£4.1m for Scottish wave and tidal research

The Scottish Government has announced a £4.1 million funding for new wave and tidal power research in the country. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney will get £3 million for a new grid-connected testing bed and another £1.1 million to look at the potential of support vessels used in the marine industry. It […]

£10m energy challenge will see “renaissance” of skills

A £10 million prize launched yesterday to harness marine power in Scotland could make the country a world leader in renewable energy. The Saltire Prize competition, funded by the Scottish tax payer, will pit four private companies against each other to see who can generate the most power from the sea. The devices installed in […]

Scottish marine experts to aid South Korea

Scotland is set to help develop a marine energy facility in South Korea, it was announced today. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Orkney, signed an agreement with Incheon Metropolitan City (IMC) to provide technical assistance on the design, building and operation of a tidal energy testing centre in the city. The city, […]

Scotland launches first marine energy park

Scotland’s first marine energy park is set to be launched today which will be built in the north of the country. The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters will include the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), where testing of a wide range of wave and tidal energy devices are already under way and will help boost […]

Oyster wave machine given approval in Scotland

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has given consent for two wave power devices to be linked to the National Grid. Once connected, the machines will supply enough electricity to power more than 1,000 homes. The Oyster wave energy converter, made by Aquamarine, is a wave-powered pump which pushes high pressure water to drive an onshore […]

Marine turbine enters test period off Orkney

ScottishPower has successfully installed a marine turbine which is set to become part of the world’s first tidal power array. The 1MW, 100-foot wide turbine is being tested at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, where it will be tested in rough waters, with greater impact from turbulence and waves. Keith Anderson, Chief […]

Power firms ride the waves together

Big Six company ScottishPower has taken a new wave power device out to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney to begin tests. The company are joined by E.ON who are also testing a similar device at the centre. The new P2 Pelamis device, which is 180m long, converts the motion of waves into electricity […]

Scotland connects tidal turbine to the grid

Atlantis Resources Corporation, an international marine energy developer, has connected its AR1000 tidal turbine to the grid at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland. The 1MW model becomes Scotland’s first grid-connected, commercial-scale tidal turbine. Currently the world’s most powerful single-rotor tidal turbine, the AR1000 stands at 22.5 meters high, weighs 1,500 tonnes […]

Three renewables projects secure £13m funding

A trio of Scottish renewable energy infrastructure projects were awarded more than £13m yesterday. The money has come from the Scottish government’s Highlands and Islands Enterprise. In Caithness, £5m will be spent to develop Scrabster Harbour so it can accommodate future wave and tidal energy business. In Orkney, the HIE plans to invest £2.95m to […]

ScottishPower and E.ON in wave power pact

ScottishPower Renewables and E.ON have today teamed up to trial two Pelamis wave power machines off Orkney. The first of the devices was launched by E.ON in May and is currently being trialled at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The second machine, which will be built for ScottishPower Renewables, will be installed alongside […]