Secretary of State for Energy John Hutton has given the go ahead to the testing of a prototype tidal stream generator to be positioned in the Humber Estuary near Grimsby.
The generator, developed by Pulse Tidal with Government investment of £878,000, will be one of the first tidal power harnessing machines to supply the national grid.
“Our continued support for these emerging technologies is essential if the UK is to cement its position as a world leader in marine,” said Hutton. “I have made clear our commitments to renewable energy and to marine technologies. This kind of tidal project, if proven, will go some way in helping the UK meet its ambitious targets for clean, green energy.”