Written by Elaine Maslin -
Two tidal energy projects planned for off the coast of Scotland are to be given European Union funding to help get them into the water.
The two schemes, at Kyle Rhea and the Sound of Islay, were the only two projects in the UK to pick up a slice of £974million (Euro 1.2billion) of European Union funding for new renewable energy projects.
ScottishPower Renewables is behind the Ocean Sound of Islay project, which will be awarded up to £16.8million.
The demonstration project, planned for the Sound of Islay, between the islands of Islay and Jura, is expected to involve 10 tidal stream devices that will be fully submerged on the seabed just south of Port Askaig.
The devices are the HS1000, developed by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest and together they are expected to generate 10 megawatts.
The Kyle Rhea demonstration project, planned between the Isle of Skye and the Scottish mainland, will get up to £14.9million.
It will involve four tidal energy twin rotor turbines, each one rated at two megawatts, to produce eight megawatts to the grid.
The device will be a SeaGen tidal energy converter, owned by Siemens’-owned firm Marine Current Turbines.
A project for a demonstrator wave project off the coast of Ireland was also named among the 23 projects picking up the so-called NER300 cash.
Ireland Ocean West Wave will get up to £16million for a demonstrator array of six 800kilowatt wave energy devices, a prototype of which has been tested at the European Marine Energy Centre.