The Government of Scotland and the French region of Basse-Normandie have signed an international co-operation agreement to jointly work in the field of marine energy.
Scottish Government Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said the agreement will enhance the scope for Scottish companies to be involved in the supply chain of future tidal energy projects in Normandy and facilitate energy projects between French and Scottish universities.
As part of the agreement, which covers cooperation on areas including research, supply-chain and training, the researchers from BIOMEA, LCMT and LUSAC labs met with the director of ISE, IDECORE and the UK SUPERGEN programme to define the potential projects.
The supply-chain committee and Cherbourg Chamber of Commerce and Industry met with Scottish RME companies, while training organisations from the French region and Scotland have jointly worked to plan exchanges for learners.
Scotland’s natural environment makes it a suitable location for wave and tidal energy investment as it benefits from 25% of Europe’s tidal energy and 10% of Europe’s wave resources.
Some of Scotland’s wave and tidal energy investments include the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Stromness, Orkney, and around 15 Scottish universities are involved in marine energy research and design work, providing both skilled graduates and innovation in such technologies.
Basse-Normandie is aimed at promoting tidal energy in its own region as well as across the globe including Europe.
Earlier, the French region had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ports of Normandy Authority and DCNS to develop a new tidal power plant.
The latest agreement comes on the heels of the European Marine Energy Conference in Edinburgh. Scottish Enterprise arm Scottish Development International worked with the EU to bring the conference to Scotland.