The Scottish Government will give the Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) a £2.5 million funding increase, announced First Minister Alex Salmond earlier this week
The investment will strengthen the centre’s cutting-edge research and reinforce Scotland’s reputation in marine energy, he said at an energy event in Frankfurt.
The £2.5 million in funds will support new infrastructure for wave and tidal test sites and two new posts at the centre.
“This investment will ensure this world-leading facility continues to capitalise on Scotland’s rich natural resources,” he said.
Later this week, Salmond will switch on the world’s first large scale near-shore hydroelectric wave energy device, Aquamarine Power’s Oyster technology, at EMEC for testing.