Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) is a developer of Tidal and Run of River energy platforms and enabling technologies. SME was founded in 2013 at a base on the Isle of Wight with easy access to a nursery testing site near Yarmouth in the sheltered waters of the Solent. Seeking a more challenging test site, in 2016 the team moved the PLAT-O prototype platform to the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) in the Orkney islands and established an office there with support from Scottish Enterprise and Highlands & Islands Enterprise. In 2017 the head office followed and relocated from Cowes to Leith in Edinburgh.
SME has continued to thrive with the support of shareholders, investors, and public bodies, and in 2017 developed its second tidal energy platform PLAT-I. The platform was sucessfully deployed for testing in Scottish waters in November 2017. SME is currently evaluating a number of options for the long term deployment of the PLAT-I technology.