World class research taking place in Wales



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

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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.

Research Themes

Effect of the Environment on Devices

  • Turbine optimisation
  • Array performance
  • Turbulence assessment and loads
  • Wave modelling and loads
  • Technology Innovation
  • Oceanographic survey equipment and methods


Effect of Devices on the Environment

  • Multi-use environment
  • Site selection
  • Regional effects
  • Coastal processes
  • Marine mammal, fish, birds
  • Cetacean interactions
  • Underwater noise
  • Water quality
  • Sediment movement 

Working with the LCRI

The team has worked with over 120 companies within the marine energy supply chain, to provide assistance ranging from knowledge exchange to prototype development.

They have the capability to assist companies in the assessment, design and optimisation of emerging marine renewable energy recovery technologies with the aim of nurturing Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) to take products to market. In addition, they provide support in assessing deployment sites and provide knowledge exchange and scientific support to the wider supply chain to help reduce risk and enable companies to grow for the marine industry.

The team has also been actively engaged with raising the profile of marine energy at every level, from educating school children to advising UK Government cabinet ministers. The team recently exhibited ‘Generating Power from the Sea’ at the prestigious Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition 2013 in London, to over 10,000 people.

Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST) through the LCRI

LCRI Marine is working with the WEST project to develop the skills and education of the Welsh marine supply chain by delivering fully funded courses straight to industry. The courses are accredited by Agored, the Welsh awarding organisation, and include:

  • Wave Energy Conversion
  • Tidal Energy Conversion
  • Long-term Wave Analysis

The work of the LCRI is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.