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Through the Marine-i project, you can gain access to a world class range of testing facilities, to help accelerate the development of your marine innovation. These facilities include:


The Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport (COAST) laboratory provides physical model testing with combined waves, currents and wind, offered at scales appropriate for device testing, array testing, environmental modelling and coastal engineering. This is a flexible facility with the capability to generate short and long-crested waves in combination with currents at any relative direction, sediment dynamics, tidal effects and wind.

Access to renewable marine energy risk and cost reducing test facilities

Through Marine-I, you can have access to the testing facilities at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC), which is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy. You can have access to an open access and fully controlled onshore saltwater environment to perform verification activities, reliability and performance appraisals of new mechanical and electrical subcomponents and whole systems.

Visit the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult's Youtube channel for films and more information.


The Dynamic Marine Component Test Facility. This is a purpose-built test facility to investigate the mechanical reliability of marine components in harsh offshore conditions.


Located in Falmouth Bay, FaBTest is a nursery ocean facility for demonstrating marine technologies. It enables developers to test technologies, components, moorings and deployment procedures in a moderate wave climate, at low cost


The EZ20 advanced materials testing machine incorporates an extensive range of features making it ideal for performing complex as well as routine testing applications up to 20 kN. The EZ20 features a twin column design with a standard crosshead travel of 870 mm.

Current Flume

This a recirculating Armfield flume with a working section 10m long by 600mm wide by 650mm deep. The flume is used to study sediment transport and flow hydraulics.

    Wind Turbine Rotor Blade Testing

    This facility is designed to undertake the most comprehensive programmes of static and dynamic structural testing. It also researches how to extend the lifetime performance of blades in order to reduce the cost of energy.


    One of the most powerful grid emulation systems in the world. This grid emulation test rig enables simulated connection and grid compliance testing with any international grid network.