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MOVING INTO MORE BLUE WATER

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Twenty years ago the world’s first marine energy test centre was established in Orkney, to evaluate new wave and tidal power devices in harsh sea conditions. 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 and Gareth Davies of Aquatera look ahead into clear blue water.

£4 – £6

POWER FROM THE SEA WIND

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

With plans taking shape for a floating wind farm to the east, Johan Daelman, Lead Floating Foundations Engineer from Thistle Wind Partners, describes the engineering challenges of developing an 18MW-25MW floating turbine, the advancing technology of offshore wind, and its potential applications for the future.

A NEW DAY FOR THE FERRYMAN?

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Orkney’s ferries are ageing and fuel-prodigal – but what can replace them? Could it be new energy-efficient ships, or bridges or tunnels or causeways – or a mix of all the various options? Roy Pedersen, former head of transport for HIE, joins Prof. Alf Baird to set out the options.

£4 – £6

IMAGINEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Engineer Bill Graham shows how bringing together people from varied backgrounds into creative dialogue can open a rich range of ideas for industries and communities – from a different type of ladder to an alternative container ship format, from a safety system for tower blocks to a modular design for an affordable house.

£4 – £6

OCEAN ENERGY OPEN DAY

EMEC, Billia Croo, by Stromness

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) hosts an Open Day at its grid-connected wave test facility at Billia Croo, out to the west of Stromness. Learn how EMEC harness the power from Orkney’s waves and tides, as well as meeting some of the EMEC team and touring the site. Admission free.

REBUILDING THE SOIL: AN ENGINEER’S PERSPECTIVE

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

The immense amount of carbon dioxide that green plants absorb is far outweighed by the amount of carbon lost from soil, due to the continuing depletion of organic matter. But, says Prof. Karen Johnson of Durham University, we can rebuild our soils and the local economy at the same time.

£4 – £6

WHY IS MAESHOWE SQUINT?

Maeshowe Visitor Centre, Stenness

Dave Craig describes the mysterious and spectacular solar alignment of Maeshowe. Using the latest Stellarium software, he reappraises the 3000 BC alignment; with unexpected results. Numbers are limited to 24, and booking is essential. Admission free, with a collection for Orkney Archaeology Society.

JAKE’S MIDNIGHT SCIENCE CLUB – BRING THE FAMILY!

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

… and meet a wizard, four cowboys, and a show that’s come direct from the Royal Institution in London. Dr Steven ‘Jake’ Jacobs, aka Wizard IV, former chief scientist for the Discovery Channel, has brought the four members of the legendary country group Riders in the Sky to help him tell stories of science.

£4 – £6

PICKING UP PIECES OF MUSICAL DRIFTWOOD

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

The Driftwood Cowboys – Duncan McLean, Iain Tait, Brian Cromarty and Douglas Montgomery – pick up musical flotsam from the Orkney shores and build something unique from it, connected by stories, reflections and conversation. Country, blues, swing, bothy ballads and traditional fiddle combine in tales of island life.

£8

BUT OH! THE STARS WITH MUSIC SHINE

Orkney Theatre, KGS, Kirkwall

Scottish composer Eddie McGuire’s five astronomy-inspired pieces of music have never been played before as a complete series. Tonight, to celebrate his 75th birthday, you can hear them together, introduced by astronomer Dr Anne-Marie Weijmans of St Andrews University. The music comes in three films specially recorded by musicians from the University, including trumpeter Bede Williams and members of the Wallace Collection.

£4 – £6
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