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Marine-i helps innovative company get exciting new technology to market

When Triskel Marine needed support in order to trial a ground-breaking new technology in hybrid marine energy, Marine-i was able to step in with crucial grant funding.

Founded in 2003, Triskel Marine is a small, hi-tech company that specialises in data management and power control systems for the marine industry. Triskel Marine has been a key player in a number of pioneering collaborative projects in the hybrid marine energy and propulsion sector.

The hybrid energy and propulsion sector is set for massive growth over the coming years, and by focussing on this sector, Triskel Marine has built up an unrivalled level of expertise. This has led the company to develop its own intellectual property in this dynamic new market. Recently, it has worked with a major commercial client to develop a unique new product in hybrid marine energy which has potential for major growth across international markets.

Triskel Marine’s Managing Director, Ken Wittamore, takes up the story:

“This is a real breakthrough for the sector and one that potentially has a massive worldwide market. Triskel Marine had been developing the technology in partnership with a major engineering client in the USA. We had reached the stage in development where we needed to exhaustively trial the new system in order to get ready for the commercial product launch.

“The grant support we have received from Marine-i has enabled us to establish the test facility that we need and fit out the test rigs and engine systems. The grant means we’ve been able to purchase specialised test equipment, prototyping tools, and to buy computer modelling software.

“Carrying out all these pre-launch tests and thorough trials is absolutely vital to ensure a successful launch of the new product and to achieve the world-class standards that are expected by our US partner and by other potential customers.”

Professor Lars Johanning of the University of Exeter, who leads the Marine-i project, says:

“This is exactly the type of business that Marine-i was set up to support. Triskel Marine had a really impressive new technology and a clear vision about its commercial potential. We could clearly see its growth potential. With a grant from the Marine Challenge Fund, Triskel Marine have been able to progress with confidence to the vital testing phase, and get their product to market more quickly and with a much greater chance of success.”

Ken Wittamore adds:

“The support that we have received from Marine-I is proving pivotal in enabling us to reach our full potential. It’s great having a team of people to deal with who really understand the marine technology sector and the challenges that businesses like ours face. We are now pressing on with the trial phase and hoping to unveil the new product with our US partner in the USA in the autumn of 2018. This is a really exciting time for our business.”

The image above shows Triskel Marine’s test boat, Armorel, which the company is using to help trial its new technology.