Top news, June 20 – 26, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from June 20 – 26, 2016.

MeyGen project connected to gridMeyGen project connected to grid

MeyGen project has been connected to the 33 kV Ness of Quoys distribution network following the installation of one of the longest underground 33 kV power export cables in the UK by the network operator, Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution (SHEPD). The first tidal turbines will be installed over the coming months and, the project remains on track to deliver first power in the second half of 2016.

OpenHydro’s tidal turbine at Pictou Shipyard (Photo: Cape Sharp Tidal)

Cape Sharp Tidal clear for deployment

The proposed monitoring program for the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) and Cape Sharp Tidal has been approved by Nova Scotia Department of Environment. Approval on the plan allows FORCE to proceed with the initial phase of the demonstration project, which is to deploy two turbines in the Minas Passage for research purposes.

Illustration/ORPC's TidGen turbine generator (Photo: ORPC)

ORPC Ireland gets Horizon 2020 boost

Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC) Ireland has been granted funding through the EC’s Horizon 2020 programme to advance the performance and reliability of ocean energy technology electrical systems by developing a more robust power transfer system from prime mover to electric grid.

TN-wes-to-issue-new-wave-energy-call-in-july-1024x683WES to issue new wave energy call

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has revealed plans to issue a third competitive call for the development of wave energy technology this summer. The call will be announced around mid-July, and it will likely be exploring Structural Materials and Manufacturing Processes, WES informed.

Maximo Pecho (Photo: Chilean Ministry of Energy)

Chile inaugurates marine energy R&D center MERIC

Chilean Marine Energy Research and Innovation Center (MERIC) has been inaugurated last Friday, June 17, in the presence of the country’s Minister for Energy Maximo Pecho. MERIC was established with the support of Corfo, a Chilean investment and development agency, to explore the marine energy opportunities in the country. It will gather researchers to support work related to marine resource assessment, and site characterization, amongst other research areas.

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