Our research facilities and equipment span a range of sectors and disciplines and allow us to carry out cutting-edge marine research. Below are the facilities available to our staff and students that can be use as part of collaborative research projects.

Offshore and marine energy facilities

FaBTest is a pre-consented test area for offshore renewable energy, located within Falmouth Harbour and with easy access to the extensive port infrastructure. This 2.8km2 nursery facility is sheltered from the extreme sea conditions experienced at other test sites, and thus enables device developers to test components, concepts or full-scale devices in a moderate wave climate.

The site offers water depths of 20m-50m and seabed types of rock, gravel and sand, and its pre-consented status enables a fast, flexible, low risk and low cost solution for the testing of marine energy technologies, components, moorings and deployment procedures.

Email: info@fabtest.com


Dynamic Marine Component test facility (DMaC)

The Dynamic Marine Component Test facility (DMaC) is a purpose built test rig that aims to replicate the forces and motions that components are subjected to in offshore applications. The test rig comprises a linear hydraulic cylinder that can be used to replicate axial tension/compression force, and a headstock with three degrees of freedom representative of x- and y-bending and torsion. Download the DMaC specification sheet.

More information about DMaC »

Address: DMaC (building 420), The Docks, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 4NR
Email: DMAC@exeter.ac.uk


Research vessel

Offshore Energy research is supported by our dedicated research vessel ‘DevOcean’. Classified MCA Category 2 (12 passengers + 2 crew), the 10.5m vessel has a large deck area for working and a 250kg winch, and is primarily used for ROV work and instrument deployment and servicing.

Contact: Professor Lars Johanning


Offshore instrumentation

The Offshore Energy group owns and operates three wave buoys (2 x SeaWatch Mini II, 1 x Datawell Waverider) and two 4-beam (600kHz and 300kHz) and one bespoke 5-beam 300kHz RDI Sentinel ADCPs for recording in situ wave and current data to support our offshore research projects and FaBTest operation. Additional instrumentation includes a VideoRay Pro 4 remotely operated vehicle (ROV) for underwater surveys, WASSP multibeam sonar and SeaPro dropped and towed cameras.

Contact: Professor Lars Johanning


High Performance Computing cluster

The Offshore Energy group has a dedicated 32 node Beowulf cluster to support the high performance computing requirements of our researchers. Running software such as the SWAN wave model and Delft3D Flow, this facility enables us to run state-of-the-art modelling simulations for resource, engineering and environmental impact analysis.

Contact: Professor Lars Johanning