Annual Conference



Wales’ only conference dedicated to marine energy.


Marine Energy Wales Annual Conference 2018

19th April, All Nations Centre, Cardiff

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. The Marine Energy Wales Annual Conference aims to showcase the progress being made in Wales as well as outlining future plans and opportunities.


Details on our 2019 conference coming soon….


View our 2018 photo gallery here

2018 Presentations and Videos


8am – Registration and Exhibition Opens

  • 09.00 Welcome & Introduction – Martin Murphy, Chair, Marine Energy Wales View video
  • 09.05 Opening AddressAnna McMorrin, MP, Shadow Parliamentary Private Secretary for International Trade and Climate Change View video View video
  • 09.15 Marine Energy in Wales – David Jones, Project Director, Marine Energy Wales – View Presentation / View video
  • 09.25 Keynote Address – Mark Drakeford, AM, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Welsh Government View video
  • 09.35 Ocean Energy in, for, and from Europe – supporting a sustainable Blue Economy – Felix Leinemann, Head of Unit Blue Economy Sectors, European Commission View video
  • 09.50 Prioritising €100.4 Million for marine energy in Wales – Ken Cook, Head of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Welsh European Funding Office – View Presentation / View video

10.00 Coffee and Networking


10.30 Session 2: “Delivering on the ocean energy race” 
This session will highlight cost reduction, economic benefit and discuss ways of commercialising projects in the current landscape, ensuring the UK maintains a sector lead.

Chair – Sue Barr, External Affairs, OpenHydro – View video

  • 10.35 Marine Energy as part of the Clean Growth Strategy:  Cost Reduction and Economic benefit – Dr Stephen Wyatt, Research and Innovation Director, ORE Catapult – View Presentation / View Video
  • 10.50 Innovation PPA; revenue model to support technology developments Christoph Harwood, Head of Policy, Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd – View Presentation / View video
  • 11.00 Shaping projects to secure funding – Andrew Smith, Managing Director, Deja Blue Consulting – View Presentation / View video
  • 11.10 When and how to use crowdfunding to support your project Louise Wilson, Director, Abundance Investment – View Presentation / View video
  • 11.20 Q&A

11.30 Coffee and Networking


12.00 Session 3: “Stimulating local economies and supply chain resilience with tidal energy projects”
Tidal energy plays a key part in Welsh Government policy, backed by EU Structural Funding and wider support. This session will cover Welsh specific projects at various scales and stages and how this sector is having a positive impact upon economies, offering low carbon, long-term opportunities.

Chair – Rémi Gruet, CEO, Ocean Energy Europe – View video

  • 12.05 Delivering a multi-tech array scale Demo Zone – Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, Senior Responsible Officer, Morlais – View Presentation / View video
  • 12.15 How the world’s first low-flow tidal project is advancing Wales’ marine energy sector – Dr Martin Edlund, CEO, Minesto – View Presentation / View video
  • 12.25 Making Wales a Centre of Excellence for Marine Energy – Kate Smith, Environmental Manager, Nova Innovation – View Presentation / View video
  • 12.35 Delivering a new marine industry for the UK – Ioan Jenkins, Development Director, Tidal Lagoon Power – View Presentation / View video
  • 12.45 Q&A

13.00 Lunch


14.15 Session 4: “Making waves – A development base to export to a global market”
Innovation and advancement, including in storage and grid connections are opening up an expanding global market. Wave energy projects in Wales have provided supply chain diversification, resilience and innovation – this session will cover progress, plans and importantly, lessons learnt.

Chair – Kerry Hayes, Marine Energy Sector Lead, Regen – View video

15.15 Coffee & Networking


15.45 Session 5: “Delivering a City Region Deal for Marine Energy”
The £76M Pembroke Dock Marine project will improve the capacity and capability in wave, tidal and wider offshore renewables engineering in the region, maximise the natural assets to produce environmental and economic benefits and make marine energy more reliable and cost-effective.

Chair – Alec Don, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Milford Haven – View video

  • 15.50 Marine Energy Test Areas – Joseph Kidd, META Development Manager, Marine Energy Wales – View Presentation / View video
  • 16.00 Developing a Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence in Wales – Dr. Paul Ellsmore, Regional Coordinator – Wales, UK Offshore Catapult – View Presentation / View video
  • 16.10 Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone – Madeline Cowley, Project Manager, Wave Hub – View Presentation / View video
  • 16.20 Port Infrastructure for the marine energy sector – Tim James, Director of Energy Development, Port of Milford Haven – View Presentation / View video
  • 16.30 Q&A

16.45 Summing up & closing remarks – Martin Murphy, Chair, Marine Energy Wales


17.00 Event close

Thanks to our 2018 Sponsors

Many thanks for all of our sponsors for supporting our event.


