Why Scotland’s oil & gas industry could be global skills model for marine energy

Neil Kermode, Managing Director, EMECBy NEIL KERMODE

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is frequently cited as the world leader in wave and tidal energy test centres, but around the globe a number of new test centres are currently being established in places as far afield as Canada and Japan, very often with the expert input of EMEC’s own team.

Why, some people ask, should the UK’s world-leading centre be sharing its expertise with what could be viewed as ‘competitor nations’?

One only has to travel overseas and attempt to plug in a computer to experience the answer. Every country established their own standards for plugs and sockets in isolation and the end result is pointless diversity of detail in the simple plugs throughout the world.


NEIL KERMODE is Managing Director of the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.

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