Scotland offers US$15.2 million for marine energy

The government of Scotland has begun taking applications for 8 million pounds (US$15.2 million) in assistance for development of ocean energy projects.

Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen announced the invitation for applications October 24 at an international renewable energy conference in Beijing. The Scottish Executive said the application period would run four weeks — until late November.

Selected wave and tidal projects are to be deployed in the next 18 months at Scotland’s European Marine Energy Centre in the Orkney Islands of the United Kingdom.

The Scottish Executive is to provide up to 40 percent of capital costs and additional revenue support up to 100 percent eligible costs. Eligible projects require support for deployment or demonstration, including components requiring testing such as mooring systems and foundation installation systems.

�Scotland has 25 percent of Europe’s tidal power potential,� Stephen told the Great Wall China Renewable Energy Conference. �And we have wave power technology that is a world first. A Scottish company, Ocean Power Delivery, has developed Pelamis, the world’s first commercial operating wave energy generator. (HNN 8/23/06) I am determined to continue to build momentum in marine energy.�

For information, contact Renewables &Consents Policy Unit, Enterprise, Transport &Lifelong Learning Department, Scottish Executive, Meridian Court, 5 Cadogan St., Glasgow G2 6AT United Kingdom; (44) 141-2425895; Fax: (44) 141-2425807; E-mail: james.thomson2@scotland.gsi.gov.uk; Internet: www.scotland.gov.uk/topics/business-industry/infrastructure/19185/WTSupportScheme.

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