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DOE awards millions for marine and hydrokinetic energy technology


Energy Secretary Steven Chu has announced selections for more than $37 million in funding to accelerate the technological and commercial readiness of emerging marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies, which seek to generate renewable electricity from the nation's oceans and free-flowing rivers and streams.

Wave Hub marine energy project installed off coast of England


The South West Regional Development Agency's Wave Hub marine energy project has been safely installed on the seabed following a delicate operation to lower the 12-ton hub into 55 meters of water, 16 kilometers offshore, project developers reported.

Marine hydropower firm Atlantis deploys tidal turbine at European Marine Energy Centre


Marine hydro firm Atlantis Resources Corporation announced it has successfully deployed its AK1000 tidal turbine - which Atlantis calls the world's largest rotor diameter tidal turbine - on its subsea berth at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.

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PPS to develop power conversion system for marine hydropower


New Jersey-based Princeton Power Systems, a manufacturer of advanced power conversion products and alternative energy systems, has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovative Research contract from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science. The project will involve the development of an advanced power conversion system to be used in commercial tidal, wave and related hydropower applications, PPS reported.

PG&E seeks funds for pumped-storage hydro project feasibility study


Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it has filed a request with state regulators for funding to study the feasibility of building a pumped-storage hydro project in the Mokelumne River watershed in Amador County.

Marine hydropower test center EMEC completes expansion


The Orkney-based European Marine Energy Centre, a test center for commercial-scale wave and tidal energy hydropower devices, announced it has completed an expansion project, increasing its set of test sites from nine to 12.

FERC receives first pact for licensing a U.S. wave park, 1.5-MW Reedsport


Wave energy developer Ocean Power Technologies Inc. has filed a settlement agreement with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission that outlines proposed terms for licensing the 1.5-MW Reedsport OPT Wave Park as the first commercial-scale wave power project in the United States.

Tidal energy device passes test, marine hydro firm Ocean Renewable Power says


Ocean Renewable Power Company, a Maine-based marine hydropower firm, announced that its Beta Power System has successfully generated grid-compatible power from tidal currents at its Cobscook Bay site in Eastport, Maine.

Marine hydro firm Hammerfest Strom awards tidal turbine construction contracts


ScottishPower Renewables' Managing Director Keith Anderson joined First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond in Oslo as Norway-based marine hydropower developer Hammerfest Strom announced contracts worth 4 million pounds (US$6.2 million) to construct the first of their advanced HS1000 tidal power turbines in Scotland.

Andritz acquires stake in tidal hydro firm Hammerfest Strom


International technology group Andritz has acquired a 33.3 percent stake in Norwegian tidal hydro specialist Hammerfest Strom AS, including its subsidiary, Hammerfest Strom UK Ltd, based Scotland, by means of a capital increase, Andritz Hydro reported.

Facility at Florida university designated national marine energy center


The U.S. Department of Energy has designated the Center for Ocean Energy Technology at Florida Atlantic University a national center for ocean energy research and development, naming it the Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center, FAU announced.

New hydrokinetic turbine nears final testing phase


A new hydrokinetic turbine for generating clean electricity from water sources is approaching its final testing phase, developers reported.

Oregon utility-scale wave energy hydro station closer to fruition


Coming at the heels of OPT Inc.'s announcement that its subsidiary, England-based OPT Ltd. was awarded GBP 1.5 million (US$2.3 million) for the development of its next-generation wave power system, the wave energy hydropower developer announced that it is getting closer to deploying its technology in the U.S.

Marine hydro firm OPT secures funds for PowerBuoy development


Wave energy hydropower developer Ocean Power Technologies Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Ocean Power Technologies Ltd, based in Warwick, England, has been awarded a GBP 1.5 million (US$2.3 million) grant from the South West of England Regional Development Agency for the development of its next generation PowerBuoy wave power system.

Wave Hub, cable readied for installation off coast of England


The latest stage of South West Regional Development Agency's Wave Hub project is under way as the hub and its 25-km cable are loaded onto a cable laying ship ready for deployment offshore in the next few weeks, South West RDA reported.

Frost: Hydro, Wave, and tidal power market outlook bright


Prospects for the hydro, wave and tidal power market are good as countries are investing in renewable energy sources to augment energy security.

Marine hydro projects secure Scottish Government funding


The Scottish Government has awarded 13 million pounds (US$19.7 million) in grants to five marine hydropower projects through a wave and tidal hydro development program.

California utilities agree to host HydroVision International 2011


The Sacramento Municipal Utility District and the California Department of Water Resources have agreed to be the official host utilities for HydroVision International 2011, scheduled July 19-22, 2011, in Sacramento, Calif., USA.

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07/01/2010 Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) announces release of the Wave Energy Infrastructure Assessment in Oregon, intended to assess infrastructure needs of ocean renewable energy in Oregon and compare them against the state's existing and planned infrastructure capabilities.

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