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Saturday 24 March 2018
24 March 2018 - NEWS UPDATE

Plymouth can be world leader in marine science

City Deal is an opportunity for Plymouth to steer the region to global leadership in marine science and technology and reap the rewards of sustainable economic regeneration. It is an aspiration made possible by the bespoke part of City Deal, which gives the city the freedom to focus on the marine and maritime sectors, writes Professor Julian Beer.


Plymouth University's Marine Building


Crown Estate to invest £20m in first wave and tidal energy arrays

The Crown Estate has announced it is considering investing in the UK's first wave and tidal energy array projects, in support of its strategy to encourage growth of the emerging industry.


Marine licence approved for first Wave Hub deployment

OceanEnergy Ltd has been granted a three year marine licence for the deployment of the first wave energy device at Wave Hub.


Wave Hub being deployed off the North Cornwall coast


Revolutionary marine energy device tested successfully in Plymouth University's Wave Tank

A potentially revolutionary device for generating marine renewable energy has been successfully tested in Plymouth University's Wave Tank. The WITT transmission system, developed in the South West, is unique and capable of collecting chaotic movement in any direction to turn it into useable power.


The WITT prototype


Isle of Wight chosen as tidal energy project site

The Isle of Wight has secured the rights to progress with a major tidal energy scheme off St Catherine's Point. The local authority has obtained a lease from the Crown Estate for a managed testing facility on the south of the island, called the Solent Ocean Energy Centre (SOEC).


Duke opens state-of-the-art Marine Institute building

The Duke of Edinburgh opened Plymouth University's new cutting-edge Marine Building at a special ceremony today, unveiling  the £19m facility, which contains the country's most sophisticated wave tank testing facilities, and a state-of-the-art ship simulator used to train the next generation of mariners.


Professor Wendy Purcell and The Duke of Edinburgh. 


Marine licence sought for first Wave Hub deployment

The company planning to install the first wave energy device at Wave Hub has applied for a marine licence for the deployment. Cork-based Ocean Energy has asked the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) for permission to deploy its €9 million OE Buoy wave energy converter at Wave Hub, around 10 miles off the north coast of Cornwall in South West England.


 A quarter scale prototype of the device that the company plans to install at Wave Hub


South West Marine Energy Park’s first chair is elected

Peter Kydd, director of strategic consulting at Parsons Brinckerhoff, has been elected the first chair of the South West Marine Energy Park (SWMEP).