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Are you interested in coming with us to the Orkney Islands?

From Study tour to Orkney Island in 2019

Then we want to hear from you! Over the past years we have organized study tours to Orkney Islands to meet leading renewable players and learn about wave and tidal power, hydrogen production, storage, and use.

If there is interest among our members, we would like to arrange a trip to the Orkneys in the spring 2022.

Please register your interest to: Maria Brandsøy, within 1 February (not binding).

Why Orkney?

The Orkney islands has some of the best conditions for renewable energy in Europe. Due to their location and exposure to wind, they are home to the highest concentration of small and micro wind turbines in the UK, as well as several larger community owned and commercial turbines.

Orkney has also got a renowned test site, placing them at the forefront of the development of marine renewables – technologies that generate electricity for homes and businesses by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams. As the first centre of its kind to be created anywhere in the world, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) offers developers the opportunity to test full scale grid connected prototype devices in unrivalled wave and tidal conditions

However, renewable energy production uptake has proved successful throughout the community of Orkney to the point where energy generation now exceeds Orkney’s own needs. Production is greater than the capacity of Orkney’s existing grid connection to mainland Scotland. The different hydrogen projects on the islands offers a way to address these issues. There are several ongoing projects, and they produce their own hydrogen both for transportation and heating.

The study trip will focus on wave and tidal energy, hydrogen production, storage and use, crossover aspects between the energy and ocean industries and collaboration between businesses, universities and communities. There will be scheduled time available 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.

Practical information

The study tour is open for all Norwegian businesses.

  • There will be a discounted fee for members of Ocean Hyway Cluster, Hub for Ocean and GCE Ocean Technology, who are prioritised participants. All others are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Maximum 25 participants.
  • Participants pay their own expenses (i.e. travel, accommodation, food and drink) and order accommodation and plane tickets individually.

Please register your interest to Maria Brandsøy, within 1 February (not binding).


The study tour is in collaboration with:

Contact Information

Owe Hagesæther

Chief Executive Officer

Owe Hagesæther