2021 was a milestone year for the UK sector, with the introduction of a ring-fenced CfD for tidal energy, which sees tidal stream starting its journey to large scale predictable power generation in the UK. It also saw continuous innovative cross-border collaborations, deployment of state-of-the-art projects and offshore tests being undertaken for the wave and tidal energy sector, according to the UK Ocean Energy 2021 annual report released by the University of Edinburgh's Policy and Innovation Group.

In collaboration with Wave Energy Scotland, the Energy Technology Partnership, and Supergen ORE Hub, the University of Edinburgh's Policy and Innovation Group has released their UK Ocean Energy Review 2021.

The report is an expansion of the UK chapter of the IEA-OES Annual Report 2021 and summarises the progress of wave, tidal stream and tidal range technology, markets and policy achieved by the UK in the last year. The Ocean Energy Systems (OES) under the International Energy Agency (IEA), is an organisation advancing development and deployment of ocean energies in more than 20 countries.

The report outlines the UK’s current supporting policies for ocean energy, and associated strategy at national and regional levels. A comprehensive summary of current and planned deployment of UK projects at UK test centres and demonstration zones accompanies an update on sector progress from research and development at key institutions. In addition to this, the report provides an update on key public funding programs. Finally, the report concludes with a summary of relevant national events held in the UK last year and the ones that are expected to be held this year.

This report has been collated and edited by Henry Jeffrey from the Policy and Innovation Group and Kristofer Grattan from Edinburgh Innovations on behalf of ETP. Leading organisations including the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Scottish Government, Marine Energy Wales, European Marine Energy Centre, Wave Energy Scotland, Orbital Marine Power, Nova Innovation, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Mocean and many more, contributed to producing this report.

This article was originally published by the Policy and Innovation Group. View the news story on their website.

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