TIGER / OPIN webinar: Supply Chain Opportunties @ Online
Jul 9 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
TIGER / OPIN webinar: Supply Chain Opportunties @ Online

You are invited to join the first in a series of six supply chain seminar events as part of the TIGER project, a €45m project funded by Interreg France (Channel) England via the Zoom meeting platform. The events are hosted by EMEC and facilitated by ORE Catapult.

The first event, supported by the Ocean Power Innovation Network, will focus on subsea cables & connectors, aiming to integrate cross-sector supply chain capability and innovation into the development of world leading tidal energy projects.

This event will hear from leading tidal energy deployments with presentations from technology developers at the coal face of industrial innovation.

  • TIGER & OPIN introductions
  • MeyGen – Subsea Cables; Lessons learnt and future arrays – Fraser Johnson O&M Manager
  • Orbital Marine Power’s O2: The most powerful, technologically advanced tidal turbine in the world – Mark MacCarthy
  • Sabella subsea assets: What we have learnt and future supply chain requirements – Erwann Nicolas, Engineering Manager
  • Synaptec’s platform for electrical protection: Subsea asset management – Tom Morley Business development

This event will introduce supply chain companies to the challenges and opportunities within the tidal and offshore energy sectors. Q&A sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to directly engage with leading technology developers and hear about upcoming procurement opportunities and potential R&D collaborations.

*Please note this live webinar will be recorded and made openly accessible as per Interreg funding requirements.

Emerging themes for future TIGER supply chain events to keep an eye out for are:

  • Rotor enhancement – design, materials and antifouling
  • Mooring, anchoring systems and marine operations
  • Site characterisation – is autonomy a cheaper and safer option?

For more details go to the TIGER website

Smart Energy Event 2020
Aug 18 – Aug 20 all-day

Smart Energy

The 16th annual Smart Energy conference will take place via video-conferencing on 18 – 20 August 2020. This conference will bring together experts, innovators & disruptors from across the globe to network and exchange ideas with energy leaders, commercial consumers, academics and policy makers from the smart, clean & renewable sectors.

Attending Smart Energy 2020:

EMEC’s Managing Director Neil Kermode will be presenting on Thursday 20 August, during a session on tidal energy. This session will explore recent developments and the future milestones associated with international tidal projects including the European Marine Energy Centre and Nova Scotia’s Bay of Fundy.

Access the conference programme here: Smart Energy Programme

Don’t forget to register here for this virtual eperience: Register Now!


Scottish Renewables Annual Conference 2020
Sep 1 – Sep 3 all-day

Scottish Renewables

Scottish Renewables Annual Conference is taking place online on 1 – 3 September 2020. This event is the place where all the players who will make net zero happen in Scotland convene.

In a year with so much to consider in terms of both our climate emergency response and the recovery from coronavirus, this event provides the perfect forum to bring together our collective knowledge and expertise to ensure that we have a credible and secure plan in place for the energy transition we need to make.

Our energy system is the cornerstone of our future economic opportunities, our future places to live and work and a healthier future for everyone.

Not to be missed:

Day 3 | 3 September 2020 | 1000 – 1115 | Plenary 6 – Systems transformation: accelerating the rate of change

How can we plan and manage our grid resource to meet the demands of the UK market? How do we understand and keep pace with the changes that are happening around us and make sure that we use all the new options and tools available to us to optimise our energy networks?

In this session, EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode, will present on the ReFLEX Orkney project, a £28.5 million Innovate UK project, which aims to decarbonise Orkney’s energy system, increase the use of local renewable generation and provide a competitive local renewable electricity tariff.

You can access the full programme here: SR Annual Conference agenda

Register for this online event here: SR Annual Conference delegate pass

Orkney International Science Festival @ Online
Sep 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm


EMEC are hosting two sessions in the 30th Orkney International Science Festival, celebrating the Year of Coasts and Waters.

The events will be streamed through the Science Festival YouTube channel, where you will have the opportunity to put questions to speakers.


Thursday 3 September
5:00 pm ─ 6:00 pm

The science behind harnessing energy from the sea. What are waves and tides and how do you capture their power? What impact does ocean energy have on the surrounding environment? What progress is being made by ocean energy technology developers? David Darbinyan and Joshua Lawrence of EMEC are joined by Calum Miller of Orbital Marine Power, who reports on the progress of the Orbital O2 turbine.



