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HZ Windpower receives approval of its MHK study

09/01/2015

Chongqing Haizhuang Windpower Equipment Co. Ltd. (HZ Windpower), based in China, has received approval from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Chongqing Municipality for its study on key technology and model testing for marine hydrokinetic (MHK) power. 

France inaugurates Le Croisic MHK test site

08/28/2015

On Aug. 25, France officially inaugurated the Site d’ Experimentation en Mer (SEM-REV) at Le Croisic, Brittany, France on the country’s west coast. The site will test marine hydrokinetic (MHK) energy systems and floating wind turbines in open sea conditions. 

Ireland-Wales micro-hydroelectric research study funded with US$1.5 million

08/28/2015

Although current in-water system hydropower technology cannot yet offer all the benefits from utilizing existing municipal water systems, Bangor University and Trinity College Dublin have highlighted the potential for further cost savings from micro-hydroelectric power that could also reduce greenhouse gases. 

ORPC Ireland receives funding for marine hydrokinetic feasibility study

08/26/2015

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is funding the Ireland division of U.S.-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. (ORPC) to identify feasible tidal energy sites in the coastal waters of County Donegal. 

Indonesia's PLN signs agreement to develop commercial tidal power plant

08/26/2015

State-owned utility PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN) and British marine and hydrokinetic developer SBS Intl. Ltd. have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop an ocean energy project in Indonesia.

Canada invests C$115,000 for virtual tidal energy atlas

08/21/2015

Earlier this month, the government of Canada announced an investment of C$65,000, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s (ACOA) Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), in support of an online tidal energy atlas. This platform gathers physical, environmental and infrastructure data from tidal sites along the Bay of Fundy and makes this information accessible online. 

Italy’s ENEA continues to study harvesting hydrokinetic energy potential with PEWEC

08/17/2015

Italy’s National Agency for New Energy Technologies (ENEA), based in Roma, Italy, in July unveiled its Pendulum Wave Energy Converter (PEWEC) wave device during ENEA’s Electric Energy from the Sea conference. 

DOE selects 20 teams to advance in Wave Energy Prize program

08/14/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy has pared a list of 92 entrants to just 20 in the first round of its Wave Energy Prize program.

Europe leading tidal development, but US and Asia catching up

08/10/2015

New analysis from market research and analysis firm Frost & Sullivan finds that the UK remains the front-runner in the development of newer tidal energy solutions, buoyed by good tidal resources and a supportive regulatory scenario.

WavePOD MHK prototype receives US$3.1 million in new funding

08/03/2015

According to a press release from Aquamarine Power, the marine hydrokinetic (MHK) Wave Power Offtake Device (WavePOD) 10th-scale prototype, a project run jointly by Aquamarine Power, Bosch Rexroth and Carnegie Wave Energy, has received US$3.1 million in new funding. 

OPT deploys marine hydrokinetic device off New Jersey coast

07/28/2015

Ocean Power Technologies Inc. (OPT) announced today it has successfully deployed its PB40 PowerBuoy off the coast of New Jersey about 30 nautical miles southeast of New York City Harbor. Costs of the program are not immediately available, but the operational buoy will provide the company with key performance data to accelerate ongoing product commercialization and technology development efforts.  

COER competition could help marine hydrokinetic development

07/27/2015

A combination multi-agency team may have an effect on marine hydrokinetic energy development after winning a recent international competition for the Center for Ocean Energy Research (COER) Hydrodynamic Modeling Competition. 

Hydroelectric power represented well in new bipartisan Senate bill

07/23/2015

Bipartisan energy legislation submitted to the U.S. Senate yesterday includes an extensive section that explicitly defines hydroelectric power as a renewable, while also improving on existing hydropower regulation.

MHK development in Canada

Canadian provinces sign MOU to develop marine renewable energy

07/21/2015

The Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia and British Columbia have signed a memorandum of understanding covering marine renewable energy.

Diver dies at Nova Scotia tidal facility

Diver dies while inspecting Canadian tidal facility

07/17/2015

A diver died while inspecting the 20-MW Annapolis Royal tidal barrage owned by Nova Scotia Power Wednesday, according to news reports.

Schottel Hydro receives MeyGen tidal turbine parts contract

07/09/2015

German marine propulsion manufacturer Schottel Hydro has received a contract from Lockheed Martin to deliver variable pitch hubs for tidal turbines to be installed at Scotland's MeyGen project.

More than 90 teams enter U.S. DOE's Wave Energy Prize program

07/08/2015

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected 92 teams from industry and academia to compete in its Wave Energy Prize program that seeks to encourage the development of wave energy conversion devices

Wave Energy Week will mix marine energy developers with traditional hydropower

07/01/2015

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Democrat, has proclaimed “July 13-17, 2015 to be Oregon Wave Week in Oregon and encourages all Oregonians to join in this observance.”  

Australian company enters into technology agreement for MHK development within Indonesia

06/22/2015

Australia-based Bombora Wave Power announced on June 22 that it has entered into a Technology Evaluation Agreement with Anoa Power of Indonesia in which Anoa would evaluate suitable deployment sites for Bombora marine hydrokinetic devices (MHK) while Bombora will confirm electricity generation capability across these locations. 

Marine and hydrokinetic test bed EMEC announces restructuring

06/16/2015

The European Marine Energy Centre has announced its intention to restructure following a year of change in the global wave and tidal energy market.

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