Inyanga Marine Energy Group has kicked off the New Year by opening a new office in Wales. The new office will support the development of their innovative HydroWing tidal stream energy project at Morlais on Anglesey.
Inyanga has recently been awarded a contract for a 10 MW tidal stream energy project at Morlais, through the latest round of the UK Government’s ‘Contracts for Difference’ allocation. Morlais is the UK’s largest consented tidal energy scheme and one of the largest in Europe. It is managed by the social enterprise Menter Môn.
The new office is based at M-SParc, a science park on Anglesey in Wales, owned by Bangor University. The office will be led by Commercial Manager Osian Roberts, who was born and raised on Anglesey and has considerable international experience in the offshore renewable energy sector. He will lead a team to be based at M-SParc, creating significant new employment in the region.
Inyanga Marine Energy Group CEO Richard Parkinson says: “Our vision is to become the world leader in tidal array technology. Our project at Morlais will be a key step on this journey and opening the new office in Wales is an important milestone for us.
“Commercialisation of tidal energy has so far been held back by high operations and maintenance costs. Our HydroWing technology meets that challenge head on. We believe it will help unlock the commercial viability of tidal energy around the world, offering a low cost, reliable source of renewable energy for generations to come.”
HydroWing technology is based on a unique patented modular design that dramatically improves the cost-efficiency and production of tidal stream energy.
Simon Cheeseman, Sector Lead on Wave and Tidal Energy at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, said:“Tidal energy is a crucial part of the mix to achieve net zero targets globally. The team at Inyanga Marine Energy Group has unrivalled experience in the sector, having deployed more than half of all tidal stream energy devices worldwide. So it is great to see their immense knowledge and experience informing the design and deployment strategy for HydroWing, a technology that is helping deliver sector innovation.”
Pryderi ap Rhisiart, Managing Director of M-SParc says:
“We are excited to welcome Inyanga Marine Energy Group to M-SParc, an innovative company which will bring real benefit to the Welsh economy. The UK Government contract for their tidal stream project at Morlais is fantastic news for Wales and will strengthen the fast-growing offshore renewables sector in the region, leading to new jobs and opportunities – something we’re passionate about supporting. With our strong links to Bangor University’s Ocean Science department, we hope to provide links to further collaborations.”