Orkney tidal turbine prototype showcases ‘phenomenal performance’

The 2MW floating tidal turbine has clocked a record level of electricity generation

Hydrogen generated from tidal energy in ‘world first’

  A research and demonstration centre in Scotland says it has produced hydrogen gas from tidal energy for the first time. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) yesterday announced it generated the “tidal hydrogen” on 25th August this year. It also demonstrated the potential for a clean replacement for polluting fuels. Prototype tidal energy converters […]

Scottish floating tidal generator powers Orkney

A 2MW floating tidal generator has produced more than 116MWh in under a week of continuous generation. The turbine met the power demand of nearly 7% of the Orkney Islands, with shorter periods where it exceeded 25%, according to Scotrenewables Tidal Power. The SR2000 tidal project is being tested at the European Marine Energy Centre. […]

Summit announced for Scotland’s windy islands

Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing and the leaders of Scotland’s three island councils have announced plans to hold a summit on the future of wind power on the islands. It follows DECC’s announcement of the final strike price for the islands – £115/MWh compared to £90-95/MWh for mainland wind. There’s concern it’s a one size […]

£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 […]

Oil workers rescued as helicopter ditches in North Sea

Nineteen people were safely rescued after a helicopter ditched in the North Sea yesterday. The CHC Super Puma helicopter, which made a “controlled ditching” between Orkney and Shetland, was transporting workers from Aberdeen to West Phoenix drilling rig. The incident occurred at around 15.30pm yesterday off Fair Isle, around 32 miles south of Shetland. Nick […]

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 lands Japanese renewables deal

Scotland is set to share its marine expertise with Japan following a deal completed last week. The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and the Ocean Energy Association of Japan (OEAJ) have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop Japan’s first marine energy test centre. Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, Japan has been […]

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 […]

Orkney wave farm could be world’s largest

Alstom and SSE have joined forces to build the world’s largest wave energy site. The partners will develop the Costa Head Wave Project, a site located north of mainland Orkney which could generate 200MW of power. The joint venture hopes to install 2.5MW AWS-III wave energy converters at the site with an initial phase of […]