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11 December, 2018

34th EXCO MEETING, 14 and 15 JUNE 2018

Brief review of the 34th Executive Committee Meeting held in Cherbourg, France, on 14 ? 15 June 2018.

The Executive Committee (ExCo) of the Technology Collaboration Programme on Ocean Energy Systems (OES), within the International Energy Agency (IEA), announces the outcomes of its 34th meeting, held in Cherbourg, France, on 14 – 15 June 2018.

Two workshops were co-organized by the OES during that week:

Ocean Energy in Insular Conditions, Monday 11th June (14h – 18h)

Stage Gate Metrics for Ocean Energy, Thursday 14th June (16h -18h)

A new study on the Cost of Energy for Ocean Energy was initiated by the OES, led by Spain/TECNALIA.

Comprehensive overviews of international activities and achievements on ocean energy were shared during the ExCo meeting and are presented below.
 

Australia Observer - The Australian Government nominated CSIRO (The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), an independent federal Government funded agency responsible for scientific and industrial research, to join OES on their behalf, and this membership process is expected to be very soon completed.

Last year, CSIRO published the Australian Wave Energy Atlas with the support of ARENA, providing openly accessible, independent resource characterization, via the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI): http://www.nationalmap.gov.au/renewables).

Research activities on ocean energy have been conducted by several Australian Universities:
• Swinburne University completed a four-year ARENA Measure on the interactions of Wave-Energy Converters (WECs) in arrays, with industry partners;
• University of Tasmania, Australian Maritime College (AMC) is implementing a comprehensive 3-year tidal energy research project funded by ARENA with several partners from academia and industry;
• University of Western Australia (UWA) led the formation of the Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC) at the same time as the Albany Wave Energy Research Centre with its intended mission to become a hub for marine energy research and innovation;
• University of Adelaide is working with Carnegie on multimodal point absorbers control systems;
• University of New South Wales, Water Research Laboratory is actively involved in research on coastal protection benefits of ORE but also their impact on beach recovery post-storm.

A few Australian companies are also making good progress:
Bombora relocated from Australia to Wales to manufacture and commercially develop their mWaveTM technology;
Carnegie is in the design phase for their CETO 6, 1.5MW wave energy device, with deployment anticipated for the summer of 2019/2020;
MAKO Tidal Turbines (MTT) is commercialising its shallow water, low flow tidal turbine;
Spiral Energy is currently seeking funding to optimize its 1:12 scale tidal energy prototype that has been tested by the Australian Maritime College;
Wave Swell Energy is finalising their funding for a 200kW wave energy project on the east coast of King Island, located in the Bass Strait between the Australian mainland and Tasmania. The detailed design of the UniWave200 unit has already been performed. It will be installed in approximately 6 metres of water depth at a distance of 100 metres from shore, adjacent to the island’s main commercial harbour at the town of Grassy.

The Australian Marine Energy Taskforce (AMET), formed 2 years ago to speak with a unified voice, has recently secured funding from the National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) to create a virtual marine energy cluster.
 

Chile Observer - Chile published its Energy Roadmap (2018 – 2022) which has sought to define path and priorities in energy matters for that period. Its elaboration was carried out with a dialogue throughout the whole country with all stakeholders. It will be a tool for monitoring actions and goals that will mark the path of Chile in the energy sector the coming years. In this strategy there are some opportunities for marine energies.

MERIC, Chile’s Marine Energy Research and Innovation Centre is playing a key role on the promotion of marine energies in the country, working with Chilean universities and companies to carry out R&D projects and studies, consolidating experience to provide services to local and international industry interested in testing marine energy technologies in the Chilean environment.
 

Canada

Canada

In early this year, a new funding opportunity has been launched in Canada: the NRCan Emerging Renewable Power Program (ERPP) with C$200 million over 5 years for large size, utility-scale electricity generation projects from renewable energy resources that have not yet been commercially deployed in Canada (including tidal, wave and river current).

