Tidal and wave firms shortlisted for 2017 British RE Awards

MeyGen turbine deployment (Photo: Atlantis Resources)

Two UK-based tidal and wave energy developers have made it to the finals of the 2017 British Renewable Energy Awards, organized by the Renewable Energy Association (REA).

REA’s British Renewable Energy Awards are one of the UK’s most prestigious for the renewable energy and clean technology sector, and are hosted annually at the Savoy Hotel in London.

This year, two tidal and wave energy developers have been shortlisted for the awards – Atlantis Resources and Wave-tricity.

Edinburgh-based tidal energy player Atlantis Resources has been nominated a finalist in the Leadership category, which is awarded to an organization that is mainstreaming renewable energy through the scale of its investment or its commitment to securing its energy needs from renewables.

Among other projects planned for UK, Atlantis Resources is developing the MeyGen tidal array project, off Scotland.

The Phase 1A of the project has been completed, and included the installation and operation of four tidal turbines. The first three, made by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest, have already been retrieved for maintenance purposes, while the fourth one, the AR1500, will be retrieved soon.

When it comes to wave energy nominees, a Welsh developer Wave-tricity has been shortlisted in the Innovation category reserved for innovative renewable energy device or application that has achieved a major milestone.

Wave-tricity has developed a wave energy device dubbed Ocean Wave Rower, which is currently undergoing sea trials off Pembrokeshire in Wales.

Commenting on the awards, Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive at REA, said: “The strength and diversity of this year’s candidates in the face of what was a tumultuous and uncertain market in 2016 highlights the innovation, resilience, and adaptability of the renewable energy and clean tech sectors in Britain.”

The winners of the British Renewable Energy Awards 2017 will be announced on June 15, 2017.

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