Top news, November 23 – 29, 2015

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from November 23 – 29, 2015.

R to L: Hans van Breugel; Diederik Samson

Eastern Scheldt tidal project starts producing power

Tidal power plant in the Dutch Eastern Scheldt surge barrier consisting of 5 tidal turbines has been put into service. The official opening marks the start of the operational phase of the project which will last for approximately 20 years. The festive commissioning was performed by Diederik Samson, Group Chairman of the Dutch Labour Party. The array has the capacity of 1.2 MW, and is expected to power 1000 Dutch households.

Schottel-Hydro-equips-Minesto’s-tidal-kite-TNSchottel Hydro equips Minesto’s tidal kite

Schottel Hydro will deliver a customized turbine solution for Minesto’s Deep Green tidal power plant. For Minesto, Schottel Hydro is developing a new turbine variant, which will optimally fit the requirements of Deep Green. All components will be tailor-made to fit the electric system of the kite. Schottel Hydro will also carry out a full-load test series on a specially built test stand prior to installing the turbine in the third quarter of 2016.

Jobs lost at Tidal Lagoon PowerJobs lost at Tidal Lagoon Power

Tidal Lagoon Power has announced job cuts following the delay in the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon construction start. The news comes after the company stated last month that it is postponing the beginning of marine works on the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project for the spring 2017.

Aquamarine-Power-out-of-business-TNAquamarine Power out of business

Aquamarine Power, an Edinburgh-based wave energy developer, has ceased trading on November 23, 2015, following the announcement that it is going into administration a month ago. Failing to find the buyer for the wave energy company, the joint administrators announced that the firm is going into liquidation, leaving 13 people without a job.

ORPC's TidGen turbine generator unit

ORPC rolls in $2 million from US government

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) has secured $2.24 million for the development of its technology from the US Department of Energy (DoE). The funding provided by the US DoE will help ORPC develop an innovative deployment and retrieval capability that will significantly reduce costs for cross-flow design marine hydrokinetic systems.


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