Platinum Sponsors


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Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors




Refreshment Break Sponsor




Drinks Reception Sponsor (Networking Dinner)


2018 Networking Dinner

19th April, 7-10pm
Cardiff Castle

Come and enjoy the hwyl* by joining us for our annual networking dinner, this year being held in the spectacular Banqueting Hall of Cardiff Castle. Continue discussions and make new contacts in one of Wales’ leading heritage attractions, surrounded by centuries of history.

The standing dinner format encourages networking in a relaxed setting, enabling people to mingle easily. Dinner tickets are sold separately from conference tickets and can be purchased during registration. Please ensure you tell us about any dietary requirements.

*Hwyl / noun (Welsh) – a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy

Many thanks to Renewable Risk Advisers for sponsoring the pre-dinner drinks reception.




2018 Exhibition

Our exhibition area will allow you to showcase your company to key decision makers and industry professionals in order to make new contacts and develop your business. Space is offered on a first come first served basis, so book early to avoid disappointment.


List of Exhibitors:


Keep checking back for regular updates


2018 Practical Information


The venue is located to the north of Cardiff City Centre, approximately 15 – 20 minute drive from Cardiff Centre train station. If you are planning to arrive by car or taxi please allow extra time in the morning for commuter traffic as this journey can be upwards of 30 minutes at busy times.

Directions to the venue can be found here


The registration desk will open at 8am, please report here on arrival. There is no need to print your ticket off, the reception team will have a list of registered names. If you did not receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite when registering please get in touch with


If you require a hotel room, an accommodation website has been set up to aid in booking and this can be accessed here

Networking Dinner

The networking dinner will be in a ‘standing dinner’ format to allow networking and there are some steps up to the banqueting hall of the castle. Please do let us know if you have any access requirements.

Dietary Requirements

Lunch and refreshments will be provided on the day, it is essential that you let us know ahead of the event if you have any dietary requirements so we can make sure you are catered for.


2018 B2B Meet and Match

Start networking today…

We have teamed up with the Enterprise Europe Network to provide a simpler way to make meaningful connections prior to and during the conference. 

The ‘match’ platform will allow delegates to easily meet and network at the conference through pre-bookable 121 meetings, which are designed to enable and encourage business networking, collaboration and aid consortium building and proposal development for research projects.

This is your opportunity to request pre-arranged meetings according to mutual interests, allowing you to easily meet other delegates through facilitated face to face meetings, to share innovative technologies, initiate co-operation and to meet potential collaborative partners.


Why participate?

  • Efficient and effective way of making initial contact with many delegates over a limited time
  • Promote your company profile with a specific offer or request
  • Make the most out of your visit with a personalised meeting agenda – meetings take place outside of the conference sessions so you can make the most out of your time
  • An opportunity to present, discuss and develop new projects and examine collaboration and partnership opportunities
  • Grow your network and build connections with potential partners and stakeholders


Registrations are made through an online platform, which is quick and easy to use. Simply register on the online platform, add your profile and begin to request meetings with potential partners. Prior to the conference you will receive a personalised meeting agenda, with meeting slots taking place outside of the main conference sessions. Remember the sooner you register, the sooner you will be able to connect with other delegates!


Activate your networking profile here


Or visit: for further information.


How does it work? See our online guide


This service is available free of charge to delegates of the Marine Energy Wales Conference and is provided through the Enterprise Europe Network, which helps ambitious businesses innovate and grow internationally. EEN is Jointly funded by the European Commission and Innovate UK, our experts advise and connect those looking to commercialise ideas and succeed in new markets. In the UK, Enterprise Europe Network is delivered by 24 organisations located across England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland.



Thanks to our 2018 Event Supporters


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%.


  • The Swansea Bay City Deal has been signed off with eleven major projects underway including the £76 million Pembroke Dock Marine, which aims to develop a world class centre for marine energy development, fabrication, testing and deployment in Pembrokeshire.


  • Morlais have awarded eight tidal energy developers berth access in the West Anglesey Demonstration Zone. A feasibility study is underway for the world’s largest wave energy seabed lease off of Pembrokeshire’s coast. Both third party managers will provide an update on progress and outline their aims for the Demonstration Zones.


  • Hear about developments being made in projects across Wales from companies such as Minesto, Wave-tricity, Marine Power Systems and Tidal Lagoon Power.


  • 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. In 2017 we welcomed 250 delegates who represented 129 global organisations of which; 39% were supply chain companies, 20% were technology developers, 16% were research delegates, 12% Governmental representatives, and 7% offered specialist support.



Feedback from previous events, “This was the most positive ocean energy conference I have attended. In just one day there was a tremendous amount of information shared by industry, a real willingness to engage and I got a feel that Marine Energy Wales was really moving forward in collaboration.”