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Boston Outer-Harbor Flood Barrier, Tidal Power Generation Suggested (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Tidal Power
Date: 2020-08-31
The Sustainable Solutions Lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston produced the "Feasibility of Harbor-wide Barrier Systems" report for flood damage reduction in Boston in May 2018. Two scenarios were studied that combined shore-based systems and a barrier-wide system in terms of the time when barrier construction would be complete.

Scenario 1 was for completion in 2070 with shore-based systems needing damage protection to elevation +14 ft. Scenario 2 finished construction in 2050 with shore-based systems protection reduced to elevation +12 ft. for reducing flood damage.

When evaluating the outer-harbor barrier benefits, The SSL scenario analysis considered the integrated benefits of a combined shore-based system and harbor- wide barrier system as well as a design that combines storm surge flood damage reduction benefits with tidal-flow turbines for renewable energy generation.

The incorporation of turbines would generate electricity and an endless source of funding to help pay for the cost of the project. Similar tidal-flow turbines have been functioning in the East River, NYC, since 2006, according to the article. (Source: David R. Basco, Ph.D., Prof. emeritus of civil engineering and a former director of the Coastal Engineering Centre at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., Boston Herald, 30 Aug., 2020)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  


Vestas Adds to Vietnam Wind Turbine Contract (Int'l. Report)
Vestas
Date: 2020-08-14
Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas reports it will supply an additional 50 MW of turbines for the second phase of the Hoa Binh 1 wind farm in Hoa Binh, a district of Bac Lieu Province, Vietnam. The contract includes a 20-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM 5000) service agreement along with the supply and supervision of the installation of 13 V150 -- 4.2 MW turbines, ten of which will be delivered in 3.8 MW and three in 4.0 MW operating mode.

Download Hoa Binh1 project details HERE. (Source: Vestas, PR, 4COffshore, 12Aug., 2020)Contact: Vestas, +45 97 30 00 00, vestas@vestas.com, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind Turbine,  Vietnam Wind,  


Pakistan Pushes Renewables As Coal-Fired Power Rises (Int'l.)
Pakistan Renewable Energy
Date: 2020-08-10
In Islamabad, the Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board has announced plans to boost the share of its electric power from from today's 4 pct to 20 pct by 2025 and up to 30 pct by 2030. The increase is expected to come primarily from wind and solar power along with increased hydro-power and geothermal, tidal, wave and biomass energy.

New investment in renewable energy is expected to come from private investors, with potential suppliers bidding in annual auctions and low-tariff proposals.

To the detriment of the planned push to renewables, One big potential roadblock to scaling renewables is the focus of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridoe (CPEC) project to construct new coal-fired power plants, seven of which are slated for completion in Pakistan by by 2024. (Source: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, MENAFN, Gulf Times, Aug., 2020) Contact: Pakistan Alternative Energy Development Board, Aqeel Hussain Jafry, Director, Nadeem Babar, Energy Reform Task Force Leader,www.aedb.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Pakistan Renewable Energy,  Coal,  Renewables,  


Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-06-12
The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition,  Ocean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal EnergyCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


Garden State Earmarks RGGI Funds Expenditures (Ind. Report)
Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy
Date: 2020-04-22
In Trenton, the administration of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) has earmarked roughly 75 pct of the estimated $80 million it will receive each year as its share of RGGI auction proceeds.

Sixty percent of the RGGI proceeds will go to the New Jersey Economic Development Agency for clean electric transportation initiatives. The state Board of Public Utilities will each receive 20 pct and the state Department of Environmental Protection will receive 20 pct.

The EDA will establish a Green Bank to leverage funds and stimulate opportunities in the clean energy -- and the funding to capitalize the initiative -- brings New Jersey in line with other leading clean energy states and provides a critical public-private partnership to spur investment in clean energy technologies during a moment of severe economic contraction.

