Marine Scotland

  • EMEC – 10 year celebrations

    4th December 2013 by

    To celebrate the 10thanniversary of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), a symposium was held in Orkney with a programme of site visits prior to and after the main event. EMEC was established in 2003 and is currently the only test centre of its kind in the world, providing 14 berths for both tidal and...

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  • MeyGen tidal development granted consent

    4th December 2013 by

    On 16th September 2013, the Minister for Energy, Enterprise & Tourism Fergus Ewing announced that he had awarded consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to MeyGen Limited to construct and operate a tidal array situated in the Inner Sound of the Pentland Firth. The first phase of the development has a total...

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  • Summary Report on Wave & Tidal Demonstration Zone Identification Process has been released

    3rd December 2013 by

    The Crown Estate published a report which gives details of the seabed areas which has been defined as demonstration zones for the leasing process for wave and tidal test and demonstration projects from 2013 onwards. Seven demonstration zones have been defined across the UK: Four of the zones are in places with tidal current resources,...

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  • Floating Statoil wind farm planned off coast of Peterhead

    3rd December 2013 by

    The Hywind project will see the five turbines operate in waters several miles from land in a move towards creating an economically viable scheme. It comes after the Crown Estate granted an agreement to Norwegian firm Statoil. Scottish Finance Secretary John Swinney has welcomed the deal, saying it was a step towards harnessing a big...

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  • Scottish Renewables Marine Conference, 16-17 Sept 2013

    3rd December 2013 by

    Staff from MSS and LOT attended the Scottish Renewables Wave and Tidal conference in Inverness on the 16th and 17th of September. This is a condensed conference with 24 hours of exhibits, meetings, technology updates and state of the industry revelations squeezed across two days. This year there were 34 stands and 350 attendees, so,...

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  • Review of Noise Effects of Operational Offshore Wind Turbines including noise transmission through various foundation types

    3rd December 2013 by

    MS published a review of the acoustic output of operational off-shore wind turbines and its dependence on the type of foundation structure used. Three foundation types are examined in this report: jacket, monopile and gravity foundation. The acoustic output from each of these foundation types is then compared to curves representing the hearing and behavioural...

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  • Study on habitat modelling for harbour porpoises in the Moray Firth has been published

    3rd December 2013 by

    MSS has recently deployed 30 CPoDs on the east coast of Scotland.  The aim of this network is to allow us to monitor the bottlenose dolphin population during wind farm construction.  Data from the same device have been used in a recently published study by Dr. Kate Brookes, to validate a habitat association model for...

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  • Marine Analytical Unit weekly update – 27 November

    28th November 2013 by

    There are two updates from the Analytical Unit: 27th November: Inshore Fisheries Groups 20th November: The guest article for this is Offshore Renewable Energy and UK Electricity Market Reform Related Links All previous Marine Analytical Unit updates

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  • Marine Analytical Unit weekly updates

    26th November 2013 by

    The Marine Analytical Unit provides a weekly briefing to Ministers reporting on the latest management information about fish landings, fish prices, and uptake of effort and quota. The briefing also includes a short article’reporting on an issue of topical interest, for example new fisheries-related research. In the latest brief (November 13th), there is an guest article...

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  • Scotland’s Brahan project goes live

    20th November 2013 by

    Live information about the speed and direction of Scotland’s ocean currents has been made available for the first time. Using high frequency radar technologies Marine Scotland’s Brahan project is providing ocean current information from a wide section of Scotland’s large marine area – up to 200km offshore. The results which are not currently available from...

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