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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, www.orbitalmarine.com

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


£265Mn Subsidies for UK Renewable Energy Developers (Int'l.)
RenewableUK
Date: 2021-09-17
In the UK, Renewable energy developers will compete for a share in a £265 million ($365.2 million) in government subsidies for renewable energy projects later this year.

Offshore wind developers will compete for contracts worth up to £200 million, £10 million will be offered for onshore wind and solar projects and £55 million will be available to emerging renewable technologies such as tidal power, of which £24 million will be earmarked for floating offshore wind farms.

The scheme could stimulate more the £20 billion in a boost to jobs and the UK supply chain, while reducing energy bills and helping the UK to meet its climate targets, according to RenewableUK.

As previously reported, the UK government slashed renewable energy subsidies in 2015. (Source: RenewableUK, Guardian, Sept., 2021) Contact: RenewableUK, Dan McGrail, CEO, +44 (0)20 7901 3000, +44 (0)20 7901 3001 -- fax, , info@RenewableUK.com, www.renewableuk.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News UK Renewable Energy,  RenewableUK,  


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., enquiry@qednaval.co.uk, www.qednaval.co.uk

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tidal Power,  Marine 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, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

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, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power

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


Atlantis Delivers Tidal Power Equipment to Japan (Int'l. Report)
Atlantis Energy
Date: 2020-12-23
Edinburgh, Scotland-headquartered tidal energy developer SEMAC Atlantis Energy Limited is reporting delivery of its Scottish-designed and manufactured tidal power generation equipment to Kyuden Mirai Energy's demonstrator project in Japan.

The AR500 tidal generation system will be deployed in the Naru Strait and will operate at a capped maximum output of 500kW to collect performance and environmental impact data for the operator and Japanese regulatory bodies. (Source: Atlantis, PR, Offshore Eng., 22 Dec., 2020) Contact: SIMAC Atlantis Energy Limited, www.linkedin.com/company/atlantis-resources-corporation?trk=public_post-embed_share-update_actor-text; Kyuden Mirai Energy, www.q-mirai.co.jp/english

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


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, www.emec.org.uk; Invinity Energy Storage System, (604) 563-2144, www.invinity.com

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


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,  

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