At a provincial level, the Government of Nova Scotia proclaimed in January the Marine Renewable-energy Act, a major milestone for Canada’s marine renewable energy sector. The Act provides a framework for the governance and development of marine renewable energy resources, including tidal, wave, and offshore wind energy. Key features of the Act include the designation of areas of priority for development, as well as a licensing and permitting regime.

British Columbia (BC) has been also exploring the opportunity of developing a marine energy centre. A road mapping exercise was funded by the Ministry of Energy & Mines to inform stakeholders and to ensure the required consultations on this opportunity. This roadmap will support a vision for a scientific and technology hub dedicated to advance the level of understanding, innovation, and business of marine renewable energy.

Last year, a new project was initiated in British Columbia (BC), with governmental support: the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) to help develop and commercialize marine renewable energy technologies.

The West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI), based out of the Institute of Integrated Energy Systems (IESViC) at the University of Victoria, has been developing wave resource assessment methods and the necessary fundamental knowledge to drive the wave energy industry forward in BC province. A recent publication co-authored by researchers at WCWI, Wave Energy: A Primer for British Columbia summarizes key research findings about the magnitude of BC’s wave energy potential, examining the opportunities and challenges of the sector.

Recent developments are happening on wave, tidal and river energy projects:
•    Mavi Innovations has been progressing with their 22kW Mi1 Floating Turbine installed at the Blind Channel, BC. It was deployed last summer and it is now at final stages of commissioning.
•    Cape Sharp Tidal project at the Bay of Fundy/FORCE, Nova Scotia, after the successful testing of a 2 MW turbine is preparing now the next deployment in mid-2018.
•    Big Moon Power, also at the Bay of Fundy/FORCE,  has been conducting sea trials with a scale prototype of 200 kW and just granted the permits for a 5 MW demonstration project.
•    Neptune Wave deployed and tested their 200 kW Neptune 5 device in Georgia Strait, BC.
•    New Energy Corporation at Sagkeeng First Nation, Manitoba started the installation of a 25kW turbine in Winnipeg River.
 

China

China

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) has released a draft of the National Key Research and Development Programme ‘Renewable energy and hydrogen technology’ which is under public review.

Ocean energy in China has been progressing with the support of the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) through the SFPMRE support mechanism. A few R&D and Demonstration projects have been using this funding scheme to test devices at sea:


•    Zhejiang University has deployed a 650kW horizontal axis turbine in 2018. This is the third turbine, after the 60 kW and 120 kW sea trials;
•    Guodian United Power Technology Company Limited deployed a new 300kW H-axis turbine, near Zhairuoshan Island, which has been  connected to the grid since March 2018;
•    Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, has deployed the 260kW Sharp-Eagle wave energy platform 300 km off the Chinese mainland since December last year;
•    The Institute of Electrical Engineering (IEE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) is developing a 80kW floating wave energy platform based on magneto hydrodynamic generators planned to be tested next year;
•    The LHD Tidal current energy demonstration project has seen great progress. Since the deployment near Xiushan Island, grid connected since August 2016, the amount of accumulated electricity has already reached over 700 MWh until May this year. In 2018, LHD has been funded RMB 72 million by the SFPMRE to move ahead to the next project phase;
•    The Zhejiang University has installed this year a 600 kW tidal current turbine platform near the Zhairuoshan Island. The platform will serve as a testing platform for tidal current energy turbines in the future;
•    GIEC and China Southern Power Grid Co., Ltd. (CSG) have received RMB 137 million funding from SFPMRE to construct a 1MW wave energy demonstration station near Wanshan Island.

China is also looking for the development of test centres and has now three sites under construction: The Weihai national small scale test site, the Zhoushan tidal current energy test site and the Wanshan wave energy test site.
 

European Commission

European Commission

The European Commission (EC) has supported a new Market Study on Ocean Energy prepared by COGEA/Italy and WavEC/Portugal, which i) estimates the financial needs of the ocean energy sector in Europe, ii) assesses the relevance of existing public and private funding instruments to meet these needs and iii) identifies and analyses potential financing gaps and possible financing solutions.

