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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, www.washington.edu

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, ross.sinclaire@gmail.com, www.jupiterhydro.com

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


Marine Energy R&D Legislation Tabled (Ind. Report, R&D)
US DOE
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)
US DOE
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, www.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office

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, www.emec.org.uk

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


Antigua-Barbuda Ink Minesto Ocean Energy MoU (Intl Report)
Minesto
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, www.minesto.com; UNOPS, www.unops.org

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, ww.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office

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


Tidal Energy Kites Planned for Faroe Islands (Int'l Report)
Minesto AB
Date: 2018-11-14
Further to our August 15th coverage, Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB reports it has entered into an agreement with electric utility SEV for the installation of two DG100 tidal energy converters in the waters surrounding the Faroe Islands, in he North Atlantic.

SEV will provide the infrastructure for the grid-connected project, and purchase the output of the two subsea kite devices under long term PPA. Installation of both devices is to be completed in 2020. The project will be funded through a mix of equity and resources from Minesto and SEV, plus public funding grants. The Faroe Islands are planning a transition to 100 pct renewable power by 2030. (Source: Minesto AB,PR, Renewables Now, 12 Nov., 2018) Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60, www.minesto.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto AB,  Tidal Energy,  Ocean Energy,  


Ocean Renewable Power Seeking Tidal Power Investors (Ind. Report)
Ocean Renewable Power
Date: 2018-08-31
In Maine, Portland-based alternative energy startup Ocean Renewable Power Co. reports it is seeking a tide of investment capital to advance its unique RivGen -- in stream -- and TidGen -- tidal -- marine power turbines.

The company is seeking $12 million in private investment in addition to a recent $6 million infusion. An initial funding round will be followed by a push for another $18 million earmarked for production startup, commercialization and marketing.

In 2017, marine energy reportedly attracted only $200 million in investments worldwide; solar energy drew $161 billion and wind attracted $107 billion, according to Bloomberg's 2018 New Energy Finance investment report. (Source: Ocean Renewable Power, Portland Press Herald, 28 Aug., 2018) Contact: Ocean Renewable Power, Chris Sauer, CEO, 207.772.7707, www.orpc.co

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Power,  Tidal Power,  Ocean Power ,  


Minesto Tidal Kite Aces Commissioning Tests (Int'l Report)
Minesto AB
Date: 2018-08-15
Gotherberg, Sweden-headquartered tidal energy company Minesto AB is reporting the successful initial commissioning sea trials of its Deep Green subsea kite technology off Holyhead, North West Wales. The commissioning programme of the company's first commercial-scale project -- a 0.5-MW DG500 tidal energy converter installed at the site -- was initiated early in July.

According to the company, it will mow proceed with the commissioning programme to achieve flying full subsea trajectories and verify the power take-off system and electricity generation.

Minesto is a marine energy is a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer Saab. The company has operations in Sweden, Wales and Northern Ireland. (Source: Minesto Website, 14 Aug.2018) Contact: Minesto AB, David Collier, CEO, +46 31 29 00 60 https://minesto.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Minesto AB ,  Tidal Power,  


SME Preparing for Nova Scotia Tidal Energy Tests (Ind. Report)
Sustainable Marine Energy
Date: 2018-06-27
In Edinburgh, Scottish tidal energy developer Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd (SME) reports it is preparing to ship its PLAT-I, 280-kW tidal energy platform incorporates four Schottel Hydro SIT 250 turbines to Nova Scotia, Canada.

Nova Scotian tests will include proving performance in Canada's harsher climate and environmental monitoring. SME is partnering with Halifax-headquartered Black Rock Tidal Power Inc (BRTP), which has applied to the Nova Scotia Department of Energy for permission to deploy the platform at Grand Passage for at least three months.

Nova Scotia's Feed-in-Tariff and the Bay of Fundy's tides -- the highest in the world -- could have influenced the company's choice of a Nova Scotian venue. (Source: SME, Renewables 25 June, 2018) Contact: SME, Jason Hayden, Managing Dir., +44 131 285 4620, https://sustainablemarine.com; Black Rock Tidal Power Inc, www.blackrocktidalpower.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Black Rock Tidal Power,  Sustainable Marine Energy,  Tidal Power,  


$23Mn Available for Marine Energy Technologies (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2018-05-02
The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is reporting the availability of up to $23 million in funding for innovative technologies to reduce capital costs and shorten deployment timelines of marine energy devices. The funding will support research and evaluation of next-generation wave and tidal/current systems; support early-stage design of power take off (PTO) and controls integration; and allow for more efficient consideration of any potential environmental impacts from marine renewable energy development.

Qualifying research will address fundamental scientific and engineering challenges of generating power from dynamic, low-velocity and high-density waves and currents, while surviving in corrosive ocean environments that are intensified by high costs and lengthy permitting processes. The funding opportunity includes three topic areas: Early Stage Device Design Research; Controls and PTO Design Integration and Testing; and Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process. (Source: US DOE, 30 April, 2018) Contact: US DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Water Power Technology Office, www.energy.gov/eere/water/water-power-technologies-office

More Low-Carbon Energy News Water Energy,  Marine Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal Energy,  Run-of-River,  

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