The NJ DEP will use its allocation to assist coastal communities in protection and enhancement of ecosystems such as salt marshes, tidal wetlands and seagrass beds, which are critical habitat for their ability to store and sequester carbon. The agency also will focus on projects to restore and improve the health of forests, which also store carbon. (Source: Office of New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, NJ Spotlight, April, 2020) Contact: Office of NJ Gov. Phil Murphy, twitter.com/GovMurphy; RGGI, www.rggi.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy,  RGGI,  Climate Change,  GHG,  Carbon Emissions ,  


Seattle Cutting CO2 Emissions, Funding "Blue Carbon" Research Project (Ind. Report)
Port of Seattle, US Gain
Date: 2020-04-17
In Washington State, the Port of Seattle Commission reports approval of a 10-year Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) supply contract with U.S. Gain to enable the Port to reach its 2030 goal to cut carbon emissions by 50 pct almost a decade early.

The $23 million contract allows the Port to purchase sufficient fuel to heat 55 pct of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) terminal and to power 100 pct of its bus fleet to reach its 50 pct port-wide carbon reduction goal. The fuel delivery begins October 1, 2020.

Natural gas accounts for 75 pct of the Port's annual climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions. This contract will result in the reduction of approximately 11,000 tpy of emissions the Port directly produces -- equivalent to heating 4,000 Seattle homes or taking 2,400 passenger vehicles off the roads each year of the contract.

Port Commissioners also approved an Inter-local agreement with the Washington State Departments of Ecology and Natural Resources for the Smith Cove "Blue Carbon" pilot project. Blue Carbon is the carbon stored in coastal ecosystems of mangroves, tidal marshes and sea grass meadows contain large stores of carbon deposited by vegetation and various natural processes over centuries. These ecosystems sequester and store more carbon per unit area than terrestrial forests. The goal of the study is to evaluate how well transplanted kelp and eelgrass offshore of Smith Cove Park sequester carbon and reduce ocean acidification associated with carbon concentrations. (Source: Port of Seattle, PR, Travel Daily News, 16 April, 2020) Contact: US Gain, Bryan Nudelbacher, Dir. RNG Business Development, 920.381.2190, www.usgain.com; Port of Seattle Commission, 206-787-3034, www.portseattle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  US Gain,  Port of Seattle ,  Renewable Fuel,  


$38Mn Funding for Hydrokinetic Turbine Tech. Development (Funding)
US DOE
Date: 2020-04-13
The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of up to $38 million in funding through its Submarine Hydrokinetic And Riverine Kilo-megawatt Systems (SHARKS) program for the design of economically attractive hydrokinetic turbines for tidal and riverine currents.

The turbine devices can be designed with low visual profiles and minimal environmental impact. They are also uniquely suited for micro-grid applications, supplying energy to remote communities and other "blue economy" and utility-scale applications. Hydrokinetic energy can also be used for climatological observation, aquaculture, desalination, ocean floor and seawater mining, disaster recovery, powering isolated communities and autonomous underwater vehicle support.

Currently, significant technical and environmental barriers make current hydrokinetic turbine systems prohibitively expensive. SHARKS will fund the development of solutions for hydrodynamics, mechanical structures, materials, hydro-structural interactions, electrical energy conversion systems, control systems, numerical simulations and experimental validations.

SHARKS projects will work towards a reduction in Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) of up to 61.5 pct compared to current state-of-the-art hydrokinetic turbine systems. (Source: US DOE, April, 2020) Contact: SHARKS, arpa-e-foa.energy.gov › FileContent PDF

More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Tidal Energy,  Tidal Turbine,  Run of River,  


Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched (Int'l Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-01-15
An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy -- offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power -- and at the same time mitigate the impacts of climate change while meeting roughly 10 pct of the annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to keep global temperatures under 1.5 degreeC above pre-industrial levels, according to a report released by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Most of this climate change mitigation potential is expected to come from offshore wind.

The Action Coalition includes MHI Vestas, Orsted, Equinor, CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, Shell, Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Gamesa, TenneT and The UK Crown Estate.

