Projects in line for marine power cash

11th May 2011 from Press & Journal, Aberdeen

The UK Government has urged EU backing for up to three major marine power projects around Scotland.
The projects, off Orkney, in the Pentland Firth and off Islay, are among 12 proposals for European investment Bank funding, including two carbon capture and storage schemes at Peterhead and Longannet, Fife.

Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Liberal Democrat MP John Thurso, who has championed the development of “green power” in the Pentland Firth, said: “This is great news for those of us who have argued for more to be done to exploit the power of the tidal stream in the firth, and this is a real opportunity to accelerate the development of projects already on the starting block.
“I will do everything I can to support them,” Brussels will support up to three schemes in each EU member state.

The marine projects in Scotland include:
• Power (Pentland Orkney Wave Energy Resource) which will deploy Aquamarine Oyster and Pelamis wave energy converters off the coast of Orkney.
• A tidal turbine array – a series of underwater devices designed to harvest power from fast tidal streams – which will deploy marine current turbines – “SeaGen” devices – in Kyle Rhea, Islay.
• MeyGen Tidal Stream Project which will deploy Atlantis Resources and Rolls Royce/Tidal Generation tidal turbines in the Pentland Firth Inner Sound.
• And Scottish Power Renewables Sound of Islay Demonstration Tidal Array, which will deploy Hammerfest Strom turbines in the Sound of Islay.

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