Orkney – The Green Energy Hub

Orkney – The Green Energy Hub

Energy from Wind & Water Open Day – 20th July 2023

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) recently organised two open days at the Orkney Research & Innovation Campus (ORIC), to familiarise both local residents and tourists about the status of renewable energy developments on the Orkney Islands.

Image 1: EMEC Open Day in ORIC

There were many interactive activities about renewable energy technology to participate in and learn more about e.g., energy produced by solar panel, tidal turbine sounds, hydrogen generation to power vehicles, a poster competition, as well as an art and energy workshop using recycled plastics.

Pure energy’s Graduate energy engineer, Yashodhara Bose, attended the open day.

Collaborating Organisations’ Insights

Community Energy Scotland (CES)

The CES team spoke about their latest project entitled “The Carbon Neutral Islands” which aims to support six island communities towards achieving net zero by 2040, with the objective to enable communities to lead in Scotland’s decarbonisation journey.

The CES team shared the success of their “Heat Smart Orkney” project, connecting the community owned wind turbine to over 70 island properties, which confirmed significant energy fuels reductions across the selected properties.

Image 2: CES Stand during the Open Day in ORIC

Orbital Marine Power

Orbital Marine Power technology comprises a unique floating tidal turbine, designed to provide a low-cost solution for simplified and safe manufacture, installation, access, and maintenance together with cost effective workboats for all offshore activities.

EMEC representatives also provided information about Orbital’s “O2 technology”, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, operating since July 2021 in Orkney and connected to the UK electricity grid network.

Image 3: EMEC & Orbital Stand during the Open Day in ORIC

During the open days, various companies including, Xodus Ltd , ReFLEX Ltd, Heriot Watt University – International Centre of Island Technology, University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI), Aquatera Ltd and Stromness Museum spoke about Orkney’s various ongoing renewable energy projects.

Celebrating 20 years of ocean energy innovation in Orkney.


The open days demonstrated the latest marine and wind technological developments on the island, and provided a platform for information exchange, networking and gaining insights into emerging low carbon energy development trends.

Pure energy (REGen) Ltd is currently active across the UK Highlands and Islands, in commercial solar PV and battery storage installation, as well as Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure developments.

To find out more about how Pure energy (REGen) Ltd can assist your island community and business journey to net zero by transitioning to low carbon energy infrastructure, contact us on +44 (0) 1382 657457 or email [email protected] .

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