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Wave Power

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what funding his Department and its predecessors have provided for the development of marine energy technologies since 2003. (289650)

The Department has previously provided support totalling £35 million for the industry-led development of marine energy technologies through the former DTI Technology Programme—now administered by the Technology Strategy Board—and support of £9 million for high quality basic science through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s ‘Supergen Marine’ consortium.

DECC has its own support scheme in place for the commercial demonstration of wave and tidal stream technologies—the £50 million Marine Renewables Deployment Fund (MRDF). We are now in the process of designing, in conjunction with the sector, a new £22 million Marine Renewables Proving Fund as announced in Low Carbon Transition Plan.

DECC has also supported the development of marine energy technology through investing in testing facilities such as the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the New and Renewable Energy Centre (NaREC). The Government recently announced a package of measures in its Low Carbon Transition Plan that further investment would be made in upgrading and expanding the testing facilities at EMEC (£8 million) and NaREC (£10 million), together with an increase of its contribution towards the planned Wave Hub project off the coast of Cornwall to £9.5 million.

DECC is also contributing to a £534,000 fund to support the development of embryonic technologies for a possible Severn tidal power scheme.

Under the Renewables Obligation wave and tidal energy suppliers will receive two Renewable Obligation Certificates (ROCs) for each MWh of eligible generation produced.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change how many operational marine power schemes are connected to the electricity grid; and what the (a) generating capacity and (b) quantity of electricity generated by each in 2008 was. (289653)

The information requested is as follows:

(a) There were three marine energy devices connected to the electricity grid in 2008.

Wavegen—500 kW

SeaGen—1.2 MW

Open Hydro—250 kW

(b) The following figures are taken from the Ofgem Renewables register.

Wavegen (now Voith Hydro Wavegen) “Limpet” device deployed on the Isle of Islay generated 42 MWh.

SeaGen—owned by Sea Generation Ltd/Marine Current Turbines and deployed in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland generated 13 MWh.

Open Hydro, deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney are not accredited for the Renewables Obligation and no data is available for 2008.