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Scots tidal turbine engineers to work on Chinese wave project

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Tidal turbine engineers from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), based in Orkney, Scotland, will support the development of the first wave and tidal test centre for marine renewables in China.

EMEC experts will provide support with the new Qingdao Pilot National Laboratory for Marine Science and Technology (QNLM) for testing new renewable energy technology.  

They will be offering assitance with the design and technical specifications for the test centre, including subsea cables, connectors, substation and microgrid, as well as guidance on the data acquisition system to enable integrated environmental monitoring at the test site. 

Situated in the Shandong Provence, south of Qingdao near Zhaitang Island, the location has ideal conditions for testing wave and tidal energy technologies. 

Scheduled to be in operation by 2020, the test site will consist of two offshore sites – one for wave and one for tidal – sharing one onshore substation. 

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A MeyGen marine turbine onshore in Orkney

Source: Meygen

A MeyGen marine turbine onshore in Orkney

EMEC commercial director Oliver Wragg said: “We’ve been met with a real appetite from China to learn from the experience we’ve gained, and we’re keen to continue building collaborative R&D and innovation links between the UK and China to help drive the development of ocean energy on a global scale.” 

QNLM representative Professor Shi said China still has a long way to go but hopes that having an alternative test site will foster new innovations.  

“There is a vast resource of marine renewable energy in China, but its development is still in the initial stages. We know that there is a long way to go, but by collaborating with EMEC who have the experience and expertise, we’re hoping we can make some shortcuts,” Shi said.  

“Zhaitang Island is an ideal site for testing innovative wave and tidal devices and we hope that it will be a flagship of marine renewables in China, by providing a competitive test site for developers and their devices.” 

The EMEC site recently received an extension in its lease to remain operational for another 20 years in Scotland. 

Image displayed is of a MeyGen turbine being deployed in Scotland.  

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