Wave power approved for Western Isles

UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson has awarded Wavegen and Tidal Hydraulic Generators £3.7 million to build prototype wave power devices for the Western Isles of Scotland.

UK Energy Minister Brian Wilson has awarded marine technology companies £3.7 million to build prototype wave power devices for the Western Isles of Scotland.

The two companies – Wavegen and Tidal Hydraulic Generators Ltd (THGL) – have now passed the necessary technical appraisal to take their projects from design-stage to prototype.

The grants are being awarded to help the development of commercial projects that could produce electricity for the National Grid.

Inverness-based Wavegen, are being awarded £2.1m to harness wave energy from a new prototype, building on their past experience with the world’s first commercial wave machine on the Isle of Islay and other devices.

THGL, who operate out of Broad Haven in Pembrokeshire, will receive £1.6m to develop and test a tidal stream prototype which could be deployed in areas of fast tidal flow around the world.

‘The potential for such devices in the UK is significant but it also important to remember that there is going to be a global demand for proven technologies and we are well placed to capture this market once they are operating successfully in the UK,’ said Mr Wilson.

‘Success in projects of this sort will further the commercial development of wave and tidal energy and could lead to the creation of a major industrial sector with export potential.’

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