What Scotland needs to be a major player in the global wave energy industry. As well as being good for the environment, wave energy will boost Scotland’s economy if the country can maintain its competitive edge in this sector, according to expert observers. Commentators also say that if wave energy continues to evolve and resources are put to good use, Scotland will become an exporter of wave energy technology. The industry is at an early stage compared to other renewables, but few dispute that Scotland is leading the way in its development. For example, with the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, which provides wave and tidal energy converter developers and open-sea testing facilities. The establishment of Wave Energy Scotland (WES) in 2014, at the request of the Scottish Government, as a subsidiary of Highlands and Islands Enterprise is another sign of the importance placed on this form of renewable power. WES was set up to drive the search for solutions to challenges facing the sector and runs the world’s largest wave energy technology development programme.
Scotsman 16th July 2020 read more »