The inaugural Marine Energy Wales Conference is being held in Swansea on 30th March and we are delighted to confirm that the keynote address will be provided by Ken Skates AM, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure.
The conference builds on 7 successful years of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Industry Seminars which have always been fully booked, and marks the launch of Marine Energy Wales. With €100.4 million of EU structural funds prioritised for marine energy in Wales, two array scale Demonstration Zones, seabed agreements in place for 3 separate tidal projects and a number of proposals for tidal range projects, Wales has the potential to be a world-leader in the marine energy market.
Tickets will go on sale next week at a special early bird discounted rate.
Further details regarding previous events including a short video can be found on our website here.
Reasons to attend:
- Wales has been awarded the highest level of support from the European Union for the Structural Funds programming round 2014-2020. Marine Energy is a priority area and has attracted funding of €100.4 million with an intervention rate of 69.43%.
- Morlais have awarded eight tidal energy developers berth access in the West Anglesey Demonstration Zone. Development is also being made on the Pembrokeshire Wave Demonstration Zone by Wave Hub. Both third party managers will provide an update on progress and outline future plans for the Demonstration Zones.
- The conference is a platform to learn about existing projects in Wales, alongside sector developments and opportunities. It also provides a forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities and to encourage collaboration and business networking.
Since 2010, the Marine Energy Pembrokeshire Industry Seminars have been fully booked. The number of supply chain companies, supporting organisations and technology developers has increased year on year, demonstrating the advancement of the sector and a growing interest in Wales. Of the delegates who attended the 2016 Seminar, 43% were supply chain companies, 21% were technology developers and 14% were Governmental representatives and 16% research delegates.
WHEN: Thursday, 30th March
WHERE: Liberty Stadium, Swansea