Marine Hub Cornwall brings together world class assets with existing and planned programmes of activity to provide a seamless co-ordinated offer to the marine renewable energy sector. A collection of physical sites in the region and a thriving local supply chain provide the best infrastructure for marine renewable technology in the UK. Alongside the new Marine–i research programme, Marine Hub Cornwall will enable the region to be a global leader for research, technology development and expertise, and the location of choice for businesses engaged in the development, deployment and operation of marine renewable technologies.
Cornwall is already recognised as providing marine renewable developers a unique prospect within which they can test technology from prototype to fully operational systems. The waters off Cornwall’s south coast provides optimal conditions for early-stage trials at FaB Test, while Wave Hub, the world’s largest and most technologically advanced demonstration site allows for more advanced testing. Situated on the North coast of Cornwall in the eastern extremes of the Atlantic Ocean, Wave Hub boasts one of the best wave resources in Europe. Combined with Cornwall’s reputable supply chain, the partnership will provide developers with an all-encompassing environment for developments in the field.
Marine Hub Cornwall is a really exciting project, and highlights a long term commitment to the marine renewable energy sector. With world class assets such as Wave Hub, Marine Hub Cornwall will continue to secure Cornwall’s place as an international centre of excellence in the renewable energy technologies of the future. This, in turn, will secure the UK’s reputation as a market leader in offshore renewables.
Cornwall has made a significant investment into marine renewable energy with the goal of securing our low carbon future and to create a Cornwall and Isles of Scilly energy market. Marine Hub Cornwall reflects our long term and continued support in the sector and is fantastic news for Cornwall’s marine energy industry and the future prosperity of the region. Marine Hub Cornwall reinforces the collaborative approach the region is taking to marine renewables to enable innovators in the sector to take advantage of Cornwall’s excellent natural resources, infrastructure and talent pool, boosting the £100m of funding already pumped into the local industry.
Invest in Cornwall is part of Cornwall Council’s arm’s length economic development company, Cornwall Development Company, and is focused on encouraging inward investment into the region and welcomes this evolution, which reinforces the region’s desire to approach marine renewable activity more cohesively and collaboratively.
Cornwall is a global player in Marine Renewables and in the wider the Marinetech sector. The region is home to ambitious and innovative businesses, with world-class talent committed to achieving pioneering future technologies. Today’s announcement clearly demonstrates the attraction of Cornwall to companies looking for a seamless ecosystem and we look forward to supporting the exciting development of the region’s Marinetech industry.
Recent announcements from Carnegie Clean Energy, whose Cornwall based subsidiary has been awarded £9.5m ERDF grant for the first phase of a 15MW array, and GWave, who are building the world’s largest wave energy device for deployment at Wave Hub, are proof that Cornwall has an important role to play in taking the marine energy sector forward. With even more funding opportunities soon to be launched, these developments will benefit not just Cornwall but the wider UK economy.
The marine renewable sector includes two of the last three major untapped renewable energy resources - wave and tidal energy – and it is a fascinating time to be amongst the world’s pioneers, here in Cornwall, in the technological development and commercialisation of the sector. We, in the Marine Offshore Renewables (MOR) Group are very encouraged to see the launch of Marine Hub Cornwall, in support of our pathfinding sector. We have been working closely with Cornwall Council and the LEP to ensure the effective targeting of public sector support provided to private sector companies in our sector, be they already located in Cornwall or considering moving to the county. Marine Hub Cornwall offers the opportunity to deliver a step improvement in this coherence, and we thus welcome the initiative and are delighted to be actively engaged in its guidance and development.
The marine renewables sector has been prioritised for support under the €438m Cornwall and Isles of Scilly European Growth Programme. Marine Hub Cornwall will enable this to be targeted correctly to shape the future of marine renewables.