed with project partners EireComposites. This step alone is projected to increase annual yield from turbines by over 50%

Dr Dongning “Tony” Zhao presents at SPIE 2017

Dr Dongning Zhao presented a paper at SPIE Smart Structures/NDE 2017. The paper was co written by MARINCOMP researchers Micheal Forde, Bryan Weafer, Alistair McIlhagger and Edward Archer.

SPIE Abstract

The event has held in Portland, Oregon, USA and consisted of 11 conference topics and over 850 presentations. SPIE offers a unique collaboration between engineers who develop advanced materials and researchers who use sensor networks & non-destructive evaluation methods to monitor the health of structural and biological systems.

MARINCOMP Consortium Meeting Held in Belfast

Belfast Meeting 2017

MARINCOMP researchers at NIACE, Belfast, Feb 2017


The MARINCOMP  project held its latest Consortium Meeting in the NIACE, Belfast. The meeting was chaired by Prof Ó Brádaigh of UEDIN and was well attended by all partners. The meeting ran over two days and included a tour of the NIACE facilities. The next meeting will be hosted by TORAY CFE in June 2017.

MARINCOMP Consortium Meeting held in Edinburgh

MARINCOMP Researchers at meeting

MARINCOMP Researchers at meeting


The MARINCOMP  project held its latest Consortium Meeting in the Universirty of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. The meeting was chaired by Prof Ó Brádaigh of UEDIN and was well attended by all partners. The meeting ran over two days and included a tour of the Flowave facilities and other laboratories at the University.