Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of the renewable energy industry in Scotland, responds to today’s announcement that Atlantis has officially unveiled its MeyGen project, the world’s largest free-stream tidal power array.
Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of the renewable energy industry in Scotland, responds to today's announcement that Atlantis has officially unveiled its MeyGen project, the world's largest free-stream tidal power array.
Ahead of the ceremony at Nigg Energy Park, Jenny Hogan, Director of Policy for Scottish Renewables, said: "Scotland has been at the forefront of tidal energy innovation for many years, from design to testing, and now - with the MeyGen project - deployment.
"Our waters have the lion's share of the UK's tidal stream resources, so it makes perfect sense that we utilise that advantage by installing devices like those developed by Atlantis.
"In recent weeks we've seen Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation 'switch on' its second turbine at Bluemull Sound off Shetland and, in Orkney, Scotrenewables announced it had begun testing its SR2000 device at the European Marine Energy Centre.
"This kind of activity has led to the marine energy sector investing well over £200 million in the Scottish economy - with every £1 from public sector funds leveraging £7 from the private sector - and creating around 1,000 jobs in Scotland, with the potential to grow substantially.
"Today's announcement from Atlantis reinforces the potential of tidal generation to make a significant contribution to the UK's growing need for clean electricity, and to deliver further investment and jobs to the UK.
"However, this is still an incredibly young technology, and future development is absolutely dependent on continued support from Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels, who have all played a vitally important part in the growth of the sector to date."
Scottish Renewables will be holding its annual Marine Conference, Exhibition and Dinner this evening and tomorrow (Tuesday Sept 13) at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. Tim Cornelius, CEO of Atlantis Resources Ltd and Chairman of the MeyGen, project will address delegates during tomorrow's morning session with contributions from Cameron Smith, director of the project's development, later in the day.