Top news, April 24 – 30, 2017

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from April 24 – 30, 2017.

Magallanes launches full-scale floating tidal platform

Magallanes Renovables has launched its multi-megawatt floating tidal platform in Vigo, Galicia, north-west of Spain, on April 21, 2017. The platform will soon undergo trials off Vigo, Spanish media report, before being transported to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) where it will remain for one year for further trials.

Netherlands awards over €4M for Grevelingendam tidal project

Tidal Technology Center Grevelingendam (TTC-GD) has secured €4.1 million from the Dutch government. The funding for the TTC-GD was announced on April 20, 2017, by the Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, Henk Kamp, as part of the €25 million investment package set to boost the economy of the Dutch Province of Zeeland. TTC-GD will be located on the Grevelingendam in Zeeland, which is part of the Dutch flood defense system.

Cape Sharp Tidal to have another go at turbine retrieval

Cape Sharp Tidal has temporarily halted the retrieval of tidal turbine from the Bay of Fundy until the next tidal cycle. The 2MW OpenHydro turbine was successfully disconnected from the transmission cable, but the turbine itself was not retrieved during this tidal window. The next retrieval operation in planned for early May.

WES provides £2.8M boost to four wave energy projects

Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has awarded £2.84 million to four wave energy projects including 4c Engineering-led ACER2 project; Improved Arhimedes Waveswing project led by AWS Ocean Energy; Anaconda Novel Wave Energy Converter Stage 2 headed by Checkmate Seaenergy; and Mocean Energy-led project titled Mocean WEC: Next-Level Hydrodynamics and Engineering.

OPT’s PowerBuoy takes on Japanese waves

Ocean Power Technologies (OPT) informed that a PB3 PowerBuoy was deployed off the coast of Kozu-shima Island in Japan as part of its first lease agreement with Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding (MES). The PB3 will remain deployed for six months, with the possibility of extension.

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