Marine energy: opportunity knocks for cornish businesses

Businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly wanting to learn more about opportunities in the growing marine offshore renewables (MOR) sector are being invited to an industry event in October.

Called ‘MOR Opportunity Knocks’, it will focus on how businesses can tap into a market that could be worth £4.5 billion to the South West economy by 2030. (1)

The far South West is home to unique testing facilities and academic expertise that is already attracting marine energy developers from around the world keen to test and deploy renewable electricity generation devices in the region.

The event will look at the opportunities created by offshore developments, and how businesses can get involved. It will include a range of speakers and industry experts, giving delegates the opportunity to speak to representatives of the Crown Estate, technology developers and other key businesses within the marine energy industry.

Andrew Williams, renewable energy lead on the board of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Marine renewable energy is a global opportunity for our economy and there are already many businesses and organisations in the region that are exporting their services and expertise around the world.

“We want to ensure that businesses are aware of the opportunities that already exist and those that are emerging, both here and overseas. Recent investment in testing and research facilities, especially in Cornwall and Plymouth, put us in pole position to capitalise on a dynamic and growing sector that plays to our marine and engineering strengths.”

Cornwall and Plymouth already have a globally competitive offer in marine renewables, as a result of first class test facilities available including Plymouth University’s COAST Lab, Exeter University’s FabTest and the Wave Hub test sites in Cornwall. These facilities are supported by world leading researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth University.

MOR Opportunity Knocks is being jointly hosted by the Offshore Renewable Development Programme (ORDP), the University of Exeter, Cornwall Marine Network, The MOR Group and Channel MOR.

The free event is being held on Wednesday 1st October from 8.30 am to 1pm at the Maritime Museum in Falmouth. To book visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/mor-opportunity-knocks-for-cornwall-businesses-tickets-12271174413

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Telephone: 01326 211382

About The Offshore Renewables Development Programme

The ORDP has been established to deliver a range of bespoke services that will drive the commercial development of MRE within Cornwall, Isles of Scilly and Plymouth.

This will be achieved through the shaping of funding opportunities and completion of planning processes to deliver the first commercial wave and wind arrays, and contribute to the promotion of local economic growth through export opportunities.

About University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a top 10 UK University. It is a “research intensive” institution and a member of the Russell Group of elite universities. Exeter has recently begun to invest a further £400 million to improve campus facilities.  The University’s Offshore Renewable Energy group has established a global reputation for Resource Assessment, Marine Operations, Hydrodynamics and Offshore Reliability. Staff have successfully engaged with wave energy developers and have a number of collaborative research projects, funded by the TSB, EPSRC, ETI and Carbon Trust. Furthermore we are a core partner in leading research consortium SuperGen Marine and in the IDCORE industrial doctoral program.

About Channel MOR

The European project Channel MOR seeks to support businesses in accessing Marine Renewable Energy markets and to provide the Channel area with greater networking opportunities. This project, involving 12 French and English partners, is being developed under the Interreg IV A France (Channel) – England programme.

Sources

(1)           Offshore Renewables Resource & Development – South West Economic Assessment Report.


Wednesday 20 August 2014