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May 2015 Issue
Wales Benefits From Marine Energy Market
A new report, “Marine Energy in Wales—Investment, Jobs, Supply Chain,” completed by Pembroke Dock, Wales-based Marine Energy Pembrokeshire (MEP), highlights the economic benefits created by the marine energy sector in Wales to date. The report shows the positive impact of the marine energy industry on the low-carbon economy in Wales, providing green jobs and growth in a challenging economic climate.
Wave and tidal technology developers have already spent more than £34.5 million in Wales. When this is combined with marine energy research carried out by Welsh universities, the figure rises to £45.4 million.
The Welsh supply chain has been involved in this new sector at levels of almost 50 percent of expenditure for tidal stream and 60 percent for wave energy. Mustang Marine Ltd. (Pembroke Dock) has built and assembled Tidal Energy Ltd.’s (Cardiff, Wales) DeltaStream device at its facilities in Pembroke Port, demonstrating that Wales is continuing to accumulate the required skills and experience in the marine renewables sector.
There are more marine energy projects being developed in the U.K. than any other country, creating approximately 1,700 high skilled jobs, which could grow to more than 20,000 in the next decade. In February 2015, a report for the U.K. Marine Energy Programme Board highlighted that the U.K. could capture £76 billion of the global marine energy market by 2050.
With EU funding supporting marine energy, Wales is well placed to reap the benefits from this industry, according to the report.
Roxtec Seals for SR2000 Floating Turbine
Safety seal manufacturer Roxtec has provided its waterproof sealing solution to the largest and most powerful tidal turbine in the world, according to the company.
Manchester, England-based Roxtec UK managing director Graham O’Hare said the deal with Scotrenewables Tidal Power Ltd. (Orkney, Scotland) involved Roxtec supplying sealing to the new SR2000 2-megawatt floating turbine, which is 65 meters long, 3 meters in diameter and weighs 550 tons.
Once launched later this year, the SR2000 will undergo an intensive demonstration program at the European Marine Energy Centre, after which it will be offered to the global tidal industry as a technology with purportedly the lowest cost of energy in the sector.
BlueTEC Tidal Energy Turbines for Dutch Grid
The first BlueTEC Tidal Energy platform, by Bluewater (Hoofddorp, Netherlands), was formally named BlueTEC Texel by the Mayor of Texel, Francine Giskes, in the Port of Den Helder in the Netherlands. The floating platform, which holds tidal turbines beneath the sea surface, will soon be installed south of the island of Texel, supplying clean electricity to the Dutch grid.
This first BlueTEC will serve as a demonstration platform targeted at remote locations worldwide, such as islands in Indonesia, Philippines and the Pacific. It is also the start of further development of higher capacity tidal energy platforms, to be deployed in large farms.
The platform to be installed offshore the island of Texel will start electricity production before summer. It is meant to produce electricity there for several years, allowing multiple turbines to be tried.
This platform is targeted to a worldwide market. It can be shipped as containers and installed anywhere in the world to provide clean electricity in remote areas and small islands, replacing expensive and polluting diesel generators, the company said.
An important advantage of tidal energy is its predictability and consistency, bringing stability to local electricity grids.
First Executed Wind Energy Research Lease for BOEM
The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has executed a wind energy research lease with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME). This is BOEM’s first executed wind energy research lease. Under this lease, DMME proposes to design, develop and demonstrate a grid-connected, 12-megawatt offshore wind test facility on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) off the coast of Virginia, adjacent to the Virginia Wind Energy Area (WEA). The data obtained and lessons learned from this project will be made publicly available and inform the future production of renewable energy within the WEA.
“This data will be valuable not only to BOEM and DMME, but also to other government agencies, the offshore renewable energy industry, universities, environmental organizations and others,” said BOEM Director Abigail Ross Hopper.
Grenada Could Implement BBRD Wave Energy System
Blackbird International Corp. (BBRD), based in Tel Aviv, Israel, is in the process of arranging a visit to Grenada in order to begin negotiations in the private and public sectors to implement its sea wave energy system.
BBRD has been in communication with top-ranking government personnel in order to introduce BBRD’s sea wave energy technology power stations in the region and help the government battle its energy crisis.
Grenada’s power company, GRENLEC, is attempting to move forward with the government’s agenda to promote renewable energy production, including implementing a system for private citizens to utilize renewable energy sources in a profitable manner.
Grenada has a total of 121 kilometers of coast and an interest in promoting renewable energies, with the focus being on freeing the region from a dependence on foreign fuel, as well as insuring a renewable energy system is profitable and sustainable.
Nearly 60 percent of Grenada’s energy sources are based on diesel, and, hence, Grenada is heavily reliant on imported fuels to keep up with the local energy demands. With energy needs constantly on the rise, Grenada is seeking solutions locally. BBRD plans to set up a local cooperation to implement its sea wave energy system. For the first stage, BBRD wishes to start with a 10-megawatt plant, then expand to 100 megawatts in the second stage.
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