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Claire Gibson, Managing Director of Wave Hub

It has been an exciting few months at Wave Hub with two of the four berths being reserved for the demonstration of 10MW wave energy arrays.  This is in addition to the 6MW floating offshore wind project the Energy Technologies Institute and US based Glosten Associates are planning to test at Wave Hub. 

The first wave device will be installed at Wave Hub by Seatricity, a UK device developer that is working with local supply chain companies such as A&P Falmouth to design, build and install a single device over the next couple of months before progressing to an array of 60 devices next year.  Fortum Corporation, a major Finnish utility company, has also given us a vote of confidence by reserving a berth for the deployment of up to 10 wave energy devices.  Fortum is in the process of selecting their technology partner and is targeting next summer for the installation of their first device. 

Wave Hub is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced test site for offshore renewable energy technology and every company that visits us is impressed not only with our facility but also with the experienced supply chain and research capability that exists here in Cornwall.  Our maritime heritage and understanding of the sea has provided a fantastic platform for us to build a new marine energy industry with a global reach and, by continuing to work together, we can ensure Cornwall realises its fair share of the 19,500 jobs and £800 million GVA per annum that is forecast for the UK over the next decade.

The ERDF Convergence partners placed huge faith in Wave Hub when they approved the investment back in 2009, a decision that was not without risk.  The time has now come for this faith to be repaid and for Cornwall to reap the rewards.  

Friday 28 March 2014