Download the The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change -- Five Opportunities for Action Report HERE. (Source: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Various Media, Maritime Executive, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, www.oceanpanle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Energy,  


Blue Carbon For Our Planet Act on Capitol Hill (Reg. & Leg.)
Blue Carbon
Date: 2020-01-15
U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) reports the Blue Carbon For Our Planet Act has been sent to the U.S. House Natural Resources; Science, Space, and Technology and the House Administration Committees. If enacted, the Act would create an Interagency Working Group on Coastal Blue Carbon and a national map of coastal blue carbon ecosystems and their sequestration potential, study the effects of environmental stressors on rates of carbon sequestration, improve protections for existing coastal blue carbon ecosystems and restore degraded ecosystems.

Blue Carbon is the carbon stored in coastal ecosystems of mangroves, tidal marshes and sea grass meadows contain large stores of carbon deposited by vegetation and various natural processes over centuries. These ecosystems sequester and store more carbon per unit area than terrestrial forests. (Source: Florida Daily, IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme, 13 Jan., 2019) Contact: The Blue Carbon Initiative, www.thebluecarboninitiative.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blue Carbon,  Carbon Sequestration,  Carbon Sink,  


Port of Antwerp Consortium to Develop CCUS Infrastructure (Int'l.)
Port of Antwerp
Date: 2019-12-20
In the Netherlands, a collaboration of eight players in the port sector -- Air Liquide, BASF, Borealis, INEOS, ExxonMobil, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp and Total -- are reporting an agreement to conduct a study of the economic and technical feasibility of developing carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) at the Port of Antwerp.

The consortium believes that both storing and using carbon can make a useful contribution to achieving the energy and climate objectives at Flemish, Belgian and European level and lead to reductions in CO2 emissions in the run-up to 2030. To that end, the Port of Antwerp and a number of other partners have submitted the necessary applications to the European Commission.

The Port of Antwerp in Flanders, Belgium, is a port in the heart of Europe accessible to capesize ships. It is Europe's second-largest seaport, after Rotterdam. Antwerp stands at the upper end of the tidal estuary of the Scheldt which is navigable by ships of more than 100,000 Gross Tons as far as 80 km inland. -- Wikipedia. (Source: Port Staretegy, 18 Dec., 2019) Contact: Port of Antwerp , Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO, +32 (0)3 205 20 11, www.portofantwerp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News CCS,  CCUS,  


£10Mn Available for Scottish Tidal Energy Projects (Int'l)
Tide,Wave Energy Scotland
Date: 2019-12-13
At Holyrood, the Government of Scotland is reporting the availability of £10 million ($12.9 million) to support innovation and commercial deployment of tidal energy generation in Scottish waters. The government's support for tidal energy projects is additional to its previous £30 million ($38.6 million) commitment to Wave Energy Scotland (WES) and a proposed further £10 million in 2019/20.

For the new tidal funding, successful projects must: relate to the capital costs of developing a material/technical innovation aimed at reducing the cost of tidal energy; demonstrate the requirement for, and added value of, Scottish Government support; be deployed in Scottish waters no later than March 2020; and demonstrate a positive social and economic impact on Scotland. (Source: Gov. of Scotland, Dec., 2019) Contact: Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge, ; Wave Energy Scotland, www.waveenergyscotland.co.uk

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


Ocean Power Tech Deploys North Sea Wave Energy Buoy (Int'l.)
Ocean Power Technologies
Date: 2019-08-28
Pennington, New Jersey-headquartered wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies is reporting the deployment of a PB3 PowerBuoy wave energy device at UK oil and gas exploration and production company Premier Oil's Huntington field in the North Sea. The "trial" installation is on a nine-month lease agreement with a purchase option.

The PB3 unit will serve as an autonomous intelligent platform to provide communications and remote monitoring services. (Source: Ocean Power Technologies, Renewables, 26 Aug., 2019) Contact: Ocean Power Technologies, (609) 730- 0400, www.oceanpowertechnologies.com

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


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 ,  


Wind, Solar Expected to Generate Half of World's Electricity by 2050, says BloombergNEF Report (Ind. Report)
BloombergNEF
Date: 2019-07-03
According to a new report from BloombergNEF, solar, wind, and battery energy storage will enable the power sector to "meet its share of emission cuts required under the Paris climate agreement, at least until 2030" by which time the demand for electric power will increase 62 pct. The world will get about half of its electricity from solar, wind, and battery storage by 2050, the report notes. By 2050, solar and wind will supply almost one half of the world's electricity, with hydro, nuclear and other renewable energy resources providing another 21 pct with geothermal, tidal, hydrogen and others filling the balance, according to BNEF. (Source: BloombergNEF, Utilities, 23 June, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Renewable Energy,  BloombergNEF,  


