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 »

Blog: Data centres – why Orkney?

Amongst the blizzard of publicity around the deployment of the Microsoft data centre in the water at EMEC a question kept coming up in interviews ‘…. er … why do it in Orkney of all places?’ Surprisingly it took a few goes to get an answer to that question and there are hard discs somewhere Read More »

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: Fully 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 »







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