The data collection, analysis and provision work underway by the FaBTest team is designed to incorporate research advances in the measurement and classification of oceanographic conditions, and their interpretation for engineering projects into an automated system providing data and analysis to site users at FaBTest. This report details progression in that work. It describes data collection systems and key procedures that have been setup. The report also covers progress in ongoing research and gives details of how these are being incorporated into the offer of services for those testing at FaBTest. The outcome demonstrates how the FaBTest team are collecting and using data. It also shows how the work underway will bring a wide range of high quality, innovative data products to site users, helping them draw detailed analysis of their test phases, and benefits to local supply chain and stakeholders. This report provides site users and prospective site users with information about the processes ongoing and it is hoped will encourage them when planning their tests as well as helping optimise their test period on site.
The FabTest site is leased from The Crown Estate and has consent for testing, subject to permits issued by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners. Operational support of the site, as well as the ongoing monitoring and world leading research, is provided by the Renewable Energy Group from the University of Exeter, based on the nearby Penryn campus, and is made possible in part thanks to an investment of Regional Growth Fund money. The RGF investment of £549,000 into FaBTest was approved by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP recognised FaBTest as a key investment priority and a unique asset which can create economic benefits and market opportunities. The Regional Growth Fund is managed locally by Cornwall Development Company on behalf of the LEP and Cornwall Council.