EMEC grid-connected wave test site (Billia Croo)

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Established in 2003, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) is the only accredited test centre in the world, suitable for testing multiple marine energy devices simultaneously while producing electricity to the national grid.  Based in Orkney, Scotland, the centre provides purpose-built, grid-connected test facilities for wave and tidal energy converters to prove what is achievable in some of the harshest marine environments. Scale test sites are also available in less challenging resources - see EMEC scale wave test site (Scapa Flow).

To date, more marine energy technologies have been deployed and tested in the sea around Orkney than at any other single site in the world.


- UK grid-connected berths
- Coastal 11kV control and switching stations with metered power output from test devices.
- Full SCADA system (System Control And Data Acquisition) allowing remote access.
- Hydrodynamical, meteorological and environmental baseline data collection.

Support services

- Real-time technology, resource and environmental monitoring.
- Assistance with grid connection, Power Purchase Agreement and ROCs accreditation.
- Independently verified performance reports (ISO 17025) and Environmental Technology Verification (ISO 17020).
- Comprehensive assistance with consenting & regulatory issues.
- Extensive local research and engineering support.
- Nearby access to sheltered water and harbours.


EMEC operates within an Integrated Management System, which has been developed using the principles of HSG 65 to meet the standards laid down on OHSAS 18001, ISO 14001, ISO 17020 and ISO 17025, against which we are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.


Travel to Orkney via air or road/boat and installation on site using marine contractors (available locally).