Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from November 9 – 15, 2015.
Sabella’s D10 tidal turbine has produced first kilowatt hours of power for the Ushant island’s electricity grid. The turbine started delivering power to Ushant island on November 5, 2015. It is producing limited amounts of power that will gradually increase over time in order to avoid the risks of damaging the grid. For now, the turbine electricity generation is limited to 50 kW, but it will soon be ramped up to 100 kW.
Cape Sharp Tidal has reportedly postponed the installation of the first out of two tidal turbines originally planned to be installed in the Bay of Fundy this fall. Now, the joint venture formed by OpenHydro and Emera, plans to install both 2 MW tidal turbine in spring 2016.
The BlueTEC floating tidal platform is currently being upgraded with Tocardo’s larger T2 tidal turbine. According to Bluewater’s social media, BlueTEC platform has been lifted on the quay on November 12, 2015. Tocardo’s T2 200 kW tidal turbine will be mounted on the platform, doubling its current capacity. Another T2 turbine is planned for the installation on the platform in the following months, increasing the capacity of BlueTEC to 400-500 kW.
BioPower Systems has completed the final preparations of its bioWAVE wave energy device ahead of the planned installation off Victoria, Australia. The installation of the device is scheduled to take place early in December. The device is planned to remain in operation for a 12-month period before being decommissioned. The project is expected to provide key data for the design of a 1 MW commercial-scale bioWAVE unit.
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and Apple have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote the development of ocean energy in Ireland. Under the MoU, Apple has committed a €1 million fund that will help developers who receive an SEAI grant to test their ocean energy prototypes in the Galway Bay Ocean Energy Test Site.
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