MEECE is a multi-million-pound collaboration between ORE Catapult and Welsh universities, funded by the Welsh European Funding Office. Based at Pembroke Dock, the Centre will deliver research, development and demonstration activities to support innovation in the Welsh supply chain, accelerating the commercialisation of the wave, tidal and offshore wind sectors by reducing the cost of energy.
What we do
The purpose of the MEECE collaboration is to support innovative companies in West Wales and the Valleys region to develop new products, processes and services for the offshore renewables sector. We carry out a range of collaborative innovation projects to support these technology developments at minimal cost to the company. These include:
- Desk-based research projects to establish feasibility and impact
- Design and construction of prototypes and scale models
- Testing and demonstration of prototypes, products and subassemblies at:
- The Marine Energy Test Area (META)
- Facilities at our partner universities including flume tanks and wind tunnels
- Our world-leading test facilities at the National Renewable Energy Centre, Blyth
We want to hear from innovative SMEs with ground-breaking technologies and concepts that MEECE can help drive towards commercialisation. We can work across all TRL levels, from basic concepts to pre-production prototypes. Current projects that we are already investigating include:
- Feasibility studies of a floating wave energy converter that has the potential to co-locate with floating wind. This project includes numerical modeling, resource mapping and cost of energy analyses.
- Investigation of a novel heat-exchanger fluid with the potential to improve cooling systems on large wind turbines. As part of this project, MEECE looked to build a bespoke test rig to demonstrate the fluid in a representative context.
- Prototyping and testing a novel vertical axis turbine technology. MEECE will design and build a small prototype and test it in flumes and/or wind tunnels at Cardiff and Swansea Universities, leading to further testing in META.