Top news, Oct 30 – Nov 5, 2017

Tidal Energy Today has compiled the top news from tidal and wave energy industry from October 30 until November 5, 2017.

Cape Sharp Tidal delays second turbine deployment

Cape Sharp Tidal, a joint venture between Emera and OpenHydro, has delayed the deployment of the second tidal turbine in the Bay of Fundy for the first half of 2018. The company said it is continuing with upgrades on turbines for the Bay of Fundy tidal project with a focus on improving efficiency and reliability.

Tocardo to retrieve floating tidal platform from EMEC

Tocardo Tidal Power plans to retrieve its Temporary Foundation System (TFS) floating tidal platform equipped with T2 tidal turbine from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). Leask Marine has been engaged to tow the TFS to Isbister Bay, where the device will be moored until shore operations are ready for its recovery.

Bourne tidal test structure to be installed next week

The test structure for the Bourne Tidal Test Site (BTTS) will be installed next week near the railroad bridge in the Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts. The work will take place in the water off the railroad bridge and the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Cape Cod Canal Field Office. The BTTS will be suitable for testing turbines of up to 3 meters in diameter with maximum output of 100kW.

Seabased cancels Sotenäs wave park expansion

Seabased is discontinuing further deployments at its Sotenäs wave energy park off Sweden as it plans to continue with wave energy research in the area. In the view of Seabased management, the need to install several hundred of the same kind of generators off the coast of Smögen, which was the original idea, is no longer present.

Premature emphasis on commercialization hinders UK wave growth

The UK wave energy sector’s failure to reach market can in part be attributed to premature emphasis on commercialization and lack of knowledge exchange, the new report by University of Strathclyde and Imperial College London has found.

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