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Cornwall and the South West has invested over £100 million to provide world leading research and demonstration facilities.

These facilities, added to the research capability, ensure Cornwall and the South West is able to provide a pathway to support the development of new technology from concept design, prototype and component testing through to full scale demonstration.


Image of Plymouth University's wave test tank

Housed in the Marine Building at Plymouth University, the Coastal, Ocean And Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering.

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Image of Dynamic Marine Component Test facility

The Dynamic Marine Component Test facility is a purpose built test rig that aims to replicate the forces and motions that components are subjected to in offshore applications. Features allow dynamic testing of components in large scale under a controlled environment applying realistic motion characteristics.

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FaB Test

Image of Fred Olsen Lifesaver wave device deployed at FaB Test

FaB Test is a pre-consented, 2.8km2 test area situated within Falmouth bay, between three and five kilometres offshore. The site enables developers to test components, concepts or full scale devices in a moderate wave climate with access to extensive nearby port infrastructure.

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South West Mooring Test Facility

Image of the South West Mooring Test Facility in Falmouth Bay

The SWMTF helps develop a thorough understanding of mooring system behaviour of Offshore Renewable Energy systems in real wave, wind, current and tidal conditions; and to improve computer simulation models and robust design procedures that allow the design of reliable, yet economic mooring systems.

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Marine Renewables Business Park

Artists impression of the Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park

The Hayle Marine Business Park is located next to the Wave Hub onshore substation and offers high quality business park space purposefully build to support marine renewables businesses. It consists of 540 square metres of office space and 1,520 square metres of industrial units.

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Marine Navigation Centre

Image of the Ship Simulator at Plymouth University

At the heart of the Marine Navigation Centre sits the Ship Simulator powered by the world-leading Tranas NTPRO software, and able to recreate the environment of a real vessel navigating the oceans. This state-of-the-art facility uses advanced computer imaging, projection, and a 270-degree screen to conjure a highly-detailed visual canvas upon which mariners can learn to perfect their skills, using exactly the same systems they would at sea.

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