Top news, December 19 – 25, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from December 19 – 25, 2016.

MET-CERTIFIED scores over €5M for marine energy projects

Europe will contribute €5.6 million to the MET-CERTIFIED project that aims to increase the adoption of insurable and therefore bankable marine energy projects through the development of internationally recognized standards and certification schemes, and by testing and verifying technologies against IEC standards for marine energy converters.

France backs EEL Energy with multi-million grant

EEL Energy has received €3.7 million from the French government for the development of its 1MW tidal energy prototype based on undulating membrane. The funding was secured through French government’s Future Investment Program (PIA), and follows EEL’s capital increase of nearly €3 million from June this year.

Oregon’s NNMREC bags $40M to build wave energy test site

US Department of Energy has allocated $40 million to Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center (NNMREC) to construct an open-water wave energy testing facility. The site, dubbed Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site (PMEC-SETS) will be built in Newport, Oregon, and is planned to be operational by 2020.

Penguin skips Wave Hub on its way to EMEC

The deployment of Penguin wave energy device as part of the EU-backed CEFOW project, will take place in early 2017. However, the location of the testing activities for the device, made by Finnish wave energy developer, Wello has been shifted from the Cornish Wave Hub to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney. The deployment of the device is expected to take place early in 2017.

Ostend to construct marine energy test site

The construction of the maritime research center in the Belgian port of Ostend will begin early in 2017. The research center will be located in the industrial port area Plassendale 1, and will house a wave pool and a towing tank suitable for testing wave and tidal energy converters, floating wind turbines, and other offshore structures.

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