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2011 – busiest year yet

2011 has been the busiest year yet on EMEC’s test sites, with many of our clients completing challenging marine works. On the wave site: Aquamarine Power Ltd began installing their second generation Oyster wave energy device, the Oyster 800; In November E.ON celebrated the first anniversary since the ‘Vagr Atferd’ wave energy project connected to Read More »

Orkney collaboration benefits RNLI

SAFETY in the waters around Orkney has been improved after £4,500 was raised by local marine energy companies to fit Stromness, Kirkwall and Longhope lifeboats with advanced tracking systems. A partnership between six Orkney based companies has provided the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) with funding to install Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) – tracking transponders Read More »

News this week

Staff at EMEC were delighted to have a run in Mitsubishi’s i-MiEV battery-powered electric car on Wednesday; an interesting experience for those who had never driven an automatic before. The power from the lithium ion battery system was impressive. Pictured is Eileen Linklater following her test run of the car down to the Billia Croo Read More »

MaRINET: call for applications

UK groups set to benefit from €9m EU marine renewables fund ‘MaRINET’ initiative opens access to marine testing sites across Europe The UK marine renewable energy sector is set to benefit from a new €9m EU-funded initiative to provide access to test facilities in specialist marine renewable energy centres across Europe. ‘MaRINET’ (Marine Renewables Infrastructure Read More »

Energy Bag to test at EMEC

EMEC is pleased to announce another innovative technology to be tested on one of our intermediate scale sites. The University of Nottingham will be trialling their Energy Bag concept (pictured) – a compressed air energy storage system – in EMEC’s scale wave test site in Scapa Flow. Professor Seamus D. Garvey, leading the project said: Read More »

News this week

While Orkney has taken a bashing in up to 138.5mph winds, we are glad to say that EMECs infrastructure has survived the storm. For those of you who keep an eye on the live wave data feed on our website, please be assured that we did not experience a 35 metre wave last night (thankfully!!). Read More »

EMEC forge relationship with China

Sino-Scots partnership to harness wave power: European Marine Energy Centre to work with China’s Ocean University Experts from Scotland’s world-leading wave and tidal testing hub the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) are to collaborate with their marine energy counterparts from the Ocean University of China (OUC) in Shandong Province under a new partnership announced by Read More »

News this week

The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters ‘Wave and tidal energy’ information evening, hosted by The Crown Estate, took place on Tuesday this week. The evening included presentations by The Crown Estate, Marine Scotland, Scottish and Southern Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Orkney Islands Council, and the Orkney Renewable Energy Forum, followed by a question and Read More »

News this week

EMEC were delighted to welcome Richard Coackley, the Institution of Civil Engineers new President, to Orkney on Monday. The energy specialist was very impressed to see the groundbreaking work that is taking place across the county. He visited Lyness viewing Wello Oy’s Penguin device, and was given a tour of Scottish Power Renewables P2 device, Read More »

Bluewater to test at EMEC

EMEC is delighted to announce that the Dutch offshore energy company, Bluewater Energy Services, has secured a tidal demonstration berth at the Fall of Warness tidal test site for demonstration of its floating Tidal Energy Converter, BlueTEC. Bluewater has successfully completed its development and design phase including model testing and is now ready to enter Read More »







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