CMN boosts marine renewables project

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Cornwall Marine Network (CMN) is to help marine businesses embrace opportunities within the emerging marine renewable energy sector as part of a major £4 million EU campaign.

The previously announced MERiFIC project aims to develop marine renewable energy in the peripheral and island communities of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and Brittany.

Cornwall Council is leading the trans-national initiative and CMN has won a £200k contract to support the development of the supply chain for marine energy in the county. UK partners also include Exeter and Plymouth Universities.

Project partners will work together to identify the specific opportunities and issues faced by peripheral and island communities in developing marine renewable energy resources.

They will host networking events and specialist workshops designed to accelerate the commercialisation of marine energy technology and to ensure that all the data compiled will be developed into toolkits and resources that can be shared among similar communities.

CMN’s CEO Paul Wickes said: “Our region provides ideal environments for the location of marine energy devices. The development of this low carbon industry will provide long-term economic advantages for the county as a whole and specifically be a great boost for the Cornish marine sector.”

MERiFIC partners and key marine renewable energy delegates will gather for a launch conference in Falmouth on September 13 and 14 to kick-start the project.

If you would like to attend please contact Tim Bowerbank or Georgia White on 01326 211382 or email.