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.

Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund

We have launched the Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund to support commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters through driving innovation and reduction in the cost of electricity generated. 

A total of up to £10 million is available for projects that:

  • relate to the capital costs of developing a material/technical innovation aimed at reducing the cost of tidal energy
  • demonstrate the requirement for, and added value of, Scottish Government support
  • are deployed in Scottish waters no later than March 2020
  • demonstrate potential to have a positive social and economic impact on Scotland including collaboration across the Scottish supply chain

Applications to the fund will close on 6 December 2019, but are on a first come first served basis. Further details and an application form are available at: Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund guide

Saltire Prize Challenge Committee have been consulted in the creation of Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund.