Bringing together critical infrastructure and expertise, Marine-i supports local companies working in the wind, wave and tidal power generation to pioneer new ways of delivering the green energy of the future. The current programme is focussed on accelerating the development of innovative product ideas, working closely with businesses to take their products to the next stage of commercialisation. The world-class RD&I expertise, outstanding test facilities and the support available through Marine-i has already enabled many exciting new product developments, opening global market opportunities for Cornish businesses.
Programme Director for Marine-I at the University of Exeter, Prof Lars Johanning – says, “The next ten years will see the most exciting development in our arena – the building of floating offshore wind farms in the Celtic Sea. Along with the UK government, we believe this project will play a key role in delivering our country’s goal of a Net Zero economy by 2050. Cornwall, with its easy access and local engineering expertise, is excited to be right at the forefront of this new industry and believe there is great potential here for a thriving hub.”
Marine-i is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is a collaboration between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Other projects from i-Marine include:
· Falmouth Harbour Commissioners
· An analysis of innovative mooring and anchoring concept to reduce cost and installation time for large vessel mooring systems.
· Community Energy Plus and Cornwall Offshore Renewable Energy Ventures
· Supporting local community energy projects to access tidal turbine solutions.
· Advice and guidance to develop an innovative low draught catamaran barge floating wind platform and turbine.
· Feritech Global
· Testing in an artificial seabed of a novel geophysical data collection tool
Full details can be seen at: www.marine-i.co.uk
Spokesperson: Professor Lars Johanning
Lars is one of the most prominent academics in the UK for marine renewables and is a leading researcher with international recognition in ocean energy and marine technology, focusing on hydrodynamics, station keeping systems, and O&M processes. His research includes activities such as loading and dynamic response of offshore structures, hydrodynamic and reliability studies on station keeping systems for offshore renewable energy devices, mooring component development and hydrodynamic analysis using leading commercial software.
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