Guest blog: Orbital Marine focused on the future

Written by Dave Flanagan for as part of the Promoting Orkney project (part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020). Construction work on an innovative tidal energy device destined for Orkney waters is continuing, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “On the other side of COVID-19 there’ll Read More »

Blog: This is not a drill

What do you do when the fire alarm goes off? Stop what you are doing. Take some simple precautions (grab your coat, shut the windows to reduce the impact). Exit the building by the safest and shortest route, and call the fire brigade. Assemble and take stock. Only re-enter the building when told it is Read More »

Blog: EMEC 2019 in review

Diversification: From ocean energy to energy systems EMEC is best known as the world’s leading facility for testing and validating wave and tidal energy devices in the sea. As our operations have developed through the years, we’ve gained unprecedented experience in demonstrating ocean energy technologies, and providing technical and business support to our clients. We’ve Read More »

Blog: Corrine’s three-month review of EMEC

Corrine Sinclair joined the EMEC team as our Contracts Manager in August, returning home to Orkney from Glasgow where she’d been working for the last 8 years running her own legal consultancy company working initially with Marine Scotland and subsequently in a variety of legal disciplines. Corrine shares her first three months experience of EMEC Read More »

Blog: Ocean energy reports focus on unprecedented generation; increasing the need for revenue support

In recent months we have seen the publication of a number of ocean energy reports, which have highlighted the pioneering developments in ocean energy activities across the globe. Europe are continuing to lead the world in ocean energy deployments, with record volumes of electricity being achieved. In 2018 alone, European tidal stream installations reached 26.8MW, Read More »

Blog: The world is watching

There was palpable excitement among EMEC colleagues on Friday night when actor and environmentalist, Leonardo DiCaprio, shared the World Economic Forum’s video on Instagram showcasing the renewables revolution taking place here in Orkney. He has garnered well over one million views for this video over the weekend alone. The video itself was launched during DAVOS, Read More »

Blog: EMEC 2018 Highlights

It’s happening! 2018 has been an exciting year for us. We’ve seen the viability of tidal energy proven with GWh’s of generation, continued demonstration of the survivability of wave energy, and we continue to diversify having overseen Microsoft’s underwater data centre deployed at our wave test site, and have launched some major hydrogen related projects. Read More »

Guest blog: Low-down from EMEC summer interns

EMEC had the pleasure of hosting three student interns this summer; Truce Jack, Michael De Bruin and Chris MacDonald, who have kindly shared their experience with us. To hear all about their time at EMEC, watch the vlog below or read Truce’s personal account. Truce Jack - My time at EMEC My summer at EMEC was not my first Read More »

Blog: Is a Great Stink on the horizon for climate change?

EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode, attended the Global Engineering Congress at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) last week and has returned encouraged that the corridors of power are waking up to the need to tackle climate change. But will it take an equivalent ‘Great Stink’ to compel them to act? I had the good Read More »

Blog: Musings from ICOE – is the UK missing a trick?

Fresh from attending the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) in Cherbourg last week, EMEC’s Managing Director, Neil Kermode, urges the UK not to repeat the failures of the past by being timid and ineffectual when supporting a nascent technology; the time has come to commit to making the UK a prosperous, decarbonised and green economy by Read More »







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