Edinburgh International Science Festival 2019
Mar 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Our Managing Director is speaking at the Edinburgh International Science Festival on Monday 8th April.

Discussion on Ocean Power | 8pm | Lomond Room

What’s the deal with ocean power? With the UK poised to be a world leader in the field, industry experts Beth Dickens, Taylor McKenzie, Cameron McNatt and Neil Kermode, discuss tidal, wave and offshore wind power.

Not to be missed!

For more information on the Festival and access the full programme, click here: Edinburgh International Science Festival


BioFREE Webinar
Mar 1 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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The BioFREE (Biofouling in Renewable Energy Environments) project has commenced data collection from biofouling monitoring systems deployed across international marine renewable energy (MRE) test centres. This webinar will discuss current environmental research efforts in relation to tackling biofouling.

Presenters from European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Heriot-Watt University-International Centre for Island Technology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and Whitford Ltd will focus discussion on both micro- and macrofouling as well as industry perspectives on antifouling and anticorrosion coatings available:

  • International WaTERS network, Caitlin Long, Consents and Project Officer, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
  • Overview of fouling, Dr. Joanne Porter, Associate Professor, Heriot-Watt University
  • BioFREE project and macrofouling, Dr. Andrew Want, Research Associate, Heriot-Watt University
  • Coatings research and microfouling, Dr. George Bonheyo, Senior Research Scientist, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Industrial perspectives on antifouling and anticorrosion coatings, Gareth Berry, EMEA Sector Specialist (Energy), Whitford Worldwide, Whitford Ltd.

The conference begins at 15:00 UTC (7:00 am PT / 10:00 am ET / 3:00 pm GMT) on March 01, 2019; you may join the conference 10 minutes prior.

Click here for dial-in instructions: OES-Environmental Webinar | BioFREE

Scottish Renewables Annual Conference @ Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa
Mar 12 – Mar 13 all-day






Scottish Renewables’ Annual Conference 2019 will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa, Edinburgh, taking place over two days on 12 & 13 March 2019.


  • Is the UK doing enough to transition to a low-carbon energy system, and is Scotland’s leadership on ambition translating into the right action on the ground?
  • Our energy system is changing and renewables are at the heart of that change, but how can we ensure Scotland’s businesses are at the forefront of global market growth?
  •  Brexit is almost upon us: what will a future outside Europe mean for ambition, investment and jobs in renewables?
  • How do we build the energy networks of the future?
  • What will the future of investment in clean energy look like?
  • Will technology save us all? And are we investing enough in innovation to make sure it does?


Jonathan Lindsay, Operations Director

If you would like to organise a meeting, please contact info@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060.

For more information and to register click here: SR Annual Conference 2019.

Developing Hydrogen Ports and Maritime Policy in the North Sea Region @ Hitlon Grosvenor Hotel
Mar 26 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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This one day conference in Edinburgh organised by European Policy Solutions will look at the current and potential use of hydrogen and fuel cells as a zero emission fuel and energy source for the port and maritime industries in the North Sea Region.

Speaking at North Sea Ports Conference:

  • Jon Clipsham, EMEC Hydrogen Manager | The Challenges Faced by Small Ports – Orkney

Jon will be speaking in the 13:45 afternoon session: Increasing the Use of Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Ports and Maritime Sector

If you would like to organise a meeting, please email info@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060.

For more information, click here: Developing Hydrogen Ports and Maritime Policy in the North Sea Region

ECO Congregation Scotland | Annual Gathering @ Gate Church International
Mar 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Transforming Energy, Transforming Lives

The 2019 annual gathering will explore how the people of Scotland needs to majorly transform our way of life, changing how we interact with and use energy. The event will see speakers who are leading the changes and congregations who are responding to this challenge: transforming energy; transforming lives.


  • Neil Kermode, Managing Director

If you would like to organise a meeting, please contact info@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060.

Not to be missed:

  • Neil Kermode is one of the keynote speakers at this event, speaking about how Orkney is transforming energy, and what the opportunities and challenges are.

Click here to register: Annual Gathering 2019: Transforming Energy, Transforming Lives

For more information and full programme, click here: Transforming Energy, Transforming Lives



Waterpower Week 2019
Apr 1 – Apr 3 all-day

Waterpower Week

Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director, and Rob Flynn, International Business Development Manager are attending the Waterpower Week in Washington D.C from 1st – 3rd April 2019.

If you would like to organise a meeting, please email info@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060.

For more information, click here: Waterpower Week 2019

Hannover Messe @ Hannover Exhibition Grounds
Apr 2 – Apr 3 all-day

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The Low Carbon transition agenda is becoming a higher and higher priority for the world and Local Energy Systems are increasingly the direction that the market is taking. Scotland is leading the way in this sector, so where better to showcase this than in the Integrated Energy programme at Hannover Messe.

