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Cornish marine wins £6.8m boost

ERDF cash to fund Marine-i collaboration

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Cornwall Council has secured £6.8m of European Regional Development Funding to boost marine technology through Marine-i.

Marine-i is a £9.3m collaboration between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

The organisation will focus on four themes: marine energy, marine manufacturing, maritime operations and marine environmental technologies.

Marine-i will be based in the Cornwall Council-owned Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park.

The collaboration will also support businesses wishing to access the £3.18m Marine Challenge Fund.

The fund was revealed last month in the subscription-only newsletter reNEWS.

Project manager Lars Johanning said: “Marine-i will strengthen business innovation and has been set up in direct response to the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly marine roadmap to secure the continued growth of this sector.

“This funding provides a unique opportunity for businesses to enhance expertise and create jobs through collaboration and co-creation.”

Image: FabTest in Falmouth (WaveHub)

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