Top news, March 5 – 11, 2018

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from March 5 – 11, 2018.

Tocardo and DELTA make tidal energy deal

Dutch tidal energy developer Tocardo has signed an agreement with DELTA power utility company for the purchase of clean electricity generated by its tidal energy array on the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier.

The two parties have agreed a partnership that will last for several years under which DELTA will use the clean power produced by Tocardo’s tidal array to supply it to its customers.

The 1.2MW tidal energy array, featuring 5 Tocardo’s T2 tidal turbines, was installed in September 2016 on the storm surge barrier located in the province of Zeeland.

UK shadow chancellor reaffirms Labour government’s support to Mersey tidal project

A Labour government in the UK would use its proposed state investment bank to fund the Mersey tidal project, the UK Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell stated, according to the Financial Times, which writes that the shadow chancellor also called on the current UK government to support the Swansea tidal lagoon project.

Aquatera delivers marine energy roadmap for Peru

UK-based energy and environmental consultancy Aquatera has published a study which outlines the prospects for the development of aquatic renewable energy in Peru.

The year-long study examined the potential energy markets and generation areas for wave, tidal, floating wind, floating solar and river hydrokinetic technologies.

The work covered each administrative region of Peru from the Amazon, the high Andes and along the Pacific coast giving region by region analysis as well as a national synopsis of possible future energy generation scenarios.

Oregon Legislature approves $3 million for wave test center

Oregon’s lawmakers have approved a budget bill which includes additional state investment of $3 million for the Oregon State University Northwest Marine Renewable Energy Center.

The bill, which needs to be singed into law by Oregon’s Governor Kate Brown, has increased the funding for the development of national wave energy test site by $3 million for the biennium ending June 30, 2019, according to the Oregon State Legislature.

WaveSub sails through tow tests (Video)

Swansea-based wave energy developer Marine Power Systems (MPS) has concluded tow testing of the WaveSub wave energy device in the Milford Haven Waterway.

The quarter-scale WaveSub prototype was towed at speeds of up to 5 knots in a series of tests which also saw the device tackle increasing levels of swell of up to 2 meters as it moved further out of the Milford Haven Waterway into open sea conditions.

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