Renewables/Energy Transition

European Commission provides £3.1m grant for tidal energy tests in Orkney

An Orkney-based wave and tidal energy technology tester has hailed the award of a £3.1million grant from the European Commission. The funding has been awarded through the so-called Fast Track to Innovation scheme and will be split between two projects at the European Marine Energy Centre (Emec) in Stromness. Dutch renewable energy generator Tocardo will test one of its systems in real sea conditions at Emec, while Spanish turbine company Magallanes will put its tidal energy platform through its paces.

Oil & Gas

Jobs to go in Emec restructuring

Orkney’s wave and tidal-energy device test centre has said jobs will go as part of restructuring in response to the industry’s “changing landscape and market demands”. But the European Marine Energy Centre (Emec) did not say how many roles were affected. Managing director Neil Kermode said: “The last year has been particularly difficult for the industry, and due to current market conditions I am going to have to restructure Emec.