EMEC supports marine energy centre in China
The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre is exporting world-leading expertise to the Far East.
As Chinese academics turn their attention towards the global potential for marine renewable energy, EMEC and other UK industry experts were invited to visit the developing ‘blue silicon valley’ in Qingdao – and discussed the creation of a Chinese version of EMEC: CMEC.
The Prosperity Fund project, supported by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and China Britain Business Council (CBBC), is aimed at encouraging policy support in China towards the development a demonstration site to encourage innovation in wave and tidal energy.
The project involves EMEC providing feasibility studies around the creation of a CMEC facility as part of a brand new £200 million marine laboratory campus in Shandong Province, China.
Qingdao National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology will serve as the base for the project, drawing researchers from a number of Chinese universities. An ocean energy demonstration site has already been identified as a key aspect of the lab’s innovation activities.
Following an initial workshop in Orkney in October, Neil Kermode, EMEC’s managing director, visited the new lab in Qingdao to take part in a follow-up event.
He said: “EMEC has more than a decade of experience in the design, build and operation of its marine energy test facilities, with more wave and tidal devices having been tested at EMEC than anywhere else in the world (27 devices from 17 companies from nine different countries).
“This important research and development activity has created a UK-wide boost to innovation in the maritime economy supply chain, which is world-leading and already exporting its knowledge and expertise.
“The maritime capabilities in and around Qingdao are astonishing, and China has a very strong stance on tackling climate change.
“This makes marine energy an interesting and important endeavour for their researchers. We met several academics who are already developing technologies and the new laboratory campus in Qingdao gives them a perfect base from which to progress their innovations.
“We’ve been met with a real appetite in China to learn from the experience gained over the last decade at EMEC, and we’re keen to continue building collaborative R&D and innovation links between the UK and China to help drive the development of ocean energy on a global scale.”
A third workshop focussing on wider commercial dialogue between UK marine energy supply chain and China will take place between 15 and 17 February 2017, and companies are invited to register interest with EMEC by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Further information on the third workshop can be found here.