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, February 22nd 2017

Getting ‘InToTidal’ in Orkney

Dutch company Tocardo Tidal Power is preparing to deploy its technology in Orkney waters. The system has arrived at Hatston Pier in Kirkwall in preparation for installation at the European Marine Energy Centre’s grid-connected tidal test sit Full Story...

Tuesday, February 21st 2017

Tank tests ahead of EMEC deployment

Laminaria’s wave energy converter has undergone tank testing as the Belgian company prepares for full-scale trials at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The tests, involving a scale model of the device, took place at the Coastal, O Full Story...

Contact Information

c/o Maureen Shearer, Development Manager, HIE, 14 Queen Street, Kirkwall
KW15 1JE Scotland

T: 01856888710