Alyn Smith, SNP MEP and sole Scots member of the European Parliament's Energy Committee has congratulated the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) on a new, major international collaboration with South Korea.
Experts from the Orkney-based centre will provide technical assistance and advise on new marine energy devices in the north west of the country.
"This is another string to EMEC's bow. The centre is already a world-leading wave and tidal energy development facility, and this is its third partnership in the Far East.
"EMEC’s involvement in the South Korean project follows on from similar memoranda signed with the Ocean University China and the Japanese Marine Energy Centre, as well as the Pacific Marine Energy Centre in Oregon, USA, and its strategic agreement with Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy, Canada.
"I was able to see first-hand, the amazing work taking place at EMEC when I visited earlier this year. Experts from EMEC are uniquely placed to advise their South Korean colleagues having successfully supported the deployment of more grid-connected devices at its full-scale wave and tidal testing facilities, than at any other single site in the world. We know that Scotland leads the world in marine energy, with a quarter of Europe’s wind and tidal energy and 10% of its wave power. But we also lead the world in renewable energy skills, with the pioneering work taking place at EMEC at the forefront of new technology.
"Congratulations to all the team in Orkney, on yet another remarkable achievment."