Richard Church, Marine Energy Development Manager, RWE Innogy

How are you and your organization involved in the ocean energy development?
RWE Innogy are a utility developer of marine renewable sites within Europe.

Do you feel that the correct policies are in place to support the development of ocean energy projects across Europe?
We believe that the correct policies are now in place within the UK to support the nascent marine technology industry through the next development phase of demonstration arrays.  RWE remain concerned about the uncertainty in support mechanisms for the industry in the period of delivery of large scale commercial marine arrays.

What do you consider to be the key obstacle facing the development of the industry? How might this be resolved?
The key obstacle in the development of the industry is the uncertainty and risk in the installation and operation of early multi-device arrays over the next 5 years.

How do you envisage the market evolving in the short term? (over the next 5 years)
The next 5 years must deliver several multi-device arrays of 5-10MW capacity utilising different technologies to promote utility investment into larger scale commercial arrays.

What do you feel has been the most exciting recent development in the sector?
The most exciting recent development in the marine sector is the active investment of large OEMs into the industry.