Partly funded by the European Regional Development fund, the Marine Tech Transformers showcased cutting-edge marine industry and research technologies.
Professor Lars Johanning of the University of Exeter, was the lead partner for the event’s host, Marine-i. Designed to help the marine sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The support extended to 100 Cornish businesses with market led RD&I, providing grant support to 61 innovation projects.
Marine-i was a £9.3m (~€10.8m) collaboration between the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth, Cornwall College Group, Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Development Company and the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.
Professor Johanning said: “Marine-i has helped to transform marine technology innovation in Cornwall. The county now has the potential to play a pivotal role in the sustainable marine industries of the future, including marine energy, marine manufacturing, maritime operations and marine environmental technologies. Cornwall is becoming recognised as a world player in these important growth technologies.”
Delegates were presented with a new Marine-i video which shows the new breadth and scope of marine innovation that has emerged from Cornwall over the life of the project. After the presentation from eight of the innovation and marine businesses who have received support.
“Marine-i has been a powerful catalyst for innovation and has proven that there is huge ambition among marine businesses in Cornwall to develop pioneering solutions to worldwide challenges. Marine-i has helped create an environment where innovative marine businesses in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly now have a much greater chance of long-term success. That is our legacy and we look forward to seeing these foundations being built upon.”
Marine-i has created a special Marine Tech Transformers brochure telling the story of the work that has been done to accelerate marine technology innovation in Cornwall from 2017 to 2019, with profiles of 75 of the Cornish marine businesses that have been involved.