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Marine Energy, which covers both wave

and tidal stream sources, is described as

"the last two untapped global renewable

resources," by the UK's Marine Energy

Programme Board (MEPB), the advisory

body chaired by the UK's Climate

Minister.

In a report, 'Maximising the Value of

Marine Energy to the United Kingdom'

issued at the start of 2014, the MEPB

said the sector is a "once in a lifetime"

opportunity worth a potential £6.1 billion

a year for the UK and employing almost

20,000.

For those in the engineering supply chain

the good news is that a major focus of

actions being taken to achieve success is

to ensure a huge UK content in projects

for the future...

Britain is the undisputed global leader in

marine energy and a pioneer in the technologies to

make wave and tidal stream energy a

viable resource. To date the focus has been

in building ground-breaking facilities to test

the technologies - but all this is about to

change.

UK ENTREPRENEURS

As the MEPB says: "UK entrepreneurs, academic institutions and companies have

invented, researched, developed and trialled

the majority of leading technologies in this

space."

Now, it says, many of these are ready to

move into commercial demonstration and

deployment and the majority of intended

commercial arrays are in UK waters.

The vision is to turn this world leading position into

UK jobs and UK content as R&D

and test turns to fully commercial large scale

arrays. This is expected in about five years

time.

Actions are already being taken on several

fronts to ensure UK companies benefit, and

the move from R&D to full scale commercial

deployment is now under way.

The first array sites to receive planning consent were

in the Pentland Firth and Orkney

waters, which followed a competitive leasing

round by The Crown Estate (which controls

waters up to 12 miles out). The Estate

reported "considerable interest from industry"

and the projects are thought to be the

largest such development worldwide, with

potential to generate £6 billion of investment.

Among the investors are some of the

world's biggest technological and energy

companies including Siemens, ABB, DCNS

and Hydro Hammerfest, who are all involved

ENERGYMARINE

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WAVE AND TIDAL ENERGY IS

'THE LAST UNTAPPED RESOURCE'

FOCUS IS ON UK CONTENT IN A £6 BILLION MARKET

MARINE

A marine current turbine, above, and an

OpenHydro turbine, left: the UK is a pioneer in the

technologies to turn wave and tidal power into

energy. The sector comes with major opportunities

for the UK supply chain. These photos, and the

Pelamis photo opposite, are courtesy

RenewableUK.

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