Marine Energy Test Area (META)
Marine Energy Wales is developing a Marine Energy Test Area (META) project in and around the Milford Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire.
Sites for testing wave and tidal devices, along with other marine energy equipment, are being developed near Pembroke Port, Warrior Way, Dale and north of Freshwater West.
Aiming to bridge the gap between tank testing and the Welsh Demonstration Zones, these sites will be suitable for a range of component, sub-assembly and marine renewable energy device tests including deployment and recovery and Operation and Maintenance methods. The eight test areas are sheltered and accessible, yet still representative of real sea environments and within immediate vicinity of experienced and established energy sector supply chain with transferable skills.
META will provide a stepping stone between tank testing and installing devices further offshore, and will support ambitions for the UK to continue to play a global leading role in marine renewable energy. As well as being part of the Swansea Bay City Deal, this £1.9m project is supported by EU and Welsh government funds along with the Coastal Communities Fund. It aims to provide marine energy device developers with an easy access testing facility to de-risk future deployments. META will fill the gap for early stage marine energy testing in the UK to enable developers to prove the technology before advancing to commercial scale demonstration.
As part of the project, an educational programme is being developed and offered to Pembrokeshire schools, with a specific focus on marine energy development, coastal zone management and sustainable use of the coast.