Top news, February 1 – 7, 2016

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from February 1 – 7, 2016.

Swansea Bay tidal lagoon/Illustration (Image: TLP)

Indian push for tidal lagoons

Gupta family interests have committed to an eight-figure investment over time in the development of tidal lagoon power plants in the UK and India. The agreement also leads to the creation of a joint venture between the Guptas’ global energy and commodities company, SIMEC, and Tidal Lagoon Power to develop largescale tidal lagoons in India.

OCEANERA-NETOCEANERA-NET launches second R&D funding call

The OCEANERA-NET initiative has launched a second joint call 2016 for collaborative research in ocean energy sector. Public funding in the amount of €6.4 million will be provided by 12 national/regional funding organizations from 5 EU countries and 6 regions to promote the development and competitiveness of the ocean energy sector.

Scale tank tests of CorPower buoy (Photo: CorPower)

CorPower makes waves at EMEC

Swedish wave energy developer, CorPower Ocean, has signed up to test its resonant wave energy converter at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). CorPower’s technology will be taken through a programme of structured verification, and will involve a five-month programme of cyclical dry and wet testing of the system in Orkney, culminating in a performance assessment by EMEC.

Nova Innovation's Nova 30 tidal turbine/Illustration (Photo: Nova Innovation)

SMEs get funding for tidal, wave projects from Horizon 2020

Several tidal and wave energy projects have been granted funding in the latest round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument for Phase 1. For each project, the participants will receive €50,000 to finance feasibility studies for new products that can disrupt the market.

Alstom's 1 MW DeepGen turbine (Photo: Alstom)

ETI’s ReDAPT spawns new tidal turbines and arrays standards

New set of standards for the design and operation of tidal turbines has been published based on the outputs of a project in the Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) marine technology programme. The new certification standards will apply to all underwater tidal turbines and will benefit developers, investors, insurers and regulatory authorities.


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