Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

ICE leads high level talks on marine renewables

ICE led a high level roundtable meeting last week, to discuss the challenges the UK faces in capturing the huge international market that is opening up for developing marine renewable technology.

Wind, wave and tidal power technologies or ‘marine renewables,’ will play a key role in the development of ‘green’ energy with opportunities for developing marine renewables offshore expected to grow rapidly in the coming years.

The UK’s maritime history has created a strong platform for developing marine renewables with world class research, development facilities, engineering expertise and a specialist manufacturing base, but there are concerns about how these advantages can be harnessed in order to position the UK as a major player in the growing world market.

The roundtable brought together key players from UK energy and engineering sectors including the National Grid, the British Wind Energy Association, Climate Change Capital, E.ON and the Aldersgate Group.

The discussion was focused around:

  • Establishing the elements of the global market where the UK does or could have a competitive advantage in offshore marine renewables
  • How the UK can demonstrate that our technology can operate at scale to maximise opportunities

The group also discussed what steps should be taken by Government to support and create a healthy UK offshore renewable industry. ICE Director General, Tom Foulkes, said: “If the UK is to take advantage of growth in this sector, the first step is to gain a better understanding of the size and nature of the market. We will also need to identify where in the global market the UK currently has a comparative advantage. These will be the areas which the UK has the potential to expand domestically and provide an opportunity to export internationally.”

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.