ABOUT META

Our test Sites in Wales

Our mission

To reduce the time, cost and risks faced by marine energy developers in order to accelerate growth in the sector, whilst complementing the existing test centre network present across the UK including the two Welsh Demonstration Zones.

Why Wales?

Wales is an ideal base for marine energy developers with its excellent wave resource, strong tidal currents, experienced supply chain, port facilities and grid connection.

Our test sites

With eight pre-consented sites located in and around the Milford Haven Waterway, META aims to de-risk the development of marine energy projects by providing the opportunity to test devices, sub-assemblies and components. The sites are accessible yet still representative of real sea environments. META is non-grid connected and so is ideal for early stage developers, and is also a perfect base for research and innovation.

What Drives Us

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Climate Change

Welsh Government committed to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

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Economic Development

22,600 jobs in the marine energy industry across the UK by 2040
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Coastal Communities

50-60% of the economic benefits created by marine energy are expected to be seen in rural, coastal areas

Live marine data

We have a range of live marine and tidal data available from several sources in our testing areas.

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 is 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.

Looking for a test site?

If you have a marine energy project that you are looking to test please get in touch.