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We're Recruiting!

We're Recruiting!

July 8th 2020

Aquatera is expanding and we are looking for experienced, creative, visionary Environmental Consultants to join our unique team.

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SEA Wave & WESE launch a platform for ocean energy data sharing

March 12th 2020

An online platform, MARENDATA, has been launched in collaboration by the SEA Wave and WESE projects to disseminate environmental monitoring data collected within the marine energy industry.

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UK Research and Innovation gives green light to ReFLEX Orkney project

UK Research and Innovation gives green light to ReFLEX Orkney project

February 4th 2020

The ground-breaking ReFLEX Orkney project has passed the first stage gate review, enabling it to move from feasibility stage to demonstration.

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MATES – a Sectoral Skills Alliance in the Maritime Sector

MATES – a Sectoral Skills Alliance in the Maritime Sector

November 7th 2019

The partners of the EU-funded Blueprint project MATES, met in Thessaloniki, Greece on 16 and 17 October 2019. The partners made great strides during the hands-on sessions devoted to the MATES Pilot Experiences, with the design of all 11 now well underway. These 11 Pilot Experiences aim to tackle skill shortages in the shipbuilding and offshore marine renewable industries – two sectors of many which are experiencing both opportunities and challenges with the drive towards a greener, knowledge-driven economy.

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Aquatera leads the next stage of the LAkHsMI project trials around Orkney

Aquatera leads the next stage of the LAkHsMI project trials around Orkney

August 8th 2019

Aquatera has been busy working on the LAkHsMI project, which aims to investigate the potential development of novel electrical and optical ‘sensors for large scale hydrodynamic imaging of the ocean floor’.

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Aquatera's project development company visits its target beneficiary of a renewable energy hybrid system in the Philippines

Aquatera's project development company visits its target beneficiary of a renewable energy hybrid system in the Philippines

August 8th 2019

Oceantera, a joint renewable energy project development company between Aquatera and Philippine-based OceanPixel, conducted a site visit to San Antonio, Island of Dalupiri, Northern Samar, Philippines in order to progress its renewable energy hybrid system pilot project which is being developed in partnership with Poseidon Renewable Energy Corporation.

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Aquatera’s International Development Work

Aquatera’s International Development Work

July 9th 2019

Stromness company, Aquatera, may be better known for its Marine Renewable Energy Development and Environmental Services. However, in recent years it has turned its attention to international community development with the aim of supporting small communities to be more sustainable.

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MATES – A Blueprint for the Future

MATES – A Blueprint for the Future

July 8th 2019

The ambitious Blueprint project, MATES, which focuses on the shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy industries, held a project-milestone workshop on 28 May in Brussels, Belgium. The workshop, ‘Skills Intelligence to Boost Maritime Technologies’, provided a key opportunity for validation of the project’s results to date.

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Orkney company explores international market for energy system of the future

April 17th 2019

As part of the first phase of a new £28.5 million project to create a Virtual Energy System (VES) in Orkney, Scotland, project partner Aquatera has mobilised its UK and international teams to seek out suitable system replication opportunities.

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Energy system of the future to be demonstrated in Orkney

Energy system of the future to be demonstrated in Orkney

April 3rd 2019

The first phase of a new £28.5 million project to create a Virtual Energy System (VES) in Orkney, Scotland, has been launched to digitally link distributed and intermittent renewable generation to flexible demand

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Symposium on Global Market Opportunities for Marine Renewable Energy

Symposium on Global Market Opportunities for Marine Renewable Energy

March 7th 2019

Aquatera Ltd, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories (PNNL), hosted a symposium on Global Market Opportunities for Marine Renewable Energy in Edinburgh on 28th February 2019.

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Orkney Cloud Magazine Launched

Orkney Cloud Magazine Launched

December 13th 2018

Aquatera; in collaboration with IT University of Copenhagen, Laura Watts of Edinburgh University and Mozilla have just launched the Orkney Cloud magazine online

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SEA Wave to explore environmental impacts of wave energy

SEA Wave to explore environmental impacts of wave energy

December 7th 2018

A European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) project has been launched to address long-term environmental concerns around the development of emerging wave energy technologies

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Australian Marine Energy Taskforce Statement

Australian Marine Energy Taskforce Statement

November 26th 2018

Albany Wave Energy Project critical to future growth of global ocean renewable energy sector

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Waste to Wealth

November 10th 2018

Working with communities in Zambia to regenerate waste for use in a biogas system for cooking, heating and lighting

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Crown Estate Devolution in Scotland

November 1st 2018

The Scottish Crown Estate Bill (“the Bill”) made its way through stage two in the Scottish Parliament’s legislative process in September.

