Marine Energy

 

Marine energy is about harnessing the energy from the sea – including waves, tidal streams and tidal range – to generate electricity.

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Resource

 

Huge resource potential in Wales with up to 6.2GW of estimated generating capacity

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Demonstration Zones

 

Home to Pembrokeshire Wave Demonstration Zone and West Anglesey Tidal Demonstration Zone

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Marine Energy Wales

Marine Energy Wales brings together technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to establish Wales as a global leader in sustainable marine energy generation, making a significant contribution to a low carbon economy.

The benefits of this industry are being felt throughout the country with the creation of green sustainable jobs, growth and skills providing significant development opportunities for Wales.

With €100.4 million of EU structural funding prioritised for marine energy in Wales over the next 5 years, two wave and tidal stream Demonstration Zones, seabed agreements in place for three separate wave and tidal stream projects, and a number of proposals for significant tidal range projects, Wales is well positioned to play a global leading role in marine energy.

The group has been set up and administered by Marine Energy Pembrokeshire due to the demand for their model to be rolled out onto a pan Wales platform.

Since it was established in 2010 Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP) has been instrumental in building a positive and unique collaboration between industry, government and academia, working towards the creation of a ‘centre of excellence’ for marine renewable energy in Wales. Many of the work streams are pan Wales with the collaboration viewed as best practice on a worldwide scale.

Over the last 6 years Marine Energy Pembrokeshire has experienced rapid growth. Working group membership has expanded from 8 original members to present levels of 80 which include tier 1 Welsh supply chain companies and all relevant UK organisations. There are 23 technology and project developers engaged including world leading companies from Sweden, Australia, Singapore, Scotland, Canada and America.

Marine Energy Wales was set up in 2016 to continue the work that Marine Energy Pembrokeshire started.

 

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