The MeyGen joint venture was granted permission by the Scottish government to deploy an array of the AR1000 turbines in the Pentland Firth.
The initial 6 turbines demonstration deployment is expected to start next year and commissioned in 2015. This is may be followed by further staged deployments. The present consent is for a 86 MW array, but the company states a total potential of 398 MW array at this site.
MeyGen is a joint venture between bank Morgan Stanley, International Power and Atlantis Resources Corporation.
Ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) makes use of the temperature differential between surface and deep ocean water and has the potential to produce significant base load electric power, particularly in the tropics.
The technology has been long time coming – the first prototype deployment goes back nearly 100 years – and the challenges it poses are enormous. However, some good news we’ve been picking up in the last few months point towards significant positive developments. I list some of the highlights below:
With all this activities ongoing, commercially viable deployments within the next decade start looking pretty realistic.
Posted in thermo
Tagged ETM, OTEC
As we mentioned before, floating wind development activities in Japan have significantly accelerated post Fukushima nuclear disaster.
The Fukushima Floating Offshore Wind Farm Demonstration Project (FORWARD) Japanese consortium has achieved a major milestone with the deployment of a 2 MW (by Hitachi) downwind type wind turbine mounted on semi-submersible foundations (by Matsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co.).
The deployment of the floating substation is scheduled for next month, while export cable (by Furukawa Electrics Co.) laying is in progress.
So far, it looks like Project Phase 1 is developing as scheduled. Given the early stages of development and significant uncertainties, this is a great achievement for the consortium. And a very positive news for the whole sector.
[…] E.ON is pulling out of a marine energy research project in Orkney [blaming] delays in the development of wave energy technology.
This is a disappointing and slightly worrying news for the sector. Reports clearly don’t go into the details of what happened there, but it is a fact that E.ON has been looking into wave and tidal since 2005 and has invested in the Pelamis P2 project at the EMEC since 2009, so it is difficult to dismiss as a flippant decision.
The good news is that Pelamis are working on few other development projects including another P2 machine at EMEC with ScottishPower Renewables and the Aegir project with Vattenfall. Hopefully they won’t need too many further years to prove commercial viability and at the point we may all welcome E.ON back to the wave energy sector.
BBC News – E.ON pulls out of Orkney Pelamis marine energy project
E.ON at EMEC
Posted in wave
Tagged EMEC, Germany, Pelamis, UK
A key step in US offshore wind development:
VolturnUS 1:8, the first grid-connected offshore wind turbine to be deployed off the coast of North America, was launched in Brewer May 31 by the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center and its partners.
THE SCOTTISH Government today gave the green light for the world’s largest wave power scheme to be developed in the stormy seas off the coast off Lewis.
Edinburgh-based Aquamarine Power has received full consent from the Government Ministers to develop a 40 megawatt wave farm – the world’s largest fully-permitted ocean energy site.
The announcement of the go ahead was made by Fergus Ewing, the Scottish Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, on the opening day of the All Energy conference and exhibition in Aberdeen, the major showcase of the renewables industry.
Aquamarine, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lewis Wave Power, plans to begin installing their “Oyster” wave energy machines at the site within the next few years – once the necessary grid connections have been put in place.
The aim is to ultimately deploy between 40 and 50 of the special wave power devices along the coast at Lag na Greine, near to Fivepenny Borve, with a combined capacity to power nearly 30,000 homes.
Read the rest on:
World’s largest wave power scheme given go-ahead – Environment – Scotsman.com
Principle Power, was awarded a Department of Energy grant worth $4M and up to $47M in total funding, to support its WindFloat Pacific Demonstration Project.
Project: 30MW floating offshore wind farm, planned to be located approximately 25 kilometres west of Oregon’s Port of Coos Bay. It should be noted that a WindFloat system prototype was deployed off the coast of Portugal in October 2011
Project partners include: MacArtney Underwater Technology, Siemens Wind Power, Houston Offshore Engineering, the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, RPS Evan Hamilton, Forristal Ocean Engineering, the American Bureau of Shipping and
Det Norske Veritas.