European Marine Energy Centre

European Marine Energy Centre

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd is the world’s leading facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters – technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams – in real sea conditions. The centre offers accredited, grid-connected test berths for full-scale prototypes, as well as test sites in less challenging conditions for use by smaller scale technologies, supply chain companies, and equipment manufacturers. See EMEC facilties for further information.

Orkney provides an ideal base for marine energy testing with its excellent oceanic wave regime, strong tidal currents, grid-connection, close proximity to sheltered harbour facilities, and a wealth of renewable, maritime and environmental expertise within the local community.

Attracting developers from around the globe, EMEC’s facilities help to prove what is achievable in some of the harshest marine environments while in close proximity to sheltered waters and harbours. To date, there have been more grid-connected marine energy converters deployed at EMEC than any other single site in the world.

EMEC operates to relevant test laboratory standards (ISO17025) enabling the Centre to provide independently verified performance reports, and is accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 offering independent environmental technology verification (EMEC-ETV) to help innovative technologies reach the market.

Beyond technology testing and verification, EMEC provides a wide range of consultancy and research services.

With over 10 years of unprecedented experience, EMEC is at the forefront in the development of international standards for marine energy, and is forging alliances with other countries, exporting its knowledge around the world to stimulate the development of a global marine renewables industry.

Services provided: Renewable Energy

Wednesday, September 13th 2017

Ceremony recognises Orkney’s business achievements

Business leaders from across Scotland gathered in Inverness recently to celebrate success at the annual SCDI Highlands and Islands Business Excellence Awards, presented by Deputy First Minister John Swinney MSP. The awards showcased the achievemen Full Story...

Wednesday, September 13th 2017

World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated at EMEC

EMEC has generated green hydrogen gas demonstrating potential for a clean replacement for polluting fuels. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has produced hydrogen gas using electricity generated from tidal energy in Orkney. This is the f Full Story...

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

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