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Event explores marine renewables opportunities

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 08, 2013

Marine conference speaker Oankar Birdi of RenewableUK, with Julian German and Nicholas Wallet of Cornwall Council

Marine conference speaker Oankar Birdi of RenewableUK, with Julian German and Nicholas Wallet of Cornwall Council

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The economic potential of the emerging marine renewable energy sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and neighbouring Brittany has been debated at an industry workshop.

Guest speakers at the event, part of the Green Cornwall Show, painted an optimistic picture of the evolving opportunities for businesses in the two coastal regions, where the development of marine energy has been identified as a key priority.

Dozens of companies attending the recent event at Heartlands in Pool were advised on how to enter or grow in the supply chain for wave and tidal energy.

However, they were also urged to be "realistic" about the challenges faced in operating in a sector that is still in the development stages and yet to be commercially viable.

Guest speakers included Oankar Birdi from RenewableUK and businesses successfully operating in the sector including Mojo Maritime and Large Diameter Drilling.

The workshop was organised by Cornwall Marine Network and University of Exeter as part of EU project Marine Energy in Far, Peripheral and Island Communities (MERiFIC).

Julian German, Cornwall Council cabinet member for economy and culture, said: "There is growing momentum behind this relatively fledgling sector."

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