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European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Old Academy Business Centre, European Marine Energy Centre Ltd, Stromness, PO: KW16 3AW, Orkney (United Kingdom)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
United Kingdom
Current Status:
Operational since 2003
Scientific Description
EMEC is the world’s leading facility for testing wave and tidal energy converters in real sea conditions. The centre offers accredited, grid-connected test berths for full-scale prototypes, as well as test sites in less challenging conditions for use by smaller scale technologies, supply chain companies, and equipment manufacturers.

Attracting developers from around the globe, EMEC’s facilities help to prove what is achievable in some of the harshest marine environments while in close proximity to sheltered waters and harbours. To date, there have been more grid-connected marine energy converters deployed at EMEC than any other single site in the world.

EMEC operates to relevant test laboratory standards (ISO17025) and can provide independently verified performance reports. The Centre is also accredited to ISO/IEC 17020 offering independent Environmental Technology Verification (EMEC-ETV) to help innovative technologies reach the market.

Beyond technology testing and verification, EMEC provides a wide range of consultancy and research services. With over 10 years of unprecedented experience, the centre 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.

RI Keywords
Verification, Demonstration, Tidal power, Tidal energy, Marine power, test, Marine energy, Wave energy, Wave power
RI Category
Energy Engineering Facilities (non nuclear)
Scientific Domain
Engineering and Energy
ESFRI Domain
Scale and Full Scale Wave and Tidal Testing
Societal Grand Challenges
Secure, clean and efficient energy
Date of last update: 12/03/2018