Marine energy

Scotland is a world leader in the development and deployment of wave and tidal energy technologies. It plays host to the world’s leading wave and tidal test centre, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney; the world’s largest tidal stream array; and the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine.

The Wave Energy Scotland (WES) technology programme, which we fund entirely, has invested more than £30 million in more than 80 projects to date. These projects are developing wave devices, sub-systems and components, as well as leading the way in advanced control systems.

Looking ahead

The Scottish energy strategy published in December 2017 sets out our commitment to the wave and tidal energy sector in Scotland.   

We will continue to champion the wave and tidal energy sector, supporting the research, development, and demonstration that will maintain Scotland’s competitive advantage and potentially deliver significant domestic and export-led economic benefit.

Support will be continue through the WES technology programme, as well as our work with the Marine Energy Industry Working Group to agree priorities for securing future growth of the sector in light of changes within UK Government policy and Brexit. 

Scottish Development International (SDI), Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Scottish Enterprise can help businesses find the right funding, locations and partners to make their marine energy project a success.