Marine energy developer Minesto has completed the initial commissioning sea trials of its unique subsea kite technology called Deep Green off the coast of Holyhead, North West Wales.
Scotrenewables Tidal Power has set another record with its first 2MW floating tidal stream turbine with the unit clocking up over 3GWh of renewable electricity in its first year of testing at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland, supported via the FORESEA Interreg-NWE funded project.
The Ministry of Petroleum and Energy has approved the plan for development and operation (PDO) for the Snorre Expansion Project.
Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, will next year be equipped with a battery to store power from the wind farm. The purpose is to “teach” the battery when to hold back and store electricity, and when send power to the grid, thus increasing value of the power.
Trelleborg’s offshore operation has signed a strategic alliance agreement with Safe Marine Transfer, LLC, to collaboratively mature and commercialize Safe Marine Transfer’s subsea chemical storage and injection system.
Subsequent to the announcement that Northland Power’s 252 MW Deutsche Bucht offshore wind farm has reached financial close, Van Oord is pleased to confirm that it is contracted for the Balance of Plant scope.
European-based public utility E.ON SE announced this week that it is investing in airborne wind energy, an innovative type of wind energy based around offshore tethered drones.
Atlantis Resources Limited (“Atlantis” or the “Company”) MeyGen Update – Full Power Generation from Turbine #1
Perpetuus Tidal Energy Centre (PTEC), a consortium that includes Perpetuus Energy Ltd. and the Isle of Wight Council announced a partnership with tidal turbine manufacturers Schottel Hydro GmbH and Tocardo Tidal Turbines to develop a 30 MW tidal project off of the Isle of Wight, England.
The company has at the same time launched a tender for the design and construction of a new £22m Turbine Manufacturing & Pre-Assembly Plant in Swansea Bay, to be the beating heart of a Made in Britain tidal lagoon turbine industry.
WEC Projects (Pty) Ltd, a contractor specialising in turnkey water and wastewater treatment solutions in South Africa, has acquired a majority stake in Industrial Water Cooling(Pty) Ltd (IWC), a company specialising in cooling tower and industrial cooling solutions.
Tidal technology developer OpenHydro, a DCNS company, has been honoured in three categories at the Marine Industry Awards which took place at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway last night, Thursday 30th June.
ORPC Ireland Ltd., a subsidiary of Portland-based Ocean Renewable Power Co., has been selected to enter the grant agreement stage of a project that will increase the performance and reliability of transferring energy from its renewable marine energy technology to the electric grid.
ORPC Ireland's request was one of 78 proposals submitted to Horizon 2020, the European Union's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, according to a release from ORPC.
"The whole ocean energy industry deeply appreciates Horizon 2020's critical support and ORPC, in particular, is thrilled to receive such a strong endorsement of our technology," ORPC President and CEO Chris Sauer said in a statement.
As Mainebiz reported in May 2015, the company opened ORPC Ireland Ltd. after months of discussions with Irish officials who visited Maine several times to learn first-hand about ORPC's Cobscook Bay pilot ocean energy project in Eastport, which made history in 2012 when it became the first hydrokinetic tidal energy project to deliver electricity to a utility grid in the Americas. ORPC also installed and operated its first river power system in the remote Alaskan village of Igiugig last summer, successfully delivering power to shore.
Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has successfully installed four subsea rock anchors in the challenging tidal flows of the Fall of Warness at EMEC.
Atlantis, a global leader in the tidal power sector, is pleased to announce that an agreement has been reached between the Company’s majority owned MeyGen project and a nearby wind farm development to facilitate access to the distribution grid for other renewable energy projects.
ABB is a member of an EU funded project consortium to advance the commercialization of floating tidal energy.
Scotrenewables’ SR2000-M1 device being launched in May 2016 at Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Belfast
ABB is a member of an EU funded project consortium to advance the commercialization of floating tidal energy.
In February this year, the European Commission’s research and innovation program, Horizon 2020, awarded a grant of €10 million to demonstrate the potential for floating tidal systems to provide low-cost energy to the European energy mix. ABB is a member of the project consortium that brings together the most experienced and committed commercial, industrial and research organizations involved in tidal energy today: Scotrenewables, an engineering company specializing in the development of tidal energy turbine technology, leads the consortium.
Whereas the wind and solar power are an integral part of Europe’s energy mix today, other renewable energy sources, such as wave and tidal, are not yet commercialized. Thinking about the advantages they have, this is quite surprising. Compared to the wind and solar, wave and tidal power are more predictable and consistent. But the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that this will change – according to their forecast the globally installed wave and tidal power arrays will reach a capacity of more than 330 gigawatts (GW) by 2050. That’s about the capacity wind power reached in 2014.
