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UK Invests £10m in Marine Research

16 January 2012

The UK government is investing £10m to help demonstrate that wave and tidal energy can be generated at scale.

The scheme, Supporting Array Technologies, is a competition for combined research and development funding.

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) said it will seek proposals for research and development projects in tidal array cabling, subsea electrical hubs, installation and maintenance vessels for tidal arrays and navigation and collision avoidance.

The cash will support the applied research and experimental development of innovative technologies that solve issues faced by those developing and deploying the first marine energy arrays.

It will also complement other initiatives such as the DECC’s Marine Energy Array Deployment capital grant scheme, the Energy Technologies Institute’s wave and tidal system demonstrator programmes and the Scottish Government"s Saltire Prize, according to the TSB.

The funding comes from the TSB, up to £6.5m, Scottish Enterprise, £3m, and the Natural Environment Research Council, up to £1m.

The competition will open on 5 March 2012. The deadline for registration is 10 April 2012 and expressions of interest must be submitted by 17 April 2012, the TSB said.