MaREI is the marine and renewable energy research and development 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.

Research Areas

  • MRE technologies
  • Materials and structures
  • Observation and operations
  • Coastal and marine systems
  • Bioenergy
  • Energy policy and modelling
  • Energy management

Research Programmes

In addition to fundamental research, the Centre provides targeted research and consulting services to a wide range of companies, which has established the Centre as a strategic research and development partner for both academic and industry partners worldwide.

MaREI has 180 researchers across six academic partner institutions, working with 46 industry partners. It is coordinated by the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) at University College Cork. MaREI has built upon the excellent track record of well-established marine and energy-based research groups across each of our academic partners, covering a range of cross-cutting topics across seven main research areas.

Academic Partners

Industry and Commercialisation

MaREI offers unique world class marine renewable energy testing infrastructure, state-of-the-art structural laboratories, novel prototypes and measurement equipment that allow the systematic identification and reduction of development risks through a structured ‘Technology Readiness Level’ (TRL) development cycle. This, combined with the technical competence of its employees, makes MaREI a preferred research and development partner for companies and research institutes across the world.

Industry partners include:

  • Aer Lingus
  • Analog Devices International
  • ARUP Ireland Trust
  • Automsoft International
  • B9 Power
  • Brí Toinne
  • Bureau Veritas
  • Commissioners of Irish Lights
  • DePuy Synthes
  • DP Energy Ireland
  • ÉireComposites
  • Enervo Energy
  • Ervia
  • ESB
  • ESRI Ireland
  • Gas Networks Ireland
  • GKinetic Energy
  • GRSI Energy
  • Henkel Ireland
  • IDS Monitoring
  • Irish Aviation Authority
  • Johns Manville
  • KOSMOS Energy Ireland
  • MAFIC Black Basalt
  • Marine Harvest Ireland
  • National Space Centre
  • NTR Foundation
  • Open Ocean Energy
  • Open Hydro
  • Pure Marine Gen
  • Qualitas Instruments
  • Resilience Energy
  • Resolve Marine
  • RPS
  • RSK Ireland
  • Shannon Foynes Port Company
  • Shell E&P Ireland
  • SkySails
  • SonarSim
  • Technology From Ideas
  • Techworks Marine
  • Teledyne BlueView
  • Teledyne RESON


MaREI’s public engagement programme focuses on the development of a better understanding of the relevance and impact of our research on society, in collaboration with Science Foundation Ireland. Our researchers engage with schools, community groups and the general public through a programme of outreach initiatives aimed at different audiences and by participating in events like Science Week, SeaFest, Cork Harbour Festival and FameLab.
MaREI researchers have considerable experience in stakeholder engagement, working with NGOs, industry, government bodies, local authorities, policy makers and community groups through their research projects, and are focused on communicating science to enable informed decision making.

Key Contact Details

Prof Jerry Murphy
Centre Director

Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir
Centre Director

Dee O’Connor
Marketing and Communications Manager

Dr Gillian Bruton
Centre Manager

Aoife Deane
Communications and Public Engagement Officer