Top news, August 3 – 9, 2015
Tidal Energy Today Staff has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from August 3 – 9, 2015.
Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has announced the list of successful contract awards following its first international competitive open call focused on innovative power take-off systems for wave energy converters. Over £ 7 mln has been awarded to 16 technology developers and consortia, from countries including UK, USA, Italy and Sweden. Contracted amounts range from £78.000 for concept optimisation, up to £2 mln for later stage prototype development.
The French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) has opened a tender for tidal and wave energy projects. The call that aims to finance wave, marine and river tidal, and technology demonstration projects consists of three parts. The funding, provided under the ‘Investment for future’ programme (PIA), targets projects whose overall cost is greater or equal to €2 mln.
The US Department of Energy (DoE) has selected four entities to receive $7.4 mln to develop components that would help advance marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. The projects will address technical challenges in advanced controls, crosscutting power take-off (PTO), and innovative structures, for the wave and tidal energy sectors. It is expected that the research and development supported by this funding would advance the market-readiness of MHK systems.
WERPO, an Israeli wave energy developer, has announced plans to construct a wave energy plant off South Africa. The implementation of 500 MW wave power plant will be conducted with WERPO’s South African partner Wadamba Technovations Pty, through their joint venture. The South African government has a goal of generating 18.2 GW of electricity through green sources.
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