EMEC is exhibiting at the Hannover Messe, 2 – 3 April 2019 as part of the Scottish Development International (SDI) pavilion. The event will be held at Hannover Exhibition, Messegelaende, 30521 Hannover, Germany.

You’ll find us in the Integrated Energy area on Stand L66 in Hall 27 .


• Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager
• Caron Oag, Hydrogen Marketing Officer

If you would like to organise a meeting, please contact info@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060.


Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager
• Tuesday 2nd April,  11:20 – 11:40, Hall 27 in Seminar Room L55: ‘Orkney – Hydrogen Islands’
• Wednesday 3rd April, 16:15 – 16:30, Hall 27 on Stand L55 (Integrated Energy Forum) : ‘ITEG: Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid’

Don’t miss:

Wednesday 3rd April 16:00 – 18:00: The SDI networking event with a whisky tasting reception on the pavillion

To view the full programme, visit: Hannover Messe

About Hannover Messe:

Hannover Messe is one of the world’s largest trade fairs and will take place 01 – 05 April 2019 in Germany. The fair includes innovative products and solutions from across the entire industrial value chain. Typically, there are about 6,500 exhibitors showcasing projects in R&D, industrial automation, and IT, presenting technologies to revolutionize production and the supply chain, the energy sector, and mobility. Each year they have 250,000 visitors from across the globe.
Seven members from Sustainable Islands International (SII) will be attending as part of the Scottish Development International (SDI) pavilion in the Integrated Energy area (stand L66 in Hall 27) to showcase Scottish energy system capability and expertise. There is a week-long forum dedicated to integrated energy with a range of speakers covering how to lead a successful energy transition, developing the charging infrastructure of tomorrow, and how industrial companies can significantly cut costs by using energy more efficiently. On Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd April the SII members will be promoting their businesses in one of the Integrated Energy seminar rooms. There will also be an SDI networking reception on Wednesday 3rd with a much sought after ‘whisky tasting’ reception on the pavilion.

For more information, visit: www.hannovermesse.de

Scotland Policy Conference @ Royal Society of Edinburgh
Apr 24 @ 8:30 am – 1:00 pm


EMEC’s  Managing Director, Neil Kermode, is speaking at Scotland’s Policy Conference on policy priorities for renewables in Scotland: investment, planning, technology and developing offshore energy sources, in Edinburgh on 24 April 2019.

This seminar will bring together stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the priorities for renewables in Scotland. This is an event not to be missed with guest speaker Paul Wheelhouse, Socttish Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands highlighting the Scottish Government’s priorities for renewables in Scotland.

Other key speakers include:

  • Liam McArthur, MSP, Convenor, Cross-Party Group on Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Sian Wilson, Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
  • Andrew Macdonald, Senior Innovation Manager, ORE Catapult

For more information and to download the full agenda, click here: Scotland Policy Conferences Keynote Seminar

Click here to register: Book your place

All-Energy 2019 @ SEC
May 15 – May 16 all-day

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EMEC is exhibiting at All-Energy on the 15th & 16th May 2019, at the SEC, Glasgow. You will find us on Stand ORK12 in the Orkney and Highlands & Islands Enterprise pavilions.

Arrange a meeting with us:

Please pop past EMEC’s stand for a chat, or arrange a meeting with our Business Development Team:

  • Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director
  • Matthew Finn, Commercail Managaer
  • Eileen Linklater, External Relationship Manager

If you would like to organise a meeting, please contact info@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060.


EMEC are gearing up for another exciting exhibition at All-Energy 2019. You will find us on stand ORK12 within the Orkney and Highlands and Islands Enterprise pavilion.

This year we are showcasing the vast activity taking place at EMEC to decarbonise our energy system, particularly highlighting the key technology areas we’re now working in; wave energy, tidal energy, floating offshore wind, hydrogen and energy systems.

Speaking at All-Energy

The All-Energy programme contains an abundance of enthralling talks embracing all forms of renewable energy, so there will be something for everyone. Our top picks include:

Day 1 | 15th May 2019

1400 – 1530 | Energy Systems 2: Energy transition in practice

  • EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode will be talking about the newly launched ReFLEX project which will demonstrate the energy system of the future in Orkney.

1400 – 1530 | Marine Renewable Energy 2 – Managed Global Collaboration

  • Oliver Wragg, Commercial Director, EMEC will be speaking on the ‘important role of test centres in global collaboration.’

1500 – 1515 | Community & Local Energy – Show Floor Seminar Theatre

  • EMEC’s Project Manager, Richard Ainsworth will be giving a presentation case study on the HyDIME project and how it is integrating hydrogen into the marine environment

1600 – 1730 | Hydrogen & Fuel Cells

  • Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager, will be speaking on EMEC’s involvement in offshore hydrogen production.

Day 2 | 16th May 2019

1400 – 1415 | Energy Storage & Hydrogen Hub – Show Floor Seminar Theatre

  • Chris Ward, Project Manager at EMEC for the Interreg ITEG project, will be presenting on ‘Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid.’

