Established in 2003, EMEC is the world’s first and only centre to provide developers of both wave and tidal energy converters – technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams – with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities.

Orkney provides an ideal base with its excellent oceanic wave regime, strong tidal currents, grid-connection, close proximity to sheltered harbour facilities, and a wealth of renewable, maritime and environmental expertise within the local community.

With 12 grid-connected test berths, there have been more marine energy converters deployed at EMEC than any other single site in the world, with developers attracted from around the globe to prove what is achievable in some of the harshest marine environments. 

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Our Mission

Beyond technology testing and verification, EMEC provides a wide range of consultancy and research services and is working closely with Marine Scotland to streamline the consenting process.

EMEC is at the forefront in the development of international standards for marine energy and is forging alliances with other countries, exporting its knowledge around the world to stimulate the development of a global marine renewables industry.

Our Partners

The Innovalia Association Lead Partner
INESC TEC Main Partner
Cork County Council Main Partner
UCC Main Partner
EMERGE Main Partner
EMEC Main Partner
Technopôle Brest Iroise Main Partner

Associated Partners