Top news, Sep 28 – Oct 4, 2015
Tidal Energy Today Staff has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from September 28 – October 4, 2015.
Nova Innovation, a UK-based tidal energy developer, has moved to the preparation and deployment of the offshore components for the Shetland Tidal Array project in Bluemull Sound, Scotland. The company plans to complete the deployment operations in October, subject to suitable weather conditions. The Shetland tidal array will consist of five 100 kW tidal turbines, and is expected to power 300 homes.
Minesto has secured €3.5 mln from KIC InnoEnergy for its tidal energy project in Wales. The funding is dedicated to ensure that Minesto’s first commercial scale power plant is installed in 2017 in co-operation with partners McLaughlin & Harvey and KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. The power plant will be developed in phases, with the installation of the 500 kW tidal power plant as part of the first phase that will lead to additional deployments in what will eventually become an array with a total capacity of 10 MW.
HydroQuest, a French-based hydrokinetic turbines developer, has connected its river tidal turbine to the French electricity grid. HydroQuest’s river tidal 1.40 turbine has been deployed in the Loire river, Orleans, since the late 2014, and the power produced by the turbine is expected to power 60 homes.
The building of the lagoon’s wall was planned for the spring of 2016, but since the UK government is trailing with the finalization of contract for difference for the lagoon as reported by Wales Online, the construction works are not expected to begin before March 2017.
Marine Power Systems (MPS) is one of the first companies to benefit from the recently announced £115 million funding package of support to boost innovation in Wales. According to the Welsh government, the funding provided for MPS will be used for the production of WaveSub wave energy converter prototype that will be tested in Milford Haven.
Tidal Energy Today Staff