Climate change minister Greg Barker will open the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters energy marine park off the north coast of Scotland today.
The new park aims attract investment in Scotland’s fast growing wave and tidal power industry. The European Marine Energy Centre which has already attracted developers from across the world will be incorporated into the new park.
This stretch of water is also the site of the world’s first commercial scale leasing round for marine energy. The Crown Estate announced in 2010 eleven successful bidders developing up to 1.6GW of wave and tidal stream capacity in the area.
Wave and tidal energy has the potential to generate up to 27GW of power in the UK by 2050.