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Scots snag Asia marine boost

Marine energy centre to be established in Indonesia

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Researchers at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University have won £165,760 in funding from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office to support the establishment of the South East Asia Marine Energy Centre (Seamec) in Indonesia.

RGU said the cash from the FCO’s Prosperity Fund would kick-start a commercially viable marine energy industry across the region.

Dr Alan Owen of RGU’s Centre for Understanding Sustainability in Practice said: “I would point towards the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney as an example of the kind of model we are trying to create in southeast Asia, but with the emphasis on capacity building, socio-economic outputs and developing policy and strategy rather than technical outputs.”

CUSP colleague Dr Leuserina Garniati added: “We also hope that Seamec will play a significant role in opening up knowledge exchange between renewable energy expertise in the northern and southern hemispheres to identify new materials, methods and fabrication processes appropriate for a very different marine environment.”

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