Marine Energy Wales

 

Working in collaboration to establish Wales as a global leader for sustainable marine energy generation

Demonstration Zones

 

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

Funding

 

€100.4 million EU structural funds prioritised for marine energy in Wales

Welsh Ports

 

World class deep water port facilities and support provided by 8 major Welsh ports

World Class Supply Chain

 

A supply chain with experience in constructing and deploying Wales’ first tidal energy device

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 £152.4 million invested into the marine renewable energy sector in Wales to date, two large scale wave and tidal stream demonstration zones, seabed agreements in place for three separate wave and tidal stream projects, a number of proposals for significant floating offshore wind projects and a government commitment to the development of first of its kind tidal lagoon, Wales is well positioned to play a global leading role in marine energy.

News

UK Now the largest floating wind market in the world

This week, the first Scottish seabed auction in a decade saw the award of 7,000km2 of seabed to companies seeking to develop offshore wind farms. The combined generating capacity is expected to be in the region of 25GW. As it stands Scotland currently has only 1.9GW...

Further progress for Morlais as marine licence granted

Today, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) confirmed that it will grant the necessary marine licence to develop tidal energy scheme, Morlais off the west coast of Anglesey. This is another major step forward for the project and it means that developers of tidal stream...

Morlais Tidal Demonstration Zone gets government go-ahead

Welsh Government has given its consent to develop Anglesey tidal stream energy project, Morlais. This is the first part of the consenting process, which means construction can now begin on land in preparation for work offshore. Morlais is run by Anglesey-based social...

Wales has a number of factors that make it a world class location for marine energy development:

 

  • €100.4 million of funding prioritised for marine energy in Wales
  • £152.4 million has already been invested in the development of the sector
  • A high energy wind and wave climate facing on to the Atlantic
  • Deep water suitable for floating offshore wind development
  • Tidal streams of up to 4ms-1 with numerous high resource areas around the coast
  • The second highest tidal range in the world (up to 12m)
  • Long term, dedicated political support from Welsh Government including world leading legislation e.g. Well-being of Future Generations Act
  • 400kV transmission lines and substations located coastally at resources areas
  • Array scale Demonstration Zones in Anglesey and Pembrokeshire
  • Eight strategically located ports sited along the North, West and South coast
  • Energy and manufacturing sector supply chains and workforce with huge transferable skill opportunities
  • Experienced sector clusters in coastal regions close to resource
  • Dedicated, Government backed Energy Enterprise Zones with business development incentives
  • Access to expert academic and research facilities
  • Marine Energy Wales providing a single point of access for marine energy developers interested in Wales

Funding

€100.4 million of EU structural funding prioritised for marine energy in Wales.

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Demonstration Zones

Home to the West Anglesey and the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zones.

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Resource

Significant wave and tidal resource.

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Supply Chain

Experienced supply chain and 8 major ports.

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Research

World class research is being carried out throughout Wales.

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Current Projects

Seabed agreements in place for three separate wave and tidal stream projects.

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Premium Members

 

Members

What People Say About Us

“The formation of this pan-Wales body to drive forward the industry and encourage collaboration between all the interested parties is very timely and very welcome. The renewable marine energy sector has real potential for Wales which is a key location for the development and deployment of new innovative technologies. We need to ensure we are in pole position to maximise these opportunities, attract investment and create jobs and Marine Energy Wales has an important role to play in helping us achieve this.”

Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure

“The Marine Energy Wales team has done a fantastic job helping to push forward marine energy in Wales, bringing together all of the key players, and getting marine energy up the political agenda. Having been involved in developing marine energy projects in Wales for over 10 years now, I have certainly appreciated the support they have provided, and this active support network is clearly something that sets Wales apart.”

Joseph Kidd, Commerical Manager, Nova Innovation Ltd

“This partnership provides a unique opportunity for the long-term development of the marine renewables industry in Wales, will create a number of jobs in Pembrokeshire and will help to put Wales at the forefront of marine energy development.”

Chris Williams, Development Director for Tidal Energy Ltd

”It is too difficult to build a new industry on your own. Developers, suppliers and public actors in marine energy has to work closely together to secure the path towards commercial breakthrough. Marine Energy Wales is the driver and enabler of such collaboration and thus plays a vital role for Minesto to succeed in our number one market, Wales.”

Dr Martin Edlund, CEO, Minesto

“In 2013 Ledwood Mechanical Engineering Limited celebrate 30 years of operations based in Pembroke. Our extensive skills gained through maturity of delivering diverse projects has enabled us to gain entry into the renewable sector. Our location is well suited for the future tidal and wave generating investment opportunities. Working with key stakeholders such as MEW will potentially allow us to gain market share and promote business sustainability & growth.”

Nick Revell, Managing Director, Ledwood Mechanical Engineering Limited

“For us the conferences provide a fantastic opportunity to engage with like-minded people and supply chain companies, after all we are looking to build an industry in Wales and the event give us the chance to meet people who have similar aspirations, and who want to be a part of the supply chain for us.”

Ioan Jenkins, Development Director, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay

“Marine Energy is a critically important component of Wales future economy. We are delighted to play an important role in Marine Energy Wales.”

Gerallt Llewelyn Jones, Managing Director, Morlais