The opening of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Marine Energy Park in Scotland this week could kickstart the wave power industry in the UK, according to the head of renewables at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

But Daniel Guttman warned that unlocking the potential of tidal resources was “a race against time”.

“The marine park is a great step in the right direction,” he said, “but we also need to facilitate as many industrial partnerships and collaborations as possible.”

“The locations of the most valuable tidal resources are known, so it is a question of getting working devices into the water. It is crucial to help marine power businesses commercialise their technologies.”

He said this could only happen if three key factors were available: financing, testing and validation conditions and commercial advice. “Every step in the process to commercialisation is difficult and costly and sound support is priceless,” he added.

Guttman said the rewards from marine energy were there for the taking in the UK: “It is more predictable than wind and many other technologies and the UK has the potential to be a technology leader in this field.”