The Port of Milford Haven has offered support to Welsh-based Repetitive Energy to carry out a three-year operation to develop its vertical axis Smartstream tidal prototypes in Pembroke Dock.
The Port is working in collaboration with UK and Welsh governments as part of the Swansea Bay City Region to deliver a strategic investment into port and marine related infrastructure as part of the developing Swansea Bay City Deal.
Repetitive Energy also expressed its intention to use the network of testing areas proposed by Marine Energy Wales as part of the City Deal project to further develop its tidal energy project.
Tim James, Director of Energy Development at the Port of Milford Haven, said: “We are extremely pleased that Repetitive Energy are continuing their relationship with the Port of Milford Haven for the development of their prototypes. Their focus is closely aligned with our aims for the continued growth in Pembrokeshire’s marine energy industry, and the impact it will have on jobs and economic growth.”
Frank Moloney, CEO of Repetitive Energy, added: “We are excited to be moving forward and nurturing our relationship with The Port of Milford Haven. Our working partnership gives us access to a unique site which will facilitate the evolution of our technology Smartstream in a way not available to many developers around the world.”
Repetitive Energy will join the cluster of marine energy developers already based in and around the Milford Haven waterway, which includes Marine Power Systems, Wave-tricity, Wave Hub and Nova Innovation, to drive the sector towards commercialisation from Pembroke Dock.
David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales, said: “We received funding to develop our Marine Energy Test Area (META) project in the Haven Waterway and we are delighted that Repetitive Energy have already expressed an interest in using this site for the development of their project. META provides yet another incentive for developers to bring their projects to Wales and will aim to create jobs, encourage innovation, and help our local supply chain diversify into this new, low carbon sector.”