Thursday 3 September
7:00 pm ─ 8:00 pm

Orkney is pioneering the production and use of green hydrogen, and is the location of a first-of-its-kind integrated energy system trial. This evening’s speakers bring the latest news of pioneering projects – generating hydrogen from tidal energy, decarbonising lifeline island services (ferries and aviation) and key industries (distilling), and integrating the energy system across Orkney’s islands. Neil Kermode, Richard Ainsworth and James Ferguson of EMEC are joined by Gareth Davies of Aquatera.

Shipping & the Blue Economy Virtual Forum
Sep 23 – Sep 24 all-day

Shipping & the Blue Economy Virtual Forum

The Shipping & the Blue Economy Virtual Forum will take place on the 23 – 24 September 2020. Join this online forum and take full advantage of this unique platform to explore the importance of the oceans and the environmental, social, and economic benefits of a sustainable blue economy for the shipping sector.

Not to be missed:

Day 2 | 24 September | Session 6 – The game changers: Wave and wind | 1420 – 1440

EMEC’s Commercial Director Matthew Finn, will be giving a presentation on ‘the promising future of waves & tides’. Matthew will discuss the progress being made in the wave and tidal energy sector, exploring the key technical and economic challenges and opportunities that this burgeoning sector is facing.

You can access the full agenda here.

Register now to secure your space: Registration – BOOK NOW


Marine Energy in Northern Ireland: Challenges and Opportunities
Sep 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

20200923 AREA event

We’re joining Action Renewables Energy Association for this online event looking at the challenges and opportunities of marine energy in Northern Ireland. Showcasing both Northern Irish and Scottish marine energy sectors, the online event will take a look at the potential of ongoing projects in Strangford Lough and in the Orkney Islands, discussing how the challenges surrounding marine spatial governance, biodiversity protection, recreation, fishing and boating are limiting the potential of fully harnessing marine energy for a sustainable energy future.



The event is free to attend. Register here.



Eileen Linklater, External Relationship Manager, European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd.

Topic ” Get Metal Wet: The Orkney Experience”.

For over a decade at EMEC, Eileen has worked with 30 different wave and tidal technology companies from 10 different countries and engaged with 100s more worldwide. As External Relationship Manager, this breadth of experience directly feeds her role which includes new business development and political lobbying, as EMEC has become a global focal point for the emerging marine renewables industry.

Sam McCloskey, FEI CEnv, Director, Centre for Advanced Sustainable Energy.

Topic ” Innovating through the waves & tides: The Research and Development Pathway to progress in NI.”.

Sam joined CASE, an industry led, sustainable energy r&d centre, funded by Invest NI in November 2011, following a 17-year career in consultancy. She calls upon broad ranging experience of leading energy, sustainability and resource efficiency projects across a number of industry sectors, from local to pan-European projects. She currently sits on the Ireland wide Marine Renewable Industry Association (MRIA) Council.

Dr Carwyn Frost, Lecturer in Civil Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast.

Topic ” Tidal Turbine Testing”.

Dr Carwyn Frost is an Early Career Researcher (ECR) and lecturer in Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast. Dr Frost is experienced in Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) simulations and experimental validation in the laboratory and field for Ocean Renewable Energy (ORE) technology. Dr Frost aims to support research and enterprise ni the ORE community, facilitating field scale testing and measurement campaigns suitable for validation and appropriate scaling of technologies to support the ORE sector in fulfilling its potential.

Dr Karen Mooney, Research Fellow in Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Karen Mooney is a Research Fellow in Biological Sciences in Queen’s University Belfast. She currently manages the Queen’s University Belfast seaweed cultivation facility (largest in the UK). Her primary research interest is in algal cultivation and toxins. Dr Mooney is researching how to sustainably maximise the cultivation potential of kelp, either alone or in conjunction with other aquaculture or renewable energy technologies. She is also involved with policy awareness and community engagement processes linked to coastal and offshore development.

HTP: Hydrogen Technologies Platform Webinar @ Zoom
Sep 23 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

BigHIT HTP Launch Webinar

This event will explain how the Hydrogen Territories Platform (HTP) can inform and help you to identify local replication opportunities for the development, deployment, and exploitation of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies for integrated local energy systems.

