European Regional Development Fund News

An illustration of an organism infected with the giant virus known as Mimivirus. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Surprising Enzymes Found in Giant Ocean Viruses

Kelly (Swansea University Medical School); Marie True and Tom Poulos (University of California Irvine); and David Nelson (University of Tennessee).The research was supported by a USA-UK Fulbright Scholarship, grants from the Royal Society, the Boston University Superfund Research Program, European Regional Development Fund and Welsh Government Project and by National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation grants to the Woods Hole Center for Oceans and Human Health.The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, non-profit organization on Cape Cod, Mass., dedicated to marine research

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Mainstay to Build Wave Energy Device

magnitude is a great endorsement of our marine engineering capabilities and prospects for the future. The sheer scale of mWave positions itself as an exemplar project within our increasing portfolio of marine renewable energy projects.”The project is funded by a £10.3 million European Regional Development Fund grant awarded by the Welsh European Funding Office.Bombora Wave Power Europe, established its European headquarters in Pembroke Dock at the end of 2017 and after a period of growth, now employs 21 people with wide ranging disciplines from across the marine energy industry.Sam Leighton

New Fund to Pioneer Marine Data Technologies

Up to £500,000 will be made available for businesses to develop innovative marine data technologies and applications, the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i, announced.Marine-i is part funded by the EU and was set up to help foster innovation in the marine industry in Cornwall.Professor Lars Johanning of University of Exeter, lead partner within Marine-i, said, “As the maritime industry moves to make better and more productive use of its data, this represents an exciting growth opportunity for local technology businesses and marine supply chain companies. It is intended that this

3D image of Mevagissey Harbour which was generated using data collected by the new Ultrabeam Hydrographic vessel (Image: Ultrabeam Hydrographic)

EU Grant Supports New Unmanned Survey Vessel

and which Marine-i is helping to nurture.”Marine-i’s grant funding support will enable Ultrabeam to proceed with a fully engineered prototype for extensive sea trials, with a view to bringing this new unmanned surface vessel to market by the end of 2018.Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is a £9.3 million collaboration between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. It brings together key infrastructure and expertise to enable

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GE to Trial World’s Largest Wind Turbine in UK

. Companies have been building larger turbines to help get more power from each turbine installed and drive down the cost of the electricity they produce. The agreement also includes a 6 million pound ($8.5 million) combined investment from Britain's Innovate UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to install the world's largest and most powerful grid emulation system at the Catapult's Blyth center. Reporting by Susanna Twidale 

University of Plymouth’s Saab Seaeye ROV launched off their vessel RV Falcon Spirit (Photo: Marine-i)

Marine Robots Take Center Stage

. There will also be interactive exhibits and innovative technologies on display.   Attendance at the event is free, and delegates can register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/marine-technology-robotics-artificial-intelligence-tickets-38537356270    Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i is a £9.3 million  ($12.2 million) collaboration between the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, The Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. 

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OSIL Buoys in Tidal Turbulence Study for SEACAMS2

for participation in a major project to study tidal turbulence at the Menai Strait in Wales.    SEACAMS2 is a project to assist the development of marine renewable energy in Wales that is run as a partnership between Bangor and Swansea universities, and is funded in part by the European Regional Development Fund. The aim is to improve the design and effectiveness of tidal energy capture devices.   The OSIL buoys will serve as data collection platforms for ADCP instruments measuring currents and waves on the seabed that will transfer their data to the buoy via omnidirectional acoustic

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Brexit: What’s in Store for the Subsea Sector?

imports. However, once constructed, offshore wind represents a UK-based power source, so a rising cost of imports would have limited impact on annual power generation costs.”   On the marine energy side, the loss of EU funding is a particular concern. The EU provides valuable European Regional Development Fund monies for low carbon and renewable energy development, which parts of the UK have used to support the development of early stage wave and tidal energy generation technology, including substantial investment in Wales. This money is seeking to help these technologies reach a stage at

Left: Simon Gillet, CEO, Wave-tricity and Stewart Graves, managing director, Mainstay Marine Solutions (Photo: Mainstay Marine Solutions)

Mainstay Secures Funds for Wave Energy Converter

80, with 10 percent of the direct workforce consisting of apprentices. The firm’s turnover has increased by a third, from just under £4m to more than £5 million, during the last 12 months.   Wave-Tricity was recently granted a £4 million investment from the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government. It will develop and test a new device called the Ocean Wave Rower, which will convert the natural motion of the waves into clean energy.   The device will be deployed in the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zones, a wave energy site off the Pembrokeshire

Waverider buoy at sea (File photo: EMEC)

New Program Funds Open Sea Testing for Ocean Energy

wind energy technologies in real-sea conditions.   Led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) project will provide funding from the Interreg NWE (North-West Europe) program, part of the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) to support ocean energy technology developers to access Europe’s world-leading ocean energy test facilities, including EMEC (Orkney Islands, UK), SmartBay (Galway, Ireland), SEM-REV (Nantes, France) and Tidal Testing Centre (Den Oever, Netherlands).   The test centers

Deep Green tidal array. (Image: Minesto)

Tidal Energy from Deep and Slow Waters

flow tidal velocities (1.5 m/s – 2 m/s mean peak flow) at a depth of 80-100 meters. Twenty devices with a capacity of 500 kW each will be installed in an array until 2019 and reach an overall capacity of 10 MW – enough energy to power 8,000 homes. The project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.  

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