Green MSP Alison Johnstone has urged the Scottish Government to intervene to secure the future of wave technology firm Pelamis, which entered administration last week.
Questioning the Energy Minister at Holyrood, she said there was a real danger that Scotland would lose a global leader in the development of the technology to an overseas buyer, and end up importing wave technology in future years.
Pelamis employs 56 staff, with most based in Leith.
Alison Johnstone, Lothian MSP said:
"Pelamis has been a global pioneer in wave technology and a leading Edinburgh company, which we cannot afford to lose. We hear so much about Scotland's renewable energy potential but we will not reap the rewards without support to turn research into commercially-ready technology.
"Pelamis is a highly respected company which has built up a huge amount of expertise. I urge the Scottish Government to use every possible means to support this company and its employees at this uncertain time."