EMEC advising development of Nagasaki MHK energy test center

Following its membership into the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association (NaMICPA), the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) has strengthened its ties with Japan by signing a contract to provide advice on development of a marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy test facility in Nagasaki, Japan.

The amount of the contract is not immediately known, but in October, a 28-member delegation from NaMICPA visited Orkney, Scotland, including representatives from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Nagasaki Economic Research Institute, and Nagasaki Prefectural Government, to discuss how the two regions can work together to progress MHK renewable energy.

EMEC will advise on infrastructure needed to develop a test site, from subsea cables and grid connection, to resource data instrumentation and additional infrastructure required to support MHK deployments.

EMEC will also review the MHK renewables industry, support business planning, operational procedures and health and safety.

“We’re delighted to be working with the Wind Energy Institute of Tokyo to help them develop marine energy in Japan,” said Oliver Wragg, EMEC commercial director.

“Just as EMEC stimulated interest and investment for marine energy in the UK in 2003, a Japanese test center has the potential to kick-start the sector in Japan. And that will benefit wave and tidal technologies currently in development as there will be a wider international market for them when they reach commercialization.”

Makoto Takahira, director of Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association, said, “The creation of Nagasaki Marine Energy Centre is an important step to accelerate development of ocean renewable energy in Japan as well as to create new marine industrial cluster in Nagasaki.

“We would like to learn from EMEC how to effectively manage the marine energy test center and exchange information with supply chain companies in Orkney. We are keen to contribute to the development of ocean renewable energy not only in Japan but also in Asia on the basis of the relationship between Scotland and Nagasaki, which have unique and long history. Having the support from EMEC, who has accumulated valuable expertise, we trust that Nagasaki Marine Energy Centre will be successfully realized.”

EMEC has been building on its ties with Japan since 2012, when the company signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ocean Energy Association of Japan to provide advice and support in the development of a Japan Marine Energy Centre.

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Gregory B. Poindexter formerly was an associate editor for HydroWorld.com.

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