Scots wave power experts to help set up Japan’s marine energy sector

EMEC seascape European Marine Energy Centre, OrkneyThe European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has signed a contract to provide advice on the development of a marine energy test facility in Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan.

Experts from the Orkney-based EMEC will advise on the infrastructure needed to develop a test site, from subsea cables, and grid connection to resource data instrumentation, as well as the wider infrastructure required in the region to support marine energy deployments.

EMEC becoming a member of the Nagasaki Marine Industry Association earlier this yea, to help support the development of marine renewables in Japan and stimulate further collaboration between the two countries.

Oliver Wragg, EMEC Commercial Director, said: “Having planned, developed and operated 18 real sea test berths of in Orkney –  14 of which are grid-connected –  EMEC has overcome many obstacles, and has accumulated a great deal of learning about the do’s and don’ts of marine energy test site development.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo to help them develop marine energy in Japan. Just as EMEC stimulated interest and investment for marine energy in the UK in 2003, a Japanese test centre has the potential to kick-start the sector in Japan.

“And that will benefit wave and tidal technologies currently in development as there will be a wider international market for them when they reach commercialisation.”

Akihiro Suzuki, President of the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo, added: “This project is a new challenge for the marine industry in Nagasaki. The cooperation with EMEC, as well as the Scottish government, is essential for the successful planning of the new test centre and the development of the local supply chain.”

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