Atlantis and MeyGen - turning the tide
The launch of the first turbine of MeyGen, the world's first large-scale tidal energy project, in autumn 2016 was hailed as a "significant moment" for the sector by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
The underwater turbines installed in the Pentland Firth are huge. Weighing in at almost 200 tonnes, they are 15 metres high with blades 16 metres in diameter.
Edinburgh-based developer Atlantis Resources Ltd hopes the project will eventually have 269 turbines, bringing its capacity to 398 MW.
As part of a £50 million funding package with UK and Scottish Governments and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, our predecessor The Crown Estate invested nearly £10 million in the project to help unlock Scotland’s tidal energy potential.