I was delighted to see for myself the real progress being made in marine power at Fab Test in Falmouth Bay, and the ‘Bolt Lifesaver’ wave energy device in action out at sea. Fab Test is a great example of the commitment to drive the marine industry forward in the South West, home to the first of theUK’s Marine Energy Parks. I want to see this sector build on growth so far and bring these innovative technologies to market and it’s great to see Cornwall and Devon rising to the challenge.
FaB Test is currently home to Fred Olsen’s BOLT “Lifesaver” wave energy converter, which has been undergoing tests for the last year prior to a potential deployment at Wave Hub in the future.
We took the Minister out to see the Lifesaver in action and explained how FaB Test and the Port of Falmouth are supporting the development of marine renewables. The site is attracting international interest and we are dealing with a number of other enquiries for devices to be tested on the site.
FaB Test is part of a growing network of marine energy facilities in the region which includes Wave Hub and is part of the South West Marine Energy Park, which the Minister launched last year. His visit was a great opportunity to update him on progress and explain how Cornwall is playing a key role in the UK’s marine energy industry.
Mr Barker’s visit to Cornwall was on 25 and 26 April and included the official opening of the National Solar Centre in St Austell.