Top news, May 9 – 15, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from May 9 – 15, 2016.

SR2000 at Harland & Wolff (Photo: Scotrenewables)

World’s largest tidal turbine launched in Belfast

Orkney-based Scotrenewables Tidal Power has launched its 2 MW SR2000, the world’s largest energy generating floating tidal turbine, at Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast. The turbine will undergo preliminary tow trials in Belfast Lough before being towed to EMEC in Orkney to commence a grid connected test programme. SR2000 tidal turbine consists of a 64 m floating hull, and two 1 MW rotors mounted on retractable legs.

Shetland Tidal Array control room (Photo: Nova Innovation)

First Shetland Tidal Array turbine now fully operational

The 100 kW Nova M100 device has passed an extensive series of commissioning tests, and is now fully operational. It is connected to SSE’s NINES grid management system, which enables increased renewable energy capacity on a congested grid. Nova Innovation is now looking towards the deployment of the second turbine in the array.

L to R: Hervé Morin, President of PNA; Hervé Guillou, DCNS CEO (Photo: DCNS)

DCNS closes in on Cherbourg tidal assembly facility

DCNS has filed a permit application to construct tidal turbines assembly plant in Cherbourg, Normandy. The plant will be first used for the production of 7 OpenHydro’s tidal energy turbines for the Raz Blanchard pilot tidal farm. The assembly facility, to be constructed next year, will also produce turbines for the future commercial farms planned for Raz Blanchard and Alderney.

TN-SINN-Power-starts-long-term-WEC-trialsSINN Power starts long-term WEC trials

German wave energy company SINN Power has started the long-term trials of its wave energy converter module installed in Crete, Greece. The aim of the long-term tests is to measure the generated electricity and evaluate the long-term functionality of the components. SINN Power also plans to install a floating WEC for further tests by the end of the year.

Oceanus 2 (Photo: Seatricity)

Seatricity all set for Oceanus 2 deployment

Falmouth-based wave energy developer, Seatricity, is waiting for suitable weather conditions to redeploy Oceanus 2 wave energy converter off Cornwall, following the completion of the refitting operations on the device. During the trials, Seatricity intends to measure performance data for comparison with its existing models, verify the longevity of key components and collect other relevant data.

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