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Tidal Energy Challenges and Opportunities: The Morlais Project

Tidal Energy Challenges and Opportunities: The Morlais Project

14 April 2021
Venue: Webinar (15:00 Ė 17:30 BST)

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This free webinar was hosted by Subsea UK and chaired by Neil Douglas (Viper Innovations) via Microsoft Teams, on the tidal energy challenges and opportunities available through the Morlais Project, with speakers from the Mentor Mon Morlais Project and ORE Catapult.


Graham Morley, Morlais Project Manager
Mentor Mon Morlais Project

Graham has over 30 years' industrial experience in global and local leadership. Managing teams executing projects worldwide with extensive experience in complex multidisciplinary project execution, as well as research and development and consultant responsibilities. His experience includes managing and dove-tailing the expectations of both the Private and Public Sectors working in some demanding settings and has a track record of delivering complex bespoke programmes across different disciplines. He is a chartered member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) and holds 19 patents relating to subsea technology.

The Morlais project brings together the challenges faced by a nascent industry with the necessary knowledge of legal systems, government processes and engineering. These challenges are true for any project working to initiate large infrastructure projects.

Industry can potentially fill the gap using predictable and reliable energy generation. 

The task is to use a 'Rochdale envelope' for 240MW of tidal energy devices, located in an area of 35sq km off the coast of Anglesey, North Wales; a format for consent and future deployment of the technologies. This allows tidal technology developers to mature from a technology readiness level to a commercial readiness level. 

It will provide the UK an opportunity to lead this industrial revolution. Critically, it also offers an ability to begin to develop strong supply chains in support of industry. 

Simon Cheeseman, Wave & Tidal Energy Sector Specialist
Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Simon is an experienced Marine Engineer having worked in both the commercial and public sectors.

Simon joined the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult, the UKís flagship technology innovation and research centre for offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, in February 2014.

Working within the Catapultís Research and Disruptive Innovation division (previously Strategy & Commercialisation) Simon is responsible for managing the Catapultís marine renewables strategy, identifying the wave & tidal technology innovation priorities for the Catapult and managing the Catapultís regional engagement programme.

Simon was previously with the Energy Technologies Institute where he was their marine programme manager responsible for a range of high profile wave & tidal development projects.

Simon provided a description of tidal stream technology, its potential to contribute to a future renewables energy mix and the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult helps support collaboration and development of innovative technology to drive down costs.


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