A new wave of innovation

The University of Plymouth is proud to be a partner on Marine-i, designed to help the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly grow through research, development and innovation. In Spring 2020, Marine-i launched its exciting new programme. This new phase builds on the successes of the initial programme, taking Marine-i to the next level.

Over the next 20 years, marine technology will be transformed as a new wave of innovation allows us to exploit the full potential of our oceans in ways that were previously not possible. Bringing these new technologies to market will demand new ways of thinking and Marine-i will be pivotal in ensuring new levels of collaboration across different scientific and technical disciplines.

The current programme is focussed on accelerating the development of innovative product ideas, working closely with businesses to take their products to the next stage of commercialisation.

Marine is in our past and our future

Our history is rooted in the marine sector. The University first opened as a school of navigation in 1862, and is now home to the University’s Marine Institute, first and largest such institute in the UK.

Our COAST (Coastal, Ocean And Sediment Transport) Laboratory can be used for physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering.

Our high-frequency radar system has overlooked the Wave Hub test site for offshore renewables since 2011 and can offer historic and live surface current measurements and directional wave spectra for a variety of applications.

Our team of experts in electrical, mechanical, ocean science and technology will support marine businesses in areas of research, testing and evaluation, working in or alongside the companies.

Are you a marine business? Or interested in the opportunities presented by the marine sector?

Through Marine-i, you can access a range of research support, innovative new technologies and world-class facilities at the University of Plymouth to:

  • support the development of a new product
  • provide access to model testing facilities
  • support business growth through access to comprehensive marine research.

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Project team

Our partners

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014–2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth.
The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.
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