Emec to export expertise to marine lab in China
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 wave and tidal-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 around Qingdao 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