EMEC builds on USA collaboration
The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre has strengthened its links with the United States.
EMEC has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC), based in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, to encourage knowledge exchange and joint research activities.
The two organisations originally began working together in 2012, with EMEC providing support on the design, set up and operation of a grid-connected marine energy test centre proposed for development off the Pacific Northwest coast.
EMEC supported NNMREC with the site selection process, advising on stakeholder engagement, preparing development plans and conducting risk assessments.
Building on this, the signing of the memorandum will boost cooperation through joint research activities, the sharing of experiences, and the exchange of information linked to the sustainable global development of marine renewable energy.
Both organisations take a keen interest in the development of environmental studies around marine energy converters.
Elaine Buck, EMEC’s technical manager, said: “Developing wave and tidal energy technologies to meet energy demands in a way that is economically viable and environmentally benign is a global challenge.
“International collaboration is essential to progress with this as efficiently and effectively as possible.
“EMEC and NNMREC have developed knowledge in technical, environmental, and economic aspects of marine renewable energy. Sharing our expertise and taking advantage of economies of scale to answer key research questions is of mutual interest.”
Brian Polagye, associate professor at the University of Washington and co-director of NNMREC said: “We welcome the opportunity for broader collaborations with EMEC that help to move our advances in environmental monitoring out of the laboratory and into the field, where they can benefit the marine renewables industry.”