Annual Conference



Wales’ only conference dedicated to marine energy.


Marine Energy Wales Annual Conference 2019

4th April, Celtic Manor, Newport

The annual Marine Energy Wales conference is the only conference in Wales dedicated to marine energy and in 2019 celebrated its 10th year. Over 200 professionals came together in this showcase of Welsh industry to find out more about current projects and future plans.

View photos from the 2019 conference here.

Why Attend?

  • Hear the latest progress – Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in Wales, alongside future opportunities.

  • Join the discussion – The event provides a forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities and to encourage collaboration and business networking.

  • Network – Last year we welcomed 200+ professionals representing 120 different organisations from across Europe, including supply chain, technology developers, academia and government.

*(2010 – 2016 events were hosted as Marine Energy Pembrokeshire)


Please note that this programme is subject to change and new speakers are being added on a regular basis. Keep checking back here for updates, follow us on Twitter or sign up to our newsletter to get the most up to date information.

8.00 – Registration opens, refreshments AVAILABLE


9.00-10.30 – Session 1: Marine Energy In Wales

Driven by Welsh Government support and over €100 million of investment, the marine energy sector in Wales has developed significantly since this conference was first held 10 years ago.

10.30-11.00 – Morning Break

11.00-12.00 – Session 2: Policy Support and a UK route to market

The removal of a ringfenced CfD for marine energy in 2016 has created challenging sector conditions. Does current UK strategy, like the Clean Growth Plan and recent wider energy policy decisions provide the marine energy industry with new opportunities?

  • Chair – Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager, Scottish Renewables
  • Christoph Harwood, Director, Simply Blue Energy
  • Donagh Cagney, Policy Director, Ocean Energy Europe
  • Nathan Bennett, Senior Public Affairs Manager, RenewableUK
  • David Jones, Project Director, Marine Energy Wales
  • Sue Barr, Chair, Marine Energy Council

12.00-13.00 – Lunch


13.00-14.15 – Session 3: Project Showcase – Tidal Stream and Tidal Range

From low velocity currents, array scale zones attracting global leaders, community off-grid solutions and future plans for tidal range, the sector is stimulating peripheral economies and providing innovative supply chain diversification.

14.15-15.30 – Session 4: Project Showcase – Wave and Floating offshore wind

Innovation and increased global activity suggest significant future markets for wave energy. How will current Welsh activity capitalise on an early mover advantage? Floating wind developers are being attracted to the SW approaches and opportunities are being explored to co-locate technology in Wales’ array scale demonstration zones.

Keynote Speaker: Lee Waters AM, Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport – Watch Video

15.30-16.00 – Afternoon Break

16.00-17.30 – Session 5: Maritime Clusters delivering innovation

UK test centres, ports and supply chains are critical in providing the infrastructure, support services, skills and knowledge to delivering the marine energy sector. Lessons learned, shared and collaborative solutions will be critical to lower the cost of energy.

Sponsorship and Exhibition

Raise your company’s profile by becoming an event sponsor or join our industry exhibition. Our packages have been designed to offer maximum exposure for your business so download our information pack here.

At our previous events, all sponsorship and exhibition space has been fully booked so book early to avoid disappointment. 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors:


Hosting Sponsor

Welsh Government


Gold Sponsors

Marine Power Systems    Minesto


Silver Sponsors

Menter Mon       Marine Energy Test Area Port of Milford HavenSEACAMS2        

Lunch Sponsor

The Crown Estate

Drinks Reception Sponsor


2019 Exhibitors include:

2019 Networking Dinner

4th April from 7pm

Continue discussions and make new contacts by staying on and joining us for our annual networking dinner, which will also be held in the Celtic Manor Golf Club.

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.

The Celtic Manor are offering a discounted room rate for conference delegates (available until 4th March). Information of this can be found in your ticket booking confirmation email.


Networking Dinner 2018

Set up your B2B Meetings using Howdy

To give you the chance to meet with other delegates we have partnered with Howdy, a free app which will allow you to connect with each other ahead of the event or on the day.
Howdy is free to download and easy to use.
  1. Download “Howdy” from your app store
  2. Sign in with LinkedIn
  3. Search Marine Energy Wales
  4. Join Event


2019 Practical Information


The conference is being held at the Celtic Manor Golf Club. Upon arriving at the Celtic Manor Resort, you will approach a forked junction, turn left and continue up the steep hill, following signs for Celtic Manor Golf Club and Golf Academy. Follow the road through the golf course and drive past the front of the Celtic Manor Golf Club, take the next right, until you reach the Academy car park on your left. This outdoor car park is free of charge.

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.


Hotel Rooms

The Celtic Manor Resort is offering a generous discount on hotel rooms for conference delegates (available until 4th March). You will receive the discount code in your confirmation email upon booking your conference ticket.


Networking Dinner

The networking dinner will be in a ‘standing dinner’ format to allow networking so please wear comfortable footwear and 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.

All queries relating to the conference should be directed to Holly Pretious, Marketing and Communciations Manager – or 01646 405690

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Further 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.


  • Several tidal power developers from around the world have been awarded berths at the Morlais Demonstration Zone off the coast of Anglesey, amid continued interest from others. This is a £33m project which has recently been awarded £4.5 million of EU and Welsh Government funds.


  • A feasibility study has been completed for the Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone – the world’s largest wave energy seabed lease, which is also now being developed for floating offshore wind. This study was part funded by WEFO and Welsh Government. Wave Hub Ltd, the seabed leaseholder, is planning to start the detailed design and consenting phase of work in the first quarter of 2019.


  • Hear about developments being made in projects across Wales including companies such as Bombora Wavepower, Minesto, Marine Power Systems and Nova Innovation


  • 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/Marine Energy Wales annual conferences 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 2018 we welcomed 200+ delegates who represented 120 global organisations of which; 37% were supply chain companies, 20% were technology developers, 11% were research delegates, 16% Governmental representatives, and 16% 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.”