Low Carbon Research Institute (LCRI) Marine
The multidisciplinary LCRI was set up to unite and promote energy research in Wales and help deliver a low carbon future.
LCRI Marine, the marine energy component of the LCRI project, is a collaboration of over 40 scientists from the leading academic marine institutions in Wales with the aim of helping to enable, support and build a sustainable marine energy sector in Wales. The project is led by Principal Investigator Dr Ian Masters from Swansea University.
LCRI Marine Vessels ‘RV Guiding Light’ and ‘RV Noctiluca’ In 2010 on a visit to Wales, the European Commission President; J M Barroso said that the LCRI was one of “The best examples in Europe of research, innovation and sustainable development”.
The LCRI Marine project provides the independent and world-class research essential to move the marine renewable energy industry forward. The team are involved in the development and application of tools which optimise the performance of the technology that recover energy from waves, tidal streams and tidal ranges around the Welsh coast.
In particular, they consider the likely effects that these devices have on the environment, such as their effect on seabed communities, sediment transport and marine wildlife.
LCRI Marine has become a significant point of contact as a conduit to the entire marine energy sector in Wales. Several Welsh Government departments, policy documents and initiatives refer to them as a route to meaningful engagement with the sector. They also have a role in providing informal technology review to policy makers.