Top news, October 9-October 15, 2017

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from October 9 until October 15, 2017.

REAC Energy wraps up StreamCube tidal device testing

Germany-based REAC Energy GmbH has completed testing of its patent-pending tidal energy device StreamCube in Orkney. The company contracted Leask Marine to provide offshore support for the tow testing of the StreamCube, with Leask Marine fabricating a bespoke testing frame for the trials that was fitted to the multi-cat vessel, the MV C-Odyssey. The aim of the testing was to validate and pre-certify a range of velocities and angle flows for REAC Energy’s tidal energy device, before progressing it towards commercialization.

UK Government boosts renewables with £557M funding

Energy Minister Richard Harrington confirmed on Wednesday that up to £557 million will be made available for less established renewable electricity projects as part of the UK government’s Clean Growth Strategy, to drive economic growth and clean up the energy system. Since 1990 the UK’s emissions are down by more than a third while the economy has grown by two-thirds. Low carbon generation provided more than half (52%) our electricity this summer, according to National Grid.

OEEC: The rise of renewables

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference on Tuesday hosted ‘The rise of renewables session’ that offered a quick-scan of various renewable energy technologies currently under development and the markets set for their commercial implementation. The latest medium-term report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that in the course of the next five years global renewables electricity generation is expected to grow by over one-third to over 8TWh, equal to the total power consumption of China, India and Germany combined.

Marine Power Systems unveils WaveSub wave energy device

Marine Power Systems (MPS) is set to unveil its quarter-scale prototype WaveSub wave energy generator, marking a move to a new, sea-based phase of its development. Designed to operate around 10km from shore, the WaveSub wave energy generator harnesses the continual orbital motion of waves under the surface of the sea. At full scale, each 100 meters long, 5-megawatt (MW) device will have a similar power output to a very large offshore wind turbine, able to power approximately 5,000 homes.

Marine Energy Event: ‘Marine energy is not a niche market’

Read an overview of the Marine Energy Event, held on Wednesday as part of Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) 2017. The event gathered great number of industry experts who discussed the latest in marine energy with a focus on conditions for commercial success which was also the topic of this year’s event.

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