A call for proposals on environmental monitoring of tidal and wave energy devices was launched last year by the European Commission and the deadline to submit applications was 19 January 2018. This call aims to support and implement some of the recommendations of the Ocean Energy Strategic Roadmap regarding planning and consenting procedures, and addressing gaps in knowledge on potential impacts of future deployments. The results of this call were announced last week: 2 new projects will share €1.5 million from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund:

https://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/clean-ocean-energy-2-new-projects-share-15-million-european-maritime-and-fisheries-fund-emff

Last May, the European Commission held the 'Blue Invest 2018', a first match-making event in Europe bringing together developers and investors in the Blue Economy. Further, in early June, a new funding structure called ‘InvestEU’ was announced. This Programme will have a single governance structure integrating the many different EU-level financial instruments over the 7-year term 2021 – 2027. This means a strengthened focus on policy areas and objectives. The European Investment Bank (EIB) Group will remain the Commission's main financial partner under InvestEU.

The European Commission is now working to get government support for ocean energy deployment, talking with the ministries of energy of all member states. Soon there will be a meeting with all ministries of energy in Brussels, the first time it will happen.

Four research projects have recently been approved by the EC, each with a budget in the range of €4 million to €5 million: RealTide, IMAGINE, Sea-Titan and Megaroller.

DTOceanPlus is another project funded by the EC (€6.7 million) that just has started in May this year with a consortium of 17 partners, to develop and demonstrate an open source suite of design tools for wave and tidal energy arrays.

France

France

New supporting policies for ocean energy have recently come into force in France, namely the Law “hydrocarbures” concerning export cables which will be supplied and maintained by the French TSO for all offshore energies. The law “Essoc” (society in confidence) has been debated this semester with new rules for environmental assessments, public debates and consenting. The update of the “Pluri-Annual Energy Policy” will be issued in December of this year with proposed annual targets for new tenders on marine energies.

THeoREM, a French network of test facilities for Hydrodynamics and Marine Renewable Energies, has launched its website (www.theorem-infrastructure.org).

There are 3 R&D projects conducted by France Energies Marines dedicated to the study of turbulence in the Alderney Race: THYMOTE, PHYSIC and HYD2M.

A few demonstration projects are currently progressing in France:
•    A new round of tests of the 1:6 scale EEL Energy tidal turbine was performed at the Bay of Brest last March, with other French partners;
•    The HACE (Hydro Air Concept Energy) wave energy technology will be tested at the SEM-REV test site using the free access scheme under the European funded project FORESEA;
•    A HydroQuest tidal turbine has been tested for several months at the estuarine test site SEENEOH, in the Gironde Estuary in the city of Bordeaux.

Germany

Germany

In 2017, the German Government’s competitive auction system came into force. Under this support, projects must bid a price per kilowatt hour to be awarded support.

There are 3 projects developed by German companies which have seen progress:
•    SCHOTTEL HYDRO completed the testing in Connel Sound, Scotland, of their SIT250 tidal energy turbines mounted on the platform PLAT-I developed by Sustainable Marine Energy (SME).
•    SINN Power started a demonstration project in Greece, on Crete Island. The company has also received an investment from the Schweizer Kapital Global Impact Fund of Switzerland for the development of its wave energy technology.
•    NEMOS has recently done successful rope testing with innovative fibre ropes. NEMOS became involved in the new project “Space@Sea” funded by the European Commission, which involves a consortium of 17 European partners developing a modular concept for multi-use platforms with low ecological impact. Standardised floaters will be developed to combine different uses, such as housing, aquafarming (seaweed, algae and fish farms), logistics equipment, as well as wave energy.

 

India

India

The Second Indo Australian Marine Renewable Energy Workshop (INAMREW2) was held on 17 February this year at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M). It was jointly organized by IIT-M and Melbourne University of Technology. It brought together researchers, industry and coastal-community representatives. The objective was to disseminate latest scientific information on marine renewables in a coastal protection context and to develop a plan targeted to the needs of coastal regions focusing on India and Australia.

