Government Grant Inspires Wave Energy Effort

Four organizations in the United Kingdom have joined forces to drive forward the development of wave and tidal renewable energy in response to the Government’s £50 million (US$ 89.3 million) marine development fund.

Edinburgh, Scotland – September 9, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] Four organizations in the United Kingdom have joined forces to drive forward the development of wave and tidal renewable energy in response to the Government’s ý50 million (US$89.3 million) marine development fund. The UK Center for Marine Renewable Energy partnership aims to provide a coherent approach, and ensure a sustained and properly equipped industry base to help the emerging marine energy market. The University of Edinburgh, Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney and the New and Renewable Energy Centre in Northumberland are the four collaborative organizations. “This partnership offers a real forward facing group that can facilitate the development of a sustainable marine renewable energy industry,” Minister for Energy Stephen Timms said. “This will help to develop test standardization and certification, as well as training and development, which are vital to create the foundations for a sustainable marine energy industry.” The marine renewable industry has already recorded some milestones including the EMEC launch of the first open sea test facility in the Orkney, and the deployment of Pelamis, which is the first deep water full scale wave energy converter. “This agreement demonstrates that we are taking the development of marine renewable energy seriously,” said Andrew Mill at EMEC. “We can offer important support directly through our test facilities and our work on standards. In other areas we would hope to offer an overview of the expertise available in the UK, and to commission work where there are gaps, to meet the skills requirements for future developments.” Over the long-term, renewable technologies such as wind, biomass, solar, and wave and tidal power will need to provide increasing contributions to industry funding. The UK Department of Trade and Industry plans to invest over &pound500M between 2002 and 2008 on research, development and demonstration projects for renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

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