Top news, January 9 – 15, 2017

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from January 9 – 15, 2017.

Hendry deems tidal lagoons affordable

Charles Hendry has assessed that tidal lagoons can help deliver security of power supply, assist in delivering UK’s decarbonization commitments, and bring real and substantial opportunities for the UK supply chain. Hendry has also called the UK government to act swiftly on the ‘pathfinder’ Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.

Atlantis diversifies into other offshore renewables

As part of its diversification strategy, Atlantis Resources has launched a new internal division called Atlantis Energy that will focus on development of subsea interconnectors, tidal barrage projects, tidal lagoon projects, floating offshore wind opportunities and pumped storage projects. Earlier this week, Atlantis was granted €20.3 million by the European Commission for the next phase of the MeyGen tidal array project.

China releases plan to boost marine renewables

State Oceanic Administration of China, the country’s maritime authority, has published a five-year plan to accelerate the development and use of ocean renewable energy. The plan proposes measures to increase the application of tidal, wave, ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC), salinity gradient for electricity generation technologies, amongst others, in China’s electricity mix.

GE drops Oceade tidal turbine. Sinks NEPTHYD project

GE has decided to suspend the development of the Oceade tidal turbine and redeployed around 40 of its employees working on tidal developments across its other activities, mainly in offshore wind. As a result, Engie shelved the NEPTHYD tidal array demo project planned for Raz Blanchard, off France. GE was supposed to supply four Oceade 1.4-18 tidal turbines for the project.

WES awards £3 million for wave energy projects

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has allocated £3 million to ten projects as part of the funding call focused on structural materials and manufacturing processes for wave energy technology. The ten projects were awarded up to £250,000 each.

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