The EU-funded Floating Tidal Energy Commercialization (FloTEC) project is certainly a very important step towards commercialization of tidal energy. It will advance Scotrenewables’ current 2 MW floating tidal turbine technology, the SR2000, with the objective to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCoE) of floating tidal energy.
The project will allow for a more economical manufacturing and integrated energy storage
The project will cover several aspects, such as advanced standard power conversion technology as already used in the offshore wind today, more economical manufacturing and integrated energy storage. One aspect that’s being looked into is to reduce costs by moving the electrical equipment, which is currently installed in the hull of the floating turbine, onshore. We expect that by installing the electrical equipment, such as converter and switchgear onshore, the structure of the hull can be simplified and installation and maintenance costs can be significantly lowered. This is just one part of the project, which will deliver a number of innovations to reduce the cost of tidal energy.
The plan is that the 2 MW prototype of the tidal turbine, the SR2000-M2, will be installed alongside Scotrenewables’ SR2000 turbine at the European Marine Energy Centre’s (EMEC) tidal test site in Orkney, where the 4 MW floating tidal array will serve as a demonstration platform for commercially viable tidal stream energy.
ABB will provide engineering services and simulation studies that will focus on an optimal design of the electrical drivetrain and the connection to the grid to ensure lowest LCoE and grid code compliance. I’m excited and proud that ABB is part of this important project.
Marine Power Systems (MPS) has signed a contract with Hunger Hydraulic UK that will see the latter company provide hydraulic cylinders and seals for MPS’ WaveSub wave energy device.
Third phase of major deep-water project delivered, optimizing production capacity
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The 8th symposium and exhibition on environmental progress; PetroEnvironment will return to the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia in 2016. Taking place between 22 - 24 February, this year’s event will be held under the patronage of H.R.H. Prince Saud bin Nayef bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, Governor of the Eastern Province.
The order for a 117 MW wind project in Finland affirms the high expectations for the V136-3.45 MW turbine, which was launched in September 2015.
The world’s largest power-producing tidal barrage revitalized an unsuccessful manmade reservoir that was once known as “The Lake of Death.”
Bringing efficient, cost-effective and easy to maintain tidal turbines to the market.
Leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, will provide geographic information system (GIS) mapping and interpretation services in Argyll and Bute as part of a project which aims to identify and map opportunities for collaboration between the forestry and energy industries.
The 20MW Gass wind farm, located in Dumfries and Galloway, was granted full planning permission at Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Planning Committee meeting on 26 August 2015 following a recommendation for approval by the Planning Officer. The project is being developed by WilloWind Energy Ltd and leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, has provided full planning and environmental consultancy support.
Leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, has attended the opening of the 200MW Borkum wind farm, on which the company has acted as technical advisor on behalf of the project lenders during the financing and construction monitoring phases of the project. The project was officially opened by the developer, Trianel GmbH, at a ceremony held on 31 August 2015.
Leading renewable energy consultancy, SgurrEnergy, has been appointed by Huaneng Renewables Corp Ltd, a Chinese-based renewable energy company and one of the top utility companies in China, to undertake technical offshore wind energy research assessing the general site conditions of offshore wind projects in China.
Statement from Mark Francis, Project Manager:
We are delighted with the decision last night (8th September 2015) to grant planning permission for the onshore elements of the project. PTEC has gone to great lengths to ensure the substation has a minimal visual impact on the surrounding area, which is why it has been designed with a living roof and will be built from local natural stone and wood.
Swansea, Wales – Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc will today begin the tendering process for three main operations and maintenance (O&M) contract packages to support the £1billion Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon.
Having previously named General Electric and Andritz Hydro as preferred bidders to manage the operations and maintenance of the lagoon’s turbines and power generation facilities, Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc now seeks Tier 1 contractors to take on the day-to-day running of the lagoon facilities outside of the main power generation plant.
Swansea, Wales – Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay Plc has announced a series of awareness events to introduce Welsh construction and advanced manufacturing businesses to the project’s tier one delivery partners.
Swansea, Wales – Mike Unsworth is to join Tidal Lagoon Power in August as Delivery Director for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. He will support Andrew McNaughton in bringing the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant into service by leading the construction and commissioning activities of the project’s contractors.
There are major ups and downs in Great Britain, France lumbers forward affected to a degree by events the other side of the Channel, and in the midst of all this we have our conference in Le Havre in three weeks time that allows those events to be placed in their wider context.
The company is supporting events throughout its territory, including Worcester, MA
North Providence named an "Energy Champion" for its efforts in the efficiency program
The City of Providence is the latest community to participate in National Grid and non-profit SmartPower’s Rhode Island Energy Challenge: Find Your Four! energy efficiency campaign. At an event held on the Gaebe Commons at Johnson and Wales University Mayor Jorge Elorza congratulated North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi for his successful completion of the program and vowed that his community would be the next to get 5% of residents to pledge to be more efficient. “Making Providence sustainable and our citizens more energy conscious is one of the priorities of my administration,” said Mayor Elorza. “Along with the launch of SustainPVD and our SustainPVD ambassador programs, we will encourage all our residents to find four ways to conserve energy in their homes, saving both energy and money. I congratulate Mayor Lombardi for his community’s efforts and look forward to reaching our goal and a successful program.”
