Wave of Marine Energy experts flow into Pembrokeshire

SEACAMS project staff showcased their work with marine renewable companies in Wales at the 6th Annual Marine Energy Pembrokeshire industry seminar held at the Bridge Innovation Centre on March 19th 2015.

SEACAMS logoThe event included talks and panel sessions from industry experts welcoming over 120 representatives with a working interest in the marine sector from across the UK and beyond. Carl Sargeant AM, Minister for Natural Resources, provided the keynote address at Wales’ most important marine energy event.

SEACAMS staff manned an information stall and presented posters on current projects including development of novel techniques to monitor fish communities at offshore renewable sites; mitigation of impacts on sensitive habitats and enhancing biodiversity from coastal developments and developing methods for marine mammal monitoring at tidal energy sites. 

Delegates heard speakers from The Crown Estate, Welsh Government, Wave Hub, Pembroke Port, Welsh European Funding Office, Ocean Energy Europe, RenewableUK, Aquatera and many more. The seminar, whose main sponsors included Welsh Government and Pembroke Port, is also a platform to provide an update on existing projects in Wales including Tidal Energy Ltd, Marine Power Systems, Minesto, and Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay. 

MEP LogoDavid Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire, said “The Marine Energy Pembrokeshire seminar has gained a strong reputation in the industry and has proved a vibrant opportunity for networking and catching up on industry developments. We are looking forward to welcoming attendees and showcasing the strengths of the area. Pembrokeshire has huge potential to deliver a new sustainable energy sector and if you combine the natural resources we have with the grid connection possibilities, the transferable skills of the oil and gas industry supply chain, research links, the world class port facilities and the area’s designation as an energy Enterprise Zone it all adds up to provide a very attractive package for developers.

Add to that the £80.34M of EU structural funding set aside for marine energy and Demonstration Zones for both wave and tide then, clearly, Wales is well positioned to play a leading role in the worldwide marine energy sector.” 

For more information about MEP, please visit the website at: http://www.marineenergypembrokeshire.co.uk/