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Marine Energy Wales Annual Conference

Thursday, 30th March 2017

Liberty Stadium, Swansea

With €100.4 million of EU Structural Funds prioritised for marine energy in Wales, two array scale Demonstration Zones, seabed agreements in place for 3 separate tidal projects and a number of proposals for tidal range projects, Wales has the potential to be a world-leader in the marine energy market. 

Come to the inaugural Marine Energy Wales Annual Conference and find out more about current projects in Wales and future plans.

Building on 7 successful years of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire seminars, this year’s conferences marks the launch of Marine Energy Wales, a partnership working in collaboration to establish Wales as a centre of excellence for sustainable marine energy generation. The vision is to create a thriving and diverse sustainable marine energy industry, making a significant contribution to a low carbon economy.  

The keynote address will be delivered by Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure


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A&P Group
A-2-Sea Solutions Ltd
Aardvark EM
Acuity Legal Limited
Angle Renewables Group
Aquatera Ltd
Atkins Limited
Atlantis Resources
Bangor University
Black & Veatch
Burges Salmon
Cardiff University
Coastal Science Ltd
Dragonfly Project Delivery Ltd
Ed. Züblin AG
Enterprise Europe Network 
European Marine Energy Centre
FBS University of South Wales
Floating Power Plant
GSS Marine Services
HOCHTIEF Infrastructure GmbH
Hydro Group plc
Hystat Systems Ltd
INGINE Wave Energy Systems Ltd
Innogy Renewables UK Ltd
Iona Capital
Jan De Nul N.V.
Kepler Energy
Lawbase – Marine Energy Ltd
Leadin UK
Leask Marine
Local Partnerships LLP
Longdin & Browning (Surveys) Ltd
Lysekil & West Sweden Region
Mainstay Marine
Malthouse Engineering Ltd
Marine Conservation Society
Marine Power Systems
MarineSpace Ltd
Menai Science Park
Morgan La Roche Solicitors
National Assembly for Wales.
Natural Power Consultants
Natural Resources Wales
Neptune Radar Ltd

North Wales Tidal Forum
Nova Innovation
Ocean Energy Europe
Off Limit Engineering
Offshore Turbine Services
ORE Catapult
Partrac Ltd
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority
Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum
Pembrokeshire College
Pembrokeshire County Council
Perpetuus Energy Ltd
PJA Surveyors
Port of Milford Haven
Port of Mostyn
Raymond Brown Construction
Renewable Risk Advisers
RenewableUK Cymru
RPS Energy
SC Innovation
Schottel Hydro GmbH
Scientific Management Associates
Seaflex Energy Systems
Simmons & Simmons LLP
Simon Safety
Stephens Scown
Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd
Swansea University
The Crown Estate
The Renewables Consulting Group
The University of Manchester
Thomson Ecology
Tidal Lagoon Power
Titan Environmental Surveys
Transition Bro Gwaun
University of St Andrews
Wave Energy Scotland
Wave Hub Ltd
Welsh European Funding Office
Welsh Government
Xi Engineering
Ynni Llyn




Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon

Burges Salmon is the independent UK law firm which delivers the best mix of advice, service and value.  Our team has been at the forefront of legal advice to the marine energy sector for over a decade, advising on key marine energy projects such as the MeyGen tidal stream project, Minesto’s Holyhead Deep project and Wave Hub’s wave array testing facility.

Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network

Enterprise Europe Network assists SME businesses in internationalising activities and in overcoming barriers to innovation. We can help Welsh SMEs to find commercial/business, technology or research partners in 60+ countries – all major world economies. BIC Innovation Limited delivers EEN in Wales on behalf of the EC and Innovate UK.

 Leask Marine  

Leask Marine

A key supply partner for wave & tidal energy projects from consultancy, survey, installation, vessel charter, diving services, maintenance and decommissioning, with an unrivalled experience in installing devices and remain at the forefront of the marine renewables industry to become arguably the world’s most experienced marine energy supply chain business.

 Marine Energy Wales  

Marine Energy Wales

Marine Energy Wales work to bring together technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to establish Wales as a global leader in sustainable marine energy generation. Our vision is to create a thriving and diverse industry, making a significant contribution to a low carbon economy.



MarineSpace Limited is a specialist marine planning, environmental and development consultancy with offices in Southampton, Peterborough and at the Marine Energy Hub, Pembroke Dock. We provide support to wave and tidal developers across all project stages from site selection through EIA, consent compliance and operational monitoring.

 Menai Science Park  

Menai Science Park

Menai Science Park (M-SParc) is currently under construction on Anglesey.  A wholly owned subsidiary of Bangor University, M-SParc will provide laboratories, office space, and dedicated business support to all tenants.  Part funded by European Regional Development Funds through the Welsh Government, M-SParc is the ‘Sparc’ you need to ignite your business in North Wales.

