Orkney provides an ideal setting for our research and teaching activities in renewable and marine energies. This is a truly living laboratory.

The International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) is a specialist arm of the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS), Heriot-Watt University.

ICIT was established in Stromness, Orkney's second main town, in 1989. Based in the Old Academy Business Centre we enjoy panoramic views over the town, the sheltered harbour of Hamnavoe and towards the historic sheltered anchorage of Scapa Flow.

From the outset we have aspired to develop strong international links and collaboration. From leading and participating in major research projects on several continents to attracting students from across the world to our MSc courses – our reach continues to be global.

Our location also provides a living laboratory; one that has supported a wide range of research, teaching and consultancy activities for 25 years in areas including:

  • Marine science and biodiversity.
  • The oil and gas sector.
  • Fisheries.
  • Surveying.
  • Data modelling
  • Marine planning and policy.
  • Marine renewable energy.

Our current internationally recognised research is focused on the wave and tidal marine renewable energy sector.