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Orbital Marine Power Touts Floating Tidal Power Technology (Int'l)
Orbital Marine Power
Date: 2021-10-04
Scotland-based Orbital Marine Power reports its recently deployed 2 MW North Sea offshore O2 turbine -- the world's strongest according to the company -- will be the basis for the "FORWARD-2030" commercialization of the company's floating tidal power plant technology and its integration with wind power, batteries and hydrogen production.

Orbital is heading an EU-backed consortium of companies and scientific institutions to deliver the €26.7 million FORWARD-2030 project aimed at accelerating the commercial use of floating tidal energy. Forward-2030 stands for Fast-tracking Offshore Renewable energy With Advanced Research to Deploy 2030 MW of tidal energy before 2030. The project will last until 2025.

The partners will also combine predictable floating tidal energy, wind generation, grid export, battery storage and green hydrogen production. The next Orbital turbine is planned to be integrated with a hydrogen production facility and a battery system at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. It will be installed in O2, 2022.

The EU supported the endeavor with a €20.5 million grant from the Horizon 2020 program. (Source: Orbital Marine Power, PR, Balkan Green Energy, 2 Oct., 2021) Contact: Orbital Marine Power,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Orbital Marine Power,  Tidal Power,  

Eco Wave Inks MoU for Brazilian Wave Energy Project (Int'l.)
Eco Wave Power
Date: 2021-06-02
Tel Aviva-headquartered Swedish-Israeli marine energy developer Eco Wave Power (EWP) is reporting a MoA with Brazil's Pecem Complex, for a planned installation of 9-MW wave energy converter (WEC) array on the breakwater at the port of Pecem, in northeastern Brazil.

Under the MoU the wave energy converters would be adapted for tropical water conditions to maximise the net capacity factor. The parties are to also collect real-life data and experience regarding onshore WECs investment, construction and operation, as well as gather information on permitting in compliance with relevant laws and standards for wave energy projects such as this one. (Source: Eco Wave Power, PR, 1 June, 2021) Contact: Eco Wave Power, +972-3-509-4017, Fax.: +972-3-620-2807,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Eco Wave Power,  

Hexicon to Launch Norwegian Floating Wind Turbine Demo (Int'l.)
Date: 2021-05-14
Stockholm-headquartered Swedish twin offshore wind turbine technology developer Hexicon AB reports it will develop a floating wind power demonstrator -- proof of concept -- project at the Norwegian Marine Energy Test Centre (Metcentre) deepwater area off of Norway's southern coast.

Hexicon has signed a conditional site exclusivity agreement with a reservation of 6 MW. Metcentre applied for consent for a new larger capacity of 85 MW which is expected to be granted in 2021. (Source: Hexicon AB, Website, PR, 14 May, 2021) Contact: Hexicon AB, Marcus Thor, CEO, +46 (0) 8 525 064 00,,; Norwegian Marine Energy Test Centre,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Hexicon,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

QED Naval Acquires World's Largest Tidal Turbine Array (Int’l.)
QED Naval
Date: 2021-01-18
Edinburgh-based marine renewable energy specialist QED Naval is reporting the acquisition, through its subsidiary Tocardo BV, of the Dutch Oosterschelde Tidal Power (OTP) project, the largest tidal turbine array in the world.

The OTP deal closed in Q4, 2020 following the company's previously reported acquisition of Dutch tidal turbine developer Tocardo BV in a joint venture with Hydrowing.

QED also secured an award of €3.5 million of EU funding and a place on Interreg's €46 million Tidal Stream Industry Energizer Project (TIGER), a global tidal showcase.

QED Naval's self-deploying submersible foundation system "Subhub" is a gravity based foundation that supports an array of tidal turbines. It's hydrodynamic hull form steers and accelerates the flow into the turbines to significantly enhance the energy yield and levelizing the overall project costs. Subhub saves about 60 pct on deployment, operating and maintenance cost and adds up to 48 pct yield to the bottom line, according to the company website. (Source: QED Naval, PR, 14 Jan., 2021) Contact: QED Naval, Jeremy Smith, Managing Dir.,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Marine Energy,  

Mitsui, Bombora Partner on Wind-Wave Energy Projects (Int'l.)
Mitsui, Bombora
Date: 2021-01-11
In Japan, maritime merchant fleet operator Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) and Welsh marine energy developer Bombora are reporting an agreement to identify potential opportunities and applications for Bombora's mWave and wind energy projects in Japan the neighbouring area.

Bombora is currently in the final assembly phase of its 1.5MW mWave Pembrokeshire Demonstration Project in Wales with installation scheduled for mid-2021. Looking beyond the test and validation this year, Bombora is forging ahead with technological and commercial advancements. InSPIRE, Bombora's partnership project with global EPC contractor, TechnipFMC, to integrate mWave and wind generation on one floating offshore platform has already commenced. The first phase of the InSPIRE project will realise the demonstration of a 12MW Integrated mWave and wind floating platform. Phase two makes the leap to an industry leading 18MW. Significant gains are made from integrating mWave and wind onto a single platform. It is possible to generate 50 pct more power from seabed lease areas and 50 pct more consistent power than just offshore wind. Most important of all is the ability to accelerate the cost reduction pathway for this emerging sector, delivering a 20 pct lower cost of energy than floating offshore wind alone.

