Marine Renewable Energy Lab (MaRELab) consists of an inshore/offshore infrastructure for full and model-scale prototypes in a real environment of marine renewable energy devices.
The lab is provided with 5 offshore testing points equipped with power supply and data transmission cables. The energy produced by the marine energy devices can be stored onshore and used for real-life activities.
An innovative wave Overtopping Device (OBREC) embedded in the existing breakwater armor layer is permanently used to produce electricity for the lightening of the local port. During the next three years a floating wind turbine will be installed during the summer period to produce additional energy.
Wave energy converters, offshore floating wind, floating solar power. All these technologies can be coupled within a new concept of floating smart city.
MaRELab is specifically designed for the validation of novel marine renewable energy technologies. This is allowed by a fully equipped lab with a constant monitoring of the environmental and met ocean conditions, as well as of the structural, hydrodynamic and energy performances of the tested devices.
MaRELab gives the opportunity to access the breakwater to install specific new devices/turbines. A sea area around 4000 m^2 is available for testing floating devices (wave energy converter, floating wind turbine and floating solar island).
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The price of each application will be agreed with the single partner, depending on the challenge of the installation.