HydroWing opens new Wales base

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Falmouth-based Inyanga Marine Energy Group has kicked off the New Year by opening a new office in Wales. The new office will support the development of their innovative HydroWing tidal stream energy project.

The company has recently been awarded a contract by the UK Government for a 10 MW tidal stream energy project at Morlais on Anglesey. Morlais is the UK’s largest consented tidal energy scheme and one of the largest in Europe.

The new office is based at M-SParc, a science park on Anglesey, owned by Bangor University.

Inyanga Marine Energy Group CEO, Richard Parkinson, said: “Our vision is to become the world leader in tidal array technology. Our project at Morlais will be a key step on this journey and opening the new office in Wales is an important milestone for us.

“Commercialisation of tidal energy has so far been held back by high operations and maintenance costs. Our HydroWing technology meets that challenge head on. We believe it will help unlock the commercial viability of tidal energy around the world, offering a low cost, reliable source of renewable energy for generations to come.”

HydroWing technology is based on a patented modular design that dramatically improves the cost-efficiency and production of tidal stream energy.

Simon Cheeseman, sector lead on wave and tidal energy at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult,  explained:  “Tidal energy is a crucial part of the mix to achieve net zero targets globally. The team at Inyanga Marine Energy Group has unrivalled experience in the sector, having  deployed more than half of all tidal stream energy devices worldwide. So, it is great to see their immense knowledge and experience informing the design and deployment strategy for HydroWing, a technology that is helping deliver sector innovation.”

The HydroWing project at Morlais will be deployed in 2027.