The maritime territories of British Cornwall and Finistère have decided to launch a common marine energy exploitation project. This project named MERiFIC meets the following need: securing the energy supplies of these territories located on the far reaches of the network, which are often weakened. Cornwall and Finistère have therefore taken the initiative of developing an innovative strategy aimed at promoting the emergence of electricity production projects based on renewable marine energy.
MERiFIC includes seven objectives:
- Sharing technical know-how,
- Promoting knowledge sharing,
- Prioritising the identification of exploitation hotspots,
- Investigating production needs,
- Promoting renewable marine energy,
- Encouraging private sector involvement,
- Involving communities regarding the issues of renewable marine energy.
To conduct the technological assessment, partnerships have been established with the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth and the French Institute of Marine Research and Exploration (Ifremer). Cornwall Council, the County Council of Finistère, the Iroise Marine Nature Park and Bretagne Développement Innovation will be in charge of developing economic policies. And finally, the maritime sector will also be involved thanks to Cornwall Marine Network, the Pôle mer Bretagne and Technopôle Brest-Iroise.