Scotland announces details of 10 million pound marine energy prize

The government of Scotland revealed details December 2 of what it will take to win the 10 million pound (US$14.94 million) Saltire Prize for new wave or tidal power technologies.

Scotland First Minister Alex Salmond originally announced the Saltire Prize, named for Scotland's national flag, in April, saying more details would be announced on Scotland's national day, St. Andrews Day, Nov. 30, at Edinburgh Castle. (HNN 4/17/08)

The actual announcement came December 2 in a ceremony attended by scientists, environmentalists, and potential entrants in the competition.

Called the world's largest single prize for innovation in marine renewable energy, the award is to encourage world scientists to push the frontiers of innovation in clean, green energy. Entrants for the prize are to demonstrate their innovations in Scotland.

Scotland's chief scientific adviser, Anne Glover, chairman of the Saltire Prize Challenge Committee, said the prize would go to the team that can demonstrate in Scottish waters a commercially viable wave or tidal energy technology that achieves a minimum electrical output of 100 gigawatt-hours over a continuous two-year period. It is to use only the power of the sea and would be judged the best overall technology after consideration of cost, environmental sustainability, and safety.

"The Saltire Prize challenge aims to accelerate the rate at which wave and tidal technologies can deliver power output that will represent real commercial opportunity, and make a meaningful contribution to Scotland's ambitious renewable energy and carbon emissions targets," Glover said.

Glover previously said the competition would open in the summer of 2009 and close by June 2013.

The government of Scotland said in September it also plans to significantly increase its financial support for wave and tidal energy by increasing the number of Renewable Obligation Certificates offered to marine energy projects. (HNN 9/22/08)

For information on the Saltire Prize, see the Scotland government Internet site, www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/saltire-prize, or contact Saltire Prize Team, 6th Floor, Meridian Court, 5 Cadogan St., Glasgow G2 6AT Scotland, United Kingdom; (44) 141-2425528; E-mail: saltireprize@scotland.gsi.gov.uk.

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