MOVING INTO MORE BLUE WATER
Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall
Twenty years ago the world’s first marine energy test centre was established in Orkney, taking advantage of the islands’ challenging sea conditions for evaluating new wave and tidal power devices in action. EMEC continues today as a world leader, and has brought further developments in its wake, including a move to a green hydrogen economy, with an onshore production plant in Eday generating hydrogen from wind and tidal energy. The pioneering ReFLEX Orkney project is developing develop an integrated energy system in Orkney, coupling renewable energy with batteries and electric vehicles. All this has come about in just two decades – what will the next twenty years bring – tidal energy farms, bridges or causeways with tidal turbines, tanker shipments of hydrogen? EMEC’s managing director Neil Kermode is joined by Gareth Davies of Aquatera to look ahead into clear blue water.