The Crown Estate, manager of the UK seabed has announced today (08 July 2014) that it has awarded seabed rights to establish six new wave and tidal current demonstration Zones, which for the first time will enable locally based organisations to manage and sub-let parts of the seabed to a range of wave and tidal current developers.

Wave Hub has been successful in securing the management of the North Cornwall Demonstration Zone.

Commercial Director of Wave Hub Limited, Stuart Herbert said: “Wave Hub has extensive knowledge and expertise relating to the management of offshore renewable energy test sites through all stages of development from feasibility study to infrastructure installation and operation. We are delighted to have the opportunity to combine many years of practical offshore test site development and management expertise with the specific local knowledge and established stakeholder network developed by our partners at Cornwall Council. The formation of this experienced partnership will ensure that the opportunity to maximise marine energy development in the region is fully exploited.”

Rob Hastings, Director of Energy and Infrastructure at The Crown Estate explained: “By providing these additional seabed rights we are pleased to be enabling further technology development and commercialisation, which will be critical if the UK is to unlock its significant natural resources for wave and tidal current energy. This innovative approach to leasing the seabed sees us responding to market demand and introducing managed demonstration zones to give other organisations the opportunity to lend tangible support in their local areas.”

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member Economy and Culture, Julian German added “We are hugely encouraged by The Crown Estate’s decision to create this new Demonstration Zone, which will be managed by Wave Hub.

In the global drive towards the future commercialisation, it is further recognition of the strategic importance of Cornwall in the deployment of Marine Renewable Energy technologies especially in terms of wave and floating wind technologies.

Through its commitments to Wave Hub and the recently launched Offshore Renewable Development Programme Cornwall Council remains fully dedicated to ongoing investment and development in this growing sector, to ensure the commercialisation of wave technology and the continued growth of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly world leading Marine Renewable supply Chain.”

Story posted 08 July 2014