Marine energy research buoy launched

Efforts to make Cornwall a world-leading centre for wave energy have moved a step closer with the launch of a two-tonne buoy off the coast of Falmouth.

Developed by a team at the University of Exeter, engineers claim the South Western Mooring Test Facility (SWMTF) buoy is a world first.

The device will gather detailed information to help inform the future design and development of moorings for marine energy devices.

It will complement the South West Regional Development Agency's Wave Hub project, which will create the world's largest wave energy farm off the north coast of Cornwall.

It also supports wider ambitions to make the South West a global centre of excellence for marine renewables.

The SWMTF is the latest development from the Peninsula Research Institute for Marine Renewable Energy, a joint £15m institute for research into harnessing the energy from the sea bringing together the technology and marine expertise of the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth.

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