The wave powered navigational buoy developed by NIOT was inaugurated in November last year. Additional instrumentation has been integrated in the buoy to fill the port requirements and efforts are on-going to put 2-3 more buoys in a few ports and then transfer the technology to the industry.

Oscilla Power Pvt. Ltd (OPPL) developed a multi-mode point-absorber named “Triton WEC” and there is a proposal from the company to develop a 1:4 scale version optimized for Indian waters. This is being done in collaboration with the Indian Government and NIOT.

There are plans to deploy a scaled tidal current turbine on Andaman Islands and measurements have been carried out in order to select the suitable test location.

India has an OTEC desalination laboratory at NIOT inaugurated last year, which has the capability to operate various cycle combinations of OTEC. Several performance trials have been carried out. The construction of the OTEC Powered Desalination Plant on Kavaratti, Lakshadweep Islands is a priority for the Government. The detailed bathymetric and land survey have been completed and there is a MoU with Lakshadweep administration signed for the development of this plant.
 

Ireland

Ireland

The Irish Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan (OREDP) in place since 2014 was reviewed last year. A steering group is now working to implement and incorporate it into a work programme. The Irish Government has been developing a RESS scheme (Tariff scheme for all Renewable Technologies). Public consultation has been completed and it is planned to be launched in 2019.

The Irish funding scheme known as Prototype Development Fund has been supporting over 100 projects since 2009. Projects value range from €50,000- €2 million and there are currently 28 active projects. These funded Irish projects include:
•    G-Kinetic preparing their river turbine of 25 kW for testing at the SEENEOH test site, on the Garonne River in Bordeaux, France.
•    Seapower which has launched this year its 1:4 scale wave energy converter in Galway Bay.
•    Ocean Energy progressing towards the deployment of its OE Buoy device at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site at Hawaii. This project is being developed partially funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s office and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, under an agreement committing the American and Irish Governments to collaborating on marine energy technologies.
 

Mexico

Mexico

The CEMIE-Océano (Mexican Centre for Innovation in Ocean Energy) started its activities in early 2017 and they are now the most important multidisciplinary supplier in Latin America of applied research, innovation and technology development in the field of ocean energy extraction.

Much effort has been put on the assessment of the ocean energy resources in the country: wave energy, tidal energy, salinity gradient and thermal energy (OTEC).

Tidal energy is particularly relevant at the Gulf of California and in the Cozumel Channel; salinity gradient seems very feasible in Mexico and three sites were selected for intensive monitoring; thermal energy is also quite important in Mexico and collaboration with KRISO in South Korea has been initiated on this topic. Other uses of thermal gradients are being analysed, such as desalinization and SWAC (Sea Water Air Conditioning).

CEMIE-Océano has been working on a number of topics including: ecological impacts of the use of ocean energy technologies; materials, systems and components, numerical and physical modelling and network Integration. Further, dissemination plays an important role and the centre has been producing information in Spanish language for the general public.
 

Monaco

Monaco

The Principality of Monaco has been investing in Sea Water Heat Pump Technology and has now 80 seawater heat pump plants supplying 20% of the energy consumed in Monaco.

Monaco expects to have a full scale demonstrator wave energy project at sea in 2020 from the company SBM Offshore. It is a €15 million project of which €5 million is supported by the French Government (funding agency ADEME).
 

Netherlands

Netherlands

SeaQurrent is a multi-wing kite under water designed for lower speeds (< 2.5 m/s) catching energy from larger areas (like a wind kite). It has been analysed by MARIN and good results have been achieved with the 1:10 scale tests.

Redstack, based on the Reverse Electro Dialysis, is a national icon. The pilot plant ‘Afsluitdijk’ has shown promising results and a 7.8 kW plant is planned to be built in 2020. In the coming years the company will be raising funds and finding investors.

