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We hope you are all well and looking forward to the festive season.

From all of the team at MEW we wanted to say thank you to our MEW Board Members, our MEW members, supporters and wider network for making 2020 the best it could be, it's been a very busy year and we couldn't do it without you! 

Welcome to your round-up of news from the marine energy sector in Wales. In this email:

Orbital Marine Power exceeds crowdfunding in first week

MEW Member, Orbital Marine Power has exceeded its crowdfunding target in the first week.

Members of the Orbital Marine Power Ltd community who received early access to the company’s crowdfunding campaign have already pushed the company past its £1m target in less than one week. The raise, hosted on Crowdcube, is now open to the wider public for further investment.

Orbital, Scottish-based developers of the world’s leading floating tidal turbine technology, is raising equity investment to support future looking commercial activities and ongoing development of its innovative technology within the rapidly growing global market for low-carbon energy, which is predicted to see over £8 trillion invested in new renewable energy projects by 2050.

Read the full story here

MEW Conference 2021 panel speaker announcement
Lessons learned and future priorities,
a test centre perspective

We are delighted to be able to confirm speakers for the panel discussion:
Lessons learned and future priorities, a test centre perspective

The Marine Energy Wales conference is the largest conference in the UK dedicated to marine energy and has been a key event in the Welsh calendar for the last 10 years. Our 11th annual event will bring together technology developers, project developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to discuss how Wales can become a global leader. 

This online conference will showcase the progress being made in Wales as well as outlining future plans and opportunities. 

Due to popular demand and these unprecedented times this conference will take place online over 3 days for the very first time, maximising networking time and introducing floating offshore wind to the programme.
Why Attend?
  • Hear the latest progress – Stay up-to-date with the latest developments in Wales, alongside future opportunities.
  • Join the discussion – This virtual event will provide a forum to discuss key challenges and opportunities and to encourage collaboration and business networking.
  • Network – At the last conference we welcomed over 200 professionals representing 120 different organisations from across Europe and beyond, including supply chain, technology developers, academia and government. Hosting this event online allows a wider global reach and the event platform facilitates extensive opportunities to network enabling you to make connections with delegates from around the world.

Our event tickets are now live and are at a discounted rate to our previous in-person conference.

(If you previously purchased a ticket for our conference in April you should have received an email detailing how to repurchase your tickets and information about a refund)
Buy your tickets here

MEW joins inaugural Floating Offshore Wind events 

Last week Selaine Saxby MP was elected Chair of a newly-formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) in Westminster to promote the development of the Celtic Sea for floating wind.

This group has been established in response to the significant opportunity that development in the Celtic Sea could offer the South West England and South West Wales regions and was attended by a number of Welsh MPs. MEW was invited to join the meeting which included a presentation by MEW Member Simply Blue Energy to highlight the enormous potential for floating offshore wind in the Celtic Sea. 

Read more about the APPG here

MEW Chair, Martin Murphy recently participated in a panel discussion at the Offshore Wind Symposium, a two day event organised by the British Embassy in Dublin, the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, and Partners including the Welsh Government. Ministerial speeches from Westminster (Graham Stuart MP, Minister for Exports), from Cardiff (Lesley Griffiths MS, Minister for Environment Energy and Rural Affairs), and Dublin (Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications) all highlighted the opportunities for collaborative effort across the Irish Sea to secure the economic and social benefits in the drive for net zero carbon goals.

There were two take-away messages from Ministers – ‘Nothing is as strong as working together’, and ‘Morally and economically it is the right thing to do’. 

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MEW Member Job Adverts

Blackfish Engineering Design Limited is a Bristol-based engineering consultancy specialising in marine renewables, their team is growing and they currently have two vacancies available.
Floating Wind Specialist
Blackfish are looking to recruit an innovative and creative individual to join their dynamic floating wind team.

Bookkeeper and Office Administrator
Recent success has opened an opportunity for a part-time bookkeeper and office administrator to join the growing Blackfish team.

Read more on Blackfish here

Marine Power Systems is recruiting. They are seeking an experienced candidate to join their team in a senior Business Development role. The successful candidate will take on a key role within the business driving their commercialisation strategy.

They are also seeking a qualified Naval Architect to join the wave energy and floating wind technology development team. 

Both positions will be based at the MPS head office in Swansea.

Read more on MPS here

Nova Innovation is recruiting an experienced Project Manager to lead the development of their Enlli tidal energy project in north Wales.

The Project Manager will work as part of a team to lead the delivery of Wales’ first tidal energy array. Requires proven skills in using project management methodologies through project lifecycles.

Read more on Nova here
Williams Shipping are developing their operations in South Wales, and are looking for a Business Development Manager that will have a passion for growing the business in this area.

Location can be flexible, although it must be in South Wales. On occasion, you will be required to work from the company’s Pembroke Dock office.
Read more on Williams Shipping here
Buy your MEW Conference 2021 tickets here
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Kind regards,

Ruth Lovell
Marketing and Communications Manager

Marine Energy Hub,
2nd Floor,
Pier House,
Pembroke Dock,
Pembrokeshire, SA72 6TR
01646 405690

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