Scots marine energy testing plays leading role
Since 2003, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has provided the world’s first fully grid-connected marine device testing facility. And now Nagasaki is looking to replicate its success.
With 14 full-scale test berths, EMEC, based on the Orkney islands, provides developers of wave and tidal converters with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities.
The site also offers independently-verified performance assessments and a wide range of consultancy and research services.
There have been more grid-connected marine energy converters deployed at EMEC than any other single site in the world, with developers attracted from around the globe. Now, the Nagasaki prefecture plans to follow in EMEC’s considerable wake to become Asia’s first major testing site for renewable marine energy. EMEC will be advising how to plan and operate that test bed in the Goto islands, a collection of more than 60 off the coast of Nagasaki.
For Paul O’Brien, international Renewable Energy executive of Scottish Development International, sharing Scottish innovation and expertise makes sense. “Currently, the field of marine energy is very small. This will help expand the future global market for us all. And it undelines just how highly Scotland is regarded in the field of marine energy.”
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