Tocardo has already 3 years of operation with lessons learnt from an existing 1.2 MW demonstration project. The company has new investors and restarted in February this year, after their announcement last year of step back. A 1.9 MW project is planned to be developed in the Dutch Eastern Scheldt barrier.

BlueRise has launched a crowd founding campaign for the development of the OTEC projects in Curacao (SWAC + 500kW OTEC+ water) and Jamaica (SWAC, 21 MW).
 

Norway

Norway

In Norway there are several funding schemes available for R&D, prototype and demo projects, still available in the coming years, from three funding organisations: Research Council of Norway, Innovation Norway and Enova.

There are a few Norwegian active developers:

Havkraft has been tested a 260 kW prototype of its oscillating water column device, installed in a fishing vessel. Andritz Hammerfest Strom is involved in the MeyGen project at Pentland Firth and the construction of their turbines was completed in April 2018. Tidetec is developing a concept for tidal barrage using a rotating turbine combined with a road bridge. This project is done in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich and other partners. Norwegian Ocean Power has been developing a tidal device with a Darieus-turbine design and has already granted a license for installing a 300 kW prototype in Lofoten.  
 

Portugal

Portugal

In 2017, Portugal launched a new national funding scheme, called ‘Blue Fund’ (Fundo Azul) providing incentives to the ocean-related economy aiming to improve access to finance in this sector. The results of the first call for wave energy demonstration projects have recently been announced. For this call a total amount of €1 million has been allocated, with the maximum grant per application up to €200,000. One of these projects is “BlueCAO”, coordinated by WavEC, which consists in the development of an offshore platform concept for the integrated supply of energy and food to offshore aquaculture parks based on a compact aggregate of coaxial oscillating water columns wave energy devices.

Pico Power Plant in Azores will be soon decommissioned after 10 years of operation. The decision to close this pilot project, built in the 90s, was made in 2016 by WavEC board. Pico Plant has given a very valuable contribution to wave energy research and sharing of knowledge and a booklet telling the story of this project to the public has been published this year (Portuguese language).  The project to dismantle the plant in safety and good environmental conditions is going ahead, being prepared by the two Portuguese utilities, EDA and EDP.

Within the European funded project WETFEET, coordinated by WavEC, a twin-rotor air turbine has been developed by IST (Instituto Superior Técnico) and also a multipurpose platform made of OWCs wave energy converters has been tested at 1:40 scale at Plymouth University. The WETFEET project has been addressing the major constraints that have been delaying wave energy’s progress and a set of innovative technology solutions (‘breakthroughs’), have been identified:

•    Survivability breakthrough via device submergence under storm conditions;
•    O&M breakthrough via continuous submergence and adaption of components and strategies;
•    PTO (power take-off) breakthrough via the development of new materials for submerged polymeric PTO and the analysis and development of innovative electro-mechanic solutions;
•    Array breakthrough via sharing of mooring and electrical connections between nearby devices, as well as integral approach to device interaction and compact aggregates;
•    Increased device performance via the practical implementation and functionality of a negative spring for an OWC.

After 3 years of development, the project came to a conclusion by the end of April 2018, with the final results providing clear indications that some of the studied technology solutions have indeed a breakthrough nature.

IST and the Portuguese company Kymaner have been developing a biradial turbine, which has been tested at Mutriku breakwater, in Spain, within the European funded project OPERA led by TECNALIA.

Portugal is also partner of two recent European consortiums on wave energy demonstration funded by the H2020 programme of the European Commission: SEA-TITAN with the Spanish technology developer Wedge and Megaroller with the Finish company AW-Energy.

AW-Energy is progressing towards the installation of their first commercial 350 kW device (FOAK project) in Peniche, the same location where the company has done previous sea trials with other units.
 

