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Marine and renewables

Leading the wave with the country’s first marine energy park

Plymouth is to be part of the country’s first designated Marine Energy Park, creating the potential for hundreds of high quality jobs and businesses in an industry that could be worth billions to the region's economy.

The south west will today be named as the UK's first Marine Energy Park, firmly placing it on the international map for leadership in marine renewable energy. The Climate Change Minister, Greg Barker, will make the announcement today when he will meet with key members of the new initiative which is being led by Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council in partnership with RegenSW, Plymouth University, Heart of the South West LEP and the private sector.

Our Economic Development Team joined forces with colleagues at Cornwall Council to commission RegenSW to lead the development of the concept that will capitalise on the area’s location as well as the expertise and innovation already here.

The Park’s geographic focus will be Plymouth, Falmouth and Hayle but with strong links to Bristol and other centres of research and manufacturing.

It will bring together industry, academia, government and national bodies for a long-term programme to provide access to marine energy resources, prioritise investment in infrastructure, attract international finance, support enterprise, promote industry collaboration and build a strong supply chain and skills base.

The idea is to create the right business environment to foster business collaboration, attract investment and speed up the commercial development of the marine energy sector.

The prospectus can be downloaded below. For further information, please contact the Economic Development team on 01752 307996.

South West Marine Energy Park prospectus [4MB]

Plymouth is a global centre of excellence for science, innovation and marine energy research with a cluster of specialist marine businesses linked to a strong advanced manufacturing sector, and world-class research expertise through the Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership.

The University's new £19m marine building, due to open in 2012, will further enhance the city's marine research, development and technological capabilities transforming the way world-leading research in the city is turned into commercial success. It will house a 'state-of-the-art' wave tank and marine simulator that will provide a world class resource that offers opportunity to evaluate marine renewable energy devices and coastal engineering processes.

The city also has a working port and the largest naval base in Western Europe which contain key specialist transferable skills for the future development of the offshore renewables sector.

Plymouth's Growth, Acceleration, Investment Network (GAIN) will put in place a city-wide strategy aimed at creating jobs, businesses and economic success from science and innovation-related activities in marine renewables, engineering, marine science and other technologies.

For further information on the marine sector in the city, please see the documents below.

Plymouth International Marine City - brochure [2MB]

Plymouth International Marine City - factsheet [2.7MB]

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