 Morgan La Roche  

Morgan LaRoche

Morgan LaRoche is a commercial law firm with offices in Swansea and Carmarthen. Its lawyers are experts in their chosen fields and provide client focused legal advice to local, national and international businesses across a variety of different sectors. They have particular expertise in the energy sector advising on a wide range of projects across the UK.



Morlais Marine Energy was established by Menter Môn following its appointment as the Managers for the West Anglesey Demonstration Zone by The Crown Estate. Menter Môn is a third sector social enterprise delivering projects across North Wales. In 2016 it was announced that eight tidal developers had been awarded berths in the demonstration zone.

 Natural Power  

Natural Power

Natural Power is a global renewables consultancy with an excellent consenting record. We provide expertise in every stage of the project: feasibility, development, construction, operation and due diligence. With an office in Aberystwyth, we provide planning and environmental consultancy services in EIA and HRA for offshore grid and licence applications as well as proven onshore grid and project consenting.


North Wales Tidal Energy

North Wales Tidal Energy & Coastal Protection Co Ltd (NWTE) is developing an integrated tidal impoundment and coastal protection scheme on the North Wales coast. The company’s proposals will deliver predictable renewable energy, help protect coastal communities from rising sea levels and make a significant contribution to the regional economy.


Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

ORE Catapult is the UK’s flagship technology innovation and research centre for advancing wind, wave and tidal energy. We work closely with partners from across industry and academia and have world-leading test and demonstration facilities. Our aim is to help reduce the cost of offshore renewable energy, supporting business growth and delivering UK economic benefit.



OpenHydro, a DCNS Energies company, specialises in the design, manufacture and installation of tidal turbines. OpenHydro’s vision is to deploy turbines under the surface of the oceans to produce energy silently, invisibly and with no impact on the environment to deliver a global portfolio of almost 1GW of projects.

 Port of Milford Haven

Port of Milford Haven

The Port of Milford Haven delivers infrastructure and services to the traditional and emergent energy industry.  We are a trust port driving regional prosperity through our investments. We host multiple developers and supply chain companies in Pembroke Port and are committed to supporting the cost effective commercialisation of the marine energy sector.



Regen are an independent no for profit that uses their expertise to work with industry, communities and the public sector to revolutionise the way we generate, supply and use energy. Regen passionately believes that sustainable energy has a vital role at the heart of a successful economy and thriving local communities.


Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum

Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum has sustainable development of the coast at its core and with that aim originates, manages and delivers marine related projects for the community, public, private and third sectors. Pioneering work has included the creation of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire and Marine Energy Wales; bodies which work to establish sustainable marine energy generation.



SEACAMS2 is a £17M, three year project at Bangor and Swansea Universities, part- funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.  SEACAMS2 is designed to support the marine renewable energy sector in Wales through collaborative R&D, providing companies with access to a wealth of scientific expertise, a range of survey vessels and the latest in surveying technologies.

 Simon Safety

Simon Safety

Simon Safety are a leading provider of Personal Protective Equipment, Work wear and Workplace Safety Solutions. We understand and are committed to protecting your most valuable asset. Supporting you with over 10,000 performance tested products to meet the wide variety of workers safety needs, in stock and delivered next day.


Thomson Ecology

Thomson Ecology is an award winning multi-disciplinary consultancy offering expert services in ecology, design and water. Our expertise encompasses terrestrial, freshwater and marine capabilities. Our experience in Wales includes marine and terrestrial baseline surveys of ports and dredging campaigns, major highways work and rail electrification projects. Our services in Wales are delivered from our Cardiff office.


Tidal Lagoon Power

Born in Wales, the ground-breaking pathfinder project, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, proposes 320MW installed capacity and 2,232 construction and manufacturing jobs – an iconic project that provides a scalable blueprint for a new, global industry, helping to position Wales as global leaders in marine energy.  



TidalStream is a UK developer of TRITON platform systems that can support multiple tidal turbines enabling high MW ratings from a single installation. Now part of SCHOTTEL HYDRO, the first installations will incorporate SCHOTTEL In-Stream turbines in Canada.

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Transition Bro Gwaun

Transition Bro Gwaun, Fishguard aims to realise the first community owned/led tidal flow project in Wales to provide a commercial demonstration of how marine energy sources can deliver not only environmental benefit but wider community benefits too.  This ambitious cross sector partnership was launched in November 2016.

 Wave Hub Ltd  

Wave Hub Ltd

The Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone, managed by Wave Hub Ltd, is a wave energy site located off the South Pembrokeshire coastline. The site is 90 sq kms with water depths of approximately 50 metres and it has the potential to support the demonstration of wave arrays, each generating up to 30MW.



Our mission is to develop commercially viable wave technology. We believe this is the last big challenge in renewable energy. By harnessing the power of the sea’s natural movement, we’ll have a new source of electricity that is sustainable and ecologically sound.

