MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research, development and innovation 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. MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and has 130 researchers working across 6 academic institutions collaborating with over 45 industry partners.
MaREI is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork and its headquarters are housed in the new UCC ERI Beaufort Building in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork along with the Lir National Ocean Test Facility (Lir-NOTF). Lir NOTF is a custom designed facility for small to medium scale laboratory testing of ocean and maritime systems. It consists of state of the art test tanks for wave and current emulation, and electrical test rigs. The research capabilities and facilities within the UCC ERI Beaufort Building form part of the IMERC Cluster, a strategic collaborative initiative by UCC, Cork Institute of Technology and the Irish Naval Service centred around these institutions activities in the Cork harbour area, the focus of which is to promote Ireland as a leading location for investment in the maritime and energy sectors.