Marine Energy Research Innovation and Knowledge Accelerator

  • Vögler, Arne (PI)
  • Kenter, J O (PI)
  • Billing, Suzannah-Lynn (PI)
  • Greenwood, Charles (Researcher)
  • Morrison, James (Researcher)
  • Bremner, Barbara (Researcher)
  • Loxton , Jennifer (Researcher)
  • Schläppy, Marie-Lise (Researcher)
  • del Villar-Guerra, Diego (Researcher)
  • Nall, Chris (Researcher)
  • Greenhill, Lucy (Researcher)
  • Risch, Denise (Researcher)
  • Billing, Suzannah-Lynn (Researcher)
  • Martino, Simone (Researcher)

Project Details

Description of project aims

The project revolves around the concept of turning the UHI Faculty of Science, Health and Engineering into a reference research and innovation hub for all of Europe on the theme of marine energy. Funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme, the MERIKA Project runs from 2014 to 2017. The region is endowed with a unique environment that enables research “where the resource is” for ocean wave, tidal and offshore wind power. Marine energy has the potential to meet a growing share of Europe’s energy demands in the years to come.

Research is needed to improve predictability, forecast techniques and to provide equipment and Instruments interactions to better manage development processes within a well preserved environment. UHI already has a consolidated position within the international research community and MERIKA represents the opportunity for a leap forward to acquire and reinforce its status of “reference centre” in Europe.

The project relies on cooperation with seven high profile scientific institutions in Europe and is centred on two main blocks of activities. One intervenes on capital (human and physical) and one builds capacity, especially in areas related to innovation and protection or exploitation of knowledge.

Project Coordinator
University of the Highlands and Islands
University Academic Partners
Environmental Research Institute, North Highland College UHI (ERI - Thurso, Scotland)
Lews Castle College UHI (LCC - Stornoway, Lewis)
Scottish Association for Marine Science UHI (SAMS - Dunstaffnage, Scotland)
European Partners
Technical University Hamburg (TUH - Germany)
National University Galway (NUI - Ireland)
WavEC - Offshore Renewables (WavEC - Portugal)
Wageningen Marine Research (WUR - The Netherlands)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU - Norway)
Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht (HZG - Germany)
University of Nordland (UON - Norway)
Short titleMERIKA
Effective start/end date1/01/1431/12/17


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