Top news, July 25 – 31, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from July 25 – 31, 2016.

TN-OpenHydro-to-harness-Japanese-tidesOpenHydro to harness Japanese tides

OpenHydro, a DCNS company, is part of a consortium which has been selected by the Japanese Ministry of the Environment to supply a tidal turbine system for installation at Naru Strait, off Japan. The turbine 2MW turbine is planned for deployment in 2018 off Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture, and will be subsequently connected to the grid.

FI-EU approves French state-aid support for tidal farm projectEU approves French state-aid support for tidal farm project

The European Commission has authorized French plans to support the construction of the 5.6MW NEPTHYD (Normandie Energie PiloTe HYDrolien) tidal energy farm demonstration project at Raz Blanchard, off Normandy, through a direct grant and repayable advances which will be reimbursed if the technology proves successful. Each unit of energy produced will receive a feed-in tariff.

Illustration (Photo: EMEC)

FORESEA launches first call for applications

An €11 million EU-backed programme FORESEA (Funding Ocean Renewable Energy through Strategic European Action) has opened its first call for support package applications. It is open to any enterprise, whether research centre, third level education institution, company or individual, who wish to deploy their technology for testing before June 2018.

CETO 6 testing at COAST facility (Photo: University of Plymouth)

Carnegie forges ahead with CETO 6 development

Australian wave energy developer, Carnegie Wave Energy, has concluded the wave tank testing programme of its CETO 6 technology design at the University of Plymouth’s COAST facility. Carnegie also continued to advance the design and development of the 1MW CETO 6 commercial unit ahead of the completion of detailed design later this year.

Protean WEC in Bunbury Port (Photo: Protean)

Bunbury wave farm set for more WECs

Protean Wave Energy plans to deploy additional two wave energy converters (WECs) at Bunbury wave farm during this quarter after an independent review of the results from the recent offshore trial is completed. The additional deployments are expected to lead to deployment of larger array to demonstrate the commercial feasibility of Protean technology.

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