An Aberdeen-based engineering company has signed up to test its new sub-sea power hub at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.
Sea trials of the full-scale EC-OG system will be carried out at the Shapinsay Sound test site, with installation to take place this month.
The imminent test programme will be a subsea industry first with the combination of a marine energy converter coupled directly to a lithium based energy storage system.
Testing of this hybrid system will validate the technical capability needed to meet a number of immediate high value subsea power applications, thus fundamentally enhancing the value proposition associated with ocean currents.
Initially set up as an engineering solutions provider in four years ago, EC-OG has since developed as a technology provider in the oil and gas industry
EMEC managing director Neil Kermode said: “We’re delighted to have EC-OG demonstrating its innovative power technology with us. This is an exciting project for us building closer links with the wealth of offshore engineering experience evident in the north of Scotland.
“This is also a huge step forward for the oil and gas industry, incorporating renewable energy into their operations enabling them to work more efficiently.”