GE Tapped as Scottish Tidal Project Systems Supplier (Int'l)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2019-06-24
In Edinburgh, SIMEC Atlantis Energy Limited (Atlantis) reports the selection of GE's Power Conversion business as preferred supplier for electrical systems that will power the tidal stream turbines for the MeyGen tidal power project second phase in the Pentland Firth, north of Scotland.

The MeyGen project is the only commercial multi-turbine array to have commenced construction and has been generating power for the UK grid for more than a year, after Atlantis completed installation of four generating units at the site in 2017, according to a GE release. (Source: GE, SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Hydro Review, 21 June, 2019) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Drew Blaxland, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisbahamas.com; GE Power Conversion, www.gepowerconversion.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Simec,  MayGen,  Tidal Power,  


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,  


Engie, Djibouti Announce 30 MW PV Power Agreement (Int'l Report)
Engie,Greene Ensys
Date: 2019-06-14
The government of Djibouti through the country's electricity utility Electricite de Djibouti (EDD) is reporting a framework agreement with French company Engie for construction of a 30 MW PV power plant in the Grand Bara region, south of Djibouti.

The project, which will be the first large-scale solar power plant in the country, is part of a much larger project -- the construction of a 300 MW solar complex.

Phase one of the project was initially awarded to Green Enesys, a Swiss company. The overall investment is expected to amount to US $406 million. The country aims to have 100 pct renewable and local energy by 2020.

Also in Djibouti, French firm Blue Shark Power is developing a 120-MW tidal power project. (Source: Construction Review. 13 June, 2019) Contact: EDD, www.edd.dj; Engie, www.engie.com/en; Greene Ensys, www.greenenesys.com; Blue Shark Power, www.bluesharkpower.eu

More Low-Carbon Energy News Engie,  Solar,  PV,  Greene Ensys,  


ODOE Offers Small-Scale Renewable Energy Project Funding (Funding)
Oregon Department of Energy
Date: 2019-03-15
In Salem, the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE) reports the availability of grant funding of up to $250,000 per system for small-scale renewable energy projects. projects that generate power from renewable sources. The deadline for applications is on April 22, 2019. The agency is accepting applications for its Renewable Energy Development Grant program through 22 April, 2019. A total of $2.75 million is available.

Qualified systems must produce electrical energy from a renewable resource such as biomass, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, wind, landfill gas, biogas, or wave, tidal, or ocean thermal energy. Grants are capped at $250,000 per system and may not exceed 35 pct of the project cost. Details are available on ODOE's website. (Source: Oregon Department of Energy, Think Geoenergy, 14 Mar., 2019) Contact: Oregon Department of Energy, (503) 378-4040, askenergy@oregon.gov, www.oregon.gov/ENERGY

More Low-Carbon Energy News Oregon Department of Energy,  


SIMEC Atlantis Quits Nova Scotian Tidal Energy JV (Ind. Report)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2019-01-23
UK-based tidal energy developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd reports it has quit its Canadian tidal power JV and has redeployed two turbines at the MeyGen project in Scotland. SIMEC Atlantis sold its 50 pct interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (AOCL) for $400,000 (Cdn) ($297,000 US) to its Irish JV partner at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia, namely DP Energy which will rename AOCL Rio Fundo Operations Canada Ltd. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, PR, Renewables, Jan., 2019) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, +44 131 659 9690, https://simecatlantis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Energy news,  Ocean Energy news,  


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,  


SIMEC Atlantis Quits Nova Scotian Tidal Energy JV (Ind. Report)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2018-12-21
UK-based tidal energy developer SIMEC Atlantis Energy Ltd reports it has formally exited its Canadian tidal power JV and has redeployed two turbines at the MeyGen project in Scotland. SIMEC Atlantis sold its 50 pct interest in Atlantis Operations (Canada) Limited (AOCL) for $400,000 (Cdn) ($297,000 US) to its Irish JV partner at the FORCE facility in Nova Scotia, namely DP Energy which will rename AOCL Rio Fundo Operations Canada Ltd. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, PR, Renewables, 19 Dec., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, +44 131 659 9690, https://simecatlantis.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC Atlantis Energy,  Tidal Energy,  


