Orcadian energy feature March 2013
Aquatera was established in 2000 in Orkney, Scotland to provide a modern and innovative suite of environmental services and products. The company delivers to local, UK and worldwide markets and has established a strong track record in the marine renewable energy and other energy sectors. This work includes preparation of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and environmental impact assessment (EIA) documents for renewable energy projects and strategies; as well as resource assessment studies, risk assessments, design advice, operations support, environmental surveying, developing visualisation tools and producing information and awareness materials. In addition to environmental projects, Aquatera currently manages Heriot-Watt university’s Orkney Campus, ICIT. Across Aquatera and ICIT it is responsible for some 35 staff and contracts with a further pool of associates at home and overseas.
Aquatera has a passion for renewable energy development, believing that it can provide substantial amounts of quality energy, which can be used to offset energy produced from carbon-emitting technologies. The company works locally and across the world. Current projects include Chile, Kazakhstan, Norway and Taiwan to name a few.
In addition to experience in renewable energy, Aquatera and its associates have a vast knowledge of wider environmental and social studies, particularly in offshore and coastal areas. The team has completed numerous research projects, including a number funded by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and other government bodies, and are expert practitioners in their various fields. Aquatera’s support IT, multimedia and graphic design specialists are also leaders in their respective fields.
Aquatera is a multi-award winning company and was most recently recognised through the acclaimed Energy North Awards (2011 and 2012) which commended Aquatera's contribution to the export of marine renewables products and services across the globe. In addition to winning the Export award 2 years running; Managing Director Dr Gareth Davies was the first to win the Ambassador Award for services above and beyond the call of duty in the industry.
Aquatera has a proven track record in finding solutions in challenging marine environments. It is a well respected company that thinks locally and acts globally.