Deployment process

Uniquely, FaBTest is a pre-consented site for the development and testing of Marine Energy Convertors (MECs).  We are a nursery site and not grid connected, so all generated power must be consumed on site via a dump load.  Our pre-consented status reduces risk, uncertainty, time and cost, which is especially appreciated by device developers at pre-commercial investment stage.  So long as your design fits within the defined "Rochdale envelope" of permitted devices, we can offer certainty of deployment permission, subject to scheduling and availability on our three berths.  FaBTest also supports supply chain activity in the area and facilitates world-leading, multi and inter-disciplinary research for the marine renewables sector from the University of Exeter.

Our pre-consent allows the following types of devices to be deployed, subject to permits issued by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners:

  • Substantially buoy-shaped device with a maximum diameter of 30m;
  • Substantially box-shaped device with a maximum dimensions of 30m x 30m or equivalent area
  • Substantially tubular-shaped device with a maximum length of 180m;
  • Floating platform type device with maximum dimensions of 35m x 35m or equivalent area; and Subsystem connectors and umbilicals

Mooring systems are restricted to gravity and drag embedment anchors.  Guarded underwater turbines are also permitted and we are working towards achieving consent for a defined range of floating wind devices in the near future.

Thanks to the pre-consented status, the application process for deployment on FaBTest is relatively straight forward.  The application requires evidence of engineering due diligence, environmental and other risk assessments, as well as deployment and decommissioning plans and evidence of required insurance and financial bonds.

Detailed requirements are set out in the documents below:

Guide to deployment

Accompanying document

FaBTest Operating policy

Appendix 1 Procedure Overview Diagram

Appendix 2 Provisional-Booking Form

Appendix 3 Application Form

Appendix 4 Engineering Risk Assessment

Appendix 5 Specifications for Navigational Safety

Appendix 6 Baseline Studies - Environmental Monitoring

Appendix 7 Seabed Habitat Risk Assessment

Appendix 8 QHSE Guidance Templates

Appendix 9 FaBTest site characteristics