EUROGIA2020 & MERIC: Expanding Horizons

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Introduction

EUROGIA2020, the EUREKA Cluster for low carbon energy technologies, aims to expand its horizons through collaboration with MERIC (Marine Energy Research & Innovation Centre) in Chile. EUROGIA2020 is a bottom-up, industry driven, market oriented EUREKA programme, which addresses all areas of the energy mix, from renewable energy to efficiency, and reduction of carbon footprint of fossil fuels.

As an 8-year project initiated by Enel Green Power and DCNS, a EUROGIA2020 Board Member Company, MERIC is designed to be an innovation hub for marine renewables both in Chile and in global arena. 

Sharing the same ambitions brought EUROGIA2020 and MERIC together and they signed a Memorandum of Understanding to initiate collaboration and to generate transnational energy technology projects in the field of marine renewables and beyond.

Objectives:

MERIC is supported by Chilean Government`s economic development organisation CORFO  (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción), as well as by the Chilean development organisation Fundación Chile and the R&D Foundation INRIA Chile.MERIC joined forces with EUROGIA2020 to bring marine renewable energy technologies to a new level with the aim of achieving its ambitious yet feasible goal: becoming the global leader in marine renewables.

The centre will focus on six domains during its 8-year mandate:  Marine resource assessment, site characterization, bio-fouling, bio-corrosion, environmental and social impact, and technology adaptation to extreme ocean conditions.  Distinctive Chilean sea conditions will allow MERIC experts to tackle maintenance problem, which is entailed as a major technology challenge by EUROGIA2020 Technology Roadmap for marine renewables, especially for Ocean Wave Power Generation.

A new EUREKA initiative: Global Stars

Chile is soon to join EUREKA Family with a new initiative entitled Global Stars, enabling the cooperation with non - EUREKA Countries.  Main funding agency behind MERIC, CORFO ( Corporación de Fomento de la Producción) signed a declaration of intent with EUREKA for a multi-lateral joint call within the scope of Global Stars. EUROGIA2020 aims to carry out the cooperation with MERIC under the umbrella Global Stars and actively participate in the pilot calls.