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Scots tidal pioneer secures funding for development

Sustainable Marine Energy PLAT-l device

The device is being tested in Canada


Tidal energy company Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has secured £3.46 million in equity investment to further advance its technology.

The Edinburgh-based business has closed its latest funding round, to which the Scottish Investment Bank (SIB) has committed £1m via the Scottish Government’s Energy Investment Fund (EIF).

Marine propulsion and renewable energy company SCHOTTEL HYDRO GmbH (SCHOTTEL) has contributed £2.46m to the fund-raise.

SME undertook initial testing of its PLAT-I system near Connel, Argyll and Bute last year. The device was then transported to Grand Passage, Nova Scotia, where it generated power for the first time in February this year.

The company aims to build a larger project at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in the Minas Passage of the Bay of Fundy. 

Jason Hayman, managing director, SME said: “It is fantastic, and a great testament to the team for all their hard work to close this funding round. Securing new investment from the Scottish Investment Bank and commitment from SCHOTTEL for our work in Nova Scotia will enable us to take a significant step forward on our renewable energy journey.” 

SIB director Kerry Sharp said: “SME has repeatedly proved its resourcefulness, culminating in the successful testing of its innovative PLAT-I platform and generation of first power. We’ve supported the company every step of the way since it relocated to Scotland in 2016 and have underlined our continued backing by contributing to its latest fund-raise.

“This investment could ultimately see SME further its commercial activity, placing the company at the forefront of the development of tidal energy technologies and further cementing Scotland’s position as a leading player in the global transition to a low-carbon economy.”


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