Orbital Marine Power Demo Set for Morlais Tidal Energy (Int'l)
Orbital Marine Power
Date: 2018-12-07
In Scotland, Orbital Marine Power -- fka Scotrenewables Tidal Power -- is reporting an agreement to demonstrate its recently unveiled "O2" 2MW tidal turbine technology at the Morlais Tidal Energy Project in Anglesey. Orkney-based Orbital claims its "O2" 2MW tidal turbinewill be the most powerful tidal generating platform in the world - with each 2 MW unit capable of producing electricity equivalent to the demands of 1,500 typical UK homes.

Orbital has also launched a £7 million crowdfunding effort. (Source: Orbital Marine Power, insider.uk.co, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: Orbital Marine Power, Andrew Scott, CEO, office@orbitalmarine.com, +44 0 1856 851641, +44 0 1856 851642, www.orbitalmarine.com; Morlais Tidal Energy Project, www.wavehub.co.uk

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


WRI Responds to Fourth National Climate Assessment Report (Opinions, Editorial & Asides)
World Resources Institute,
Date: 2018-11-26
In Washington, the World Resources Institute (WRI) has issued the following comments on the U.S. government's Global Change Research Program's just released Fourth National Climate Assessment report:

"The message is loud, clear and undeniable: climate impacts are here and growing. The tragic Camp Fire in California serves as a stark illustration of how climate change is loading the dice for more extreme events that devastate people, homes and the economy. We should trust what we're seeing with our own eyes: more intense wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, and heat waves. This is what climate change looks like and it will become far worse unless we rapidly shift to a low-carbon economy.

"Climate change is already taking a toll on U.S. agriculture, health, tourism, fisheries, energy, transportation, infrastructure, businesses and more. For example, $1 trillion dollars of public infrastructure and private property along the U.S. coastline are at risk due to rising seas, increasing storm surges, and tidal flooding. No region of the country and no sector of the economy is immune. We must use all tools and pursue all policy levers to turn the tide. The NCA report makes it clear that we need a rapid and decisive shift to a low-carbon economy to achieve inclusive, long-term economic prosperity across the United States." WRI concluded. (Source: World Resources Institute, PR, 23 Nov., 2018) Contact: World Resources Institute, Dan Lashof, U.S. Director, World Resources Institute, www.wri.org

Download the National Climate Assessment 4 report HERE

More Low-Carbon Energy News World Resources Institute,  Climate Change,  


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,  


Portland Shipyard Constructing Wave Energy Buoy (Ind. Report)
Wave Energy
Date: 2018-10-31
Seattle-headquartered Vigor is reporting construction has begun on a $6.5 million, 826-ton wave energy buoy at its Portland, Oregon shipyard. The buoy, which will generate approximately 1.25 MW of electricity while offsetting 3,000 tpy of carbon emissions, was jointly contracted and funded by the Irish and American governments.

The completed buoy will be towed to Hawaii and anchored in the U.S. Navy's wave energy test site off Oahu Island.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Agency, "The theoretical annual energy potential of waves off the coasts of the United States is estimated to be as much as 2.64 trillion kilowatt hours, or the equivalent of about 66 pct of U.S. electricity generation in 2017." In Oregon, the estimated potential value to the local economy is $2.4 billion per year with an associated 13,630 jobs," Vigor reported. (Source: Vigor, Don Brunell, Courier-Herald, 29 Oct., 2018) Contact: Vigor, (206)623-1635, (206) 442-8505 - fax, info@vigor.net, www.vigor.net

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


Chinese Wave Energy Amplification Tech Touted (New Prod & Tech)
Xiamen University
Date: 2018-10-17
In China, Xiamen University and Zhejiang University are touting a new structure that concentrates wave energy to facilitate offshore wave energy projects.

