The Welsh coast is fast gaining international recognition in the marine energy sector, with significant focus on the Milford Haven Waterway. It offers superb proximity to natural marine energy sources - both wave and tidal stream, extensive facilities including the deep water port, a high-skill supply chain, and access to a 100m euro funding pot.
The Port is a keen champion of the sector and is investing time and resources into opening up the possibilities for the region. It is an established development centre with Marine Power Systems and Wavetricity already developing devices here. Initiatives are underway to expand on the region's potential.
Pembroke Dock Marine
Building on from an existing high-skill cluster site, Pembroke Dock Marine is focused on developing the existing infrastructure and facilities found on and around the Milford Haven Waterway to maximise the potential to achieve process efficiency. It embraces collaboration, training and research to drive innovation and strengthen this high skill marine energy cluster. Together these elements will help drive the commercialisation of marine energy technology. It will enhance the UK’s current industry proposition by adding four key elements:
- Redevelopment of operational space at Pembroke Dockyard to increase efficiencies and reduce costs
- A Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) – a research and training facility offering practical onsite test and learn opportunities;
- A Marine Energy Test Area (META) – the creation of consented areas of Waterway close to an operational base with enabling infrastructure;
- Array Demonstration Zones for wave and tidal – the development of a 90km2 leased site for commercial deployment of 100MW capacity of full-scale wave energy arrays.
Swansea Bay City Region
Pembroke Dock Marine is one of eleven projects currently under consideration for the recently signed £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Region Deal. Led by the Port of Milford Haven, it is a collaboration with three other organisations: Marine Energy Wales, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult and Wave Hub. These partners will form the core Project Board, along with academic representatives from Swansea University and Pembrokeshire College.