Top news, March 21 – 27, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from March 21 – 27, 2016.

Atlantis' AR1000 tidal turbine (Photo: Atlantis Resources)

Atlantis discards Anglesey Skerries, Kyle Rhea tidal sites

The decision to hand back the the agreements for lease to The Crown Estate for the Anglesey Skerries site in Wales, and the Kyle Rhea site in Scotland, followed an internal project portfolio and site assessment review which led to the decision to prioritise other sites that are currently under construction and/or closer to reaching financial close, Atlantis informed.

Marine spatial plan set for Pentland Firth and Orkney waters-FIMarine spatial plan set for Pentland Firth and Orkney waters

The pilot Marine Spatial Plan has been prepared for the Pentland Firth and Orkney (PFOW) waters which will guide the development activity in the area. When it comes to renewable energy generation, there are seven plan options for the PFOW area – one for wind, two for wave and four for tidal.

Illustration (Photo: Acadia University)

FORCE lands tidal monitoring funding

FORCE, OERA, and Nova Scotia Department of Energy announced $500,000 in funding to begin a new environmental effects monitoring program (EEMP) in the Minas Passage. The new monitoring program is designed to determine the effects of deployment and operation of in-stream tidal turbines on the marine environment with a focus on fish, lobster, marine birds, marine mammals, and acoustic effects.

EcoSPRAY tidal platform (Photo: DSA)

EcoSPRAY tidal platform inspects moorings in high-tidal flows

EcoSPRAY marine structure designed to gather data in order to provide better understanding of floating tidal energy platforms and their moorings. It has been deployed in Grand Passage, the Outer Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia. The platform is equipped with a drag plate to simulate the thrust created by an underwater turbine. The researchers expect to gain better insights into the impacts of turbulent tides on moored floating structures.

CETO 6 array

Carnegie teams up with EMC for renewable microgrids

Carnegie Wave Energy has formed an alliance with Energy Made Clean (EMC) which will see the two companies share resources, skills and expertise to bring a wider range of renewable energy offerings to the market, with the joint focus on the delivery of a combination of technologies such as solar, wave, wind and energy storage in the form of microgrids to islands, off-grid and grid-connected communities.

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