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Scotland in pole position to benefit from £20m marine energy prize

5 April 2012

Scotland's growing marine energy sector is in a prime position to benefit from a new £20 million Marine Energy Prize, WWF Scotland said today. The UK Government award scheme, launched today, will support up to 2 pre-commercial projects to demonstrate the operation of wave and/or tidal devices in array formation over a period of time. [1]

Dr Richard Dixon, Director of WWF Scotland said:

"This scheme is a further opportunity for Scotland's marine renewable sector to develop wave and tidal devices. We are already at the forefront of these important technologies and this scheme will specifically help get multiple machine into the water and working together.

“Alongside energy saving measures, marine renewables will have a critical role to play in helping Scotland reduce climate emissions as we phase out polluting fossil fuels and nuclear power. With careful planning we can harness Scotland's wave and tidal energy to help cut our climate emissions, while safeguarding the nation's tremendous marine environment."

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Notes to Editors

[1] Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) release

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/pn12_043/pn12_043.aspx