Orion to aid Scottish marine renewable energy program

The Orion Energy in Scotland has joined hands with a consortium of companies targeting cost reductions in the marine renewables sector.

The site is found suitable by experts in industry for new mooring and anchoring systems development under a £1.8m project undertaken by Tension Technology.

The group consists of Bluewater Services, University of Exeter, Bridon International, Vryhof Engineering, TenCate Geosynthetics, Pelamis Wave Power and DNV GL.

The anchor bag and mooring line system will be verified at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney.


Orion’s services will be used to conduct scale model wave tank tests of complete mooring systems along with a 6D camera tracking system that will be used to check performance as well as buoy dynamics.

Orion provides an important hub for the project while the consortium is able to tap into the expertise and marine renewable energy heritage associated with this facility, said, Stephen Banfield, managing director, Tension Technology.

Everyone at Orion is happy to be involved in such an innovative project. Company is well placed to offer best in testing conditions and professional expertise, commented, Ken Tease, renewables manager, Orion Energy.

The project receives grant from Scottish government under the Marine Renewables Commercialization Fund.

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