Five cheap energy projects in Scotland have been given £13 million in grants to generate power from the sea.
The Waters grants will fund the world's largest wave stations off the Western Isles and a doughnut-shaped wave energy device on Loch Ness.
The largest portion of the grants, £6 million, will be given to RWE npower Renewables for its construction of ten turbines as part of the 4MW Siadar project located off the coast of the western isles.
Aquamarine's Oyster three project at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney will receive £3.5 million, with £1.85 million going to OpenHydro to support a power conversion and control system.
AWS Ocean Energy will be given £1.39 million to support tests in Loch Ness and the Cromarty Firth of its wave energy converter, while Ocean Flow Energy will receive £560,000 to build Evopod, a 35KW floating grid-connected tidal energy turbine at Sanda Sound in South Kintyre.
Scotland currently has a quarter of Europe's tidal energy potential and a tenth of its wave capacity.
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