Top news, February 13 – 19, 2017

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from February 13 – 19, 2017.

France goes ahead with 2MW in-river tidal farm

French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) has approved the construction of 2MW in-river tidal energy project on the river Rhône in the eastern France. The project will feature an in-river tidal farm consisting of 39 HydroQuest turbines with an average annual production estimated to be around 6,700 MWh.

Mott MacDonald nets Northern Tidal Power Gateways deal

Mott MacDonald has been appointed to advise on the proposed Northern Tidal Power Gateways project across Morecambe Bay and the Duddon Estuary in north west England. The gateway at Morecambe Bay could produce 6,500GWh of electricity per year, while the investigations have found that the Duddon Estuary gateway could generate around 100GWh of electricity each year.

MPs urge UK government to support Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

The letter sent to the UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Greg Clark, was signed by 107 MPs, urging the government to respond to the positive recommendations made by Charles Hendry who conducted a review into the feasibility of tidal lagoon industry in the United Kingdom.

Aquatera to assess Japan’s tidal test site

Orkney-based consultancy Aquatera will conduct environmental impact assessment (EIA) for the proposed tidal test site in Nagasaki, Japan. The test center, planned to be established off Goto islands in Japan will represent a Japanese version of the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Scotland.

FPP hires environmental assessment help

Floating Power Plant (FPP) has appointed Marine Space and Aquatera to provide environmental consultancy services for its Welsh and Scottish projects. Marine Space will be assessing the Dyfed project sited in south Wales, while Aquatera will carry out the environmental impact assessment for the Katanes project in north Scotland.

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