1400 – 1530 |Offshore Wind 5: Floating offshore wind 2 – The Next Steps Forward

  • Oliver Wragg, EMEC’s Commercial Director, will be speaking about a new multi-million euro project which will see a full-scale floating wind turbine deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland.


EMEC Speed Updates

This year EMEC are delighted to host two quick fire speed update sessions bringing together leading players in ocean energy and hydrogen industries.

Hydrogen updates from EMEC & friends | 15 May 2019 | 1230 – 1350

This session will take place from 1230 in the Energy Storage and Hydrogen Hub within the exhibition area.


Chair | Caron Oag, Hydrogen Marketing Officer, EMEC

  • EMEC’s hydrogen story so far
    Kim Hamilton, Hydrogen Development Officer, EMEC
  • Challenges of integrating hydrogen into the energy system
    Bill Ireland, Chief Executive Office, Logan Energy
  • Decarbonising Scottish ferries (part 1): Integrating hydrogen into diesel powered ferries
    David Stewart, Engineering Director, and Ross Sloan, Engineer, HSSMI
  • Decarbonising Scottish ferries (part 2): Hydrogen powered ferries
    Chris Dunn, Chief Naval Architect, Ferguson Marine Engineering Ltd.
  • Hydrogen combustion engines
    Paul Andrews, CEO and Founder, OakTec
  • Hydrogen and synthetic fuels
    Dr Juan Maria Gonzalez Carballo, Drochaid Research Services
  • Innovation in hydrogen technologies
    Amer Gaffar, Director, Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre
  • Responsive Flexibility: Hydrogen as part of a virtual energy system
    Professor Edward Owens, Professor of Sustainable Energy, Heriot Watt University
  • Hydrogen for combined heat and power
    Douglas Spalding, Head of Product Planning and Marketing, Doosan Babcock
  • Hydrogen as part of localised energy systems
    Mark McKean, Development Manager, Crown Estates Scotland
  • Making use of hydrogen by-products: Oxygen
    Scott Bryant, Sector Manager – Energy Infrastructure, Zero Waste Scotland
  • Mapping out the future of hydrogen
    Jon Clipsham, Hydrogen Manager, The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

Innovate, Collaborate, Generate: Ocean energy updates from EMEC & friends | 16 May 2019 | 1230 – 1400

This session will take place from 1230 in the Wave & Tidal Quick Fire Show Floor Seminar Theatre within the exhibition area.


Chair | Erica Mathers, Marketing Officer, EMEC

  • EMEC in 2019: From ocean energy to energy systems
    Lisa MacKenzie, Marketing & Communications Manager, EMEC
  • Wave energy demonstration at Billia Croo
    Rodrigo Prodohl, Data Analyst, Wello
  • Proving performance at scale – wave energy demonstration at Scapa Flow
    Pierre Lourdais, Lead Systems Engineer, CorPower
  • Supporting ocean energy demonstration: From small scale demonstration to arrays
    Matthew Finn, Commercial Manager, EMEC
  • Wave energy: Reliability in a Sea of Risk 
    Charlotte Strang-Moran, Graduate Engineer, ORE Catapult
  • Reliability and tidal energy
    Erwann Nicolas, Innovation Manager, Sabella
  • Grid-connected power performance – from FORESEA to FloTEC at EMEC
    James Murray, Business Development Manager, Orbital Marine Power
  • Installation and moorings for tidal energy
    John Macleod, Commercial Manager, Leask Marine
  • Lessons learnt: Decommissioning a piled tidal energy foundation
    Andy Shanks, Marine Operations Specialist, EMEC
  • Ocean energy standars development
    Winston D’Souza, Technology Qualification & Offshore Type Approval Lead, Lloyd’s Register
  • Mocean – stage 3 novel wave energy converter 
    Chris Retzler, Technical Director, Mocean Energy
  • AWS Ocean - Archimedes Waveswing
    Simon Grey, Director, AWS Ocean

Looking forward to seeing you at All-Energy 2019

European Maritime Day @ Lisbon Congress Centre
May 16 – May 17 all-day

European Maritime Day

EMEC are attending the European Maritime Day on the 16 & 17 May 2019, at the Lisbon Congress Centre, Portugal.

Attending EMD:

  • Caitlin Long, Environment & Consents Specialist

If you would like to organise a meeting, please contact info@emec.org.uk or call +44(0)1856 852060.

Not to be missed:

Blue energy: Powering Europe’s coastal communities workshop | Thursday 16 May | 1415 – 1545

Ocean Energy Europe, in coordination with EMEC and the French Région Occitanie, will host a session on ‘Blue energy: Powering Europe’s coastal communities’. Participants will learn about the latest offshore renewable energy developments along Europe’s Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, with a particular focus on the regional economic and environmental impacts. The session will encourage an exchange of views on the relationship between maritime communities and wave, tidal and floating wind projects.

For more information, and how to register, click here: European Maritime Day 2019







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