The Engineer Q&A: marine energy generation

Your chance to put questions to some of the UK’s leading wave and tidal energy engineers.

The prospect of a British marine energy industry is frequently raised by the writers and readers of The Engineer. Yet despite the large number of wave and tidal generators under development in the UK, and the potential generating capacity our Atlantic island geography offers, we seem forever stuck on the edge of a marine renewables revolution.

For our latest readers’ Q&A we’ve lined up several experts from the UK’s nascent marine energy sector to answer your questions about the engineering challenges involved in making wave and tidal power a reality. What still needs to be done to bring more of this technology to a commercial level and how much of a contribution to our renewable targets could marine energy really make?

Providing answers will be engineers from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland; Aquamarine Power, the firm behind the Oyster wave power devices (pictured) being tested with EMEC in Orkney; and Marine Current Turbines, the Bristol company acquired by Siemens that installed the world’s first offshore tidal turbine in 2003 and has been running its commercial-scale SeaGen turbines since 2008.

Comments are now closed. Thank you for your questions. We’ll publish the answers in the September issue of The Engineer and here on the website.