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New offshore renewable energy project developer launches in South East Asia

New offshore renewable energy project developer launches in South East Asia

October 31st 2018

Oceantera Energy Corporation (Oceantera)’s first Ocean Energy Service Contract has been approved by the Philippine Department of Energy (DOE).

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Hybrid waste water management plant to use 100% renewable energy and bring low-carbon energy to island communities

Hybrid waste water management plant to use 100% renewable energy and bring low-carbon energy to island communities

October 31st 2018

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A stark warning on Climate Change

October 11th 2018

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released their Special Report this week on “the impacts of global warming of 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emissions pathways”.

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MATES Gaining Momentum in the Maritime Community

MATES Gaining Momentum in the Maritime Community

June 19th 2018

MATES is gaining momentum with five stakeholder workshops completed across Greece, Portugal, the Netherlands, the UK and Spain.

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We are hiring experienced EIA Consultants

June 11th 2018

We are hiring experienced EIA consultants. You could be based in Orkney, Edinburgh, Dublin, London or Wales. If you are interested, please contact gaynor.jones@aquatera.co.uk

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Maritime experts invited to identify education and training needs

Maritime experts invited to identify education and training needs

May 4th 2018

MATES, a four-year European Union funded Erasmus+ project coordinated by the Spanish foundation CETMAR, has recently kicked off its series of maritime-focused workshops in Athens.

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MATES to close gap between skills demand and supply in the maritime sector

MATES to close gap between skills demand and supply in the maritime sector

May 4th 2018

While it is evident that skills are a pathway to employability in the maritime sector, there is still a great divide between industry requirements and provisions made by existing education and training systems.

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Aquatera delivers aquatic energy roadmap to Peru

March 2nd 2018

Another example of the Orkney Islands helping to lead the world energy revolution

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Aquatera success celebrated at SCDI Business Excellence Awards

Aquatera success celebrated at SCDI Business Excellence Awards

September 13th 2017

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Aquatera Celebrating 15 Years of Success

Aquatera Celebrating 15 Years of Success

April 15th 2015

Established in 2000, Aquatera is celebrating 15 years in the marine renewables sector. Aquatera provides a modern and innovative suite of environmental services and products specialising in environmental impact.

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Open Ocean & Aquatera Join Forces

Open Ocean & Aquatera Join Forces

December 9th 2014

French company, Open Ocean SAS and Orkney based Aquatera Ltd. have committed to working together to support the acceleration of marine renewable energy developments in France.

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Global Growth for Aquatera

Global Growth for Aquatera

October 4th 2014

For Aquatera, a growing emphasis of the business involves exporting its expertise overseas. The company is currently operating in countries as far afield as Chile, Japan, France, the USA, Canada and Kazakhstan to name a few.

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Aquatera wins fifth Energy North award

Aquatera wins fifth Energy North award

September 9th 2014

Aquatera was delighted to collect the Best Exporter award for the fourth consecutive year, at this year’s Energy North Awards ceremony, which took place in Inverness on the 4th September.

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Aquatera Welcomes Japanese Students to Orkney

Aquatera Welcomes Japanese Students to Orkney

September 2nd 2014

Aquatera recently hosted a visit from six Japanese students and two teachers from the Kamaishi Super Science High School, in the city of Kamaishi, Japan.

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Aquatera Project Updates, June 2014

June 6th 2014

A selection of updates on some of our current projects, including the Performance Review of Maritime Support Services for Orkney, the Shetland Tidal Bridge, Annex IV and our work in Chile.

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Orkney Vessel Trials Project

May 19th 2014

This project, the Performance Review of Maritime Support Services for Orkney (PRoMSSO), was conceived to explore and characterise the performance of Orkney-located vessels and associated services in carrying out marine renewables operations.

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Final Vessel Trials

Final Vessel Trials

March 10th 2014

Final vessel trials were completed on the 20th February 2014.

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Clump Weight Friction Trial

Clump Weight Friction Trial

January 29th 2014

Sea conditions around Orkney have been challenging over the past few weeks, however all clump weight friction trials at sea have now been completed. The attached pictures detail the operations performed at sea.

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Clump Weight Friction Trial

Clump Weight Friction Trial

December 4th 2013

The first part of the clump weight friction trial was completed last week. This involved pulling two clump weights of different types and at different angles to establish the frictional coefficient for the weights on dry land. This will then be replicated in the sea to compare and correlate the results.

