The South Coast is the only region with all renewable energy resources (wave, wind, tidal and solar) close to major ports and infrastructure. The Cluster has several sites to test and deploy wave and tidal devices in Cornwall, North Devon and the Isle of Wight. The industry is supported by a strong network of developers and an extensive supply- chain working with 32 research Institutions to develop new technology and devices. Plymouth company Witt Energy Ltd developed the ‘WITT,’ ground-breaking technology to capture motional energy found on land, sea and in the air, and convert it into electricity.

For full details of the South Coast Marine Cluster’s Marine Energy and Renewables research institutions and testing facilities and examples of South Coast businesses succeeding in this field, please download the brochure here.

Witt Energy Ltd
Wavehub Cornwall

Testing and Deployment Sites

Cornwall’s Wave Hub is the largest and most advanced grid-connected site for testing and developing marine energy devices and related components. Located 16km offshore from Hayle in the eastern extremes of the Atlantic Ocean.

The North Devon Tidal Demonstration Zone, located in the Bristol Channel, has the potential to support the demonstration of tidal stream arrays with a generating capacity of up to 30MW for each project.

The Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre is a state-of-the-art tidal energy generation project that will reinforce the UK’s position as a world leader in marine renewables. It is the largest consented tidal stream energy project in England and Wales, and lies around 2.5km offshore. Isle of Wight based Sustainable Marine Energy is delivering next-generation technology that will challenge the tidal energy industry on price and performance.

With an average tidal range of 8.47 metres, Bridgwater Bay in Somerset has significant energy potential. The South West Moorings Test Facility, Cornwall, enables a thorough understanding of mooring in real wave, wind, current and tidal conditions. The Fabtest site, also in Cornwall, enables device developers to test components, concepts or full scale devices in a moderate wave climate.

Sustainable Marine Energy

The Portland demonstration site, located to the south east of Portland and less than 5 nautical miles from Portland Port represents a new area of opportunity for tidal stream technology testing and development. Flow speeds at the site exceed 2.0 m/s in water depths of approximately 30m.