MARIN

The Maritime Research Institute Netherlands, or MARIN, is located in Wageningen. The institute’s focus lies on research in the fields of powering performance, seakeeping and maneuvering. Towing tanks and wave and current basins are available for the testing of marine energy technologies. The facilities are also suited to the testing of enabling technologies, such as floating platforms and foundation systems. MARIN also has a Concept Basin, where six promising projects a year can test their technologies for free over a two-week period.

MARIN has six scale-size test facilities that are suitable for wave energy converters and tidal stream energy conversion (TRLs 3 to 6). The testing of thermal conversion technologies could be realised as well within the existing facilities. In addition, MARIN has access to numerical facilities that can be used in the early development stages of new technologies (TRLs 1 to 3).

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Offshore basin

General characteristics

  • Simulations: Waves, currents, wind
  • Suitable for performance and installation tests
  • Model size range: 3-6 m
  • Dimensions: 45 x 36 x 10 m
Deepwater towing tank

General characteristics

  • Simulations: Tow tests
  • Suitable for performance, installation and survival tests
  • Model size range: 1.5 – 14 m (blade diameter of around 1.6 m)
  • Dimensions: 250 x 10.5 x 5.5 m
Depressurised wave basin

General characteristics

  • Simulations: Waves and low air pressures (2.5% of atmospheric pressure)
  • Suitable for performance tests
  • Model size range: 2 – 12 m (maximum propeller diameter of 0.4 m)

Physical characteristics

  • Dimensions: 240 x 18 x 8 m
  • Wave height: 0.75 m
  • Wave frequency: 0.25 – 0.33 Hz
Concept basin

General characteristics

  • Simulations: Waves, wind
  • Suitable for performance tests
  • Model size range: 1 – 4 m

Physical characteristics

  • Dimensions: 220 x 4 x 3.6 m
  • Wave height: 1.1 m
  • Wave period: 2.3 s
Shallow water basin

General characteristics

  • Simulations: Wave
  • Suitable for performance and installation tests
  • Model size range: overall length: 26 m; maneuvering tests up to 8 m

Physical characteristics

  • Dimensions: 220 x 15.8 x 1.1 m
  • Wave height: 0.25 m
  • Wave frequency: 0.2 – 2 Hz
Cavitation tunnel

General characteristics

  • Simulations: Low pressures (operational conditions)
  • Suitable for cavitation observation
  • Model size range: max. diameter of 0.4 m

Physical characteristics

  • Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.9 x 4 m
  • Max. flow speeds: 10-11 m/s