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Further Position Keeping Trials

Further Position Keeping Trials

November 13th 2013

Further position keeping trials were undertaken last week using a multicat work boat. These trials involved the vessels moving around a pre-defined 20m grid using different mooring combinations. Initial results look very promising, although detailed data analysis has still to be completed.

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Aquatera wins Best Exporter at the 2013 Energy North Awards

Aquatera wins Best Exporter at the 2013 Energy North Awards

November 6th 2013

Aquatera enjoyed a successful evening at the 2013 Energy North Awards, which took place at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness on the 31st October.

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Position Keeping Trials

Position Keeping Trials

October 28th 2013

These photos show the team of vessels working on Position Keeping Trials using the gantry barge (GM 700). These trials were undertaken in our test area near the Falls of Warness last week.

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Orcadia Manoeuverability Trial

Orcadia Manoeuverability Trial

October 10th 2013

The multicat Orcadia pictured, completed a manoeuvrability trial on the 4th of October, in the tidal area known as the string between mainland Orkney and the island of Shapinsay.

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Vessel Trial

October 10th 2013

The Vessel Trial earlier this week involved the GM700 gantry barge, in conjunction with the Green Isle and Erlend, undergoing position keeping under tow in a tidal stream. The results were very encouraging and although not yet analysed, would indicate that this method of positioning is suitable for some operations.

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Orkney Maritime Support Project

October 8th 2013

The Orkney Maritime Support Project is a Scottish Government funded scheme, which is being managed through the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The main objective of the project is to co-ordinate a programme of experiments to validate the performance of safe and cost effective approaches to maritime support for marine energy projects.

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International Centre for Island Technology wins funding for 10 MSc. scholarships

August 7th 2013

The Orkney campus of Heriot-Watt University, The International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), has been awarded ten scholarships for Scottish/EU students to study on its world leading Renewable Energy Development and Marine Renewable Energy MSc courses.

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Aquatera - possibly the most experienced marine energy consultancy in the world?

August 7th 2013

It's a bold question to ask but when you consider the pedigree and experience that Aquatera has in the sector it may well be that the question can be considered a true statement. Aquatera's history in marine renewables goes back over 20 years and the level of activity since then has been spectacular.

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Orcadian energy feature March 2013

August 7th 2013

A feature piece in the local newspaper.

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Heriot-Watt University appoints Aquatera for ICIT transition management role

November 19th 2012

Orkney based International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) is Heriot-Watt's campus in the North with an ambition to be a world class facility specialising in marine studies.

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Project VIA: Valuing Intellectual Assets in Renewables Companies in the Highlands and Islands

July 16th 2012

Aquatera joined Project VIA in 2009, having previously worked briefly with the Intellectual Assets Centre (IA Centre) and Jackie Maguire of Coller IP Management, to determine its Intellectual Assets.

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Funding for RNLI Technology Improves Marine Safety in Orkney

Funding for RNLI Technology Improves Marine Safety in Orkney

December 21st 2011

SAFETY in the waters around Orkney has been improved after £4,500 was raised by local marine energy companies to fit Stromness, Kirkwall and Longhope lifeboats with advanced tracking systems.

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Double Success for Aquatera at Energy North Awards 2011

October 10th 2011

Energy North held their inaugural awards ceremony at the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness on 29th September. The event played host to the Energy industry across the Highlands and Islands. Companies and organisations celebrated innovation and successes across the industry.

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Preparations Progressing for Fishing Heritage Celebration

July 13th 2011

With a few days to go final preparations are being made for a series of events and exhibits which celebrate the rich fishing cultural heritage of Orkney and in particular Stromness.

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Wello's Penguin Device Making its Way to Orkney Waters

June 14th 2011

Wello Oy's Penguin wave energy device has left the Riga Shipyard in Latvia and is on its way to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) wave energy test site at Billia Croo near Stromness in Orkney.

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Aquatera Client Announcement: Deployment of Voith Hydro's HyTide Tidal Energy Converter at EMEC's Tidal Test Site

April 6th 2011

Voith Hydro has been issued a Notice of Decommissioning by The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the draft Decommissioning Plan has been prepared for review as required under the Energy Act 2004.

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Aquatera: Celebrating A Decade of Delivery 2000-2010

November 29th 2010

This year Aquatera, one of Scotland's leading environmental and renewables companies, is celebrating its 10th year of providing ground-breaking environmental services and products.

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An Ocean of Opportunities for Aquatera

May 17th 2010

Following a busy year around the Pacific, Orkney consultancy Aquatera is strengthening its links in 2010 with countries surrounding the world's largest ocean.

