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Join Our Study Tour to Orkney

27 - 30. May 2019


Event registration is closed.

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Jon Clipsham and BIG HIT - Photo by EMEC

You are invited to join our study tour and meet a variety of leading renewable players at Orkney, Scotland. Our focus will be on wave and tidal power, renewable energy master programmes and hydrogen production, storage and use.

Crossover aspects between the energy and ocean industries is the focus for the study tour in addition to potential business, university and community collaboration.

Representatives from ICIT will give a presentation about the different renewable master programmes. EMEC offers information about their leading purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities for wave and tidal energy converters. We will visit their onshore facilities at the Billia Croo substation (wave energy).

The Orkney Islands Council gives an orientation about public transportation and ferries in Orkney. Staff from Surf ‘n’ Turf and Community Energy Scotland will tell us about the BIG HIT project and hydrogen production, storage and use. On a trip to the island Shapinsay you will experience a hydrogen production site and the use of fuel cells to produce electric power from stored hydrogen.

The delegation from Norway will be a mix of renewable energy bachelor students, university staff, R&D-players, community organisations and different businesses related to the subject.
There will be scheduled time for individual meetings or business visits. The programme will be adjusted according to the participating businesses’ requests. Hence, we will connect you to relevant players in Orkney.


27 May

Travel to Kirkwall and Stromness

28 May

09:00 Introduction to GCE Ocean Technology & Hub for Ocean
09:10 Short introductions to Norwegian actors
09:30 Introduction to International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) and their postgraduate programmes, Sandy Kerr
10:00 Aquatera, Ian Johnstone
10:30 European Marine Energy Center (EMEC), Jon Clipsham
11:00 Developer at EMEC, TBA
11:20 Break
11:45 Group 1 to Billia Croo, Group 2 lunch at Royal Hotel
13:00 Group 1 Lunch at Royal Hotel, Group 2 Billia Croo
15:15 Tenders and operations for marine passenger and tourist transportation in Orkney, Brian Archibald, Orkney Harbour Authority
16:15 Free time/ individual meetings
19:00 Unformal gathering at Royal Hotel with students, ICIT staff, local businesses ++

29 May

10:00 Bus to Kirkwall, short stop and info by H2 refuelling station
11:00 Big Hit Project, Community Energy Scotland and visit port fuel cell station/container
12:30 Lunch
13:20 Community engagement into the hydrogen business, Andrew Stennett, Eday Renewable Energy Ltd.
14:30 TBA / individual meetings
17:30 Reception by Orkney Islands Council - Council Chamber in Kirkwall
20:00 Dinner Ayre Hotel
23:45 Ferry to Aberdeen

30 May

Return to Norway

Participation and Costs

The study tour is open for all Norwegian businesses with no participation fee for members of GCE Ocean Technology, Maritime Forening Sogn og Fjordane and Ocean Hyway Cluster who are prioritised participants, all other are handled after the first-come, first-served principle.

Participation fee for non-members is 3000,- NOK per person.

Participants pay their own expenses (i.e. travel, accommodation, food and drink) and order accomodation and plane tickets individually.

Learn more about GCE Ocean Technology membership.


The tour is now fully booked, but contact Trond Strømgren if you would like to register for the wait list.


The study tour is organised in cooperation with:


Contact Information

Thea Båtevik

Innovation Consultant

Thea Båtevik