Alistair Gray - Finance DirectorA finance graduate and Chartered Accountant, Alistair has extensive business experience. From 1997 Alistair was a Board Member of Highlands and Islands Enterprise and for six years was involved in a wide variety of economic and community projects across the network. In August 2005 he was appointed to the Board of EMEC with specific responsibility for finance.Click here to send an e-mail to Alistair Gray
Hugh MacNab - HIE RepresentativeHugh spent 20 years as production director in the textile manufacturing industry and 15 years with HIE. As head of finance for industry he was responsible for supervising the development of HIE investments in many private and public sector projects throughout the Highlands and Islands. He was appointed as a non-executive director of EMEC in January 2004.Click here to send an e-mail to Hugh MacNab
Ian Bryden - Research DirectorIan has been a non-executive director of EMEC since 2005 and has specific responsibility for research. He holds the Chair of Renewable Energy at the University of Edinburgh and is also Research Director for the multi-institutional Supergen Marine Research Consortium, a member of the Scottish Government Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS) and, in 2001, he acted as specialist advisor to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee enquiry into wave and tidal current energy.Click here to send an e-mail to Ian Bryden
John Griffiths - Technical/Health&Safety DirectorJohn is a chemical engineer, with 41 years experience as a General Manager, Consultant, Project Manager & Engineering Manager as well as in a range of Operational and Technical roles. John is a non-Executive Director of EMEC and executes contract roles relating to development of Management Systems, leadership of the Standards Project and some site development activity.Click here to send an e-mail to John Griffiths
There are also a number of observers to the Board:
Orkney Islands Council
The Carbon Trust
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David Cowan – Research & Consents ManagerDavid joined EMEC in September 2010. As Research and Consents Manager, his role comprises the day-to-day management of three areas: i) consents and licensing of developers’ devices at EMEC; ii) research projects; iii) the handling of data that EMEC acquires for use in-house and by developers.Click here to send an e-mail to David Cowan
Matthew Finn - Research & Project CoordinatorMatthew joined EMEC in February 2006. His primary role covers the coordination of a diverse range of research projects underway at EMEC. Beyond this Matthew is actively involved in liaising with the marine renewables industrial and academic communities to develop new areas of research and development for EMEC.Click here to send an e-mail to Matthew Finn
John Lawrence - HydrodynamicistJohn joined EMEC in August 2008. He provides a service for the calculation and reporting of the marine resource across the range of EMEC wave and tidal testing facilities. John also responds to developer and academic enquiries concerning information on sea resource measurements.Click here to send an e-mail to John Lawrence
Christina Bristow – Research & Consents AssistantChristina joined EMEC in May 2010. She works with developers taking them through the consenting process at EMEC, and assists with the liaison between developers, regulators and regulatory consultees. She also assists with the ongoing research and monitoring projects, and brings a strong numerical background to the team.Click here to send an e-mail to Christina Bristow
Jennifer Falconer – Data TechnicianJennifer joined EMEC in June 2010. She assists the Hydrodynamicist with quality control and reporting of the marine resource across the range of EMEC wave and tidal testing facilities. She responds to developer and academic enquiries concerning information on sea resource measurements and maintains the flow of data to appropriate parties. Click here to send an e-mail to Jennifer Falconer
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bill Edgar - ChairmanAn engineering graduate of Birmingham and Strathclyde Universities, Bill was formerly a Group Director of John Wood Group plc and Chief Executive of the National Engineering Laboratory. He is currently Chairman of Subsea UK Ltd and a non-executive Director of Online Electronics Ltd. He is a past President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a Fellow of both the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He became a CBE in 2003.Click here to send an e-mail to Bill Edgar
Stuart Baird - Operations DirectorStuart joined EMEC in April 2009 and has responsibility for ensuring that EMEC operations are planned and executed in a safe and professional manner to meet agreed Client objectives. He also deputises for the Managing Director in his absence and provides support in all operational aspects of EMEC work. Click here to send an e-mail to Stuart Baird
Graham Bleakley - Senior Operations EngineerGraham joined EMEC in May 2009 and ensures all day to day operations are planned & executed safely and in accordance with EMEC policy. He also deputises for the Operations Director in his absence, leads the Duty Manager team, monitors contracted technical services, plans asset maintenance & replacement and supports accreditation activities.Click here to send an e-mail to Graham Bleakley
Chris White - Senior Test EngineerChris joined EMEC in June 2006 and works with developers to manage electrical connections issues and to solve operational problems of a technical and electrical nature. He provides first line technical support at substation sites.Click here to send an e-mail to Chris White
Stuart Flett – Electrical & Test EngineerStuart joined EMEC in January 2011 and assists with acquisition & reporting of electrical performance data and management of client’s electrical connections. He also assists with the maintenance and record keeping of the EMEC 11kV system. Click here to send an e-mail to Stuart Flett
Chris Casely - Engineering TechnicianChris was appointed as Engineering Technician in March 2009 and assists in maintaining availability and proper functioning of all HV electrical connections and SCADA system associated with the test sites. He also works with Developers to solve operational problems of a technical or data-related nature and provides first line technical support at substation sites (wave & tidal) including "engineer level" maintenance of SCADA system.Click here to send an e-mail to Chris Casely