Japan aims to install 10GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 rising to between 30GW and 45GW by 2040 as part of the country's effort to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. (Source: Bombora, Business News Pembrokeshire , 11 Jan., 2021) Contact: Bombora, +44 1646 233140,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mitsui,  Bombora ,  Wind,  Wave Energy,  

NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
Verdant Power
Date: 2021-01-06
As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city's East River tidal strait. The deployment of Verdant's technology is the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

The RITE project received $6 million US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well New York-based private equity capital support.

The company notes it is waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame unit has generated an average 1MWh of power per day -- sufficient power power for 500 Manhattan apartments, according to the company. (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verdant Power,  Tidal Energy,  

NY Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy Project Progressing (Ind. Report)
Verdant Power
Date: 2021-01-05
As previously reported, NYC-based marine renewable energy start-up Verdant Power has installed three tidal power turbine generators at its Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) project in the city’s East River tidal strait as part of the company’s 5th generation tidal turbine system. The deployment of Verdant’s technology also marked the first licensed tidal power project in the US.

The RITE project received $6m in US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in addition to New York-based private equity capital support. The company is also waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.

According to Verdant Power co-founder and chief marketing officer Trey Taylor: “Given the East River’s depth and tidal current speed of 2.25m/s, the company’s fifth-generation system or ‘commercial standard system’ has been tailored to this site by using five-metre diameter rotors with 35kW nameplate generators -- three to a single TriFrame or 105kW. Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame has generated an average 1MWh per day or enough power for 500 Manhattan apartments.” (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Verdant Power news,  Tidal Energy news,  

EMEC Adding Battery Storage to Scottish Tidal Project (Int'l.)
European Marine Energy Centre ,Invinity
Date: 2020-11-09
In Scotland, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney reports it will deploy eight Invinity Energy Storage System VS3 battery modules linked together into a single system at its tidal energy test site on the island of Eday, The battery system will power EMEC's hydrogen production plant, demonstrating continuous hydrogen production from variable renewable generation.

The installation is funded by the Scottish government, through the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), and will be assembled at the company's manufacturing facility in Bathgate, West Lothian. . The system is expected to come online in 2021. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, renews, 9 Nov., 2020) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020,; Invinity Energy Storage System, (604) 563-2144,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre ,  Tidal Power,  Invinity ,  Battery Energy Storage,  

Cross-Flow Tidal Power Turbines Tested at U. Washington (Ind. Report)
University of Washington
Date: 2019-08-19
In Seattle, Engineers at the University of Washington Applied Physics Lab report they are testing the performance of "cross-flow" turbines on Lake Washington with the view of developing reliable tidal power.

In early early testing, the team is driving a test boat with a pilot model cross-flow turbine at variable speeds and monitoring the turbine's energy output.

The cross-flow turbine blades are a simpler shape than those used for axial turbines, which generate energy from the drag that wind or water flow puts on their blades. Cross-flow turbines generate energy from a "lift" effect similar to airplane wings. And, unlike axial turbines, cross-flow turbines do not need to adjust the position of the blades or the direction the turbine faces, but they do need to regulate the speed to get the maximum energy output. (Source: University of Washington, K5 News, 17 Aug., 2019)Contact: University of Washington Applied Physics Lab, 206-543-1300,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Tigal Power,  Marine Energy,  Tidal Turbine,  

Bay of Funding Tidal Power Permits Issued in NS (Ind. Report)
Nova Scotia
Date: 2019-07-15
In Halifax, the government of Nova Scotia is reporting the issuance of two Bay of Fundy tidal power permits to Calgary, Alberta-based Jupiter Hydro. The province also uthorized a PPA that allows the company to sell the power it generates to Nova Scotia Power for 50 cents per kWh.

The first permit allows the company to test a 1-MW prototype that is not connected to the electricity grid. A second five-year permit for up to 2-MW is renewable if the company meets performance standards, environmental requirements and community engagement conditions. The Jupiter Hydro installation will be located near the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy in the Minas Passage and will use existing electricity grid connections.

The Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia notes by 2040, the tidal energy industry could contribute up to $1.7 billion to Nova Scotia's gdp. Presently, more than half of the province's power is fossil fuel generated.