The research team previously demonstrated concentration of microwaves using a cylindrical device that comprised a set of thin metal sheets extended radially outward from the cylinder axis. The channels between the sheets perpendicular to the axis directed waves inward and boosted the central wave amplitude.

The researchers envision a similar submurged and anchored structure for water waves. The central open region of the structure is surrounded by vertical walls that are taller than the waves and extended radially outward, similar to the microwave device, to focus and amplify the wave energy. The research was published in Physical Review Letters on September 07, 2018. (Source: Xiamen University, Coherent Chronicle, 15 Oct., 2018) Contact: Xiamen University, en.xmu.edu.cn

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


Tidal Turbine Specialist Generates Private Investment (Int'l)
Scotrenewables
Date: 2018-09-28
Orkney Islands-based floating tidal turbine developer Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd reports it has secured a multi-million pound investment from the McGrath family and Matthias Haag -- the former CEO of the company behind the 600-MW Gemini offshore wind park. Scotrenewables also received support from the Scottish government's Energy Investment Fund.

Scotrenewables is preparing for a 2019 construct and installation of its SR2-2000 tidal power turbine. (Source: Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd., Renewables, 26 Sept., 2018) Contact: Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd., office@scotrenewables.com Telephone: 01856 851641 www.scotrenewables.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal 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

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SIMEC Touting Biomass Pellet Coal Power Plant Conversions (Int'l)
SIMEC Atlantis Energy
Date: 2018-08-15
In the UK, SIMEC Atlantis Energy (SAE), the tidal power firm 50 pct owned by the industrial player SIMEC, reports it plans to convert coal-fired power stations around the world to run on "Subcoal" waste-based biomass/biofuel pellets.

The company is currently converting the ageing Uskmouth coal power plant in South Wales to run on the Subcoal pellets, which are made from waste materials including waste plastic. The company is also in discussions with plant owners and operators in Europe, Australia, Asia, and the US to convert coal-fired power stations to run on the pellets. (Source: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, Business Green, 13 Aug., 2018) Contact: SIMEC Atlantis Energy, www.simecatlantis.com; Uskmouth Power Station, +44 1633 292700,

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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

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Emera Exits OpenHydro Tidal Power JV (Ind. Report)
Emera Inc., OpenHydro
Date: 2018-08-15
Halifax-headquartered energy company Emera Inc. reports it is ending its support support for its Cape Sharp, Nova Scotia Tidal joint venture with Dublin, Ireland-based OpenHydro Ltd after the latter, a subsidiary of French marine renewables specialist Naval Energies, filed for liquidation last month.

In a statement Emera said it "sees no further value in pursuing the particular tidal power project" but intends to intends to continue to participate in in-stream tidal energy projects.

The Cape Sharp Tidal project involved the installation of a 2-MW OpenHydro Open-Centre turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) in Nova Scotia, Canada. The device was hooked to the grid in November 2016 and was recovered in June 2017 for certain modifications. It was re-deployed on July 22 and grid-connected on July 24, 2018. (Source: Emera, Renewables Now, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: OpenHydro, +353 (0) 1 717 0200, info@openhydro.com, www.openhydro.com; Emera Inc., (902) 450-0507, www.emera.com

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Fundy Tidal Energy Project Wins Community Support (Ind. Report)
Big Moon Power
Date: 2018-07-09
On Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy, home of the world's highest tides, Halifax-headquartered Big Moon Power Canada, the company behind a new Kinetic Keel tidal power technology that's foregone the use of turbines reports it has received Scott's Bay community approval for the provincial Department of Energy's announced two "marine renewable energy" permits to begin testing a small 100-kilowatt prototype and a second to increase the system's size to a maximum of 5 megawatts.

The company's Kinetic Keel concept harnesses energy with a two-part system comprised of a land-based shed houses a drum and high modulus rope -- a material seven times stronger than steel -- attached to an underwater keel that ebbs and flows with the tidal current. The rope loosens and contracts during high and low tides, meaning the two-way energy production is constantly producing energy without impacting the ocean environment.

