Top news, June 12 – 18, 2017

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from June 12 – 18, 2017.

Developers scale down Philippines tidal project

The multi-megawatt tidal energy project planned for San Bernardino Strait in the Philippines has been scaled down from 5MW to 1.5MW to fit the local consumption. The project, being developed by two Philippines-based companies PNOC RC and H&WB Asia Pacific, together with French tidal energy player Sabella, will now feature three tidal turbines with 500kW rated capacity each.

Cape Sharp Tidal untangles Bay of Fundy tidal turbine

Cape Sharp Tidal has recovered its 2MW tidal turbine from the Bay of Fundy after untangling the line that caused a two-month-long delay in its retrieval. It will now be moved to Port Saint John for maintenance work which involves modifications to the components on the turbine control center (TCC), an electrical sub-system attached to the subsea base and connected to the turbine.

HydroQuest first to test at SEENEOH tidal site

French hydrokinetic developer HydroQuest will be the first company to test its tidal technology at the recently launched SEENEOH testing site. HydroQuest will test four bi-directional turbines with the capacity of 80kW on a 50-tonne floating testing barge named Bilbao. The testing  will last for 12 months, starting in November 2017.

US Energy Department splashes $12M to advance wave energy

Energy Department of the United States has awarded funding to four projects to support the development of marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies. The funding will enable two projects to test and validate wave energy converter prototypes in open water, while the other two will seek to address important early-stage MHK technology development challenges.

OPT’s PB3 wave device meets Japan’s needs

Ocean Power Technologies has informed that its PB3 commercial PowerBuoy is meeting all of its performance requirements after eight weeks of deployment off Japan. The PB3 wave device was deployed in April 2017 off Kozu-Island for a six month period as part of previously agreed lease with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES).

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