Caithness Renewables Ltd's director, Louise Smith, was part of the industry changing
Pentland Firth Marine Energy Project, working for Highlands and Islands Enterprise
from 2008 to 2010 to secure the world's first commercial scale seabed leasing round
and negotiated grid improvements in the north.
The region offers the following:-
· Supportive community.
· Academic institutions notably the ERI's Centre for Energy and the Environment (CfEE)
and the Engineering, Technology and Energy Centre (ETEC) at North Highland College,
Thurso, part of the University of the Highlands & Islands.
· Specialist engineering and fabrication companies capitalising on synergies with
offshore oil & gas, and nuclear & nuclear decommissioning, including JGC Engineering
who have secured a contract to construct MeyGen’s substructure components.
· The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) providing unique test facilities for marine
energy devices in the open sea.
· Environmental specialists bringing local knowledge into their services.
· Skilled workforce currently transitioning into renewable energy jobs through retraining,
secondment, new contracts and partnerships.
· Ports, industrial estates and other infrastructure being made ready to support
Caithness Renewables works with UK based developers and other geographic regions
around the world to safely establish the wave and tidal industry, fitting with the
marine environment and communities.
Please see ‘Our Team’ for details of Juvénal Dufaur, our Oceanographer, who in 2014
completed a NERC funded project in partnership with the Environmental Research Institute
to further understand turbulence effects on tidal devices in the Pentland Firth.