Renewable Energy

Our team has a rich experience in renewable energy and environmental fields. We have partnerships within hydrogen, biomass, waste and renewable energy research and industrial functions, with a special emphasis
on marine renewables.

Marine Renewables

ERI has developed considerable expertise in the emergent marine renewable sector and offers consultancy services in the following key areas:

  • Regional tidal resource assessment and modelling.
  • Regional constraint mapping.
  • Site specific tidal resource assessment and modelling.
  • Site specific constraint mapping.
  • Weather windowing for commissioning, maintenance and decommissioning of marine energy devices.
  • Ecological effects of marine renewable devices.
  • Benthic sample processing and species identification.
  • Creation of benthic habitat maps.

This experience and expertise has been garnered through our involvement in a number of large renewable energy projects. Clients are able to gain direct access to senior staff and we have our own survey vessel, the RV ERI Aurora equipped with ADCP, CTD and other instuments.


We are currently providing extensive commercial services for the Scottish aquaculture industry (in particular, the analysis of Emamectin Benzoate in sediment and fish tissue).

We also offer the following services

Organics Analysis

HPLC and GC with MS detection is used in various configurations and combinations to permit the analysis of a wide range of organic compounds including fatty acids, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and plant products. Given the complex nature of these hyphenated techniques, interested parties can contact us to discuss their specific requirements.

Element Analysis

Simultaneous determination of 78 elements in aqueous samples that can contain from 2 – 25% dissolved solids is carried out using ICP-OES (Inductively Coupled Plasma – Optical Emission Spectrometry).

Water Quality Analysis

Determination of a wide range of water quality parameters, including pH, conductivity, turbidity, BOD/COD, DOC/TOC, alkalinity, ammonium, TON (nitrate nitrite), SRP (phosphate), suspended solids, etc.

Note: We are continuously adding to the range of analytical services we provide through the commissioning of new instruments and the development of new analytical techniques. Interested parties should contact us to discuss their required analytical suite.



Our Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) equipped with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Analysis (EDX) not only allows the high magnification observation/image capture of surface anomalies, but also allows bulk elemental analysis on the specimen being viewed. The variable pressure SEM allows wet and non-conductive samples to be viewed in their original state. This, along with a wide range of stereoscopic microscopes (ideal for dissections) and optical microscopes, provides for superb microscopy facilities.