The company has a PPA in place with Nova Scotia Power, will foot the bill for the new three-phase system, meaning residents will see no change in their power costs. (Source: Bib Moon Power, Kings County Register, 5 July, 2018) Contact: Big Moon Power LLC, Jamie MacLean, www.bigmoonpower.com

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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

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Fundy's "Blue Carbon" Sequestration Capacity Explored (Ind. Report)
Blue Carbon,Environment and Climate Change Canada
Date: 2018-05-23
In Atlantic Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada's recent study of the Bay of Fundy coastal ecosystem and its "blue carbon" has estimated the area's carbon sequestration capacity to hold hundreds of millions of dollars worth of carbon-offsetting costs. "Blue carbon" is a term coined by scientists to describe carbon dioxide stored in coastal plants and soil.

On land, forests capture carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. Forests release their carbon every few hundred years, due to fire, tree mortality or human harvesting. By comparison, coastal marshes maintain their carbon for thousands of years. Coastal ecosystems do the same -- but they're much better at it, according to McGill University "Blue Carbon" authority Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain. Coastal ecosystems can hold three to five times more carbon than the equivalent area of forest, according to a federal government report.

The financial value of blue carbon comes from its potential for carbon emission credits which the Canadian federal government is introducing. According to government documents, "carbon stored in tidal salt marshes in the Bay of Fundy could have an estimated value of $202 million." That would equal $1 billion in 2022. In terms of Canada's national carbon emissions strategy, blue carbon could be used as an offset to meet international targets and coastal communities could protect or rehabilitate wetlands to generate carbon credits. (Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada, CBC, 22 May, 2018) Contact: Environment and Climate Change Canada, (800) 668-6767, www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change.htm; McGill University, Assoc. Prof. Gail Chmurain, (514) 926-6854, gail.chmura@mcgill.ca, www.mcgill.ca

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$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

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FDB Offers Fijian Renewable Energy Funding (Int'l)
Fiji Development Bank,
Date: 2018-03-26
Fiji's only financial development institution, the Fiji Development Bank , is promoting its Sustainable Energy Financing Facility aimed at scaling up renewable energy investments in the 2,000 +- square kilometer Pacific Island nation of 900,000 residents.

Financing is available for hydro, solar, coconut oil biofuel, energy efficiency equipment, wind, biomass, biogas, wave, tidal, and feasible geothermal systems. This facility also accommodates working capital for the purpose of providing consultancy, design, supply, installation and maintenance or repair services to encourage sustainable investments that address the impacts of climate change.

FDB is accredited as a National Direct Access Entity with the Green Climate Fund. (Source: Fiji Development Bank, Fiji Times, 24 Mar., 2018) Contact: Fiji Development Bank, www.fdb.com.fj

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France Flaunting Tidal Energy Ambitions (Int'l. Report)
Tidal Energy
Date: 2018-03-09
In Paris, the French Government of President Emmanuel Macron has announced it will launch a preliminary study into the feasibility of tidal energy from tidal zones in Brittany and Normandy, an area with some of the most powerful tides in the world. The world's first tidal power station generating approximately 500 GWh per year was constructed in Brittany in 1966.

Under its 2009 Renewable Energy Directive, France has committed to increasing its share of renewable energy consumption to 23 pct by 2020. Under the Energy Transition Law in 2015, France is committed to generating 40 pct of its energy from renewable sources and increasing the share of renewable energy consumption to 32 pct by 2030. However, as of 2016, France's percentage is holding at just 16 pct . The government has also earmarked €7 billion for the renewable energy sector from 2018 to 2022. (Source: Various Media, southEU summit, Mar., 2018)

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Yam Pro, Shapoorji Pallonji to Build Ghana Wave-Energy Project (Int'l)
Yam Pro Energy,Shapoorji Pallonji Group
Date: 2018-01-10
Kfar Saba, Israel-based Yam Pro Energy and India's Shapoorji Pallonji Group report they are partnering to construct a commercial-scale wave-power station in Ghana.

The $180 million wave energy station near the capital city of Accra, will generate up to 150 MW and serve as many as 10,000 households. The project will be completed in stages over the course of three years, with an initial phase beginning at 10 MW.

