What we do

The Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is a consortium of marine renewable energy experts across higher education, research and industry which have joined together to establish a ‘network of excellence’ centred in the South of the UK.

The PRIMaRE network is focused on knowledge sharing through a multilevel approach (i.e. post-docs, senior researchers, industry developers and PhD students) rather than just at a project or PhD student level. The network’s research efforts to develop marine renewable energy are consolidated through the PRIMaRE research priorities document – this is a live document which is periodically consulted and reviewed with industry and academia. The PRIMaRE network sets the seeds for strong future collaborations in marine renewable energy development and implementation.

Vision and purpose

The Partnership for Research in Marine Renewable Energy (PRIMaRE) is a network of world-class research institutions who undertake research and development to address challenges facing the marine renewable energy industry at the regional, national and international level.

The overall aim of PRIMaRE is to foster a multi-institutional world-class research cluster in all aspects of marine renewable energy which will:

  • provide a forum for research in marine renewable energy;
  • facilitate and foster research collaboration and knowledge exchange between the Parties and with industry and national and international partners;
  • utilise the assets and resources in the south west of England including world class demonstration facilities such as Wave Hub;
  • work closely with the South West Marine Energy Park (SW MEP) as its research cluster of choice, taking part when appropriate in joint marketing and joint events;
  • hold an annual PRIMaRE research conference, to be hosted and organised by the Party chairing the Steering Committee, which will rotate annually; and
  • cooperate on a PRIMaRE website, providing content including contact details, a list of relevant expertise and skills, details of current research projects and available papers and reports, to be hosted and maintained by Plymouth.

PRIMaRE is managed through a steering committee consisting of representatives of the five universities, the two research centres, Wave Hub and the South West Marine Energy Park.


PRIMaRE Network members will receive news and updates, and will be invited to the events organised by PRIMaRE or its partners, such as workshops, the PRIMaRE annual conference and the PRIMaRE Summer School.

If you would like to be involved and to keep informed on the PRIMaRE activities and MRE news and events, please join the PRIMaRE Network here.


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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

This project has received funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council under grant agreement EP/P026109/1