Crown Estate looks to make waves with tidal lease

Nova Innovation’s Shetland Tidal Array started delivering electricity to the local grid in 2016 and now has a lease to 2041

UK tidal plant breaks monthly generation records

A tidal stream power plant off the coast of Scotland has set a world record for monthly energy production. Phase 1A of marine developer Atlantis’ MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth produced more than 700MWh of clean electricity in August. The facility’s total production since launch is now approaching 2GWh. It will soon enter into […]

Shetland tidal energy project to be extended

Plans to extend the tidal energy project in the Shetlands have been announced. Scotland-based Nova Innovation is to lead a major new European tidal power project, heading a consortium of nine industrial, academic and research organisations across Europe. The Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT) project builds on Nova’s existing operational tidal power station in […]

Slow-water tidal tech gets moving with £200k project

The University of South Wales (USW) is leading a £200,000 research project into slow-water tidal energy technologies. The project, which has received a grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will be led by Dr Daphne O’Doherty, Head of Engineering at USW. In collaboration with experts at universities in Cardiff, Southampton and Strathclyde, researchers […]

‘Artifical blowhole’ could make waves in marine energy

An Australian company is developing an ‘artificial blowhole’ device to harvest wave energy. Wave Swell Energy’s technology takes the form of a concrete column in the sea, measuring 20m by 20m across and standing 18m tall. Only 8m of the structure protrudes above the water but contains all of the moving parts – here, water […]

Welsh tidal energy project given green light

A tidal energy project west of Anglesey has been granted consent by Natural Resources Wales. Minesto aims to demonstrate the 0.5MW Deep Green device ahead of plans to install a 10MW array at the site. It will be located in the southern corner of Holyhead Deep, 6.5km off the coast of Anglesey. The first phase […]

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 […]

Scottish firm to advise on Japanese tidal project

A Scottish environmental firm is to support a major tidal energy project in Japan. Orkney-based Aquatera has been awarded a consultancy contract to conduct an environmental impact assessment for underwater turbines as part of a proposed tidal test site in Nagasaki. It was confirmed by Toshiyuki Sakai, Head of the Nagasaki Marine Industry Cluster Promotion Association, as […]

Planned tidal project swells to 80MW

A marine energy developer hopes to increase the capacity of a planned tidal array from 10MW to 80MW. Minesto has today announced plans to expand its proposed site in Holyhead Deep, North Wales, which will use the power of ocean waves to generate electricity using the firm’s Deep Green power plants. The firm currently holds a lease agreement from the Crown Estate to […]