£2m to harness wave power

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One resource Wales has in abundance is the power of waves around our coast. But it isn't, as yet, being exploited.

Now £2m of EU funds has been announced to test a technology to harness energy from ocean waves.

Led by Swansea-based Marine Power Systems (MPS), the £3 million project, which includes a £900,000 investment from MPS, will manufacture and test a 1:4 scale prototype of the WaveSub device.

The device draws upon patented technology developed by MPS which captures the high power density of waves through its power take-off system, and can withstand storm forces.

The £2 million EU funds will allow the prototype to be developed and tested, paving the way for a full-scale device that will be deployed off the Pembrokeshire coast and eventually launched in the commercial market.

Marine renewable energy has huge potential and we are investing £80 million of EU funds in this area over the next six years - including support to enable the development of two demonstration zones off the coasts of Pembrokeshire and Anglesey.

This investment will vastly reduce the time, costs and risks to developers in this sector, and will help establish Wales as a leader in marine energy production

– Edwimna Hart AM, Economy Minister