RenewableUK welcomed the UK Government’s decision to launch Scotland’s first marine energy park yesterday.
DECC made the announcement and said the park will include the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), which will help companies test and develop wave and tidal energy devices.
It is also expected to boost the marine industry and potentially create thousands of jobs across the sector.
David Krohn, the trade body’s Wave and Tidal Development Manager said: “We’re delighted to see the Government building on the enormous prestige of EMEC and creating another dedicated zone around it for wave and tidal developers to take forward their projects. Marine energy is a key facet to ensuring energy security for the UK over future decades and has the potential to create 10,000 jobs by 2020… Work needs to continue to build up the industry so that it can achieve sufficient volume to reduce costs over the longer term, but this is another important step along the path”.
Marine energy is expected to provide 20% of the UK’s power by 2050.