Scotland's EMEC to help establish new hydrokinetic test site off Taiwan coast

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and several Asian universities and institutes have announced they will collaborate to develop a new marine energy test center in Taiwan.

Speaking at the Asian Wave and Tidal Energy Conference on Jeju Island, Korea, earlier this week, EMEC official Richard Morris announced the organization has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Aquatera -- a Scotland-based consultancy company.

"Taiwan has set a marine energy power generation target at 2025 to reach 200 MW and really needs a marine energy test site to serve local and international marine energy developers' needs," said ITRI department manager Sheng-Chung Lo.

The arrangement follows five years of preparatory work by Aquatera, which, EMEC said, has been working with ITRI to create a long-term project for wave energy development in Taiwan.

The Taiwan project is the fourth such wave energy test site announced by EMEC in the past year. Collaborations with the Ocean Energy Association of Japan, Ocean University of China and Incheon Metropolitan City in South Korea have also been unveiled.

EMEC's own test center, located near Orkney, Scotland, will soon celebrate its 10th anniversary. The group says the experience it has gained there has been invaluable in establishing other hydrokinetic testing sites.

"Great insight has been shown by the public sector throughout EMEC's development, and as the Centre approached its 10th birthday next year, the fact that Scotland is already exporting unrivaled expertise demonstrates that the initial public investment is paying off to a greater extent than what could have ever been expected," Morris said.

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