Marine Hub Cornwall-Marine Energy Wales ink new deal

They will collaborate on areas of common interest and share knowledge and expertise

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 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 […]

US invests $40m in wave centre

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced it will invest up to $40 million (£32.6m) in a new wave energy centre. The Pacific Marine Energy Center South Energy Test Site will be constructed in Newport, Oregon as part of the Oregon State University. The open-water, grid-connected facility will support innovation, research and development in wave power […]

EU splashes out €4m on wave energy

A wave energy developer has been awarded a €4 million grant (£3.56m) by the European Commission. CorPower Ocean AB will use the money to support a three-year innovation programme focused around its WaveBoost project. The project aims to use pneumatic components and smart technology to improve the reliability and performance of its wave energy converters. That is expected […]

Global wave and tidal market ‘to reach $11bn by 2024’

The global wave and tidal energy market is forecast to be worth $11.3 billion (£8bn) by 2024. That’s an increase from $497 million (£497m) in 2014, according to new research. It states wave and tidal power, two major forms of harnessing ocean energy, are likely to experience “significant” market growth in terms of installed capacity […]

EU environmental policy ‘disproportionate for marine energy’

The costs of developing marine energy projects to respect EU environmental policies are “disproportionate” compared to their size. That’s the view of Stephanie Merry, Sector Advisor in marine renewables at the Renewable Energy Association (REA). She believes developers have to conduct a lot of expensive assessments which leads to more investment and are a disincentive […]

Competition to find new wave energy converter

A competition has been launched to find new wave energy converter devices. Wave Energy Scotland (WES) said applicants need to have already identified their concept and carried out tests to prove it works. WES is the national research and development body for the wave energy sector in Scotland. This is their second competitive project. It […]