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Climate Champions Podcast: Interview with Neil Kermode – the power of the Scottish ocean

EMEC has facilitated the testing of 31 technologies that generate electricity harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams. Most recently, a successful 2MW Marine Machine.

Neil is a passionate advocate for a sustainable energy future. He first came to Orkney on a holiday as a scuba diver to dive the wrecks of Scapa Flow.  He quickly discovered that it is a community keen to embrace innovative sustainable energy initiatives.  When EMEC’s first managing director left to take up a new position, Neil was in the right place at the right time to help out on a caretaker basis, eventually taking over the helm on a long-term basis, and has overseen the deployment of more marine energy technologies in the seas around Orkney than has been deployed at any other site in the world, leveraging wave and tidal energy to mitigate climate change. 

Established in 2003, (EMEC) Ltd is the first and only centre of its kind in the world, providing developers of both wave and tidal energy converters – technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams – with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities . Orkney is an ideal base for EMEC, with its unrivalled oceanic wave regime, strong tidal currents, grid connection, sheltered harbour facilities and the renewable, maritime and environmental expertise that exists within the local community.