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£20m marine energy scheme now open for business

05 April 2012

The government has launched its £20m Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme (MEAD), which will support up to two pre-commercial projects to demonstrate the operation of wave and/or tidal devices in array formation over a period of time. Organisations across the UK will be able to bid for a share of the £20m announced last summer to further development of this promising renewables sector.

Greg Barker
Greg Barker

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker (pictured) said the scheme will help move marine power to the next stage of development: the demonstration of a number of wave and tidal devices in array formation out at sea. "This will take us one vital step closer to realising our ambitions of generating electricity from the waves and tides, powering homes and businesses across the whole of the UK with clean, green electricity,” he said.

Organisations can apply to the MEAD scheme online via the DECC website. The closing date for applications is 12 noon on 1 June 2012. DECC will host an event on 2 May for anyone interested in applying and would encourage anyone planning to submit a bid to attend to learn more about the requirements of the scheme.

Winning bids will be announced by government towards the end of the year.

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