Emec to ex­port ex­per­tise to ma­rine lab in China

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - Business - BY KEITH FIND­LAY

The Euro­pean Ma­rine En­ergy Cen­tre ( Emec) in Orkney is to ex­port some of its world-lead­ing ex­per­tise to China.

Emec said yes­ter­day it was play­ing a key role in the cre­ation of a Chi­nese ver­sion of the cen­tre as part of a new £ 200mil­lion ma­rine lab­o­ra­tory cam­pus in Shan­dong prov­ince.

The Orkney fa­cil­ity will de­liver fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies un­der a scheme – the Pros­per­ity Fund project – that was set up to boost pol­icy sup­port in China for a demon­stra­tion site for wave­andti­dal-en­ergy tech­nol­ogy.

Emec man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Neil Ker­mode and other UK in­dus­try ex­perts were in­vited to visit China’s “blue sil­i­con val­ley” in Qing­dao, Shan­dong, this month. Mr Ker­mode said: “Emec has more than a decade of ex­pe­ri­ence in the de­sign, build and op­er­a­tion of its ma­rine-en­ergy test fa­cil­i­ties, with more wave and tidal de­vices hav­ing been tested here than any­where else in the world.

“This im­por­tant R&D ( re­search and de­vel­op­ment) ac­tiv­ity has cre­ated a UK-wide boost to in­no­va­tion in the mar­itime econ­omy sup­ply chain which is world-lead­ing and al­ready ex­port­ing its knowl­edge and ex­per­tise.

“The mar­itime ca­pa­bil­i­ties in and aroundQing­dao are as­ton­ish­ing, and China has a very strong stance on tack­ling cli­mate change.

“Com­bined, this makes ma­rine en­ergy an in­ter­est­ing and im­por­tant en­deav­our for their re­searchers.

“We’ve been met with a real ap­petite in China to learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence gained over the last decade at Emec, and we’re keen to con­tinue build­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive R&D and in­no­va­tion links be­tween the UK and China to help drive the de­vel­op­ment of ocean en­ergy on a global scale.”

Emec was es­tab­lished in Strom­ness in 2003 and has tested de­vices from 17 com­pa­nies in nine coun­tries.

Neil Ker­mode high­lighted Emec’s val­ued ex­pe­ri­ence

Qing­dao, site of China’s blue sil­i­con val­ley, has ‘as­ton­ish­ing’ mar­itime ca­pa­bil­i­ties

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