META Phase 1 | META (Marine Energy Test Area)

META (Marine Energy Test Area)
META (Marine Energy Test Area)
Lead Organisation Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum
Country UK
Type Wave, Tidal, Floating Wind
  • Type of Testing Wave, Tidal, Floating Wind
    Year Established 2019
    Temperate/Tropical Temperate
    Commercial/Array/Full scale/Scale Scale
    Development Status Operational


    META Phase 1 sites provide an unparalleled easy access, low risk area for testing marine energy equipment. This offers the ability to monitor and evaluate performance tests easily, as well as being able to adjust device parameters and retrieve equipment quickly. This means repeated deployment and retrieval can be achieved at low cost, enabling lessons to be learnt quickly to accelerate the path to commercialisation. META Phase 1 sites have the relevant licenses and consents in place and are now open for testing.
    Sites have been identified to cover a range of water depths whilst utilising existing infrastructure, benefiting from a variety of sea conditions, META test areas can cater for different testing scenarios.
  • Number of Berths 5
    Water Depth 4 – 13 m
    Min Water Depth (m) 4
    Max Water Depth (m) 13
    Avg Water Depth (m)
    Annual mean significant wave height
    Maximum recorded wave height
    Mean (averaged current speed)
    Maximum current speed 1 m/s
    Maximum tidal range 3.6 m
    Mean wind speed
    Max wind speed
    Seabed type Mud with sand fractions
    Total test area (km2)
    Distance to land 0 m
    Grid connected N
    Grid connection capacity
    Rated export capacity and connection
    Proximity to nearest harbour (km) 0m (harbourside site)
  • Demonstration Projects

    Newly operational

    R&D Projects

    Newly operational


    Quayside area, pontoon, slipway, jetty pilings, office space

    Equipment available to support site deployments

    Hopefully ADCPs, Waverider Buoy etc. but not yet

    Services of test programmes offered on site

    Data support / provision
    technical support/verification through project partners

    Key supply chain companies in the region

    The following a based locally in Pembroke Dock or Milford Haven area:

    • Mainstay Marine Solutions
    • Altrad services
    • Williams Shipping
    • Leask Marine Ltd
    • Dale Sailing
    • Pembroke Port
    • Titan surveys
    • Haven Marine Services
    • Haven Marine Surveying
    • Ledwood Mechanical Engineering
    • MarineSpace
    • Marine Energy Wales
    • Milford Steel Stockholders
    • Port of Milford Haven
    • S O A S Safety Boats Limited
    • Jenkins & Davies (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Pembrokeshire Engineering & Steel Fabrication