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Marine-i is supporting AMOG with the next phase of testing of the AMOG's wave energy device.

AMOG's Dr Hayden Marcollo says: “Our expertise in offshore renewables allowed us to bring a unique understanding to the conceptual development of a new technology. It seemed to us that the major failings of previous projects have been related to reliability, survivability and cost of installation. We have found a way to address these issues.”

When looking at options for testing the innovative device, Cornwall stood out as a world beating location for the team and the company have now set up a project office in Falmouth. AMOG Director David Rowley explains: “We considered other potential testing locations, including in Australia, but Cornwall stood out as having a number of clear advantages for us. Firstly, the weather conditions in Cornwall mean that there is a more consistent wave pattern. Secondly, the infrastructure in Cornwall for marine testing is highly developed and advanced – the county offers first class testing facilities that are already proven, as well as a superb supply chain in the marine technology sector. And lastly, the availability of grant funding and other support through Marine-i has enabled us to accelerate the project.”

Marine-i have provided grant funding for the AMOG team to put in place the first phase of testing of their wave energy device.

From June 2018, a 1:3 scale model of the device will be tested at the University of Exeter FabTest site in Falmouth, a ‘nursery’ test site for wave energy convertors. The site offers the opportunity for the device to be tested in a sheltered location for a summer season deployment, in order to have a scaled environment.

This is an extract from an article originally published by Marine-i in 2017.   For more information on Marine-i, you can visit the Marine-i website.