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July 2015 Issue

EMEC, FloWave Partner To Support WEC Developers
Scotland’s wave energy test centers have joined forces to support technology firms aiming to develop the next generation of wave energy converters. The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, and the FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Edinburgh University will work together to offer real-world technical input and sophisticated tank-testing capability to developers applying to Wave Energy Scotland’s (WES) latest funding call on novel wave energy converter (WEC) concepts.

The call will offer up to 100 percent funding to develop novel wave energy concepts that have not previously been developed and characterized. WES expects to fund up to eight projects with this £2.4 million stage-one call.

Up to £300,000 of funding is available to each project selected, and test tank performance and validation testing is a key requirement for developers to evidence their device performance and other claims to WES.

The deadline for applications is August 13.

The best performing devices from this first stage will progress through a competitive selection process to stage two, and from there to stage three; a scaled prototype deployed at an offshore test berth in Scottish waters.

Global Apollo Programme To Lower Solar, Wind Energy Cost
A new international research initiative has been launched with a group of leading experts calling for the equivalent of the Apollo space program to produce clean energy that is cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years.

The Global Apollo Programme (GAP) is designed to deliver a coordinated international effort to drive down the cost of solar and wind energy production. The program will support research and development of energy storage systems and smart grid technologies, which can manage electricity supply more efficiently.

GAP has received an enthusiastic response from countries including China, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the U.S., and the United Arab Emirates.

According to estimates from Bloomberg, generating electricity from solar energy costs approximately $136 a megawatt-hour on average, compared with about $91 for coal.

Participants in the GAP initiative would be required to spend an estimated average of 0.02 percent of GDP from 2016 to 2025 to fund research and development of clean technologies.

Cable Laying to Connect Tidal Turbine in Ushant
Bourbon participated in the Sabella tidal turbine connection project off the island of Ushant, a first in France. The mission was to lay the electrical cable to connect the first tidal turbine to the national grid.

Bourbon contributed the Argonaute vessel, a Falcon series ROV, and all necessary equipment for cable laying, landing and burying.

The laying of the electrical cable was completed successfully in favorable weather.

Teams from Bourbon and Sabella landed, placed, and buried 30 tons of 68-mm-diameter cable over 2 km at depths up to 60 m in the Fromveur Passage to Ushant to make it possible to connect the tidal turbine to shore.

Bourbon was also to help monitor the project at the time of final immersion of the tidal turbine, which was expected to occur by late June.

The first tidal turbine mass developed in France, Sabella D10 is a demonstrator that will supply 15 percent of Ushant’s energy needs for one year. This project follows the installation of an experimental prototype tidal turbine called Sabella D3 in 2008. The data returned will be analyzed to mass produce new, more powerful turbines, to be installed by 2017. An experimental tidal farm of three Sabella D15 turbines linked to an energy storage system would then cover 70 percent of Ushant’s electricity needs.

Transatlantic Collaboration On Marine Renewables
FloWave Ocean Energy Research Facility at Edinburgh University and Canadian marine turbulence specialists Rockland Scientific will work together to develop tank-scale turbulence measurement technology, which can also be deployed at sea, on both sides of the Atlantic.

The first round of technology testing was completed in 2014.

The mission brings together developers, supply chain companies and R&D organizations from Scotland and Canada, with the aim of encouraging and supporting closer transatlantic collaboration on marine renewable energy technologies and projects.

MRC Offers Workshops Across Nova Scotia
Tidal energy projects are taking off in the Bay of Fundy. Marine Renewables Canada (MRC) is offering workshops in Nova Scotia for companies interested in exploring opportunities in the tidal energy supply chain. Three levels of government have partnered to contribute more than $100,000 to the initiative.

MRC is delivering a series of webinars, in-person workshops and open houses to potential suppliers. In addition to providing information, the sessions will connect local suppliers with international developers. The sessions will take place throughout 2015.

Cabling Infrastructure For SEM-REV on French Coast
Subsea cable and connector specialist Hydro Group, alongside its French regional partner Wenex Equipments, formed a Franco-Scottish consortium last year that has now secured a £2.5million/€3.5million contract.

The project involves manufacturing and installation of the array cabling infrastructure on the SEM-REV marine renewable energy project 16 nautical miles offshore the city of Le Croisic on the French Atlantic coast.

The six-month contract, begun earlier this year, involves the consortium supplying and installing the array cable, multiconnection hub and interconnection necessary for the deployment of a network of floating and wave energy generating devices, with Hydro Group specifically supplying and supporting the installation of the array cable and connector sub-system for the wave energy test facility.

The consortium will also be working together with Scottish supplier Flowline Specialists, which will support the marine operations with cable handling and deployment equipment.

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