Tidal Energy Today Staff has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from July 20 – 26, 2015.
Tocardo, a Dutch tidal energy developer, has joined forces with UK-based Mosscliff Environmental to create a new tidal energy company MT Tidal. The newly formed venture will combine Tocardo’s tidal turbines manufacturing expertise with Mosscliff’s experience in project’s site identification and installation. The new company will be based in UK and led by CEO Paul Morris, and has already secured $200 mln from private and institutional investors.
Nova Scotia is boosting its tidal industry with two new international research grants worth $1.43 million. The aim is to help governments, industry and researchers better understand the effect tidal technology has on the marine environment, and the impact of the marine environment on that technology. The projects have been selected through a partnership between the Offshore Energy Research Association and Innovate UK.
Tidal Lagoon Power (TLP) has named Mike Unsworth as the Delivery Director for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project. Unsworth will join the company in August, and will support Andrew McNaughton in bringing tidal lagoon power plant into service by leading the construction and commissioning activities of the project’s contractors.
The boundaries of Anglesey Enterprise Zone are to be extended to include a new marine renewable energy zone and the Menai Science Park site. Wales government said the new sites include the West Anglesey Demonstration Zone, a 37 km2 of seabed off the west coast of Anglesey, and Cefn Du, the 21 hectare site in Gaerwen earmarked for the Menai Science Park (M-SParc). The West Anglesey Demonstration Zone has already been designated for the development of up to ten renewable tidal power installations.
An industry led sub-group of Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP) has recently provided recommendations to assist Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Welsh Government in streamlining the marine energy consenting process in Wales. The paper proposes a list of 7 key recommendations for streamlining the marine renewables planning process.
Tidal Energy Today Staff