Top news, May 2 – 8, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from May 2 – 8, 2016.

PLAT-O no.1 awaiting deployment at SME’s Orkney operations base and office in Warness Park, Hatston. (Photo: SME/Schottel Hydro)

SME moves forward with PLAT-O project with £4.5M in pocket

Sustainable Marine Energy (SME) has secured £4.5 million funding to start the deployment of an array comprising its PLAT-O tidal energy systems at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. The company has now moved their operational base to Orkney and will be grid-connecting their first system at EMEC over the coming months.

TN-First-Protean-WEC-installed-at-Port-of-Bunbury-1024x768First Protean WEC installed at Port of Bunbury, WA

The first Protean wave energy converter (WEC) buoy has been deployed at Port of Bunbury, Western Australia. The multi-buoy demonstration wave farm will be deployed progressively with Stage 1 consisting of three Protean WEC buoys. The remaining buoys to complete Stage 1 are expected to enter the water during the coming weeks. The wave farm will be in operation for up to a maximum period ending September 30, 2016.

TN-Former-energy-minister-to-lead-tidal-lagoons-reviewFormer energy minister to lead tidal lagoons review

The independent review of tidal lagoons will be led by UK’s former energy minister Charles Hendry. Hendry, who was UK’s Minister of State for Energy from 2010 until 2012, will be supported by a team of seconded civil servants, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) informed.

Photo: SRP/ archive

SRP to supply bottom joint system for Deep Green project

Minesto has ordered a modified version of Subsea Riser Products’ (SRP) bottom joint system for its Deep Green tidal energy power plant, with delivery scheduled for the first quarter of 2017. SRP will deliver a version of its Rocksteady bottom joint system dimensioned for Minesto’s requirements that functions as a locking mechanism between Deep Green’s tether and the seabed foundation.

Illustration/P37 floating wave and wind power platform (Photo: FPP)

FPP teams up with OPES for floating wind and wave device

Floating Power Plant (FPP), a Danish offshore energy developer has formed marine technology partnership with Norway-based Ocean Power & Energy Services (OPES), to advance its floating wind and wave energy device. The agreement gives FPP the opportunity to draw on OPES’ knowledge within design of safe, stable, and cost efficient floating marine structures and mooring systems from the oil & gas industry.

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