WALES'S first full-scale tidal energy generator has been unveiled at Pembroke Port by The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones AM.
Tidal stream technology company Tidal Energy developed the device, DeltaStream, which will be installed in Ramsey Sound, Pembrokeshire. It will be amongst the world's first demonstration devices to generate green, sustainable and predictable tidal power.
The device is the first private marine project to be fully developed in Wales, having secured all the required planning and environmental consents together with a lease agreement from The Crown Estate.
Investment in the project came from EU funds worth £8 million, delivered through the Welsh Government, and match funding from majority shareholder, Welsh renewable energy company, Eco2.
Martin Murphy, managing director of Tidal Energy, said: "This is a significant milestone for us as a company and for the industry as a whole. We have achieved a number of firsts with this project, including those relating to the environmental consents, the grid connection and the installation process – where the turbine and foundation are installed together."
The DeltaStream project marks the first step in the delivery of the Welsh Government's March 2014 Plan for its Low Carbon Transition Strategy in marine renewable generation.
Jones said: "I'm delighted that Wales' first full scale tidal stream energy generator has been supported with almost £8 million from the European Regional Development Fund. This is a landmark project for Wales, which will not only help us to meet our sustainable energy ambitions, but will also provide significant opportunities for local people and businesses."