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Government of Barbados take in Orkney and Scotland’s marine renewables success

A delegation from the Government of Barbados has visited the Orkney Islands and Glasgow to learn how Scotland has become an international leader in marine renewable energy.

The 11-strong delegation undertook the technical tour under the Ocean Energy Component of the Public Sector Smart Energy Programme.

The delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Blue Economy, Town and Country Planning Development Office, Ministry of Transport, Works and Maintenance, and the Ministry of Environment and National Beautification. The Barbadian utilities were also represented, Barbados Light and Power Limited and Barbados National Oil Company, as well as the EU’s External Action Service.

Hosted by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the delegation spent two days touring world-leading centre’s wave and tidal energy open sea test facilities, witnessing Wello’s Penguin wave energy converter, Orbital Marine Energy’s (formerly Scotrenewables) record-breaking SR2000 tidal turbine, and EMEC’s onshore substations.

The delegation met with Orkney-based marine energy stakeholders including Aquatera, Green Marine, Wello, and the Orkney Islands Council to learn from Orkney’s marine renewables success story.

This was followed by a meeting with members of the Sustainable Islands International programme at Scottish Government’s offices at Atlantic Quay in Glasgow. This included ITP Energised, Aggreko, Wood, Star Renewables and Ricardo Energy & Environment who lead the Sustainable Islands International programme.

Currently, Barbados is heavily dependent upon fossil fuels and has set itself some strong targets of 100% of electricity generation from renewable energy sources as well as carbon neutrality by 2030. With many islands in Scotland already delivering this at a smaller scale, and many Scottish companies supporting the delivery of similar targets internationally, there is a strong synergy between the energy objectives of both countries.

Ocean energy is a key part of the GOB strategy, including ocean thermal energy conversion, offshore wind (fixed and floating), seawater air conditioning and wave power.

Orkney’s reputation as a leader in the marine renewables sector is global. The scale and breadth of the endeavour have meant that Orkney is one of the first communities in the world to generate over 100% of its electricity use from renewables. It has led technological advancement in wind, wave, tidal, energy storage and hydrogen; and through employment, community projects, micro installations, energy efficiency measures and local investment the direct benefits have already reached many Orkney households.

Sustainable Islands International members, such as EMEC and Aquatera, have played a leading role in building this reputation. In addition to this, Orkney continues to show it is a world leader in the demonstration of innovative solutions, with concepts developed and projects delivered by companies based in Orkney as well.

Scotland’s experience in delivering island energy systems extend beyond Orkney and includes a number of companies who are members of the Sustainable Islands International programme. Many of whom have delivered systems in Scotland and internationally, including as far and wide as the Caribbean.