According to current estimates, the UK could secure a marine energy industry worth up to £6.1bn every year by 2035, employing up to 19,500 people
Sessions at the two-day event in Inverness (September 23-24) will be chaired by internationally-renowned figures including Dr Bernie Bulkin (formerly BP’s Chief Scientist) and Stephen Gethins, Convenor of the Advisory Board at independent think-tank Scottish Global Forum and a former special advisor on energy and climate change to Scotland’s First Minister.
Mary McAllan, Director of Energy and Climate Change at the Scottish Government, will debate the future of marine power with Lindsay McQuade, Policy and Innovation Director at ScottishPower Renewables – one of the country’s largest renewables players.
Day two will focus on the consenting and licensing of marine energy developments, a session which will hear from Edward Rollings, Environment and Consents Manager at MeyGen – the company developing Europe’s largest tidal stream array in the Pentland Firth off Caithness – and Dr Ben Wilson, Principal Investigator in Mammalogy and Marine Renewables at the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing, who will open the conference, with said: “Scotland is at the forefront of developing offshore and low carbon technologies, with some of the world’s greatest wind, wave and tidal resources heavily concentrated in the waters around our country.
“The coastlines around Orkney, Caithness, Shetland, the Outer Hebrides and Argyll provide fertile testing ground for marine energy developers. This conference will allow us to promote Inverness and the whole Highlands and Islands region as the place for marine energy development and deployment.”