HRH The Duke of York took a trip to Orkney, Scotland, on Sept. 6 to focus on the marine renewable energy industry.
One particular focus of this trip was the finance gap facing the development of wave and tidal technologies.
The Duke chaired a discussion in Kirkwall, the capital of Orkney, with representatives from finance companies, technology developers, Pentland Firth project developers, and government bodies.
He then visited the European Marine Energy Centre. EMEC Managing Director Neil Kermode accompanied His Royal Highness on visits to EMEC’s wave and tidal test sites. “Receiving a visit from the Duke of York shows the significance of what is happening here in Orkney, to local and international business and innovation,” Kermode says.
Marine renewables fit a number of key areas as part of the Duke’s role in supporting the business community, EMEC says. Particular areas of emphasis include stimulating science and engineering, developing high-tech and high-value manufacturing, encouraging and recognizing scientists and entrepreneurs who develop their innovations and discoveries in the UK, and promoting international business opportunities.
Scotland has 17 wave and tidal projects leased for development in its waters, not including the test facilities at EMEC. As of May 2011, EMEC had 11 projects either in the water or in fabrication at its test sites.