Blog: EMEC 2017 highlights

A Ground-breaking year for marine renewables in Orkney 2017 has proved to be a busy year for marine renewables here at EMEC. We have welcomed back some returning clients, have witnessed some tremendous achievements from those testing at our sites, have been assisting new clients in readying their technologies for deployment over the coming months, Read More »

Blog: Full Charged | Orkney setting the scene for the future of renewables

Fully Charged is a YouTube channel focusing on electric vehicles and renewable energy, hosted by writer, broadcaster and actor Robert Llewellyn (also known for his roles in Red Dwarf, Scrapheap Challenge and Carpool). The Fully Charged team visited Orkney earlier this year, to see for themselves how the islands are setting the scene for the Read More »

Blog: Calum Davidson (316 to 403)

Having been unable to get to Calum Davidson’s funeral I have been reflecting on the side of his life I saw. Calum was one of the movers in Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) that over a number of years stoically helped make marine renewables a reality in Scotland. As Director of Energy he helped manoeuvre Read More »

Blog: EMEC’s Industrial Strategy response

Eileen Linklater, EMEC’s Commercial Manager, discusses EMEC’s response to the UK’s Industrial Strategy consultation. In 1980, the year I was born, there were just 10MW worth of wind turbines installed worldwide. At the end of 2016, that figure had risen to 486,790MW. When I was a child in the mid-80s, I remember the world’s largest Read More »

EMEC tidal site activity ramping up

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Orkney Islands Council’s Notice to Mariners, you’ll see that activity on our grid-connected tidal test site is about to ramp up. Here’s a snapshot of activity planned to take place at the Fall of Warness over the next few weeks. Scotrenewables Scotrenewables Tidal Power’s SR2000 will be connected Read More »

Blog: Orkney – buzzing with marine energy development

Renewable UK policy manager Caroline Bragg ventured up to Orkney last week to experience the islands buzz around marine energy development. Hoy is a hilly island off the Orkney mainland. The parishes of the island divide it in two – lumping one half together with the island to the south and one with the island to Read More »

Blog: EMEC welcome back a familiar face

We are delighted to welcome back, newly appointed Metocean Data Manager, Joe Thompson. Starting at EMEC back in 2011, he previously worked as a Data Technician. Joe has recently returned home from his travels in Indonesia to re-join the EMEC team. Now a couple of weeks in, Joe is settling back into the swing of Read More »

Blog: In the wake of wind

In the wake of Storms Barbara and Connor, EMEC’s managing director, Neil Kermode, urges the UK to learn from the past and not to make the same mistakes in the development of ocean energy as were made thirty years ago with wind. As assorted storms battered the UK over Christmas I took the opportunity to Read More »

EMEC: 2016 in review

Well what a year it has been! It all kicked off for us back in February when the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) was hosted in the UK for the first time. We began the week by welcoming marine energy developers from around the globe to EMEC as part of a marine renewables day Read More »

Blog: Class of 2016

Eileen Linklater, EMEC’s Client and Marketing Manager reflects on how far we have come in the marine energy sector, as the first prototype turbines tested at EMEC graduate to array projects. When I joined EMEC in 2009, there was one client with a tidal turbine in the water – an Irish company called OpenHydro with their Read More »







Aquamarine Power


Atlantis Resources Corporation






Open Hydro






ScottishPower Renewables



Sustainable Marine Energy

Sustainable Marine Energy


Voith Hydro


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