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Marine Hydrokinetics (MHK) Power News

World’s largest 5-turbine tidal array installed in the Oosterschelde barrier, The Netherlands


The Netherlands’ Den Oever-based Tocardo Tidal Turbines has installed its commercial demonstrator 1.2-MW tidal array of five T2 turbines in the Eastern Scheldt storm surge barrier (Oosterschelde barrier) in the Netherlands. At a cost around US$12.4 million, Tocardo said this installation is the largest tidal energy project in the Netherlands as well as the world’s largest commercial tidal installation of five turbines in an array.

KIC InnoEnergy makes its largest-ever single investment: US$3.84 million to MHK developer Minesto


On Sept. 25, marine hydrokinetic (MHK) company Minesto announced it received a US$3.84 million capital investment from KIC InnoEnergy (KIC IE), making it the largest-ever single investment by KIC IE in the MHK energy market.  

Subsea cables installed for 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project


The principal contractor hired by Atlantis Resources Ltd., James Fisher Marine Services Ltd., successfully laid four subsea cables on Sept. 21 at the planned 398-MW MeyGen tidal array project located in the Inner Sound development zone of Scotland's Pentland Firth. 

The Crown Estate launches small-scale MHK leasing program


The Crown Estate, one of the largest property owners in the United Kingdom, has launched a program of offshore leasing for small-scale marine hydrokinetic (MHK) testing and demonstration projects less than 3 MW. 

Lignum Vitae North America donates bearings to teams in the Wave Energy Prize Challenge


Lignum Vitae North America LLC will donate bearings to any of the 20 teams advancing to the next phase in the Wave Energy Prize Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Water Power Program.  

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Marine energy technology company Minesto names new CFO, COO


Marine energy developer Minesto announces that Fredrick Ahlstrom is chief financial officer, taking the place of Charlotta Ekman, who is now chief operating officer.

HZ Windpower receives approval of its MHK study


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

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Canadian provinces sign MOU to develop marine renewable energy


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

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