European Marine Energy Centre offers free component testing for marine renewables

The EMEC seascape, Orkney
The EMEC seascape, Orkney

The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is offering free component testing to support the development of wave and tidal energy converters.

Aimed at marine energy developers, component manufacturers and other supply chain companies, the component testing project was launched last month as a means for the industry to gain a better understanding of issues around component reliability to improve performance and ultimately reduce the cost of marine energy.

The project will undertake a programme of analytical testing of components retrieved from marine renewable energy converters which have undergone testing at sea. The project covers any type of component (mechanical or electrical/electronic) that has been used in an operational marine energy converter.

Established in 2003, EMEC is the world’s leading facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions. To date, more marine energy converters have been deployed in Orkney, Scotland, than at any other single site in the world.

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