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11/01/2010 Work to identify how energy devices affect aquatic life

UK drops Severn tidal hydro project


A study found "no strategic case" for the Severn barrage project, said energy secretary Chris Huhne, who gave the green light for building eight nuclear plants in the same announcement.

DOE, other agencies offer funding for ocean energy research projects, including marine hydropower projects


The Department of Energy, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, and the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced eight joint research awards totaling nearly $5 million to support ocean energy, including marine hydropower.

Feasibility studies planned for tidal hydropower project in Argentina


The governor of the Argentine province of Santa Cruz has signed an agreement with representatives of Enarsa Energia and Gentersa to study the feasibility of installing a tidal power plant, according to a report in El Cronista Comercial.

Coalition plans webinar on paper about marine, hydrokinetic power and recreation


The Hydropower Reform Coalition, along with the National Park Service and Department of Energy, seeks feedback on a whitepaper that covers recreational issues related to marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies. The group will present the whitepaper in a webinar Oct. 27, 2010.

Hydrovolts, students partner for hydrokinetic energy development


A team from Seattle-based hydropower company Hydrovolts and students from the Harvard College Engineering Society (HCES) will collaborate to produce a variety of small, floating turbines that make renewable energy from water currents in canals and the ocean, Hydrovolts announced.

Marine technology firm Sea For Life introduces WEGA ocean energy device


Portugal-based marine research and development firm Sea for Life has introduced its WEGA (Wave Energy Gravitational Absorber) technology, which uses the movement of the waves to create power.

Metso to automate ocean-surge-based demo power plant in Portugal


Metso will develop and supply an automation system to AW-Energy Ltd.'s demo power plant, the first one in the world to generate electricity from the surge, a form of ocean energy, Metso announced.

Ocean Power Technologies gets US2.75 million in funding from Navy


Marine hydro firm Ocean Power Technologies Inc. announced that the U.S. Navy has awarded $2.75 million in additional funding to OPT for a second stage under its existing contract to provide an autonomous PowerBuoy wave energy conversion system for the Navy's near-coast anti-terrorism and maritime surveillance program.

Study: Hydropower Potential Could Create 1.4 million Jobs

10/01/2010 A comprehensive study by Navigant Consulting Inc. has identified significant untapped hydropower potential in the United States.

Marine hydro firm OPT announces wave energy grid connection completion


Ocean Power Technologies Inc. announced that it has completed the first-ever grid connection of a wave energy device in the United States at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in conjunction with the U.S. Navy.

U.S. awards grant for marine hydro manufacturing center in Maine


The U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced that Washington County, Maine, will receive $1.4 million for the construction and rehabilitation of the Eastport Business Center and the establishment of the Maine Marine Energy Center, which will house companies that manufacture and assemble components used in marine hydropower.

SSE Renewables wins approval for Kildermorie small hydropower project


SSE Renewables, the renewable energy division of Scottish and Southern Energy, has won approval from Scottish ministers to develop a 7.5-MW hydroelectric power station at Kildermorie in Ross-shire, Scotland, SSE reported.

Marine Current Turbines, ESBI to develop tidal energy hydropower project


ESB International announced it has entered an agreement with tidal energy company Marine Current Turbines to develop the initial phase of a 100-MW tidal energy hydropower project off the Antrim coast in Northern Ireland.

Scottish First Minister unveils plans for hydropower, other renewable energy


Outlining his program for government, First Minister and Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond said legislation to reform state utility Scottish Water would be among 10 bills to be presented during the final session of the Scottish Parliament before next May's elections, local media reported.

Hydrovolts to develop hydrokinetic turbine for use in India


Hydrovolts Inc., a Seattle-based, small-scale hydropower company, announced it has received investment to develop a 25-kW hydrokinetic canal turbine for hydro-developer DLZ Corp., which is developing several hydropower projects in India.

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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