Top news, August 15 – 21, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from August 15 – 21, 2016.

TN-China-tidalChinese 3.4MW tidal device starts generating power

Tidal energy device developed by China has started generating limited amounts of power, Chinese media report. The two turbines installed on the device with the combined capacity of 1MW have run successfully in the southern waters off Xiushan Island. The capacity of the device will be gradually increased up to 3.4MW.

SR2000 launch (Photo: Scotrenewables Tidal Power)

Tratos supplies cables for Scotrenewables’ SR2000

UK-based cable manufacturer, Tratos, has provided a bespoke cable solution to Scotrenewables for its SR2000 tidal testing programme at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). The armoured cable is rated at 6-10kV, with 3 cores. It is designed to maintain integrity while being moved around in harsh conditions, and includes bend restrictions to prevent damage under the sea, according to Tratos.

Illustration (Photo: ORPC)

US: SBV pilot backs tidal, wave companies

US Department of Energy has selected Oscilla Power, Northwest Energy Innovations, and Ocean Renewable Power Corporation (ORPC) to work with national laboratories to accelerate the commercialization of their technologies through the second round of the SBV pilot initiative.

Wavepiston being deployed at DanWEC (Photo: Wavepiston)

Wavepiston deploys WEC device off Denmark

Denmark-based wave energy developer, Wavepiston, has deployed its prototype wave energy device at DanWEC testing site, off the Danish west coast. Wavepiston wave energy prototype is comprised of a steel wire stretched between two anchored buoys. The 120-meter long string has 8 energy modules mounted onboard. The expected output of the prototype is 12kW.

Illustration (Photo: US DoE)

US DoE sets aside $40M for open-water wave test site

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has made available $40 million for one project that will design, permit, and construct an open-water, grid-connected, fully energetic national wave testing facility within US waters. The Department anticipates the facility will contain at least three test berths to simultaneously and independently test wave energy devices.

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