New £1.2m wave of funding for Welsh marine energy

The marine energy sector in Wales has received a further £1.2 million boost of EU funds. Marine Energy Wales will use the funding to create the Marine Energy Test Area (META) for developers in the Milford Haven Waterway. It will include zones for research and development and a network of seabed areas where marine energy […]

Finnish firms make waves with new ocean tech

A Finnish marine technology firm is lending its expertise to a new wave energy project. Wärtsilä is supporting the development of AW-Energy’s WaveRoller, a marine energy converter that harnesses the energy of ocean waves and turns it into electricity. The device is a submerged steel panel located near the shore that is moved move back and […]

Deal signed to test the waters for Welsh tidal facility

An engineering, procurement and consultancy firm is to assess the feasibility of a planned marine energy test site in Wales. Black and Veatch has been appointed by test site operator Wave Hub to conduct a study into its proposed Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone offshore site. The facility aims to allow for the testing of multiple wave energy arrays of […]

Minesto unleashes marine energy ‘sea kites’

New ‘sea kite’ tidal technology is more cost effective than other low carbon power, such as offshore wind. That’s according to Martin Edlund, CEO of marine energy firm Minesto, who spoke to ELN at RenewableUK’s recent Wave and Tidal 2017 conference. He said the nature of the innovative system could play an important role in tidal […]

Marine energy makes waves in UK waters

The UK is well-positioned to lead a global marine energy industry. That’s according to the experts who spoke to ELN at RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal 2017 conference in Westminster, who discussed the important role the emerging technology could play in the future of Britain’s energy system. Ian Selby, Head of Minerals and Resource Management at the Crown Estate said: “We’ve […]

‘Tidal lagoons mean cheaper power than wind or nuclear’

  Tidal lagoons with large volumes of water will make electricity cheaper than nuclear power and offshore wind. That’s according to Mark Shorrock, Chief Executive Officer of Tidal Lagoon Power Limited, the company behind the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon pathfinder project. Speaking to ELN at RenewableUK’s Wave and Tidal 2017 conference last week, Mr Shorrock explained how […]

MP says ‘Industrial Strategy must exploit marine resources’

  The government’s Industrial Strategy needs to exploit the wealth of resources and expertise available in the marine energy sector. That’s according to James Heappey, Conservative MP for Wells, who spoke to ELN yesterday at RenewableUK’s 2017 Wave and Tidal Conference. He emphasised the importance of the Industrial Strategy’s strong commitment to clean energy technologies in generating growth, improving productivity and […]

MPs urge government to support tidal project

More than 100 MPs are urging the UK Government to back the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project. Their letter to Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark urges him to consider the recommendations of a report published last month. The Hendry Review suggested the ‘pathfinder’ project in Swansea would kick-start a tidal industry which could play […]

Green marine firm joins River Wyre tidal project

A marine renewables firm is to help develop a ‘pathfinder’ tidal project in the UK. Atlantis has announced it will partner with Natural Energy Wyre (NEW) to develop the River Wyre tidal project, which is planned to be built between Fleetwood and Knott’s End on the Lancashire coast. The partnership follows a recent government review of the potential for tidal lagoon power, which concluded proceeding […]

Met Office offers risk management tool for offshore projects

The Met Office has signed an agreement to offer its metocean risk management software for offshore projects. ForeCoast® Marine is a planning, visualisation and decision support tool which uses Met Office forecast data to reduce costs and metocean risks. Under the deal, JBA Consulting will offer ForeCoast® to its marine and offshore clients. The two […]