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There’s a cash prize in them thar waters! The government of Scotland said today that its £10 million ($14.5 million) Saltire Prize for ocean energy has pulled in 33 registrations of interest from around the world. Scotland, already a major hub for wave and tidal power […]

There’s a cash prize in them thar waters! The government of Scotland said today that its £10 million ($14.5 million) Saltire Prize for ocean energy has pulled in 33 registrations of interest from around the world. Scotland, already a major hub for wave and tidal power research, raised its ocean energy profile when it announced the creation of the Saltire Prize in April.

At the time, the Scottish government called it the world’s largest single prize for marine power technology. Although it’s open to groups from other countries, they must prove the commercial viability of their technology in Scotland’s waters.

The registrations of interest follow the release earlier this month of some criteria for the competition. The prize will be awarded to the team that can demonstrate a commercially viable wave or tidal power system that generates at least 100 gigawatt hours of power over two years. The technology will also be judged based on cost, environmental sustainability and safety.

The government did not disclose which groups registered interest in the prize, but it’s likely a who’s-who of the ocean energy industry. In a statement, Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond would only say that the interest comes from “some of the great companies and best minds in the world,” including groups from the U.S., Australia, South Africa, India, Mexico, Italy, France, Norway and Spain, as well as Scotland and England.

The Scottish government said the potential wave and tidal capacity in its waters is estimated at 21.5 GW, with studies showing that Pentland Firth, off the northern tip of Scotland, could provide almost 10 percent of total UK electricity demand.

Scotland currently has the only full-scale wave and tidal power testing site in the world, the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. North America could get its own, with plans underway in Nova Scotia for a facility in the Bay of Fundy.

The next step for the Saltire Prize — which gets its name from the X-shaped cross, known as a saltire, that’s on the flag of Scotland — is the publication of an official application in June 2009.

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  1. Dear Sir

    I am interested in registering my interest in Tidal Hydraulics Energy Systems to generate Electricity to produce Liquid Hydrogen Fuels targetind Aviation Automotive Fuels and Remote Liquid Fuel Jet Powered Portable Power Stations Innovations Ideas supported by our Major Power Station Company’s here in New Zealand Testimonials to support I am Maori mixed blood Scottish WANOA GREAT GAND FATHER married COSGROVE woman Scottish Bloodlines of the first Settlers to arrive in New Zealand so there is an element of Intelligence somewhere in the mix Our family has 22 large land blocks on the East Cape of the North Island undeveloped potential to put new Tidal Station there but the demand for Aucklandd is in the Kaipara Harbor North West of Auckland ready to go bar the finance so I am now looking to Europe or the States to fundthe project or there is no reason for it not to start in Scotland though American Bridge Company who just completed the 36kilometer Shanghai Hongshou 6 lane Bridge TY Lin said they can draft up the Bridge Plans for the 11 Kilometer long Multi Purpose Kaipara Bridge though the plans are for an alternative Pier 2 bridge spans long as our test model buit straght into the roughest tides at right angles to it One bridge pile 50meters span hydraulic variable pitched floating ballasted concrete steel turbine should pull 6072MW at 60meters depth at least in the Kaipara Harbour calculations So yes why not count a bit of Maori Indigenous Scotty into the contest I will fill out your Criteria I missed out on our NZ Government Funding because I didnt have an Investor and so I now have some interest I hope that we can be included in too

    Sincerely

    John Wanoa

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