Wave & Tidal

The diversity of our expertise, experience and test facilities enables us to support the marine energy sector through research, engineering, testing and programme management.

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Supporting the wave and tidal power journey

The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult has supported the rapid evolution of the UK’s marine energy sector through collaborative innovation projects with SMEs, research and analysis, provision of engineering expertise, testing and programme management.

Three key sites have driven this journey:

  • Our National Renewable Energy Centre in Blyth, Northumberland, where wave and tidal technologies are tested and validated.
  • Our Cornwall office that is leading major international projects to grow tidal power capacity and indigenous supply chains. Chief among them is the €45 million TIGER project that is supported by the European Union’s Interreg programme for building tidal power capacity in the Channel region (UK and France).
  • Our Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence (MEECE) in Pembrokeshire, Wales

Our analysts have published the sector’s definitive report that predicts the future market size and UK economic benefit of marine energy like tidal and wave power. We concluded that by providing new renewable energy sources that can complement wind, our pioneering SMEs offer a precious economic opportunity.

Our high-level findings are that the global ocean energy industry will be worth £76bn by 2050 and could already deliver a net cumulative benefit to the UK of £1.4bn by 2030. Crucially for the levelling-up agenda, 50-60% of that value would be retained in coastal communities alongside the creation of thousands of local jobs. Read the full report.

Technology innovation that can deliver cost reductions in marine energy and trialling of technologies before they enter the water are the core ways in which we are supporting the acceleration of this sector that will be important to achieving Net Zero around the world.

Our industrial and research advisory groups as well as our industry-led board of directors provide strategic support around collaborative developments with industry as well as working with government and key industry stakeholders to support the growth of offshore renewable energy in the UK.

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Marine Engineering

Our engineering experts can provide clients with concept evaluation and technical expertise, determining the best route to deployment though a combination of market intelligence, engineering design and technical assessment. 

Our capabilities and project services include:

  • Technical due diligence
  • Mechanical and electrical product design and development
  • Power take-off support
  • Instrumentation, control system development and data acquisition
  • Systems integration
  • Testing and verification
  • Development of bespoke test rigs
  • Blade design, testing and verification
  • Third party data validation

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Project Management

We have a proven track record of managing high value projects and offer a project management service to deliver and support research and technology innovation projects. We operate rigorous project management and governance procedures based on best practice drawn from across the professional project management industry, including Association for Project Management and PRINCE2 methodologies. Our procedures are regularly reviewed and updated to adapt to innovations in this sector. We strive for excellence across all areas and operate with an Integrated Management System. The organisation is certified to ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001, under the scope of research, development, engineering, commercial testing, knowledge management.

Site and Field Services

Our specialist skills, project experience and field services equipment for conducting resource measurements, investigations and electrical testing provides project developers and equipment manufacturers with development and operational support. We deliver bespoke test routines, carry out performance assessments and conduct data collection and analysis. We can also perform inspections, maintenance and failure investigations and carry out electrical testing of components or whole systems onshore and offshore.

Our field services, laboratory testing and specialist expertise includes:

  • Oceanographic resource measurement
  • Site investigations
  • Electrical services

Technology Assessment Process (TAP)

We offer clients a technology assessment service. TAP provides a standardised framework for the assessment of wave and tidal energy systems, allowing technology to be benchmarked in a number of key areas. We have developed this from our own internal technology assessment process, recognising the urgent need for the marine energy sector to adopt a more robust development methodology to provide investors with a means to compare technology. We characterise a technology against four stages of design maturity, providing the client with an independent, evidence-based report on the technology with recommendations to de-risk multi device integration and advise on the technology development route through to commercialisation.

Supply Chain Development

The development of offshore renewable energy presents significant economic opportunities for local and regional economies. Our Marine Energy Supply Chain Gateway (MESCG) supports the UK marine energy sector by providing useful information about supply chain participants and activities. Our relationships with industry players and with a number of central and local government and regional development agencies enable us to offer the client a signposting service to help develop supply chain relationships.

Modelling – Levelised Cost of Energy (LCoE)

We have developed benchmark models for device families. Our energy modelling team can provide LCoE model review, or design, assumptions review and forecast verification, carry out sensitivity analysis on Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) data to determine variations in project OPEX.


We disseminate outputs through a robust internal knowledge management system, delivering public presentations, organising technical workshops, posting knowledge documents on our website and posting data on our Wave & Tidal Knowledge Network. Where a client has a dissemination obligation, we can manage or support that activity on their behalf.

Bid Writing

Our bid writing team has established an impressive track record in bids for Local Growth Fund, ERDF, FP7, H2020, Interreg and Innovate UK calls. We are experienced in both leading bids and acting as a research partner or SME partner and can offer a bid support service, either advising on content, structure and layout, or drafting a bid on their behalf.


Contact Our Team

Simon Cheeseman

Sector Lead, Wave & Tidal Energy

Email Simon Cheeseman

07834 737250

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Simon Cheeseman is an experienced Marine Engineer, having worked in both the commercial and public sectors.

Simon joined the Catapult in February 2014. Working within our Research and Innovation directorate, Simon is responsible for managing our marine renewables strategy, identifying the Catapult’s wave and tidal technology innovation priorities. Simon also leads our regional engagement programme, which includes representing the Catapult’s role as a Delivery Partner in Marine-i.

Simon previously worked with the Energy Technologies Institute, where he was their marine programme manager responsible for a range of high profile wave and tidal development projects. He came to the ETI having managed a wide range of marine maintenance and engineering contracts.

In his earlier career, Simon held various programme manager roles and was responsible for a range of high value aerospace and communications technology development contracts.

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