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The Morlais landfall substation at Tŷ Mawr MynyddPhoto Credit: Menter Môn.

Inyanga Marine Energy Group, the company behind tidal energy development project HydroWing, has kicked off 2024 by opening a new office in Wales.

Their new base in Anglesey will support the development of their innovative HydroWing tidal stream energy project at Morlais – the UK’s largest consented tidal energy scheme, and one of the largest in Europe.

The company was recently awarded a contract by the UK Government to deliver a 10MW tidal stream energy project at Morlais, which is managed by social enterprise Menter Môn.

The new office is based at M-SParc, a science park on Anglesey, owned by Bangor University. It will be led by Commercial Manager Osian Roberts, who was born and raised on Anglesey and has considerable international experience in the offshore renewable energy sector. He will lead a team to be based at M-SParc, creating significant new employment in the region.

Our vision is to become the world leader in tidal array technology. Our project at Morlais will be a key step on this journey and opening the new office in Wales is an important milestone for us.

Commercialisation of tidal stream energy has so far been held back by high operations and maintenance costs. Our HydroWing technology meets that challenge head on. We believe it will help unlock the commercial viability of tidal stream energy around the world, offering a low cost, reliable source of renewable energy for generations to come.”

Richard Parkinson, CEO, Inyanga Marine Energy Group

HydroWing technology is based on a unique patented modular design that dramatically improves the cost-efficiency and production of tidal stream energy. The project is due to be deployed in 2027.

Tidal energy is a crucial part of the mix to achieve net zero targets globally. The team at Inyanga Marine Energy Group has unrivalled experience in the sector, having  deployed more than half of all tidal stream energy devices worldwide. So it is great to see their immense knowledge and experience informing the design and deployment strategy for HydroWing, a technology that is helping deliver sector innovation.

Simon Cheeseman, Sector Lead on Tidal Energy, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

We are excited to welcome Inyanga Marine Energy Group to M-SParc, an innovative company which will bring real benefit to the Welsh economy. The UK Government contract for their tidal stream project at Morlais is fantastic news for Wales and will strengthen the fast-growing offshore renewables sector in the region, leading to new jobs and opportunities – something we’re passionate about supporting.

With our strong links to Bangor University’s Ocean Science department, we hope to provide links to further collaborations.

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, Managing Director of M-Sparc

Inyanga Marine Energy Group has two divisions – HydroWing, which focuses on tidal energy technology development, and Inyanga Maritime, which delivers offshore engineering and installation.

The company aims to advance through to deployment the innovative tidal energy converter, the HydroWing, to provide cost-effective, reliable and predictable power to communities around the globe.

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