FabTest wins energy award

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Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) has won a South West Green Energy Award for its FabTest marine energy test site in Falmouth Bay.

Chief Executive of Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, Mark Sansom, with the BOLT ‘Lifesaver’ device

The pioneering project scooped the Best Business Innovation category in the Regen South West Green Energy Awards 2012, which were presented in Bath last night.

FabTest gives marine energy developers the chance to test devices in a pre-licensed and consented area of near shore environment that is easily accessible.

Regen SW’s Green Energy Awards celebrate renewable energy achievements in the south west of the UK, and aim to highlight examples of innovation and drive forward the sustainability agenda in the region.

An independent panel of judges described the project as “an important step forward for the south west marine renewables sector,” while Regen SW chief executive Merlin Hyman described all the finalists as “exemplars in their field”.

Falmouth Harbour Master, Captain Mark Sansom, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won this coveted award and we hope it will further promote Falmouth’s potential as a centre for the development of marine energy.”

The project originated as a partnership between FHC, Wave Hub, the University of Exeter, A&P Group, Cornwall Marine Network and Mojo Maritime, the FabTest site is centred about two miles south of St Anthony Head.

In April 2012, FabTest welcomed the first wave device to be installed for testing. Fred Olsen’s BOLT ‘Lifesaver’ wave energy converter is currently being tested at the site, before potentially being deployed at the grid connected Wave Hub site, off the coast near Hayle.