The Orkney Islands north of Scotland have taken a different route. The archipelago is a rugged place. The winds roar here incessantly and the Atlantic breakers have created a craggy cliff coastline. Situated in the east of the main island of the Orkneys is the small town of Stromness. It’s here that an institution is based that’s unique in Europe: the EMEC, the European Marine Energy Centre. For over a decade, the potential of wave and tidal power stations has been investigated here on behalf of the European Union. A number of test plants have been installed off the coast: fascinating steel structures above and below the surface of the water.