The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre has been named ‘Blue Economy Business of the Year’ at the European Commission’s Blue Economy Business Awards 2016. The awards are organised by the EU Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. They aim to showcase excellent practices from industry – honouring those who have made a specific contribution to bringing and developing innovation in the blue economy. Set up in 2003, EMEC is the world’s leading facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions.
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SCOTLAND’S marine energy sector can be proud of its many achievements to date, but there’s been a warning that they could all be in jeopardy without continued support from the Scottish, UK and European governments. The caution came from Jenny Hogan, Scottish Renewables policy director, in a keynote address at its marine conference yesterday in Inverness, before an audience of industry leaders. She said the past 12 months had seen some impressive industry achievements, with projects progressing swiftly, supply chain performing well and Scotland showcasing its “world-leading expertise” at an international conference on ocean energy in Edinburgh. Three “world firsts” had been announced in Scotland in recent weeks – the first tidal array from Edinburgh-based Nova Innovation of its two turbines at Bluemull Sound off Shetland; Scotrenewable s began testing the world’s most powerful tidal stream turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) at Stromness, Orkney; and the largest free stream tidal power array unveiled by Atlantis MeyGen at Nigg Energy Park. Wave Energy Scotland had also achieved a great deal since it formed less than two years ago. Hogan said: “It closed its third funding call last week for the development of innovative technologies which will form the basis of cost-effective generation in Scotland. However, she added: “All of this progress – in research, testing and deployment – has led to the marine energy sector as a whole investing hundreds of million pounds into the Scottish economy, with every £1 from public funds typically leveraging around £7 from private investment; and with the sector creating around 1,000 jobs in Scotland, with the potential for substantial further growth. Hogan said Scottish Renewables had been working hard to put the case to Whitehall to make provision for supporting a minimum amount of marine energy capacity in the upcoming Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction round, due to be announced later this year.
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