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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 answer session. This was a very informative evening advising on what has been done to date and what is proposed for the future. Any general queries regarding the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters projects should be directed to waveandtide@crownestate.co.uk. For more information visit the Crown Estate Wave and Tidal Energy web page.

Neil Kermode participated in the Renewable UK Marine Strategy Group earlier this week, and Eileen Linklater attended the Scottish Renewables Marine Work Group in Edinburgh yesterday, ensuring that the industry remain up-to-date with EMECs activities. EMEC were also in attendance at the Scottish Green Energy Awards in Edinburgh last night to meet up with and support our developers and stakeholders. The award ceremony was established by Scottish Renewables in 2002 to bring industry leaders together to honour, acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of individuals and organisations in the renewable energy industry in Scotland.

We were pleased to welcome representatives from the Brazilian Ministry of Environment to EMEC on Wednesday who visited Orkney as part of a renewables fact finding mission around the Europe. Brazil has a coastline of over 4600 miles and the Ministry are exploring ideas on how to make use of their vast natural resources. The group toured the Billia Croo wave test site and met with local marine renewables stakeholders during their stay in Orkney.

NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), Japan’s only public broadcaster, were also in Orkney this week. They were filming for a special programme on ways in which to restore and revive the local community of Iwate which was badly affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Iwate is particularly interested in the potential of marine energy development and the programme is being produced to show the economic impact that the marine renewable industry has had on Orkney.

And finally, EMEC submitted a team into the annual Christmas Quiz held in the Girnel on Wednesday, hosted this year by Historic Scotland. Lagging behind at the start, the team managed to finish in a respectable (joint) 3rd place after an enjoyable night of cake tasting and hat making. Congratulations to our neighbours ICIT who won and consequently will be hosting next year’s quiz. We’re already looking forward to it!








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