Video Library

The Aquatera Video Library is a dynamic collection of videos related to the environment, which are both interesting and relevant to projects conducted by Aquatera. They originate either from Aquatera or from third parties.

Singapore Tidal Energy Demonstration Project by Envirotek

This Tidal In-Stream Energy Demo Project in Singapore led by Envirotek Pte Ltd in collaboration with OceanPixel Pte Ltd and Nanyang Technological University showcases the feasibility and viability of such appropriate technologies for island regions such as South East Asia. A 50kW Schottel In-Stream Turbine from Schottel Hydro is integrated into a Catamaran Platform build by Lita Ocean Pte Ltd. Technical Expertise and Marine Operations Management Support from Aquatera and Orcades Marine helped in making sure the project was a success. Video courtesy of Envirotek Singapore (

COP26 - How the World Could Benefit From UK Leadership in Marine Energy

The Energy Transition Hub at COP26 presents "How the World Could Benefit From UK Leadership in Marine Energy", chaired by Aquatera Group Chair Gareth Davies and with panellists from Orbital Marine Power, QED Naval Ltd and Sustainable Marine. Video courtesy of RenewableUK.

Local Zero podcast: Fuel poverty and net zero

Fuel poverty is a pervasive and persistent issue for some of society's most vulnerable groups. How can the push for net zero help to end fuel poverty, and how can local solutions help? We meet fuel poor households in Glasgow, and visit Orkney - which has some of the UK's worst fuel poverty - but also some of the most innovative solutions.

Guests: Prof Aimee Ambrose, Energy Policy professor at Sheffield Hallam University and chair of the UK's Fuel Poverty Research Network; Luke Fraser from The Orkney Islands Council on Orkney's pioneering energy project ReFLEX; Gareth Davies from Orkney-based company Aquatera, also on ReFLEX.

Listen to the podcast here.

Podcast created by EnergyRev

Orkney: leading a green recovery

From in partnership with Orkney Renewable Energy Forum, discover Orkney's renewable energy story. Decades of experience harnessing the elements across our remote island-chain has placed Orkney on firm footing to lead a green recovery. 

Technology in play, today: RADMapp

"Aquatera's RADMapp identifies key renewable resources across the UKCS including wind, wave, tidal and solar. By replacing umbilical power with alternative energy sources, the industry can harness renewable power to reduce offshore emissions, saving £145 million if applied to 20% of UKCS marginal developments!"

Video courtesy of Net Zero Technology Centre.

Tidal Farm Infield Cabling

Within the marine renewables industry a cost-effective solution for in-field electric cable deployment in strong tidal flow conditions was needed. Led by Aquatera Ltd and in collaboration with Green Marine, the cabling project demonstrates an innovative and highly effective method of cable deployment, protection and recovery. 

Orkney Vessel Trials Project

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.

Seabed Based ADCP Installation on the MV Orcadia

Boat Based ADCP Installation on the MV Lodesman

Ocean Power Technologies Deployment of PB150 PowerBuoy in the North Sea, Scotland

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT), deployed its PowerBuoy® PB150 device at a site approximately 33 nautical miles from Invergordon, Scotland. Initial test results from this first of the company's new generation of utility-scale wave energy devices exceeded expectations.

Stromness based Aquatera were involved in the deployment, by performing the necessary consultation work to gain consents from Marine Scotland and providing general operational support to OPT.

For More details about this deployment, see the related press release on the OPT website.

Wello's Penguin Wave Energy Device Arriving in Lyness on the Island of Hoy, Orkney

Wello Oy’s Penguin wave energy device arrived in Orkney, having been towed from the Riga Shipyard in Latvia. It was berthed in Lyness in preparation for deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) wave energy test site at Billia Croo near Stromness. The Penguin’s entire deployment programme was managed by a team of Orkney-based companies, led by Stromness-based consultancy, Aquatera, and marine operations management company, Orcades Marine Management Consultants.

Open-Centre Tidal Turbine at the EMEC Tidal Test Site in Orkney

OpenHydro's Open-Centre Turbine is one of the first tidal energy technologies in the world to reach the stage of deployment at sea. It has since 2006, various models have been deployed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal energy test site at the Fall of Warness, off Eday in Orkney. Aquatera has played a hands-on role through most of the major stages of this deployment, with personnel sitting alongside the OpenHydro management team (in the office and at sea), and contributing to the ongoing decision making process.

Aquatera carried out a device-specific EIA for deployment of the trial device, which was in line with EMEC's EIA procedures, the development of which Aquatera was also involved in. In preparation for the deployment of the device, Aquatera established an appropriate risk assessment procedure and inherent risk identification process. During the preparations for deployment of the device, Aquatera also provided installation and operational support to OpenHydro, and helped to coordinate services from subcontractors who subsequently provided excellent support to the project. This covered diverse areas, such as turbine delivery, fabrication facilities, aggregate supply, work sheds, waste reception, photographic services, and marine support including marine superintendence.

Pelamis P2 Device at the EMEC Wave Test Site in Orkney

In 2003, Pelamis Wave Power (formerly Ocean Power Delivery) selected the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), at Billia Croo, off the west coast of Orkney, as the location for trialling its prototype Pelamis Wave Energy Converter device.

The company was keen to develop strong links with local companies to provide support for its business. Aquatera conducted the preliminary EIA for deployment of the the original Pelamis device at the EMEC wave energy test site. Aquatera also teamed up with Scotrenewables to provide additional logistics, light engineering, marine operations, PR and local communications support to PWP during its time in Orkney.

Subsequently, the Pelamis P2 device has been built for the energy developer E.ON UK. At 180 metres in length, this second generation machine is far larger than the original Pelamis prototype previously tested at EMEC's wave test site. This video shows footage of the P2 device arriving at Billia Croo in August 2010.

Global Aircraft Congestion

This video gives a fascinating insight into the sheer volume of air traffic around the world every day.

Daily Air Traffic Over Europe

Daily aircraft movements in the skies above Europe are shown in this video.

Offshore Support Vessel Operating in the Stormy North Sea

This video demonstrates the challenges faced by operators of support vessels during stormy conditions in the North Sea, and is relevant to the renewables sector as well as the oil and gas industry.

Better Place Electric Vehicle Battery Switch Technology Demo

This video demonstrates the simple procedure involved in changing the battery of an electric car using Better Place's Electric Vehicle Battery Switch Technology in Yokohama, Japan. The battery swich part of the process takes under 1 minute 15 seconds.

Vortex Induced Vibration Damaging the Tacoma Narrow Bridge

The Tacoma Narrow Bridge Suffered Structural Failure Due to Vortex Induced Vibration (VIV) in the 1940s. VIV is a major challenge for tidal devices and connecting cables.

Tug Boat in a North Sea Storm

Dramatic footage of a tug boat operating in stormy conditions in the North Sea off of Lowestoft.

Pelamis at Aguçadoura