11 Nov MERIC
With its 4500 km of coastline, Chile has excellent natural conditions for the development of Marine Renewable Energy (MRE), especially with marine turbines and energy generated by waves.
Aware of their advantages and worried to reach its goal of doubling its installed electrical capacity by 2020, Chile implemented the first elements for an energy policy that allows the development of MRE projects.
DCNS is a world leader in naval defence and an innovator in the energy sector. The Group is developing advanced technology and solutions to secure the future and sustainably develop the planet’s potential. Its leadership is built on a proven ability to meet customer needs by combining exceptional know-how with unique industrial resources.
Enel Green Power is an Enel Group Company fully dedicated to the development and management of renewable energy sources worldwide, with operations in Europe and the Americas. Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix out of sources like wind, solar, hydroelectric, geothermal, and biomass, providing generation volumes well over the sector average.
On October 5, 2014 CORFO, the agency for the economic development of Chile, chose DCNS through its Programme to Attract International Centres of Excellence in R&D to develop the MERIC Center (Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center). MERIC conducts studies to determine the first places where marine renewable energy technologies could be installed on the Chilean coast.
DCNS established MERIC together with the ENEL Group to work closely with academic and industrial partners in Chile, which include Inria Chile, the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, Universidad Austral de Chile, the Chile Foundation and ENEL GREEN POWER Chile.
The presence of MERIC in Chile fulfills different objectives. The center seeks to strengthen the knowledge of Chilean players in marine energy, regarding site development and adaptation of technology. It also seeks to enable renewable marine energy technologies in the country through the assessment of their sustainability, as well as collaborating with the Chilean government in establishing guidelines for offshore renewable energy projects in Chile, sharing the European experience in processes of acceptability and management of public debate.