Customer: European Marine Energy Centre
Location: Orkney, Scotland
Technology: Wave and Tidal
Installed capacity: 11MW
Customer since: 2010
The European Marine Energy Centre is playing a key role in work to develop renewable energy devices powered by wave and tidal power.
Established in 2003 in the Orkney Islands, it became the first centre of its kind to be created anywhere in the world.
Using the centre’s facilities, marine renewables developers are able to test full scale grid connected prototype devices in some of the best wave and tidal conditions in the world.
Since its launch EMEC has attracted leading developers including Pelamis Wave Power, Aquamarine Power, OpenHydro, Tidal Generation and Atlantis.
When all its test berths are occupied the site has a capacity of 11MW and electricity generated is sold to SmartestEnergy under a Power Purchase Agreement, providing a direct line of income from power sales for developers.
According to Neil Kermode, Managing Director of EMEC, the agreement with SmartestEnergy is playing an important part in demonstrating marine energy’s commercial potential.
“The Power Purchase Agreement is crucial to show that marine energy is not just a concept or a distant dream, but a fully commercial reality which can play its part in generating industrial levels of power,” explained Neil.
“It is very important that we get the best value for the technology innovators we work with. SmartestEnergy understands the needs of independent developers and generators so can offer the most compelling and flexible terms.”
According to figures from trade body Scottish Renewables, over 20GW of wave and tidal energy capacity could be produced in the waters around Scotland.
Together they could provide up to 80 terrawatt hours (TW/h) of electricity per year, equivalent to a fifth of total UK consumption.