New rope and cable tech makes waves

A lightweight and long-lasting fibre to connect wave energy devices in the sea has been created. London’s Brunel University invented the connector from Basaltium, which is made of recycled aluminium strengthened by tiny basalt fibres. It was developed by the Experimental Techniques Centre and the Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification technology. The material is then […]

The clock’s ticking on Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon

A giant clock in Swansea city centre has begun counting down the days until the one-year anniversary of the Hendry Review, which voiced support for the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. The move by Swansea Council aims to highlight the government’s slow pace in responding to the report, which was published on the 12th of […]

Finnish clean energy makes waves in Bali

A Finnish clean energy company is to deliver a 10MW wave energy park in Bali. Wello’s first commercial wave energy park has been ordered by Gapura Energi Utama, an Indonesian infrastructure company. The developer says the facility will produce zero emissions and expects it to be the largest wave energy park in the world. It’s […]

Green bond brings new tide of investment

An ethical peer-to-peer finance platform has launched a green bond for a tidal power firm. Abundance Investment says its offer for investment in Atlantis Ocean Energy will allow ordinary people to directly get involved with tidal power as the innovative renewable technology begins to take off. The bond offer seeks to raise a minimum of […]

Wave power ‘could provide tenth of demand by 2050’

Wave power could provide a tenth of global electricity demand by 2050. That’s according to UK wave technology firm Marine Power Systems (MPS), which suggests with the right support, global capacity could rise to 337GW and hold a market value of £76 billion. The firm says it would provide an estimated 4,000TWh of electricity per year, which would make […]

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 […]

ETI outlines steps for tidal power to make waves

The Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) has outlined the steps needed to accelerate tidal stream energy. Before the tidal resource can be exploited to its fullest commercial extent, the group says a successful Contract for Difference (CfD) for the technology is crucial. This would incentivise investments in the reliable, predictable source of generation by providing stability and predictability to future returns. The ETI also suggests the […]

Tidal lagoon project to cost 30p per household

A £1.3 billion tidal lagoon energy project, which would cost around 30p per household, has been backed by a government-commissioned review. The report, led by former Energy Minister Charles Hendry, says the ‘pathfinder’ project in Swansea would kick-start a tidal industry which could play a cost-effective, reliable and sustainable role in the UK’s energy mix. […]

EU awards €20m for new Scottish tidal array

The EU has awarded €20.3 million (£17.61m) for a new tidal energy array to be built in Scotland. The funding will help wave power firm Atlantis pay for its new DEMOTIDE project in North Scotland’s Pentland Firth strait. DEMOTIDE is a consortium of marine energy firms which will help to build the Meygen Phase 1B […]