Energy Minister makes £6m WAVES fund announcement at Westway

Energy Minister (centre) with Mark Holmes (left and Graeme Mackie

Energy Minister (centre) with Mark Holmes (left and Graeme Mackie

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced the latest round of funding for the WATERS fund, on a visit to tidal energy developer, Oceanflow Development Limited, at Westway Park.

The latest £6 million in funding will further develop testing of new wave and tidal energy prototypes in the seas around Scotland.

Oceanflow has developed its second generation tidal energy device Evopod, which was loaded out on to a vessel at the Westway Dock on the River Cart, ahead of it being taken for testing in Sanda Sound south of Campbeltown.

Welcoming the launch Mr Ewing said: “Scotland is leading the world in the development of marine renewable energy. I am excited today to see firsthand the investment made by Scottish Government in the development of Oceanflow prototype and the launch of this device.”

Graeme Mackie, Managing Director of Oceanflow, said: “Scotland with its strong tidal stream resource was the obvious place to test our semi-submerged Evopod turbine and securing the WATERS grant support from Scottish Enterprise made it all possible. There is tremendous potential for this type of renewable power technology both in Scotland and overseas and we are looking forward to hooking up the word’s first grid-connected semi-submerged turbine in Scottish waters later this year.”

“It is exciting to witness the completion and load-out of this prototype,” added Mark Holmes, from Moorfield Group, who accompanied the Minister on his visit. “The Westway dock development project will be completed in the autumn and it is already proving to be a major asset, particularly for occupiers needing to transport large renewable structures.”

To view a video from the visit, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLPLFOE0Dfk

Note: WATERS 3 is a collaborative venture between Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).