ORCA - Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology

Excellence in Historic Environment Services

Giving the past a presence now and for the future

Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (ORCA) offers both terrestrial and marine cultural heritage services which are cost effective and efficiently delivered by its experienced and well qualified team. Located in one of the most archaeologically significant parts of the United Kingdom, ORCA is housed within the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute in Orkney. ORCA work with the construction industry, utility companies, energy developers, the public sector and community outreach programmes. ORCA have been closely involved with several marine renewable energy developments in Orkney Waters, the Pentland Firth and off the Western Isles, as well as subsea cable and gas pipeline projects off Shetland and in the North Sea, and with electricity infrastructure projects such as the construction of grid cable connections and converter stations. ORCA research and applied research projects include the well-publicised work on the Ness of Brodgar; the Heart of Neolithic Orkney World Heritage Site Geophysics Programme; Scapa Flow shipwrecks; and Project Adair.

Services provided: Archaeologists

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019

Energy system of the future to be demonstrated in Orkney

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. The ReFLEX (Responsive Flex Full Story...

Friday, April 27th 2018

EMEC FORESEA tidal energy tripod decommissioning study

Collaborative decommissioning project will conduct forensic analysis of tidal energy tripod, and feedback lessons learnt for benefit of ocean energy sector The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd has contracted Orkney-based marine operations Full Story...

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KW15 1JE Scotland

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