EMEC based in Orkney, Scotland, has signed a MOU with organisations based in China to support the development of a marine energy test site in the area.
Established in 2003, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is one of the world’s leading test centres for new wave and tidal energy devices to test in the open sea.
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is working as part of a trans-Atlantic partnership looking at developing a new sensor system to measure the impact of turbulence on tidal energy devices.
In Orkney, where more marine energy devices have been tested than at any other site in the world, the developing wave and tidal industry now supports around 300 jobs.
The estimated European annual average wave resource is 167 GW, of which Scotland’s share has been calculated at around 18%1. So while Scotland’s strong wave resource, marine expertise, infrastructure and market support present an ideal proving ground for wave power, there is clear potential for commercial scale deployment across European shores and further afield.
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, announced that the first leg of a project in Orkney funded by the Scottish Government has demonstrated the potential for considerable cost savings using the capabilities of smaller support vessels…