Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries is to pilot tidal energy projects in Scotland at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney.

The company, which manufactures motorcycles, ships and aircraft, said it would use its “expertise in engines, marine propulsion and gas turbines systems” to develop a tidal-power generation system.

Kawasaki’s decision to come to Orkney is being hailed as a major coup for Scotland and marks the culmination of a year-long bid by the government to woo the company.

EMEC commercial director Richard Morris said: “To have Kawasaki, a large multinational company, carrying out vital technology development work at EMEC cements Scotland at the forefront of the renewable energy industry.”