EU-funding boost for Orkney-based tidal power pioneers, as Wales plans £28m investment in new 100MW wave energy test site

Marine energy devices at EMEC's Billia Croo test, Orkney. PHOTO Colin Keldie
Marine energy devices at EMEC’s Billia Croo test site on Orkney. PHOTO Colin Keldie

Two British marine energy companies currently testing tidal power devices in Orkney have been ‘recommended for support’ in the next round of the Interreg Europe-funded FORESEA programme.

The awards will provide a real boost to technology developers by allowing them to test their technologies on the open sea, attract further investment, and move further along the path to commercialisation. 

The companies benefitting from the EU-funding boost are Scotrenewables Tidal Power and Sustainable Marine Energy.

FORESEA is a £10 million project which helps to bring offshore renewable energy technologies to market by providing free access to a world-leading network of test centres – including the European Marine Energy Centre which is based in Orkney.

Meanwhile, the Port of Milford Haven is spearheading the Pembroke Dock Marine project to develop a world-class centre for marine energy in western Wales as part of a £1.3 billion infrastructure investment

Pembroke Dock Marine is a collaboration between four key project partners – the Port of Milford Haven, Marine Energy Wales, Catapult and Wave Hub – which plans to provide; –

  • 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) close to an operational base with enabling infrastructure; and
  • An array demonstration zones for wave and tidal power by development of a 90km2 leased site for commercial deployment of 100MW capacity of full-scale wave energy arrays.

The Port of Milford Haven is the UK’s top energy port and Wales’ busiest port handling around 20% of Britain’s seaborne trade in oil and gas.  It is widely recognised in the industry as the energy capital of the UK.

The Port of Milford Haven is a trust port – a commercially-run organisation that also provides significant financial and in-kind support to a wide variety of local causes – in contrast to the fully privatised companies that own land and operate key harbours in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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