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28 Jun 2011 11:06:02

DECC pledges £20m for marine energy



DECC pledges £20m for marine energy
Up to £20 million of the Department of Energy and Climate Change's (DECC's) £200 million low carbon technology budget is to be channelled into marine energy.

Climate change minister Greg Barker signalled the government's commitment to wave and tidal power on a visit to Leith Docks, Edinburgh, saying the funding will allow large-scale prototypes to be made even bigger for deployment at sea.

The scheme is due to open in spring 2012 and will finance two projects testing technologies within array formations, which is just one step away from commercial deployment.

"Our geography gives us access to rich marine resources which act as a natural laboratory to test and run devices in realistic conditions," Mr Barker said, singling out Scotland and the south-west of England for praise for the work already being carried out.

According to the DECC, marine energy has the potential to meet between 15 and 20 percent of the UK's current electricity demand by 2050.

The UK's total theoretical tidal range sits between 25 and 30 gigawatts, with the majority of this located in the Severn Estuary, the north-west and the east coast.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800601574-ADNFCR


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