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.

META sits within the Marine Energy Wales portfolio. 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

Fully licensed test site for ocean energy devices, components and subassemblies

Unique Location

Proximity to deep water port and associated infrastructure

Excellent Supply Chain

Experienced energy supply chain specialising in marine energy, petrochemicals, liquified natural gas, manufacturing and marine operations

Research and Innovation

Supporting research, innovation & monitoring methodology projects

META Test Sites


Our Quayside Sites provide an unparalleled easy access, low risk area for testing marine energy equipment. This offers the ability to monitor and evaluate performance tests easily, as well as being able to adjust device parameters and retrieve equipment quickly. This means you can repeatedly deploy at low costs, learning lessons quickly to accelerate your path to commercialisation.

Sites have been identified to cover a range of water depths whilst utilising existing infrastructure, benefiting from a variety of sea conditions, META test areas can cater for different testing scenarios.


META Open Water offers sites for accessible, non- grid connected, real- sea testing. The sites are located within or adjacent to the Milford Haven Waterway enabling lessons to be learnt quickly and cheaply.

META provides a stepping stone from tank testing to commercial projects, supporting ambitions for the UK to continue to play a global leading role in marine renewable energy.

Latest News


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Unlock Your Marine Energy Potential with META's Expert Support

Discover how META’s experienced team can empower your project with a comprehensive range of support services tailored to the needs of the marine renewables industry. With over 10 years of industry expertise, we’re here to assist you every step of the way – from development to deployment and testing of your innovative solutions. 

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

managed by Marine Energy Wales

META is managed by Marine Energy Wales, the national industry body for Wales and is administered by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, a Community Interest Company that works to protect and enhance the Pembrokeshire coast.

Funded by the EU

META was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government, and the Coastal Communities Fund, and aims to contribute towards Wales’ plans to play a key role in a growing global market.