Current Projects

LCRI Marine

Low Carbon Research Institute - Marine (LCRI Marine)

LCRI Marine is here to help your business from office to ocean. The growth of marine renewable energy represents a tremendous economic opportunity for Wales.

We aim to enable, support and help build a sustainable marine energy sector. Providing the independent and world-class research essential to move the marine renewable energy industry forward.

Whatever your interest in marine renewable energy or position in the supply chain, please contact us for details on how we can help your business.



Welsh Energy Sector Training (WEST)

The WEST (Welsh Energy Sector Training) project is supported by the Low Carbon Research Institute’s (LCRI) Convergence Energy Programme ( The main objective of WEST is to develop skills to aid the utilisation and uptake of new technologies developed through the LCRI industrial research project. This will ensure that industrial research is disseminated through both traditional educational streams as well as directly to industry through Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

WEST in the news

Adult learners' week at Trawsfynydd and Wylfa nuclear power stations

WEST launches energy courses with cross-country roadshow


Smart Operation for a Low Carbon Energy Region (SOLCER 2)

The aim of SOLCER is to implement and combine existing and emerging low carbon technologies through a systems based approach. This will allow energy users to evaluate appropriate solutions incorporating energy supply, storage and demand at different scales.


Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

1.The effects of realistic tidal flows on the performance and structural integrity of tidal stream turbines

2. United Kingdom Centre for Marine Energy Research - Studentship

3. TeraWatt: Large scale Interactive coupled 3D modelling for wave and tidal energy resource and environmental impact (EPSRC Supergen Marine Challenge)

Scotland has substantial wave and tidal energy resources and is at the forefront of the development of marine renewable technologies and ocean energy exploitation. The next phase will see these wave and tidal devices deployed in arrays, with many sites being developed. Although developers have entered into agreements with The Crown Estate for seabed leases, all projects remain subject to licensing requirements under the Marine Scotland Act (2010). As part of the licensing arrangements, environmental effects in the immediate vicinity of devices and arrays will be addressed in the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) process that each developer must undertake. It is essential, however, that the regulatory authorities understand how a number of multi-site developments collectively impact on the physical and biological processes over a wider region, both in relation to cumulative effects of the developments and marine planning responsibilities. At a regional scale, careful selection of sites may enable the optimum exploitation of the resource while minimising any environmental impacts to an acceptable level. The TeraWatt Consortium has been established through the auspices of The Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland (MASTS) with Heriot-Watt University, and the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Strathclyde, the Highlands and Islands and Marine Scotland Science (MSS). The consortium has the support and anticipates the full engagement of the marine renewable developers in many aspects of the work. The research programme has been designed to specifically respond to questions posed by Marine Scotland Science, the organisation responsible for providing scientific advice to the licensing authority. In particular to the following questions: (1) What is the best way to assess the wave and tidal resource and the effects of energy extraction on it? (2) What are the physical consequences of wave and tidal energy extraction? (3) What are the ecological consequences of wave and tidal energy extraction? The overarching objective of the research is to generate a suite of methodologies that can provide better understandings of, and be used to assess, the alteration of the resource from energy extraction, and of the physical and ecological consequence.