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European expertise to develop marine energy test centre in Taiwan

Scotland’s EMEC announce collaboration to develop wave and tidal power demo site for Republic of China state

EMEC is the world’s first and only accredited wave and tidal test centre for marine renewable energy

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland has announced an international collaboration agreement to develop a marine energy test facility in Taiwan. The agreement, involving the world-leading test centre in Orkney, will see the expertise of two Orcadian companies used to help develop a demonstration site for wave and tidal power in the state. This aims to help Taiwan meet its marine energy power generation target to reach 200MW by 2025.
Speaking at the inaugural Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (AWTEC-2012) on Jeju Island, Korea, EMEC’s commercial director Richard Morris announced that a memorandum of understanding had been signed between EMEC and the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and an Orkney based consultancy company, Aquatera.

The partnership adds to EMEC’s reach across continental Asia, having signed similar agreements with the Ocean Energy Association of Japan, Ocean University of China, and Incheon Metropolitan City in South Korea over the last year.

EMEC’s commercial director, Richard Morris, said: “EMEC are very pleased to be supporting Taiwan in their move towards utilising marine renewable energy. The building of a demonstration site to further the excellent work being done by ITRI and NTOU is part of the increasing amount of consulting work that EMEC is undertaking. The knowledge that we have amassed and the skills acquired, allow us a unique insight as to what is feasible and achievable.”

Sheng-Chung Lo, manager of the ocean energy technology department, ITRI, added: “Taiwan has set a marine energy power generation target at 2025 to reach 200MW and really needs a marine energy test site to serve local and international marine energy developer’s needs.”

Established in 2003, EMEC is the world’s first and only accredited wave and tidal test centre for marine renewable energy. It has successfully supported the deployment of more grid-connected devices at its full-scale wave and tidal testing facilities than at any other single site in the world.

The news from EMEC follows other efforts to boost marine energy in China this year. In October RET reported that the BRIC country and the Netherlands are working together to develop what is set to be the world’s largest tidal energy scheme.