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Orkney test centre providing inputs for new competition in Scotland

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The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney has provided metocean data sets for Scotland's Blue Growth Data Challenge competition. 

The competition aims to stimulate new or innovative solutions for analysis of the marine environment for the benefit of the Highlands and Islands region of Scotland. 

EMEC data includes wave conditions at the Billia Croo test site and meteorological observations at two locations adjacent to the facility.

There is also data from a tidal current observational campaign and numerical modelling of four locations around Orkney that show simulated time series of tidal water level and currents.

Data will also be provided by the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications.

The competition is organised by the Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Data Lab. It is open until 23 September.

EMEC technical manager Elaine Buck said: “EMEC’s metocean data is used by wave and tidal energy developers to design and build their technologies so that they can survive and operate in the harsh ocean environment.

“Our existing customers find access to our data crucial to accelerating marine energy progress in research.

“However we’re aware that this data may have other uses, and we’re sure that there are useful tools to be built and lessons to be learnt through the integration and further analysis of these data sets. 

“Therefore we want to open up access to the data we collect on site to discover new knowledge and ideas which will foster blue growth around our shores.”

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