Republic of Korea

Republic of Korea

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) is planning to construct large scale ocean energy farms to follow up the governmental energy policy including wave energy, tidal current energy and wave-wind/tidal current-wind hybrid energy farms in several hundred MW total installed capacity after 2025. Among several key actions, it has been initiated to construct two open sea testing facilities for WECs and TECs. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) for TECs and WECs will be updated for promoting the ocean energy development.

Several major research projects funded by MOF had been already introduced at the former IEA OES ExCo meetings and newsletters. In the last ExCo meeting, two research projects funded by Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) introduced. Two projects are under development for specific applications of tidal turbines with the involvement of several partners. First one is a hybrid concept combining a tidal energy converter for pumping with a low head hydropower for supplying energy and a storage tank for aquaculture. Another key research project is the floating tidal energy concept for application in an energy self-sufficient bridge.

Many demonstration projects are on-going in the Republic of Korea in preparation for open sea trials. One of them is the active controlled horizontal axis tidal energy converter of 200 kW led by the Korean Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) to be installed at the Uldolmok test site coming August. Another project is the 300 kW Floating Pendulum Wave Energy Converter developed by the Korean Research Institute of Ships & Ocean Engineering (KRISO) which is currently being installed at the test facility on Jeju Island.
 

Spain

Spain

TECNALIA is coordinating a new H2020 project, called DTOceanPlus, that will develop a second generation of design tools for the selection, development, deployment and assessment of ocean energy systems, devices and technologies. The H2020 project OPERA, also led by TECNALIA, is now prepared for the second round of open-sea testing after having completed 21 consecutive months of sea operating experience collection with the wave energy device, dubbed MARMOK-A-5, developed by OCEANTEC and connected to the grid at BiMEP.

Also at BIMEP, a new laboratory for experimentation and validation of materials in real sea environment called HarshLab is expected to be installed in July 2018.

Mutriku wave power plant is in continuous operation since 2011 reaching a record of cumulative energy of more than 1.5 GWh. Two of the air chambers are prepared to test OWC components (air turbines, electrical generators, power converters and control systems).

At PLOCAN test site on Canary Islands, the installation of two submarine cables started in 2017 and it is expected to be fully commissioned during 2018. UNDIGEN+, the wave energy demonstration project from Wedge company, accumulated roughly 4 years of testing at this site.

Rotary Wave has obtained funds to study the feasibility of implementation of their Butterfly wave energy systems in Colombia and also regional funds to progress with the development of the concept.

Magallanes Renovables has been testing a 2 MW tidal floating platform and have plans to tow the device to EMEC.
 

Sweden

Sweden

The Swedish Energy Agency has decided on a continuation of its national ocean energy programme and has allocated €10,1 million (105 MSEK) for its purposes for 2018-2024. The scope of the programme is based on the strategy for research and support of ocean energy, which was enacted in 2017. The programme aims to increase and foster new collaboration between stakeholders and support sustainable innovative solutions to achieve cost reductions and increased efficiency. The programme is focused on technologies and solutions with a path to be commercially viable by 2030 and aims to utilise, strengthen and expand the ocean energy value chain in Sweden. A first call for project applications opened in May 2018.

The Swedish Energy Agency has also recently decided to provide €8,2 million (85 MSEK) of funding for CorPower Ocean AB to construct and test a full-scale wave energy device and, given a successful test, demonstrate a wave energy park with three full scale wave energy devices.
 

United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Scotland’s first Energy Strategy was published in December last year to guide the decisions of the Scottish Government over the coming decades. Further the publication UK Clean Growth Strategy from last October sets out a comprehensive set of policies and proposals that aim to accelerate the pace of “clean growth”.

The Offshore Renewable Energy Science and Innovation Audit published in September last year presents a broad-ranging analysis of the offshore renewable energy sector’s capabilities and opportunities they offer for future UK economic growth.

ORE Catapult produced a study on “Tidal Stream and Wave Energy – Cost Reduction and industrial benefit” which will be soon published. The report presents net cumulative benefit to the UK and jobs creation by 2030.

