Cross-Channeling marine energy

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The latest developments taking place in the marine renewable energy sector in both Cornwall and Finistère were top of the agenda at the MERiFIC conference held in Brest, France, last week.

The MERiFIC project, which is led by Cornwall Council, aims to increase the adoption of marine energy across Cornwall and Finistère.

Conference delegates  in front of ‘Sabella', a tidal turbine device used as a pilot project
Conference delegates in front of ‘Sabella’, a tidal turbine device used as a pilot project

The one day conference, which was attended by representatives from the marine energy sector from both regions, also provided an opportunity for the audience to hear about the results coming from the collaborative work in a range of key areas.

Julian German, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for economy and culture, who was one of the key note speakers at the event held at Océanopolis, said: “Both Cornwall and Finistère regions are at a pivotal moment in their history as we are now going to test pre-commercial Marine Renewables Energy devices.

“I am confident that as a result of the hard work and collaboration from both Cornwall and Finistère, we have now put ourselves in the best position to be able to make real benefit from the marine renewable sector. From supply chain to deployment, we have a great deal of expertise to offer and international interest is increasingly strong.”