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Wave Energy Test Site Goes Live

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5:17pm 12th April 2012
(Updated 5:17pm 12th April 2012)

Cornwall's wave energy test site goes live.

The first floating converter has been installed three miles off Falmouth Bay.

If the project works, it is hoped it could be linked up to Hayle's Wave Hub in rougher seas.

Falmouth Harbour Master Mark Sansom says, "There's not enough confidence yet within the industry for the devices to go straight out on Wave Hub. The big advantage that we have for FabTest site is that it has a much more sheltered wave climate, but also, as importantly, it's located near a port with good facilities.

"The fact that we've got the FabTest site up and running, it's going to be very significant for the local supply chain. We're really looking forward to getting a number of device developers down to get their devices out on our site."

Paul Weston, Marine Renewable Projects Manager, of A&P Falmouth who built the converter, said:

"As a company recognised for working at the forefront of the marine renewables sector, A&P Falmouth is delighted to have been involved in this exciting project with Fred Olsen over the past year.

"We believe the South West is realising its objective to become a leading region in marine renewable energy and are perfectly positioned to support the development and growth of the sector."

5:17pm 12th April 2012

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