META (Marine Energy Test Area)
Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum (the company behind Marine Energy Wales) has been awarded £1.9 million funding through the European Regional Development Fund, Coastal Communities Fund and Swansea Bay City Deal to develop a Marine Energy Test Area (META) in the Milford Haven Waterway.
META will be a series of pre-consented, non-grid connected test areas in the Milford Haven Waterway suitable for a range of component, sub assembly and marine renewable energy device tests including deployment and recovery and O&M methods in areas that are sheltered and accessible, yet still representative of, real sea environments.
META has been identified to add value to the current test centre network, supporting ambitions for the UK to continue to play a global leading role in marine energy development role.
- To provide early stage device developers based in Wales, with a local, easy access facility for testing components, subassemblies, operational procedures and devices, which will de-risk future deployments.
- To support global marine energy device developers, supply chain companies and universities, in developing new products and services, and to provide a showcase for the commercialisation of these products and services.
- In combination with the current energy sector supply chain and proposed Catapult Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence, META will provide added value to the current UK test centre network.