Crown Estate considers $32m investment in wave energy

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The Crown Estate in Britain has announced that it is examining the feasibility of investment in wave and tidal power in the UK.

The firm says it is looking to invest in the region of $32m in the sector in what would be the UK’s first wave and tidal stream array projects.

It follows a report last year which found there is potential for tens of gigawatts of wave and tidal projects around the UK.

The investment will be in the construction of the projects, with each project involving multiple generation devices arranged in an array and with a total installed capacity of 3 MW or greater.

To be eligible for investment, the projects must already have a Crown Estate agreement for lease, have or soon obtain statutory consents and grid connection agreements and realistically be expected to reach final decisions for capital investment by March 2014.

Commenting on the announcement, Rob Hastings, Director of the Energy and Infrastructure Portfolio, said: "Several wave and tidal stream technologies are now proven and it is timely for the industry to move on to demonstration projects. First arrays are important because they are on the critical path to larger schemes around the UK and worldwide. By bringing our capital and expertise to bear, we hope to catalyse investments by others and to see projects proceed to construction and operation as soon as possible."

Developers are now invited to make expressions of interest about investment in their projects to The Crown Estate and a guidance document, which includes full eligibility criteria, is available to download here:

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