World's largest wave energy farm given green light

Plans to build the biggest ever wave energy site off the north-west coast of Lewis, Scotland, have been given the go-ahead.

Developers Aquamarine Power has received full consent from the Scottish government for the 40MW wave farm. The company plans to install up to 50 of its Oyster wave energy machines, pictured, at the site over the next few years. "This is a significant milestone for our company," said Aquamarine Power's ceo Martin McAdam. "Our engineers are currently working hard on getting the technology right and we now have a site where we can install our first small farm, with a larger scale commercial build out in the years ahead." Maria McCaffery, chief executive of RenewableUK, added: "This is a big step forward for the marine energy sector in the UK and especially in the Scottish Islands, which has such a first rate marine energy resource. "These are the type of developments that we hope to see more of in the coming months and years to herald the opportunity that marine energy represents."