EU awards €20m for new Scottish tidal array

The EU has awarded €20.3 million (£17.61m) for a new tidal energy array to be built in Scotland. The funding will help wave power firm Atlantis pay for its new […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The EU has awarded €20.3 million (£17.61m) for a new tidal energy array to be built in Scotland.

The funding will help wave power firm Atlantis pay for its new DEMOTIDE project in North Scotland’s Pentland Firth strait.

DEMOTIDE is a consortium of marine energy firms which will help to build the Meygen Phase 1B tidal array, also known as Project Stroma.

The array, which is forecast to commence construction in 2017 and start producing power in 2018, will be built next to the existing Meygen Phase 1A plant.

Together, the two phases will complete the initial installation for what is likely to become a much larger array – full-scale deployment at the site could eventually total nearly 400MW of capacity.

Atlantis CEO, Tim Cornelius, said: “The DEMOTIDE project is the next significant step in delivering cost effective, reliable tidal stream generation for Europe.

“MeyGen is the world’s most high profile tidal stream project and we are delighted to be working with the European Commission and this world-leading consortium of marine renewable energy experts to ensure that Europe remains at the forefront of tidal power knowledge creation.”

The Meygen project is thought to be part of the world’s first deal to combine wind and tidal power.