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EMEC strengthens US ties

MoU signed with Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre

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Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre has joined forces with the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Centre in the US to encourage knowledge exchange and joint research activities.

A memorandum of understanding will facilitate development of methods to facilitate environmental studies around marine energy converters.

Both organisations are developing integrated monitoring technologies – EMEC’s Integrated Monitoring Pod and Oregon-based NNMREC’s intelligent Adaptable Monitoring Package – and working in tandem should reduce costs whilst speeding up development of the systems, said EMEC.

EMEC technical manager Elaine Buck said: “EMEC and NNMREC have developed knowledge in technical, environmental, and economic aspects of marine renewable energy.

“Sharing our expertise and taking advantage of economies of scale to answer key research questions is of mutual interest.”

NNMREC director Brian Polagye added: “NNMREC welcomes the opportunity for broader collaborations with EMEC that help to move our advances in environmental monitoring out of the laboratory and into the field where they can benefit the marine renewables industry.”

The two organisations originally began working together in 2012, with EMEC providing support on the design, set up and operation of NNMREC’s Pacific Marine Energy Center - a grid-connected marine energy test centre proposed for development off the Pacific Northwest coast.

Image: Orkney's Billia Croo wave test site (EMEC)

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