Marine-i has agreed to support a year-long research programme to identify the potential for wave, tidal and floating wind technologies to be deployed around the Isles of Scilly. It is expected that this will lead to long-term economic, societal and environmental benefits for the communities living on the islands.

The project will build a new databank of wave and tidal resource data from around the Isles of Scilly, including data sets on wind speed, wave height, wave period, tidal stream velocities and tidal range parameters. This comprehensive databank will enable the Isles of Scilly to engage with technology developers to scope new renewable energy projects for the Isles of Scilly.

Partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i will help promote marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation. This new initiative is being led by three businesses: Isles of Scilly Community Venture, a not-for-profit company focused on developing projects that will help Scilly become fit for the future, Waves4Power and Planet A Energy. Through its engagement with Marine-i, the consortium has gained access to research expertise at Marine-i partners, University of Exeter, University of Plymouth and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.