Funds totalling £6.5 million for the training of renewable energy engineers have been announced by business secretary Vince Cable.
It is intended to be used by universities and businesses for the training of around 50 students to pioneer the development of renewable energy technologies.
The new trainees will be tasked with developing new systems and reducing cost of existing technology.
Testing facilities at Edinburgh University will be made available for testing the students’ work.
Mr Cable said: “Scotland has real strengths in renewable energy, wind, wave and tidal power, building on a strong tradition of hydro.
“These students will have the chance to work with some of the leading energy companies based here and tackle one of our biggest challenges - developing technology for a greener future.”