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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,  


£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 ,  


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,  


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,  


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,  


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

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


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,

More Low-Carbon Energy News SIMEC Atlantis Energy,  Biomass Pellet,  


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,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News Emera,  Tidal,  OpenHydro,  


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

More Low-Carbon Energy News 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,  


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)

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

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