Top news, February 5 – 11, 2018

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from February 5 – 11, 2018.


France to study tidal zones ahead of tender launch

Speaking at the Colloque Annuel of Syndicat des Énergies Renouvelables (SER), French Secretary of State for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, Sébastien Lecornu, has announced the launch of preliminary studies into the northern French tidal zones ahead of tender opening for the sector.

Rémi Gruet, CEO of Ocean Energy Europe, welcomed the announcement and called for the launch of a tender for tidal energy as soon as possible.


Liverpool’s Mersey tidal scheme granted initial funding

The Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has unanimously adopted Mayor Rotheram’s proposal to grant a share of £1.6 million from priorities fund to harness the tides of River Mersey.

It is understood that over the next 12 months the Mersey Tidal Commission will focus on preparing an economic, technical and environmental business case for the project, as well as seeking to influence and support the development of a local and national policy on tidal energy schemes.


Big Moon Power outlines Bay of Fundy tidal plans

Big Moon Canada Corporation (BMP) has signed up for a permit to construct a 5MW tidal energy demonstration project in Nova Scotia’s Minas Passage.

The proposed 5MW project would be built along the north shore of the Blomindon Peninsula in Kings County of Nova Scotia, it is stated in BMP’s application for permit, filed to the Nova Scotia Energy Department.

The project has been proposed in support the recent amendments to the Marine Renewable Energy Act proclaimed by the Nova Scotia government on January 24, 2018.


AMOG to test wave energy device in Falmouth Bay

Australian engineering company AMOG has secured a grant through Marine-i program that will enable the company to test its wave energy device at FaBTest site in Falmouth Bay.

The first phase of testing of the 1:3 scale wave energy device is expected to begin from June 2018. Design of the device is based on a floating vessel with a damped pendulum – the latter formed on the principles of Dynamic Vibration Absorbers.


Wello inks wave deal with Chinese conglomerate

Finnish wave energy developer Wello has signed a deal with Chinese conglomerate CIMC OEI to develop wave energy projects in China.

The contract paves Wello’s way to the vast Chinese energy market, with plans to begin the co-operation with a joint research into defining an optimized Penguin wave energy converter design for Chinese waters.


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