The European Marine Energy Centre has signed up to become a member of the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association (NaMICPA), in a bid to help support the development of marine renewables in Japan and stimulate further collaboration with Scotland.

EMEC, represented by Commercial Director Oliver Wragg, became a member during a marine energy trade mission to Japan in March 2015 which focused on keeping Scottish companies up to date with developments in the Japanese renewable energy market and assessing market opportunities within the region.

Organised by Scottish Development International (SDI), the third Offshore Renewable Mission to Japan saw Scottish companies meet with key government organisations as well as some of Japan’s biggest companies including Kawasaki and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

"International collaboration is vital for the development of the marine renewables industry," said Oliver Wragg. "Only by working with other countries can we ensure that there is a global market available for clients testing their pioneering devices in Scotland, so we are delighted to become members of NaMICPA to help support the Nagasaki Prefecture, and Japan in general, in the pursuit of a sustainable energy mix."

Earlier this year, EMEC played host to a group of politicians and business leaders from Nagasaki Prefecture. The group toured the centre to learn more about its role at the forefront of the global wave and tidal energy sector.