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Scotland’s first marine energy park opens
A marine energy park has opened in Scotland. Scotland's first Marine Energy Park (MEP) will include the largest wave and tidal development zone in the world to develop marine energy technologies.
The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters MEP is the first in Scotland, and the second in the UK, following the announcement of an Energy Park in the South West of England earlier this year.
The park provides a dedicated space for marine energy companies to test and develop their projects. The Pentland Firth and Orkney waters MEP includes the largest wave and tidal development zone in the world, with the Crown Estate having awarded licenses worth 1.6 GW to developers to take forward projects there.
The area will also remain key to the testing of devices, as it includes the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). Since its creation in 2003, EMEC has ensured that developers can deploy prototypes, and determine what more work needs to be done before installing them commercially. EMEC is currently testing nine devices.
RenewableUK, the trade association for the wind, wave and tidal energy industries, has welcomed the marine park. David Krohn, RenewableUK 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.
“The Government is showing that the UK is open for business to exploit our stunning marine resources,” he said. “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.”