 Welsh European Funding  

Welsh European Funding Office

There are €100,428,444 EU structural funds prioritised for marine energy in Wales, with a maximum intervention rate of 69.43%. These funds are administered by the Welsh European Funding Office. The strategic objective is (3.1) Increase the number of wave and tidal energy devices being tested in Welsh waters and off the Welsh coast, including multi-device array deployments, thereby establishing Wales as a centre for marine energy production.

Welsh Government

Welsh Government

Wales, with a committed government, forward thinking businesses and dedicated Enterprise Zones, is a place where things happen quickly as our traditional energy sources innovate to reduce environmental impact and our renewable energies move into the mainstream. Marine energy has been identified as providing a significant contribution.


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Networking Dinner, 29th March from 7pm

In order to further discussion and networking ahead of the conference, a dinner will be held at the Village Hotel, Swansea. The cost for the dinner will be £30 per person and must be booked by 20th March. If you have any dietary or access requirements please let us know in advance. Rooms will also be available at a special discounted rate, subject to availability. Contact the reservations team at the hotel on 01792 341270 to book.

Tickets must be booked online whilst booking conference tickets.

The evening will commence at 7pm with a welcome drinks reception, sponsored by Renewable Risk Advisers.

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Tidal Lagoon Power Site Visit – 29th March, 3.30pm

Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay will be hosting a walking tour to show the location and site for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon. The tour will take approximately an hour, meeting at the Tawe barrage and walking along the Swansea promenade before concluding in the Meridian Tower for a Birdseye view of the lagoon site. There are 32 spaces available and will be offered on a first come first served basis.

Tickets must be booked online whilst booking conference tickets.

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Introducing the SEACAMS Integrated Marine Data and Information System (iMarDIS)

A one-stop-shop for marine data and information


1800-1900 (Prior to drinks reception)­­­, 29th March 2017. ­­­Energy Suite, Village Hotel, Swansea.



The purpose of this event is to initiate a dialogue with business partners which will inform the design of iMarDIS and more clearly define products and services that businesses require.

 iMarDIS is a new environmental informatics capability within SEACAMS 2 that will provide a state of the art data management and information dissemination system. The event will introduce the concept and ambition of iMarDIS, and provide examples of data discovery and delivery together with preliminary products

 Working with many marine businesses in Wales during the SEACAMS program we learnt several lessons. These included:

  •  high resolution quality assured data are required in an industry-agreed format that can be rapidly retrieved and manipulated, 
  • lack of a single point of access for existing data and information hampers efforts to acquire knowledge that informs decisions.

 iMarDIS will turn data into useable information by working with marine business partners to identify needs and to co-develop fit for purpose solutions for data, products and services. iMarDIS will provide access to SEACAMS data alongside other relevant UK and European marine data as required to meet end-user needs.

 Recent developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and data science provide new ways to collect, manage, process, analyse, visualize, interpret and provide timely access to information and new knowledge to reduce risk for business. New ways to observe our coastal environments are being rapidly developed and deployed in the field, for example, using high resolution multi-parameter sensors and autonomous platforms. Rapid development in numerical models coupled with High Performance Computing provide new and reliable capability for detailed simulation and prediction of marine environmental status over many time and space scales. The paradigm shift in our ability to observe and simulate the marine environment resulting in the generation of unparalleled amounts of data requires a similar shift in our ability to turn these data into useable information. iMarDIS will use these developments in data science and work with businesses to create actionable information to enable faster and better decisions for business.

 This event will be an opportunity for you to work with us to co-design iMarDIS to co-develop the products and services that you need.


Reasons to attend:

  • Wales has been awarded the highest level of support from the European Union for the Structural Funds programming round 2014-2020. Marine Energy is a priority area and has attracted funding of €100.4 million with an intervention rate of 69.43%.

  • Morlais have awarded eight tidal energy developers berth access in the West Anglesey Demonstration Zone. Development is also being made on the Pembrokeshire Wave Demonstration Zone by Wave Hub. Both third party managers will provide an update on progress and outline their aims for the Demonstration Zones.

  • Major proposals are in place for significant tidal range projects across Wales and following on from the positive recommendations given in the recent Hendry Review, Tidal Lagoon Power will update on the latest plans.

  • The conference is a platform to learn about existing projects in Wales, alongside sector developments and opportunities. It also provides a forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities and to encourage collaboration and business networking.

  • Since 2010, the Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Industry Seminars have been fully booked. The number of supply chain companies, supporting organisations and technology developers has increased year on year, demonstrating the advancement of the sector and a growing interest in Wales. Of the delegates who attended the 2016 Seminar, 43% were supply chain companies, 21% were technology developers and 14% were Governmental representatives and 16% research delegates.