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Aquatera and Associates Providing a Turnkey Service for Marine Renewables

May 11th 2010

Why did man reach the moon before harnessing energy out at sea? One answer is that he did the simple things first!

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Aquatera Getting to Grips with the Grid

May 10th 2010

Securing suitable grid connections is a core requirement for any renewables project.

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Crown Estate to Announce Successful Bids for Pentland Firth Seabed Leases

March 15th 2010

THE scale of potential marine renewables developments in Orkney waters, including the Pentland Firth, will become clearer next Tuesday as the Crown Estate announces the successful bidders for seabed leases for wave and tidal devices.

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2009: A Typically Busy Year for Aquatera

September 15th 2009

Aquatera's MD, Dr Gareth Davies, provides an insight into a typical year at the leading environmental consultancy…

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Aquatera Successfully Expanding into Growing US Renewables Market

September 14th 2009

This week Aquatera, one of Scotland's leading environmental and renewables companies, is returning to Oregon for the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET)'s Wave Week event.

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Aquatera Attending the 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference

September 7th 2009

Aquatera Ltd, the Orkney-based environmental consultancy, will be attending the 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC). The conference is being held in Uppsala Castle, Uppsala, Sweden, and runs from 7 to 10 September 2009.

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Aquatera Insight Being Used Around Pacific Rim

June 1st 2009

Experience gained in the seas around Orkney is guiding the development of wave energy generation around the Pacific coast.

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Aquatera's Model for Multi-billion Pound Investment

May 20th 2009

Five years of effort have gone into a new modelling system designed to maximise the success of the emerging marine renewables industry.

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Aquatera: Delving into the Depths of the Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters

May 20th 2009

Increasing numbers of marine energy developers are calling on local expertise as they embark on the huge challenge of generating marine energy in the Pentland Firth and throughout Orkney's waters.

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Stromness Focus for European Fishing Heritage Workshop

January 19th 2009

Next week Stromness, Orkney will be the focal point for a Europe wide initiative aimed at helping communities make best use of their fishing cultural heritage.

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Aquatera and ITRI Sign Contract to Conduct an Evaluation Study into the Development of Wave Energy in Taiwan

December 8th 2008

The leading marine renewables company Aquatera Ltd, based in Orkney, Scotland, and Taiwan-based Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) have commenced a study to assess the potential for wave energy development in Taiwan.

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Aquatera Publishes Images of Orkney as You Have Never Seen it Before!

December 3rd 2008

Aquatera Ltd, the Stromness-based company specialising in environmental services and products, is releasing a range of posters, entitled 'Satellite Views of Orkney', depicting the Islands of Orkney as you have never seen them before.

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Article by Dr Gareth Davies, Managing Director of Aquatera, Published in Energy World Magazine

November 28th 2008

An article written by Aquatera Ltd's Managing Director, Dr Gareth Davies, has been published in the energy publication, Energy World magazine.

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Reflections on the Prospects, Opportunities and Pitfalls of Marine Renewables Developments Around Orkney, Caithness and Sutherland

November 5th 2008

By Gareth Davies, Chair of Orkney Renewable Energy Forum and Managing Director of Aquatera Ltd, Stromness, Orkney, UK.

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Aquatera Begins HIE-sponsored Tidal Energy Data Survey

November 4th 2008

Aquatera Ltd has commenced a Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE)-funded tidal energy data survey to draw together current data relevant to marine energy developments in the Pentland Firth.

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Article by Dr Gareth Davies, Managing Director of Aquatera, Published in energyengineering Magazine

October 20th 2008

An article written by Aquatera Ltd's Managing Director, Dr Gareth Davies, has been published in issue nineteen of the renewable energy publication,energyengineering magazine.

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Ethnographer Investigating Orkney Innovation

June 30th 2008

How does the landscape, the people, and the location of Orkney make a difference to how the future is imagined there? How might that differ to the way the future is created in London or Silicon Valley - places very different to Orkney? How does the future get done differently, in different places?

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Aquatera Going Global with Marine Renewables Experience

May 2nd 2008

A presentation in Portugal earlier this year highlighted the international role Orkney companies are playing in the evolution of marine renewables.

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Aquatera Building Grid Links to the Future

May 2nd 2008

An Orkney company's expertise is helping to shape the debate over how best to deliver renewable energy from areas with the best resources to big centres of population.

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Banking Those Good Ideas - Plans for Establishing an Intellectual Property Centre in Orkney

May 2nd 2008

Time spent at a top American business school gave Gareth Davies a big idea - for a "bank" for good ideas modelled on a successful institution based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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