SEACAMS2 project supports developing economic opportunities in Low Carbon, Energy and Environment through specialisation in commercial application of research and innovation in marine renewable energy (MRE), climate change resilience and resource efficiency in Wales. The £17m project, a partnership between Bangor University and Swansea University, is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and focuses on the convergence region of Wales.
The MRE industry has been quick to identify Wales' significant potential marine energy resource: along the Welsh coast are regions with high tidal ranges (for tidal lagoons), fast tidal currents (for tidal stream energy), and waters exposed to considerable wave action (for wave energy devices).
A multi-disciplinary team of marine scientists on the SEACAMS2 project are working with MRE enterprises in Wales, conducting collaborative Research, Development & Innovation (RD&I) initiatives. As part of this, new data are also being gathered from a system of comprehensive coastal observatories - instrumented benthic landers and moored platforms - deployed in coastal regions identified as potential sites for MRE developments.
Along with the dedicated SEACAMS2 research staff and world leading academics at the School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University, the project also has access to research platforms such as the RV Prince Madog and small boat fleet. Available for use in Marine Centre Wales are conference facilities, meeting rooms, a lecture theatre, laboratories and aquaria. iMarDis (Integrated Marine Data and Information Systems) is a new data and knowledge infrastructure that is being set up at the core of SEACAMS2, to fully capitalise on the project outputs, integrate its data systems, and provide useful data products for industry users. p>