The company has developed a patented tidal and river technology it believes will prove to be the most cost effective marine energy conversion technology in the world, according to its website. The company's helical turbines have demonstrated consistent performance characteristics at high rates of efficiency under controlled testing. Development of the technology in tidal, river and other flows for commercial production are now an engineering and industrial design exercise, where the company is utilizing innovative combinations of traditional materials, commercial off the shelf components, the latest generation of lightweight highly efficient generators and new high-tech sustainable materials. After tests prove the functionality of the EB2X10.5 300 kW turbine unit, the company plans to build and deploy the same unit scaled up to produce 1 MW -- increasing to 2 MW, 3 MW and even 4 MW in a modular fashion, according to the company's website. (Source: Jupiter Hydro, GlobalNews, Cdn Press, 12 July, 2019) Contact: Jupiter Hydro, Ross Sinclaire, Co-CEO, (403) 888-6543,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Tidal Energy,  Nova Scotia Tidal ,  

Marine Energy R&D Legislation Tabled (Ind. Report, R&D)
Date: 2019-06-24
In Washington DC, U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Angus King (I-Maine), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Jack Reed (D-R.I.), have reintroduced the Marine Energy Research and Development Act intended to increase ocean wave and tidal power production. The Act provides federal resources to encourage private investments in marine renewable energy and reauthorizes marine renewable energy programs at the U.S. DOE.

The Act, which includes national marine renewable energy research, development and demonstration centers nationwide,directs DOE to investigate ways to build a stable marine energy supply chain in the U.S. and ways to harmonize marine energy development with ocean navigation, fisheries and critical infrastructure such as undersea cables.(Source: Various Media, Hydro Review, 24 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Power,  

DOE Offers $26Mn Hydropower, Marine Energy R&D Funding (Funding)
Date: 2019-04-03
In Washington, the U.S. DOE has announced up to $26.1 million in funding to drive innovative industry-led technology solutions to advance the marine and hydrokinetics (MHK) industry and increase hydropower's ability to serve as a flexible grid resource.

Under the offering, the Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) will select projects that aim to increase affordability of hydropower and marine energy, strengthen U.S. manufacturing competitiveness, and build on Department-wide energy storage initiatives to improve the capability of technologies to deliver value to the grid.

Areas of interest include hydropower; low-head hydropower; hydrokinetic river current energy converter (CEC) technologies; advancing wave energy device design; and marine energy centers research infrastructure upgrades.

Additional information on water power research, development, and testing visit EERE Water Power Technology Office HERE. (Source: US DOE, WPTO, PR, 1 April, 2019) Contact: US DOE, WPTO,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Marine Energy,  Hydropower,  Wave Energy,  

€31Mn Irish Sea Floating Wind Turbine Trial Announced (Int'l)
European Marine Energy Centre
Date: 2019-03-22
In Scotland, the Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) reports it will lead the €31 million AFLOWT (Accelerating market uptake of Floating Offshore Wind Technology) project to test a full-scale floating wind turbine installed at the Atlantic Marine Energy Test Site (AMETS) facility off the west coast of Ireland. AMETS is operated by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

The floating turbine to be tested was developed by Italian energy firm Saipem and is expected to begin operating by 2022.

The four-year project is being funded by the European Commission's Interreg North West Europe programme to boost innovation in North-West Europe. (Source: European Marine Energy Centre, The Engineer, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: European Marine Energy Centre, +44 185685 2020,

More Low-Carbon Energy News European Marine Energy Centre ,  Wind,  Floating Wind,  Offshore Wind,  

Antigua-Barbuda Ink Minesto Ocean Energy MoU (Intl Report)
Date: 2019-03-04
The Government of Antigua and Barbuda are reporting the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Gothenburg, Sweden-based marine energy developer Minesto AB to supply renewable energy to the Eastern Caribbean.

Under the MoU, Minesto AB will collaborate with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and the Antigua and Barbuda Science and Innovation Park on a feasibility study of the use of Minesto's Deep Green technology to provide energy in the Caribbean.

In January 2019, UNOPS opened its first science and innovation center in Antigua and Barbuda to support national and regional innovation in the fields of science and technology. (Source: Minesto, Daily Observer, 4 March., 2019) Contact: Minesto, Dr. Martin Edlund, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60,; UNOPS,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto,  Ocean Energy,  

DOE Awards $25Mn for Marine Energy R&D Projects (Funding)
US DOE Water Power Technologies Office
Date: 2019-01-09
U.S. DOE is reporting the selection of 12 projects that will share in $25 million in next-generation marine energy devices funding through the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Water Power Technologies Office. The selected innovative projects will reduce capital costs and accelerate the innovation cycle by testing new concepts. Marine energy includes ocean wave power, tidal, and river/ocean current devices that convert movement of water into electricity.

Selections were made across three topic areas, outlined below. The first two aim to address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents. The third topic area is targeted to provide better information to reduce the costs and time to permit projects that include Early Stage Device Design Research, Controls and Power Take Off Design Integration and Testing, and Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process. (Source: US DOE, Water Power Technologies Office, Jan., 2019) Contact: US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  Run-of-River,  US DOE Water Power Technologies Office,  

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