UK minister gives go-ahead to marine energy projects

21 January 2003

Two companies - Wavegen and Tidal Hydraulic Generators Ltd (THGL) of the UK - have now passed the necessary technical appraisal to take their projects from design-stage to prototype.

The grants are being awarded to help the development of commercial projects that could produce electricity for the National Grid.

Inverness-based Wavegen is being awarded £2.1M (US$3.4M) to harness wave energy from a new prototype, building on its past experience with the world's first commercial wave machine on the Isle of Islay and other devices;

THGL, which operates out of Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire, will receive £1.6M (US$2.6M) to develop and test a tidal stream prototype which could be deployed in areas of fast tidal flow around the world.

'Wave and tidal power have huge potential to supply a significant proportion of the country's future energy needs,' said Wilson. 'Britain is already a world-leader in this technology. However, it is essential that we move from the research and development phase, which has been going on for many years, into commercial application.

'Success in projects of this sort will further the commercial development of wave and tidal energy and could lead to the creation of a major industrial sector with export potential,' he added.

Related Articles
Pelamis construction completed

Privacy Policy
We have updated our privacy policy. In the latest update it explains what cookies are and how we use them on our site. To learn more about cookies and their benefits, please view our privacy policy. Please be aware that parts of this site will not function correctly if you disable cookies. By continuing to use this site, you consent to our use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy unless you have disabled them.