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FOCUS ON CORNWALL FLAGSHIP TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION


AND RESEARCH CENTRE The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy.


It operates a regional engagement programme, collaborating with organisations involved in innovation and the economic development of offshore renewable energy throughout the UK. As a national organisation, working as a delivery partner in programmes such as Marine-i is an ideal way for the Catapult to support regional growth.


TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION SUPPORT


ORE Catapult’s Wave & Tidal Sector Specialist, Simon Cheeseman, is based with the Marine-i team at the Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park. Simon directs technology and innovation support to Cornish high growth potential companies and is the conduit for them to access the wide range of specialist services from across the Catapult network.


and an independent report provided on how risk could be reduced across future development phases, with Simon remaining on hand to help guide WITT in future marine energy-related activities.


CASE STUDY 2 – SEATRICITY


ORE Catapult has also worked with Seatricity, a Cornish-based wave device developer. Seatricity wanted to inspect the condition of their seabed moorings at Wave Hub after some particularly adverse winter weather.


CASE STUDY 1 – WITT LTD


Simon has already been active in Cornwall for some time helping to plan and build the case for Marine-i, during which time he has been able to help a number of Cornish businesses.


For example, he carried out an assessment of WITT Ltd’s innovative device that converts motional energy into electricity, which could become the beating heart of wave devices both large and small. Using the Catapult’s Technology Assessment Process, WITT Ltd’s technology was benchmarked


A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE


researchers and developers leading the marine renewables field here in Plymouth and elsewhere.”


COSTS AND RISKS REDUCTION


The recent Wave & Tidal 2017 event in London organised by RenewableUK witnessed the launch of Marine Hub Cornwall by George Eustice MP, reaffirming the region as 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 clean energy technologies – most notably wave energy conversion.


Dr Stuart Stripling, COAST Laboratory Manager commented: “A sustainable future is one that will draw upon the benefits of clean energy. The advanced R&D facilities available here at Plymouth University’s COAST laboratory and across the south-west region go hand in hand with the pioneering work of those


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Importantly, the costs and risks associated with wave energy conversion, which have generally been considered relatively high, are now looking set to reduce. Dr Stripling added: “For developers, it’s not only about proving innovative concepts and engineering design, it’s also about demonstrating due diligence to potential investors, insurers, and key stakeholders, with an associated reduction in risk and cost.”


GWAVE PROJECT


The recent arrival in the south-west of the well-kept secret that is the American company GWave LLC appears to be addressing the cost issue. GWave, currently testing the design of their ~12000t wave energy converter (WEC)


www.wavetidalenergynetwork.co.uk


ORE Catapult worked with local marine contractor and vessel operator Keynvor MorLift Ltd (KML) to carry out an inspection of the moorings at Wave Hub using KML’s powerful remote operating vehicle (ROV – LW Cougar XT). Catapult was also working with PML


around the same time, investigating the development of a marine growth sensor, and so asked PML to carry out marine growth surveys using the ROV on and around Seatricity’s moorings to inform the marine growth research studies.


ORE Catapult


in COAST, claims to have designed a WEC that can be deployed at a cost close to that of an equivalent offshore wind turbine. Of GWave’s project, Dr Stuart Stripling


added: “The south-west team is delighted to support the key advances that GWave is making in the sector. COAST is especially pleased to be instrumental in GWave’s de-risking and cost-lowering process as it journeys towards the open sea and deployment at WaveHub.”


WORKING TOGETHER


Robert Stoddard, CEO of GWave LLC enthused: “GWave is very pleased to be working with COAST to verify our Power Generation Vessel moorings. COAST not only has world-class testing facilities, but a superb team of professionals to match, bringing in their deep experience and knowledge of local marine conditions and scale-model testing to augment the GWave team. “It has been a pleasure working with them and GWave looks forward to our continued relationship.”


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