In this live studio interview with Nicolas Wallet, MERiFIC Project Manager, Chief Executive’s Department, Cornwall Council, held at the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), a detailed explanation is given on the MERiFIC (Marine Energy in Far Peripheral and Island Communities) project’s goals.
MERiFIC aims to advance the adoption of marine energy across the two regions of Cornwall and Finistère and the island communities of le Parc Naturel Marin d’Iroise and the Isles of Scilly where the potential of marine energy has yet to be fully harnessed.
Project partners are working together to identify opportunities and issues faced by peripheral and island communities in exploiting marine renewable energy resources, with the aim of developing tool kits and resources for use by other similar communities.
The project aims to develop and deliver joint activities between the two regions, looking at issues such as:
Marine energy resource assessment/mapping
Policy issues and potential barriers to marine energy development
Business and commercial opportunities for island/mainland communities. According to Wallet, Cornwall places a great deal of focus on innovative SME businesses in the area and they are always looking at ways in which to include them in the development of marine energy.
Island/mainland interaction on appropriate infrastructure and community and stakeholder engagement with key groups such as fishing, wave farm developers, and investors.
“MERiFIC is taking a holistic approach to energy development in the area. While tidal power has much potential, wave power, PV, and floating wind projects are also being looked into. It’s all about having a good energy mix to create a reliable clean energy supply,” says Wallet.