A delegation from the European Commission has visited Orkney’s European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) to learn more about the wave and tidal technology developments across the archipelago.

Representatives from DG Research and Innovation, DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and DG Energy visited EMEC's onshore facilities at the Billia Croo wave site plus tidal turbines deployed by OpenHydro and Tocardo at the grid-connected Fall of Warness site.

In addition to this, a seminar and exhibition was held at Warness Park, showcasing the ocean energy industry and its supply chain in Orkney and around Europe.

DG Research & Innovation head Piotr Tulej said: “It is great to see all those various technologies demonstrated here at EMEC today and we do hope that these projects will deliver on their promise regarding efficiency, reliability and survivability.

“This will send the right signal to investors who are key to further commercial development.”

The Commission has invested around €140m in marine via the Horizon 2020 programme.

DG Fisheries & Maritime Affairs head Felix Leinemann added: “What is happening here in Orkney shows why the European Commission sees ocean energy as an integral part of its Blue Growth strategy.

“This visit demonstrates a highly integrated European sector and technological progress.”

Image: European Commission boat trip to EMEC Fall of Warness test site (Colin Keldie)