Wave Hub, the pioneering marine energy project in Cornwall, has hosted a visit by HRH The Duke of York at its offices in Hayle.
The Duke, who is the UK’s Special Representative for International Trade and Investment, was briefed by Wave Hub general manager Claire Gibson about its role as a national asset to promote the development of wave energy technology.
The Duke was on a tour of Cornwall that included visits to RNAS Culdrose where he originally trained as a helicopter pilot; the TS Robert Hichens sea cadets in Penryn; Rodda’s Creamery at Scorrier and Harvey’s Foundry in Hayle.
The Duke said: “The UK already leads the way in the development of marine renewables and Wave Hub has an important role to play in maintaining that position.”
Speaking after the visit, Gibson said: “The Duke was very interested in the progress of Wave Hub having first been briefed about it a few years ago.
“We were able to update him on the successful installation of Wave Hub last summer, the interest we have from a number of wave energy companies around the world, and our expectation that we will see the first wave energy device deployed for testing next year.”