Yam Pro's technology utilizes wave energy to turn hydraulic pressure into electricity. The energy is transferred onshore using biodegradable hydraulic fluid. (Source: YamPro Energy, PR, Isreal21c, Jan., 2018) Contact: YamPro Energy, Zeev Peretz, Laser Rothshtein, 972-73-791-3604, http://yamproenergy.com; Shapoorji Pallonji Group, www.shapoorjipallonji.com

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VertAx Wind, U.of Edinburgh Ink C-Gen Licensing Agreement (Int'l)
VertAx Wind
Date: 2017-12-11
In the UK, Guildford, Surrey based vertical axis wind energy specialist VertAx Wind Ltd reports it has sealed its first commercial licensing agreement for the C-Gen Permanent Magnet Generator developed at the University of Edinburgh. The agreement enables VertAx to build the technology into its multi-megawatt vertical axis wind turbine which are presently under development.

The scaleable C-Gen is an air-cored, lightweight, "no cogging" design was developed under the Scottish Enterprise Proof of Concept Programme, and it has since been demonstrated at various scales up to 1 MW. The design is suitable for tidal, wind and wave energy applications. (Source: VertAx Wind Ltd., Windpower, Various Media, 8 Dec., 2017) Contact: VertAx Wind, +44 01252 702165, info@vertaxwind.com, www.veretaxwind.com

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IEA Raises Renewable Electricity Forecast (Int'l Report)
International Energy Agency
Date: 2017-10-06
The Paris-headquartered International Energy Agency (IEA) reports it has raised its forecasts for renewable energy over the next five years following a record 2016, mainly driven by a surge in solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in China, India and the US.

The IEA expects global renewable electricity capacity to rise by more than 920GW -- 43 pct -- by 2022, due to supportive policies for low-carbon energy and cost reductions for solar PV and wind. In 2016, net additions to renewable energy capacity -- including hydropower, solar, wind, bioenergy, wave and tidal -- set another world record and grew by 165GW, 6 pct more than in 2015, the IEA said. Renewable energy will account for 29 pct of the global energy mix in five years with China leading the charge, followed by the US, India and the European Union. (Source: IEA, Reuters, Others, 4 Oct., 2017) Contact: IEA, Fatih Birol, Exec. Dir., +33 1 40 57 65 00, www.iea.org

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Scottish Tidal Power Station Breaks Production Record (Int'l)
MayGen,Atlantis Resources
Date: 2017-09-27
Australian tidal energy specialist Atlantis Resources reports its four-turbine MeyGen tidal power station off the coast of Scotland generated a record 700MWh of electricity, enough to power 2,000 homes, during the month of August, 2017. Since the installation of a fourth turbine in February, MeyGen has dispatched 2GWh of electricity to the grid, according to company release. A final, fifth turbine is slated for installation within the next few weeks. (Source: Atlantis Resources, Alpha, 22 Sept., 2017) Contact: Atlantis Resources, Tim Cornelius, CEO, +65 6248 4688, +44 131 659 9690, www.atlantisresourcesltd.com

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UK Offshore Wind Farm Costs Plunging Sharply (Int'l. Report)
Offshore Wind
Date: 2017-09-20
According to the Financial Review (Iran) the cost of generating electricity from offshore wind farms fell sharply in the UK to the point where it one of the cheapest ways to supply the grid. Wholesale power prices in the UK have averaged about $62 per MWh over the past year.

In a recent UK government auction that handed out power-purchase contracts worth $232 million a year, all of the bids to build offshore wind farms and other renewable technologies were below the $122 per MWh. Auction winners included DONG Energy A/S, with an offer of $76 per MWh for power from its Hornsea 2 offshore wind farm, followed by EDP Renovaveis SA and Engie SA.

The contracts-for-difference auction was for "less-established technologies" such as offshore wind, tidal and anaerobic digestion. The power-purchase agreements are fixed for 15 years.

The offshore wind industry has seen its costs plunge as the capacity of its turbines doubled since 2007. It’s set to double again by 2020, driving down costs further, according to Greenpeace. (Source: Financial Review (Iran), 12 Sept., 2017)

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