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TidalStream Seeks Partner to Test Ocean Turbines in Deep Waters

LONDON — TidalStream Ltd., a maker of platforms for tidal-power turbines, is in talks with energy companies and utilities to test its technology in deeper waters.

TidalStream is seeking to form a partnership next year, John Armstrong, a director at the London-based company, said in an interview. It’s talking to turbine makers, marine companies, shipyards and utilities based in Europe, Asia and Canada.  Read More…

Tidal power might be used for Maine-N.H. bridge

KITTERY — The team designing a new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge between New Hampshire and Maine says it’s considering using tidal power for some portion of the bridge’s electrical use.

Designers discussing their ideas at a forum in Kittery on Wednesday said tidal power might be used for lighting. They say they have been in discussions with researchers at the University of New Hampshire about the concept.  Read More…

Tidal energy could generate billions for Atlantic economy

The federal government has turned its attention to tidal energy as a potential economic boost for the Atlantic provinces.

Rob Moore, minister of state for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, announced Wednesday the government will study the potential economic benefits of developing a marine energy source. In a release, the government says the potential revenue could reach billions of dollars.  Read More…

Ocean current data now online

Live information about the speed and direction of undersea currents between Orkney and Shetland has been made available for the first time.

Using high frequency radar technologies Marine Scotland’s Brahan project is providing ocean current information from a wide section of Scotland’s large marine area – up to 200km offshore.

The results which are not currently available from existing methods will help not only scientific research, but also with search and rescue, pollution control, offshore oil and gas sector, the renewable energy sector and by other users of the sea such as the fishing and shipping industries, as well as please craft owners such as yachts.  Read More…

Drive for South African marine

The South African National Energy Development Institute has outlined aims to form a marine energy association to promote ocean energy for inclusion in South Africa’s long-term Integrated Resource Plan.

The move was revealed by executive Kevin Nassiep at a seminar organised by Ocean Energy Systems, which South Africa has been a member of since 2010.

The IRP aims to obtain over 40% of South Africa’s electrical energy from renewable sources by 2030. Read More…

Turbines chosen for Digby Gut project — turbine plant for Digby?

Fundy Tidal has signed an agreement with with a producer from the Netherlands to install an array of turbines in Digby Gut.

Tocardo of Zijdewind, the Netherlands will install an array of 200-kilowatt turbines – the Tocardo T200 to make up the power source for Fundy Tidal’s 1.95 megawatt project.  Read More…

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