Launch of World's first tidal energy generator

As Chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales I attended the launch of one of the world's first tidal energy generators.

I was delighted to be at the unveiling of the Delta Stream tidal energy generator at Pembroke Port. A project designed and developed in Pembrokeshire, dating back to an initial investment by Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in a concept presented by local engineer Richard Ayres. 14 years later with £8million of EU funds, the backing of the leading Welsh renewable company Eco2, 71 Welsh companies involved in the supply chain, Tidal Energy Ltd unveiled the demonstration turbine, which had been finally assembled by Mustang Marine in Pembroke Port.

It provides a visible example of the long established rhetoric on our potential to maximise our natural advantages to  play a lead  role in marine energy. The turbine will be placed in Ramsey Sound off St Davids on September 14th and start to generate electricity as part of the initial demonstration and monitoring phase, which should then provide the platform for full application of the turbine array.

There is real confidence in attracting global investment and future expansion which is good news for Pembroke Port and for the future of marine energy in Wales.

A final thought from the inventor Richard Ayres who was quick to acknowledge the importance of that original investment from the National Park and the backing from the then CEO Nick Wheeler. An important example of how our National Parks can play a role in shaping the future as well as protecting the past.

Click on the links for further news stories on this ground-breaking project;

Walesonline; Wales welcomes one of the world's first tidal generators

edieWater; Ground-breaking tidal energy generator launched in Wales

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