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MaREI - Marine Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre

MaREI is a marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation centre supported by Science Foundation Ireland. We combine 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 spaces.


  • Device design and testing
  • Energy storage
  • Offshore operations support
  • Coastal and marine management
  • Marine robotics
  • Observation and monitoring
  • Energy systems modelling
  • Green gas


The MaREI research programme is based on a hub and spoke model, divided into both ‘Platform’ and ‘Spoke’ research areas. ‘Platform’ research represents the core research capabilities of the Centre, comprising fundamental or ‘blue-skies’ projects that underpin all other Centre activities.

In turn, the skills developed in ‘Platform’ research enable the Centre to undertake more applied or industry-targeted ‘Spoke’ projects. In this regard, the research programme addresses the needs of both the companies involved, and the marine and renewable sectors as a whole. Both ‘Platform’ and ‘Spoke’ research projects in MaREI are underpinned by the comprehensive cross- cutting infrastructure and ICT capabilities of the Centre.


  • University College Cork
  • University of Limerick
  • NUI Galway
  • Maynooth University
  • University College Dublin
  • Cork Institute of Technology


MaREI focuses on developing strategic long-term relationships with industrial partners by giving them access to its world-class researchers and state-of-the art test-bed infrastructure.  This industry-centred approach provides a focal point to enable over 45 companies to participate in the development of a vertically-integrated supply chain, and to promote and enhance cross-fertilisation of ideas between industry and academia in the marine and renewable energy sectors.

Industry partners include:

Analog Devices International

ESRI Ireland

Pure Marine Gen

Aquafact International Services

Gas Networks Ireland

Qualitas Instruments

The ARUP Ireland Trust

GKinetic Energy

Resilience Energy

Automsoft International

GRSI Energy

Resolve Marine

B9 Power

Henkel Ireland

RSK Ireland

Brí Toinne

IDS Monitoring

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 Current Turbines

SSE Renewables

DP Energy Ireland

Marine Harvest Ireland

Technology From Ideas



Techworks Marine

Electricity Supply Board

NTR Foundation

Teledyne BlueView

Enerco Energy

Open Ocean Energy

Teledyne RESON





  • National Ocean Test Facility
  • 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 facilities
  • Pilot scale anaerobic digestion reactors and 200m2 aquaculture tank lab
  • X-ray/photo laboratories, clean rooms and tissue culture room
  • 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)


MaREI’s community engagement is through a combination of outreach initiatives for primary and secondary level schools involving presentations, workshops and mentoring, and community based engagement via public talks, outreach activities at festivals and tours.  In collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland, MaREI is involved in many local and national events, including Smart Futures, Engineers Week, Science Week and the BT Young Scientist Exhibition.  MaREI also engages with industry partners through conferences and workshops, and strives to forge relationships with other academic and research centres, nationally and internationally.


Prof Jerry Murphy - Centre Director

Prof. Murphy is the Interim Director of MaREI, Vice Director of the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and Director of Bioenergy and Biofuels research in the ERI. He has previously served as Degree Director of Energy Engineering at UCC. He leads the International Energy Agency Task on Energy from Biogas. He leads a research team of about 12 researchers and has published extensively in green gas and biofuels.

Dr Eamon McKeogh – Vice Director

Prof Michael Hartnett – Vice Director

Prof. Dan Toal - Vice Director

Prof Tony Lewis - PI

Dr Gillian Bruton - Centre Manager

MaREI Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy
Beaufort Building, Environmental Research Institute,
University College Cork,
IMERC Campus, Ringaskiddy,
Co. Cork, Ireland
Tel: (021) 486 4300
Twitter: @MaREIcentre
Facebook: MaREIcentre

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