Speakers include:

-          Enrique Girón, FCH JU: Building H2 Territories & H2 Valleys

-          Enrique Troncoso, BIG HIT: Scaling up with H2 communities in the Orkney Islands

-          Jesús Simón, Aragon Hydrogen Foundation: Using HTP for learning and replication

-          Alfonso Bernad, Aragon Hydrogen Foundation: Introduction to the HTP toolsa

-          Nigel Holmes, SHFCA: Future webinars and how to join the HTP

The new Hydrogen Territories Platform, developed within the BIG HIT project, will support replication of the local energy systems model. The HTP will provide information and modelling tools to support the wider development and replication of this model to other islands and isolated territories. This HTP will provide interested parties information and best practices relating to the deployment methodology, operation and logistics for the supply and distribution of green hydrogen in islands and isolated territories.

The presentations will be followed by a questions & answer session, which will also explain how you can join the HTP, build your networks, and start to make use of the replication tools including your own schematic map for a Hydrogen Territory or Hydrogen Valley.

Please register for the HTP webinar here

Foresight Hydrogen Webinar Series | Powering Transport
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Foresight Hydrogen 2020 is a high-level Webinar Series that will bring together leading policy makers, project developers, innovators, researchers and key stakeholders to highlight thought leadership, promote high-technology, catalyse collaboration and share investment opportunities within the Hydrogen Economy.

The webinar series will be focusing on Hydrogen Policy & Strategy, Production & Storage, Decarbonising Industry & Homes and Powering Transport alongside. Each of the virtual events will include presentations, panel discussions, interactive features and a follow-up virtual networking roundtable.

The ‘Powering Transport’ webinar will highlight the latest developments, strategies and opportunities within Hydrogen and Fuel Cell powered cars, buses, HGV’s, trains, planes and boats alongside infrastructure requirements. The webinar seeks to promote and advance the latest Hydrogen technology and business models to power all modes of transport.

30th September | Powering Transport

Speaking from EMEC:

15:30 – 15:30: Neil Kermode on ‘The Future on Hydrogen Powered Ship Propulsion’

For more info on other webinar speakers, click here.

For more details on how to register for a webinar pass, click here

IRENA Innovation Week 2020
Oct 5 @ 9:45 am – Oct 8 @ 10:45 am


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The third IRENA Innovation Week will be a virtual gathering of leading policy makers, innovators, developers and investors from across IRENA’s diverse global membership, convened to explore how systemic innovative solutions can support the use of renewables in the energy-end-use sectors of transport & industry.

EMEC speakers:

5th Oct | 17:40 – 18:30 | Session 2 |  Smart electrification of end-use sectors: implications for the power system

Adele Lidderdale, Hydrogen Projects Manager 

For further details on the programme, click here.


To register for sessions, click here.

SHFCA annual conference 2020
Oct 14 @ 1:30 pm – Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm

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Hydrogen is a fast evolving area in Scotland, and SHFCA 2020 promises to be one of the highlights of the year.

Register here before midday on Monday 12th October for your free pass to attend the SHFCA online conference.

Conference theme: Scaling up Hydrogen and Fuel Cells for Scotland’s 2032 Targets 

The four sessions of SHFCA2020 will cover policy, hydrogen supply, infrastructure, and hydrogen demand:

Day 1 | 14 Oct | 13:30-17:00 BST includes the opening plenary session which will highlight policy leadership and ambitions for hydrogen and fuel cells, and explore importance of cross-sector and international partnership working. The opening plenary is followed by the session on hydrogen supply which will include updates on the key projects for production of green and blue hydrogen.

Day 2 | 15 Oct | 09:30-13:00 BST  continues with the theme of building a hydrogen economy for Scotland. The first session is about the enabling hydrogen infrastructure which will connect the sources of hydrogen supply with the growing hydrogen demand. This is followed by the final session of the conference which will address hydrogen demand, and how we can build up the demand at sufficient scale and with attractive business models.


EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode will be speaking on during the opening plenary session on day 1.

14 Oct |Opening Plenary 13:30 – 15:00 BST.

This session is chaired by Bruce Farquhar of Anderson Strathern
- Paul Wheelhouse MSP: Scottish Government Minister for Energy, Connectivity, & Islands
- Neil Kermode: Managing Director at the European Marine Energy Centre. RESponible Energy Islands – Leading by Example
- Paul Henderson: Head of Hydrogen Supply at BEIS, UK Government
The three speakers will then be joined by Stuart Hawksworth, Health & Safety Executive, for the plenary session panel discussion.







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