The European Marine Energy Centre, based in Orkney, is the first and only centre of its kind in the world. In 2013 it received £4 million in funding from the Scottish Government. As part of the Eu’s FORESEA programme, six projects were approved with the following three to be tested at EMEC:
The Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, reported in Energy Voice today, at the Ocean Energy Europe 2017 Conference & Exhibition in Nantes, said:
‘I warmly welcome the news that Scotland’s flagship European Marine Energy Centre will be used to provide world class testing facilities for three of the six projects from the FORESEA programme. It is further evidence of the recognised excellence of EMEC as a global player in the research and development and testing of ocean energy devices, and of Scotland’s status as a major player in the European renewable energy sector.’
This comes as the latest in long line of reports of Scottish renewables expertise bringing significant income into the Scottish economy. See for example:
Evidence of this growth goes back at least a year.
See this from the Aberdeen Evening Express on 12th December 2016:
‘Scotland’s “expertise in renewable energy” is in demand around the world, with businesses working in more than 40 countries, according to new research. Projects include advising the government of Japan, providing cranes to build wind farms in Morocco and South Africa and working with the World Bank in Chile, industry body Scottish Renewables said.’