Wave Power Potential on Scottish Coast

Following a recent batch of interesting and topical renewable energy articles on the Catalyst Commercial website, we thought that the recent study into harnessing the wave power from around the UK was a perfect fit. A recent study conducted by the Crown Estate (who owns the British foreshore and seabed) has reported that utilising wave […]

New wave predicting method could double marine energy

New methods for predicting wave power could double the energy from marine renewables, academics have claimed. Researchers at the University of Exeter have found a way of accurately predicting the power of waves, which they claim could help make wave technologies more efficient. The study focused on point absorbers, commonly used floating devices with parts […]

Unite and RenewableUK form power couple

Trade body RenewableUK could increase its political muscle after officially teaming up with the UK’s largest trade union Unite which represents 1.5 million workers. The two bodies announced today they have signed an accord to support each other in campaigning for benefits for UK businesses and their workers in the renewable industry. They say it […]

Orkney wave farm could be world’s largest

Alstom and SSE have joined forces to build the world’s largest wave energy site. The partners will develop the Costa Head Wave Project, a site located north of mainland Orkney which could generate 200MW of power. The joint venture hopes to install 2.5MW AWS-III wave energy converters at the site with an initial phase of […]

Power firms ride the waves together

Big Six company ScottishPower has taken a new wave power device out to the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney to begin tests. The company are joined by E.ON who are also testing a similar device at the centre. The new P2 Pelamis device, which is 180m long, converts the motion of waves into electricity […]

Wave powered energy buoy survives Irene

An energy-producing buoy dropped in the Atlantic Ocean survived a battering from Hurricane Irene. The device made by US marine firm Ocean Power Technologies survived 15 metre waves during the height of the storm. The PowerBuoy is designed to provide persistent, off-grid, clean energy in remote ocean locations for a wide variety of maritime security […]

Energy research centre opens at university

A multi-million research centre has opened at the University of Strathclyde. The Advanced Forming Research Centre will pioneer techniques to support manufacturing in the energy, aerospace, marine and automobile industries. It is a joint venture between the university, Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish government and several international engineering firms including Rolls-Royce and Boeing. University Principal, professor […]

EU on track to exceed 2020 renewables target

The EU will exceed its target of meeting 20% of its energy consumption from renewables by 2020, according to the European Wind Energy Association. The EWEA has just published an analysis of the National Renewable Energy Action Plans submitted by the 27 EU member states to the European Commission. “Taken together, the action plans show […]

Renewables offer £4bn boost to South West

The marine renewables sector will generate over 5750 new jobs and inject an estimated £4.8bn into the South West economy from 2015 onwards, according to a new report. The report, commissioned by the South West Regional Development Agency, found that marine renewables will be vital to the economic future of the region. A study in […]

Aquamarine Power bags £11m further investment

Wave energy developer Aquamarine Power has netted £11m-worth of new investment. The announcement was made today as Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond officially opened the company’s new offices in Edinburgh. The new funds comprise £8m from ABB, a Swiss-Swedish multinational specialising in power technologies, and £3m from Aquamarine Power’s existing shareholders, including £2.7m from Scottish […]