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The wave and tidal resource of Scotland

Baston, Susana; Waldman, Simon; Woolf, David K.


Susana Baston

David K. Woolf


As the marine renewable energy industry evolves, in parallel with an increase in the quantity of available data and improvements in validated numerical simulations, it is occasionally appropriate to re-assess the wave and tidal resource of a region. This is particularly true for Scotland - a leading nation that the international community monitors for developments in the marine renewable energy industry, and which has witnessed much progress in the sector over the last decade. With 7 leased wave and 17 leased tidal sites, Scotland is well poised to generate significant levels of electricity from its abundant natural marine resources. In this state-of-the-art review of Scotland's wave and tidal resource, we examine the theoretical and technical resource, and provide an overview of commercial progress. We also discuss issues that affect future development of the marine energy seascape in Scotland, applicable to other regions of the world, including the potential for developing lower energy sites, and grid connectivity.


Neill, S. P., Vögler, A., Goward-Brown, A. J., Baston, S., Lewis, M. J., Gillibrand, P. A., …Woolf, D. K. (2017). The wave and tidal resource of Scotland. Renewable energy, 114A, 3-17.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 11, 2017
Online Publication Date Mar 16, 2017
Publication Date 2017-12
Deposit Date Jan 6, 2020
Publicly Available Date Jan 9, 2020
Journal Renewable Energy
Print ISSN 0960-1481
Electronic ISSN 1879-0682
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 114A
Pages 3-17
Keywords Marine renewable energy; Wave energy; Tidal energy; EMEC; Pentland Firth; Scotland
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