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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:

  • Introduction to Aquatera, EMEC and ICIT and their master programmes
  • Presentation of Norwegian players
  • Excursion to EMEC’s Billia Croo wave test site.

29 May:

  • Orientation about BIG HIT and public transportation and ferries in Orkney
  • Excursion to Shapinsay and introduction to hydrogen projects
  • Ferry to Aberdeen late in the evening (or plane next morning)

30 May: Return to Norway

Detailed programme will be published in March.

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

Trond Strømgren

Ocean Technology Innovator

Trond Strømgren