National Grid Urges Mass. Customers to Take Control, Use Energy Efficiency and Billing Tools
September 15, 2015 - WALTHAM, Mass. – National Grid recently contracted for electricity supply from suppliers on behalf of its Massachusetts customers for the upcoming winter season. The company today filed the corresponding rates, at no markup, with the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) to adjust electric supply prices for the winter. Due to continued gas pipeline constraints, the electric supply prices remain volatile and relatively high, though not as high as last winter.
The profile of Wales as a potential location for marine energy projects has increased dramatically over the past 12 months, demonstrated clearly by the growing number of developers from across the globe who are showing an active interest in developing projects in Welsh waters.
US-based non-profit San Diego Coastkeeper has filed a lawsuit against San Diego County Water Authority for violating the law and failing to address environmental impacts in its water supply plan.
Maynilad Water Services and Manila Water Company will develop the PHP717m ($16m) Sumag River Diversion Project to provide Manila and surrounding areas with additional water supply.
The African Development Fund (ADF) has approved a XOF18.74bn ($39.3m) loan and grant to finance the Water and Sanitation Sector Project (PSEA) of Senegal.
PORTLAND, Ore. — At the Port of Portland sits a 260-ton buoy filled with technology that can turn the movement of the ocean into electricity to power 100 homes. It rolled off an assembly line to great fanfare two years ago and received the nation’s first commercial license to operate.
RenewableUK has expressed deep concern at the announcement by the Energy Minister Michael Fallon that the Conservative Party would seek to end financial support for new onshore wind farms, and would attempt to introduce draconian new planning restrictions on renewable energy projects, if they were to win the next election.
Commenting on the publication of the 3rd UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, which calls for a shift away from fossil fuels to focus instead on developing renewable energy sources,
Marine Current Turbines Ltd. (MCT), a Siemens business, and Bluewater Energy Services B.V. (Bluewater) have agreed to jointly develop a 2 megawatt floating tidal current turbine, called SeaGen F. This turbine will be the first of its kind to be installed in Canada's Bay of Fundy, in cooperation with Nova Scotian project developer Minas Energy. The turbines will produce enough clean and reliable energy to supply up to 1,800 Nova Scotian households. Plans are under development to build-out a commercial multi- megawatt array at the tidal energy facilities of Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE).
RenewableUK says a new report which shows that investment in the British wind industry increased by nearly 50% last year to £3.5 billion provides more compelling evidence of the case to develop the UK’s excellent wind energy resources.
Fundy Tidal will seek public opinion for two small-scale tidal community feed-in tariff (COMFIT) projects on November 14, 2013 in the multipurpose room of the Islands Consolidated School in Freeport.
Held in co-operation with the Public Authority of Electricity and Water (PAEW), the third annual Oman Power and Water Summit organised along with IQPC Middle East and GEC, attracted over 70 local and international expert speakers and panellists.
UK-based developer Tidal Lagoon is planning to raise £10m from its investors to build a 250MW tidal project across Swansea Bay in Wales.
Alongside the impending release of Oman’s energy policy review, the Sultanate has been identified as having a strong potential market for renewable energy, according to Times of Oman.
The year in clean tech – green data centres, tidal farms and energy trading Siliconrepublic.com In October, Bord Gáis and the Irish tidal energy technology company OpenHydro were awarded a lease to develop what could be potentially Ireland's first tidal energy farm. The Crown Estate awarded the lease to Tidal Ventures, a joint project between … and more??
A barrier to advancing the development of the massive ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) resource is its potentially adverse biological impact, but a new DOE-funded study carried out by Makai Ocean Engineering found the biological impact can be minimized.
EMEC, the European Marine Energy Centre, is to assist with the creation of a new Pacific Marine Energy Centre (PMEC), a grid-connected marine energy test centre to be located off the Pacific Northwest Coast of the U.S.
An underwater turbine that is set to be used in Scotland’s first and only consented tidal power project has successfully completed an initial testing period in Orkney, and is providing electricity for homes and businesses on the island of Eday, one of Orkney’s northern isles.
Swedish power company Vattenfall has shed light on its plans to open the world’s first marine renewables services company.
Crown Estate has awarded an agreement for lease to Pulse Tidal for the deployment of a 1.2MW tidal power generating machine on a seabed area near Lynmouth in Devon, UK.
Research being carried out at a unique environmental simulator in Hull could inform the design and deployment of tidal turbines.