The Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC) is to receive a cash boost to turn the centre into a major hub for research on wave, tidal and wind power.

The Centre, which is located in Aberdeen, Scotland, will receive £1m from the Scottish Government and £1.6m from the European Regional Development Fund, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond has announced.

Salmond said the SEGEC is striving to make the city a popular power hub by positioning the country at the forefront of European innovation and development in renewable and clean power.

The chairman of the Energy Technology Partnership (ETP), which is formed by Scottish universities engaged in research, Professor Jim McDonald, said “The SEGEC will help ensure a dedicated focal point for research collaborations between Scotland and the EU, where there are significant funding opportunities and challenging targets to deliver a low carbon economy.”