MaREI provides innovative research, development, engineering and consultancy services to companies across a wide range of sectors, and is currently actively collaborating with over 45 industry partners comprising both SMEs and MNCs, who benefit from significant synergies and long-term relationships generated through their involvement in the Centre, enabling the development of a powerful engine for innovation and growth. The close relationship that exists with our industry partners is central to the collaborative ethos of the Centre, enabling novel approaches to be applied to real-world problem solving and development. The industry-led research programme facilitates the delivery of tailored solutions to address the specific needs of our industry partners, which extend across the value chain and include such aspects as MRE Technologies, Materials & Structures, Observation & Operations, Coastal & Marine Systems, Bioenergy, Energy Policy & Modelling, and Renewable Energy Management.
In addition to collaborative research and development, MaREI offers consultancy/contract research services to interested companies, along with analytical and testing services of a reliable and consistent quality that fulfil international standards. MaREI offers unique, world-class MRE testing infrastructure, along with state of the art structural laboratories, novel prototype development facilities, and measurement equipment that allow systematic reduction of risks through a structured TRL development cycle. Combined with the technical competence of our employees, these abilities make us a preferred research and development partner for companies and research institutes across the world.
The MaREI industry programme is based on a number of key principles, including: mutual interest in a common, achievable goal; constant communication about expectations, timelines and potential opportunities; and transparency based on a clearly-defined governance and reporting structures. Specific objectives include:
- Delivery of tailored solutions to meet industry partner needs
- Provision of access to state-of-the-art facilities, training and support services
- Access to an environment of innovation that will yield IP, start-ups and jobs
- Enhancement of cross-fertilisation of ideas between industry and academia
- Provision of access to EU Funding for industry
MaREI also provides benefits to industry from its association with IMERC (Irish Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster) in Ringaskiddy, Cork, on which MaREI’s headquarters at the Beaufort Building are located. The close relationship with IMERC provides added benefit to our partner companies, acting as a ‘soft-landing’ for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), together with providing incubation space for indigenous enterprise and spin-out companies. Synergies are also derived from the IMERC innovation network, including the resources of the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), and the expertise and support of the Irish Naval Service.