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MaREI - Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre

MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research and development Centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. It combines the expertise of a wide range of research groups and industry partners, with the shared mission of solving the main scientific, technical and socio-economic challenges across the marine and renewable energy sectors.


  • MRE technologies
  • Materials and structures
  • Observation and operations
  • Coastal and marine systems
  • Bioenergy
  • Energy policy and modelling
  • Energy management


In addition to fundamental research, the Centre provides targeted research and consulting services to a wide range of companies, which has established the Centre as a strategic research and development partner for both academic and industry partners worldwide.

MaREI has 180 researchers across six academic partner institutions, working with 46 industry partners. It is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork. MaREI has built upon the excellent track record of well-established marine and energy-based research groups across each of our academic partners, covering a range of cross-cutting topics across seven main research areas.



MaREI offers unique world class marine renewable energy testing infrastructure, state-of-the-art structural laboratories, novel prototypes and measurement equipment that allow the systematic identification and reduction of development risks through a structured ‘Technology Readiness Level’ (TRL) development cycle. This, combined with the technical competence of its employees, makes MaREI a preferred research and development partner for companies and research institutes across the world.

Industry partners include:

Aer Lingus

Gas Networks Ireland

Qualitas Instruments

Analog Devices International

GKinetic Energy

Resilience Energy

ARUP Ireland Trust

GRSI Energy

Resolve Marine

Automsoft International

Henkel Ireland


B9 Power

IDS Monitoring

RSK Ireland

Brí Toinne

Irish Aviation Authority

Shannon Foynes Port Company

Bureau Veritas

Johns Manville

Shell E&P Ireland


KOSMOS Energy Ireland


Commissioners of Irish Lights

MAFIC Black Basalt


DePuy Synthes

Marine Harvest Ireland

Technology From Ideas

DP Energy Ireland


Techworks Marine


National Space Centre

Teledyne BlueView

Enervo Energy

NTR Foundation

Teledyne RESON


Open Ocean Energy



Open Hydro


ESRI Ireland

Pure Marine Gen



  • LIR National Ocean Test Facility – 2600m2 tank hall housing four test tanks, including two ocean wave basins, a wave and current flume and a wave demonstration flume
  • Rotary and linear power take-off test rigs, electrical micro-grid test and simulation electrical integration test rigs
  • Large-scale structural testing and materials testing
  • Pilot scale anaerobic digestion reactors and 200m2 aquaculture tank lab
  • Mace Head Atmospheric Research Station
  • High frequency coastal observing radar system (CODAR)
  • Galway Bay instrumented sea station platform and test site
  • Wet and dry labs, tracking and remote video systems
  • Robotic hardware, including remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROVs)
  • Limerick Dock testing and development site for MRE Robotics/Tidal Energy


MaREI’s public engagement programme focuses on the development of a better understanding of the relevance and impact of our research on society, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland. Our researchers engage with schools, community groups and the general public through a programme of outreach initiatives aimed at different audiences and by participating in events like Science Week, SeaFest, Cork Harbour Festival and FameLab.
MaREI researchers have considerable experience in stakeholder engagement, working with NGOs, industry, government bodies, local authorities, policy makers and community groups through their research projects, and are focused on communicating science to enable informed decision making.


Prof Jerry Murphy - Centre Director

Professor Jerry Murphy is Director of the MaREI Centre and Principal Investigator in Bioenergy Research. He is also the Vice Director of UCC’s Environmental Research Institute and Professor of Bioenergy and Biofuels in the School of Engineering in UCC. Professor Murphy is the leader of the International Energy Agency (IEA) “Energy from Biogas” Task and has served with IEA Bioenergy since 2007. In this role he has edited a book and written several reports. Jerry’s research focus is on second and third generation gaseous biofuels, including algae biofuels, power to gas concepts and life cycle analyses of various biofuel systems, on which he has published 100 peer review journal publications.

Dr Eamon McKeogh – Vice Director

Prof Michael Hartnett – Vice Director

Dr Gillian Bruton - Centre Manager

Aoife Deane - Communications and Public Engagement Officer


MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy

Environmental Research Institute,
Beaufort Building,
University College Cork,
Haulbowline Road, 
Co. Cork,

Tel: (021) 486 4300
Twitter: @MaREIcentre
Facebook: MaREIcentre

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