Scotland’s marine energy sector is to benefit from £6 million in funding to further develop testing of new wave and tidal energy prototypes in the seas around Scotland.
Scotland’s wave and tidal sector is estimated be worth up to £1 billion to the Scottish economy by 2020. More than 25 wave and tidal energy device companies are currently actively developing, testing and demonstrating devices in Scottish waters – more than anywhere else in the world.
Energy Minister Fergus Ewing will formally make the announcement today during on a visit to tidal energy developer, Oceanflow Development as it prepares to load out its second generation tidal energy device at its factory in Renfrew (above).
During the visit Ewing will meet with Graeme Mackie, founder and Managing Director of Oceanflow Energy. For the first 20 years of his career, Mackie worked in the naval defence sector with defence consultancy YARD Ltd and later with Swan Hunter Shipbuilders on Tyneside, where his understanding of marine sciences led to senior positions in the development of new technologies and integrated design solutions.
In 2002 Mackie founded Overberg Ltd (now renamed Oceanflow Energy Ltd, focusing on the development of Evopod™ tidal turbine technology. Oceanflow Development, the Scottish subsidiary of Oceanflow Energy, intends to use Sanda Sound off Kintyre for long term testing of its Evopod™ tidal stream turbine. The sub-50kW test device will be grid connected and could be a forerunner to other community energy scale tidal power projects around the coastline of Scotland.
Ambitious tidal energy developer, Oceanflow Energy last month secured a £300,000 package of support to further develop and commercialise its second generation tidal energy device, Evopod.
The company has developed and patented a technology to generate electricity from tidal streams and ocean currents. Its product, the Evopod, is a buoyant tethered platform that supports one or more horizontal axis turbines.