Donald Sinclair – Engineering TechnicianDonald was appointed as Engineering Technician in July 2010 and assists in maintaining availability and proper functioning of all HV electrical connections and SCADA system associated with the test sites. He also works with Developers to solve operational problems of a technical or data-related nature and provides first line technical support at substation sites (wave & tidal) including “engineer level” maintenance of SCADA system.Click here to send an e-mail to Donald Sinclair
Mark Wemyss – Maintenance TechnicianMark joined EMEC in January 2011 and he maintains EMEC marine, electrical & electronic assets and general facilities to a high standard. He also carries out setup, deployment and maintenance on EMEC marine assets including waverider buoys, current profilers, met stations and other marine instruments. Click here to send an e-mail to Mark Wemyss
RESEARCH AND CONSENTS TEAM
Jennifer Norris - Research DirectorJennifer joined EMEC in November 2003 and was Research and Consents Manager until April 2010. In May she took on the new role of Research Director and is now responsible for all Research and Consents related issues, including developing and delivering EMEC’s growing involvement in Research, which has an emphasis on industry needs. She also continues to oversee EMEC’s consents activities which help to ensure a smooth path to deployment.Click here to send an e-mail to Jennifer Norris
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MEMBERS OF STAFF
Neil Kermode - Managing DirectorNeil was appointed as Managing Director in November 2005. He is directly accountable to the Board for all operations and is responsible for meeting the Board's objectives for EMEC's operational, environmental, financial and commercial performance.Click here to send an e-mail to Neil Kermode
Richard Morris - Commercial DirectorRichard was appointed to the role of Commercial Director in April 2009, supporting the Managing Director to enable the vision for EMEC growth. He provides a business development regime for EMEC that establishes a firm commercial approach; liaises with developers, funders, and partners; and participates in new initiatives driving growth and revenue.Click here to send an e-mail to Richard Morris
Eileen Linklater - Client Relationship and Marketing ManagerEileen joined EMEC in August 2009 and has responsibility for monitoring and managing contracts with developers and ensuring the goals of both parties are met. Eileen is the point of contact for prospective developers and visitors to EMEC and deals with public relations and marketing enquiries.Click here to send an e-mail to Eileen Linklater
Donna Ritch - AdministratorDonna joined EMEC in October 2006 and has responsibility for administration and finance which includes all aspects of office management, providing support to the Managing Director and Board, and maintaining the web site. Donna also carries out the role of local Quality Manager ensuring that the Integrated Management System operates effectively. Click here to send an e-mail to Donna Ritch
Frances Flett - Administration AssistantFrances joined EMEC in May 2009 and supports the Administrator and other members of staff by providing key administrative services to the organisation. This includes providing 'front of house' services for visitors and booking travel and accommodation for members of staff.Click here to send an e-mail to Frances Flett
Wave Hub "plugged in" and open for business
The pioneering Wave Hub marine energy project has been ‘plugged in’ for the first time since its installation over the summer and is officially open for business.
Wave Hub has created the world’s largest test site for wave energy technology by building a grid-connected socket on the seabed 16 kilometres off the coast of Cornwall in South West England, to which wave power devices can be connected and their performance evaluated.
Yesterday (November 2), the complete system underwent its first full test when it was connected to the grid network via a new substation that has been built at Hayle, where Wave Hub’s 33kV cable comes ashore.
Wave Hub’s general manager Guy Lavender, speaking today at the RenewableUK annual conference and exhibition in Glasgow, said: “We’ve been continually testing the integrity of the whole system during the installation process but yesterday was the first time it was fully energised and plugged in to the grid, and I’m delighted to say that it went without a hitch.
“From today the system will be permanently energised and monitored, so Wave Hub is well and truly open for business.”
The penultimate stage of Wave Hub’s installation is expected to be completed today (Nov 3) when the last of 177 concrete ‘mattresses’ is laid on top of the subsea cable. The 25 kilometre cable is buried under the seabed to around five kilometres offshore and thereafter has been covered with 91,000 tonnes of rock. The mattresses are being laid at regular intervals on top of the rock to ensure the cable is secure.
Next week a marker buoy will be installed to record Wave Hub’s position, and that will be the final part of the physical installation.
The £42 million Wave Hub project has been developed by the South West RDA (Regional Development Agency) and is a cornerstone of its strategy to develop a world class marine energy industry in South West England and the UK.
Guy Lavender added: “There has been some speculation about Wave Hub's future given that the South West RDA is due to be abolished by March 2012. But the future of Wave Hub and its ongoing operation are not in doubt, and the project is fully funded as we continue to seek commercial customers.
“What we don't yet know is who will own the asset when the RDA is gone, and that is being discussed. But that has no impact on Wave Hub's continued role as a vital facility for the development of the wave energy industry in the UK and overseas.”
Wave Hub’s first customer will be Ocean Power Technologies, using its PowerBuoy wave energy converter.
Wave Hub consists of a 12-tonne steel chamber on the seabed in 55 metres of water some 16kms offshore connected to land via an armoured subsea cable. The chamber splits the main subsea cable into four 300 metre ‘tails’, each of which serves one of the four berths available at Wave Hub.
The project holds a 25-year lease on an eight square kilometre area of sea, and each berth measures 1km by 2km. The Wave Hub site boasts one of the best wave climates in Europe and the system has a capacity of 20MW, but is designed to be scaled up to 50MW in the future.
Wave Hub is being funded with £12.5 million from the South West RDA, £20 million from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme and £9.5 million from the UK government.
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