Orkney Renewables

Charting a successful passage for marine renewables

Welcome to your first port of call for everything you need to know about Orkney’s global role in the drive to harness energy from the seas around us. 

With some of Europe’s best wave and tidal resources, these islands lie at the heart of a renewables revolution.

The majority of projects announced in the world’s first leasing round for commercial marine energy generation will be developed in Orkney waters.

Orkney is also home to EMEC, the European Marine Energy Centre, where pioneering developers are using world-leading test facilities to perfect the technologies needed to convert wave and tidal energy into electricity we can use in our everyday lives.

Making marine energy work is what Orkney is all about. An impressive supply chain of local businesses is geared up to support wave and tidal developers. Major investment will result in new harbour facilities. And Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Orkney Islands Council are pro-active in their backing for marine renewables.

Browse our website and discover why Orkney stands centre stage - the natural home for a new energy sector of global importance.

Wednesday, August 16th 2017

MeyGen achieves generation landmark

The MeyGen tidal array has exported 1 gigawatt hour (GWh) of electricity into the National Grid – a significant milestone for the project. The first phase of MeyGen involves four 1.5 megawatt (MW) turbines installed off the Caithness coast, Full Story...

Friday, August 4th 2017

Wave energy know how online

Progress in the development of wave energy technology can now be tracked online. Wave Energy Scotland has launched a new web-based library containing a wealth of information on projects identified as priorities for the sector. WES is a subsidia Full Story...

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c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
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