Another study has been done by University of Edinburgh and ORE Catapult on cumulative GVA for UK, published in the report entitled “Wave and Tidal Energy Industries – The Case for Intervention”. One important outcome of this report is that UK could see over 900TWh of clean, secure, sustainable electricity produced and over £123 billion net GVA created by the marine energy sector from 2030 to 2050.

Wave Energy Scotland committed over £24 million to 61 research projects to date, involving over hundred organisations. It is considered a very encouraging programme on wave energy to de-risk the innovation process: a Stage Gate Metric process has been adopted which means that all projects are competing along each other on a very structured way.

Last year EMEC hosted six developers: Scotrenewables, Wello, EC-OG, Mautricity, OpenHydro and Tocardo. FORSEA and MaRINET2 calls in 2017 mean many more planned test and demonstration projects in 2018; these have so far included Corpower, Magallanes Renovables and Laminaria.

There are three important demonstration projects progressing in UK:
•    Atlantis Resources Limited completed the construction of the first phase of the MeyGen project in October 2017  – four 1.5MW turbines, the world’s largest tidal stream array;
•    Scotrenewables SR1-2000 2MW twin rotor floating tidal turbine generated over 1.3GWh in 2017 at EMEC;
•    Nova Innovation successfully deployed the third 100kW turbine of the Shetland Tidal Array in February last year, and in July 2017 the EnFait project commenced, which will further extend the array to 600kW and conduct research on array interaction.

In April this year, the Policy and Innovation Group at the University of Edinburgh released their UK Ocean Energy Review for 2017 with an overview of developments in UK wave and tidal sector in 2017 in terms of key sector achievements, supporting policies, research and development and technology demonstration:
http://www.policyandinnovationedinburgh.org/
 

United States of America

United States of America

Following the success with the Wave Energy Prize, DOE is debating new funding mechanisms related with options around prizes or challenges for early stage concepts, such as supporting the design and development of ocean energy devices both in laboratory and open sea; developing numerical tools for the optimization of devices, enabling industry access to world-class testing facilities, data sharing and analysis important to decision makers and industry stakeholders.

DOE is seeking feedback on two reports recently published:
•    Maritime Markets Report (DE-FOA-0001885): An initial study on 12 maritime markets where applications may exist for marine energy technologies (such as Ocean Observations, Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Recharge, Isolated Community Grids, Aquaculture, Algae, Desalination of Seawater, etc);  
•    Metrics (DE-FOA-0001903): Ocean Energy Performance Metrics document that will be used to inform the WPTO’s strategic planning in future years and contributing to evaluation criteria for potential future funding opportunities.

Both draft versions are published (https://eere-exchange.energy.gov/) and feedback can be sent no later than 5:00pm (ET) on 31 July.

The DOE has recently announced five projects selected to receive $4.4 million to address technology development challenges for marine energy systems: Resolute Marine Energy, Ocean Renewable Power Company (ORPC), Oscilla Power Inc., ENORASY LLC and University of Alaska.

DOE also published a call in April to support R&D projects in three Topic Areas:
•    Topic Area 1: Early Stage Device Design Research (up to 10 awards, from $500 thousand to $3.5 million each; project duration no longer than 3 years): Development and evaluation of next generation wave and tidal/current systems, targeting prototype scale systems.
•    Topic Area 2: Controls and Power Take -Off (PTO) Design Integration and Testing (up to 6 awards, ranging from $750 thousand - $2million; project duration no longer than 3 years): Design of PTO and control systems in parallel. Projects are expected to build and test the PTO with an operational real time control system at laboratory scale.
•    Topic Area 3: Dissemination of Environmental Data and Analyses to Facilitate the Marine Energy Regulatory Process (up to 2 awards, ranging from $800 thousand - $1.6 million; project duration no longer than 3 years): Develop tools and methodologies that capture recent advances in the scientific understanding of environmental impacts of marine renewable energy and make this information widely available in a synthesized and easily digestible format to inform and facilitate Federal and State MHK regulatory processes.
 

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