Scotland to Aid Japan Marine Energy Development Post Fukushima

Scotland will help Japan develop marine energy as the nation seeks to find alternatives to nuclear power following the accident at the Fukushima atomic plant a year ago.

Scotland’s European Marine Energy Center Ltd. signed an agreement with the Ocean Energy Association of Japan to help set up Japan’s first marine energy test center, EMEC said today in an e-mailed statement.

The facility, called the Japanese Marine Energy Center, will develop new energy sources. Japan’s Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd. said last year that it plans to test tidal energy technology at the Orkney-based EMEC.

The EMEC is a test facility for devices that harness the power of waves and tides. It was set up in 2003 with 30 million pounds ($47 million) of funding including from the U.K and Scottish governments as well as the European Union. The Orkney institution could provide advice and support on the design and operation of the Japanese center, according to the statement.

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