Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is designed to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.
The Floating Offshore Wind Demonstration Programme is a new funding call which has been announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It reflects the UK Government’s target for floating offshore wind to deliver 1GW of energy by 2030.
Floating offshore wind (FLOW) is a fast growing industry worldwide. It enables wind turbines to operate in deeper seas, where the winds are stronger. The Celtic Sea has been identified as one of the best potential sites in Europe.
BEIS is making up to £17.5 million of funding available for this programme. The aim is to deliver multiple demonstration projects, which will take place until end of March 2024, and will cover a range of FLOW technology challenges. These include mooring and anchoring, dynamic cables, and floaters and foundations.
Prof Lars Johanning, Programme Director for Marine-i, says: “This is an excellent initiative and local marine tech businesses should take full advantage of it. The Marine-i team will offer any assistance they can to these companies in preparing their bids.”
“Through the Marine-i project, they can also get access to over 20 world class offshore renewables test facilities, backed up by leading-edge research expertise from the University of Exeter and University of Plymouth. These technology challenges for FLOW may well require a number of businesses to work in collaboration in their delivery. Marine-i is prepared to use its experience in this area to help facilitate the forming of these new consortia.”
“Floating offshore wind is poised to be a huge opportunity for Cornwall and the South West. I would urge businesses to start formulating their bids as soon as possible, ahead of the closing date for applications of 18th June 2021.”
Find out how Cornwall Trade and Investment can help your business.
Whether you’re a freelancer looking for a shared workspace to meet new people and host clients, a start up exploring your first office space, or an employee working remotely and in need of some flexible hot-desking, there’s no shortage of coworking spaces in Cornwall. Here we’ve highlighted some popular flexible and coworking spaces in the […]
This week, Norwegian Offshore Wind – the largest representative offshore wind body in Norway, will travel to Cornwall to gain a better understanding of the region’s Floating Offshore Wind (FLOW) opportunities. Cornwall Trade and Investment, in partnership with Celtic Sea Power, will host the Norwegian contingent, who will meet with a number of organisations in […]
Agri-tech is a cornerstone of efficient, sustainable food production – and a new conference in South West England promises to lead the way by showcasing the latest opportunities and development. The region is an agri-tech powerhouse, with 14 universities offering a range of research specialisms and collaborating with industry to develop spin-off companies. “Following the […]
Whether you’re looking to locate in Cornwall, or to start exporting beyond its borders, get in touch with our friendly team to talk through your needs.