EnergyU.K. opens first marine energy park
Energy from the waves or tides has the potential to generate up to 27 GW of power in the United Kingdom alone by 2050, equivalent to the power generated from eight coal-fired power stations
Wave-energy technology will be one of the technologies on display // Source: rtcc.org
The South-West of the United Kingdom has yesterday been named as the U.K.’s first Marine Energy Park, placing the region on the international map in marine renewable energy.
Climate Change Minister Greg Barker made the announcement on a visit to Bristol where he met with key members of the new initiative.
The South West Marine Energy Park will stretch from Bristol through to Cornwall and as far as the Isles of Scilly. It will create a collaborative partnership in the region between national and local government, Local Enterprise Partnerships, the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, and industry including Cornwall’s Wave Hub. The aim of the partnership will be to speed up the progress of marine power development.
Energy from the waves or tides has the potential to generate up to 27 GW of power in the United Kingdom alone by 2050, equivalent to the power generated from eight coal-fired power stations, as well as helping to reduce emissions to fight climate change.
Greg Barker said:
“This is a real milestone for the marine industry and for the South West region in securing its place in renewables history as the first official marine energy park. The South West can build on its existing unique mix of renewable energy resource and home-grown academic, technical and industrial expertise.
“Marine power has huge potential in the UK not just in contributing to a greener electricity supply and cutting emissions, but in supporting thousands of jobs in a sector worth a possible £15 billion to the economy to 2050. “The U.K. is already a world leader in wave and tidal power, so we should capitalize on this leadership to make marine power a real contender in the future energy market.”
During his visit, the minister launched the South West Marine Energy Park Prospectus which outlines how the region’s public and private sector will work together with the government and other key national bodies such as the Crown Estate.
The work to develop the South West Marine Energy Park has been commissioned by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council. The work was undertaken by Regen SW.