H2Tec, part of Edinburgh-based hydrogen tech firm Logan Energy, will perform the program upgrades at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) as part of the €11.7 million (£10.5m) Integrating Tidal Energy into the European Grid (ITEG) project funded by the European Union.
EMEC’s base in Orkney is home to the world’s first and only purpose-built open-sea testing facility for wave and tidal energy convertors, and serves as a hub for renewable development and green hydrogen research and development. The ITEG project, due for completion next year, is to harness surplus wind and tidal power to provide energy that can be used locally. H2Tec will optimise new and existing equipment.
Bill Ireland, chief executive of Logan Energy and H2Tec, said: “The Orkney Islands, and the sea around them, possess fantastic natural energy resources, which cannot be fully utilised at present because of the islands’ limited grid connection with mainland Scotland.
“Orkney already generates over 100 per cent of its electricity demand from renewables every year, but the grid limitations confine Orkney’s export potential. Taking the necessary safety precautions at this time, we are committed to maintaining operations at our Wallyford base, continuing to support centres such as EMEC to make positive steps towards net-zero targets and pioneer the growth of renewable hydrogen production on an industrial scale.”
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