Support for marine energy device development

project development Riggers UK is developing the marine energy device with support from the Marine-i project. Image: Riggers UK

An innovative marine energy device is being developed by an independent rigging firm thanks to expert support from a project part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Based in Cornwall, UK, Riggers UK is developing the marine energy device with support from the Marine-i project, designed to help the marine tech sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through harnessing the full potential of research and innovation.

Ben Carne, director of Riggers UK, said: “We had identified this exciting new opportunity for our business but sought help with accelerating its development. We faced the challenge of introducing new working practices and methodologies, so we felt the need for some expert assistance.”

Prof Lars Johanning of University of Exeter, lead partner for Marine-i, said: “This is exactly the type of project that Marine-i was designed to assist.”

Tailored support

The company engaged with the Marine-i project and benefitted from a tailored package of support. Marine-i gave business advice and completed an innovation toolkit to help Riggers UK improve its RD&I processes.

Dr Giovanni Rinaldi from the University of Exeter provided research support in the formulation of a numerical model and experimental testing of a scaled version of the device in the university’s ORE flume tank. Marine-i awarded a rapid innovation grant to help develop the detailed design, before progressing to the prototype stage. This design work was carried out by Solis Marine Engineering.

Through Marine-i, Riggers UK has also been able to access expert testing and analysis from business research fellows, stated Mr Carne.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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