Wales’ National Test Facility

Creating a haven for marine energy


Our Marine Energy Test Area (META) is the only pre-consented, pre-commercial test facility of its kind in Wales. A flagship Welsh project dedicated to reducing the time, cost and risks associated with deployment and commercialisation of marine energy technology.

Funded through the Swansea Bay City Deal and a keystone partner of the Pembroke Dock Marine Project, META offers testing in real sea conditions for wave, tidal and floating offshore wind (FLOW) technology in the Milford Haven Waterway, alongside world class port, engineering and manufacturing facilities.

Deploy ► De-Risk ► Develop

Range of test sites

Unique Location

Excellent Supply Chain


Research and Innovation

META Test Sites


We operate five quayside test sites, each providing an easy access, low risk area for testing marine energy equipment.

The sites are all accessible via existing port infrastructure, enabling you to monitor and evaluate performance tests easily, and retrieve equipment quickly.

The sites cover a range of water depths and utilise existing infrastructure. They can cater for various testing scenarios. 


We operate three open water test sites, each providing accessible, non-grid connected, real- sea testing.

The sites are all located within or adjacent to the Milford Haven waterway, allowing you to test quickly and cheaply.

META provides a stepping stone from tank testing to commercial projects and supports ambitions for the UK to continue to be a global leader in marine renewable energy production.

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Unlock Your Marine Energy Potential with META's Expert Support

Our team has decades of experience in the marine renewables industry and can assist you on a range of project support services including consenting, project management and data support.

We can also put you in touch with experienced Welsh supply chain companies to help bring your project through the development lifecycle.

Take the first step towards success and explore the support META can offer.

a Pembrokeshire coastal forum project

META is an important part of PCF's marine renewable energy programme, alongside the projects below.

Marine Energy Wales

a membership organisation representing renewable energy developers, technology developers, suppliers, academia and the public sector. The META & Marine Energy Wales teams work hand in hand.

Celtic Sea Developer Alliance

a tier within marine energy wales membership for those with a specific interest in developing floating offshore wind projects in the Celtic Sea.


a suite of open-source decision support tools, facilitating efficient project development in Wales and Ireland.