French marine renewable energy pioneer SABELLA has completed a cable operation connecting a tidal turbine to an onshore grid.
Last week, the Government of Nova Scotia passed the Marine Renewable Energy Act, in an effort to ensure that ocean-based energy – like offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies – has the appropriate licensing and environmental protections in place. While marine renewable technologies are pretty new, they are being developed worldwide and Nova Scotia is looking to tidal energy to help reduce fossil fuel consumption and create jobs in the province.
The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Portland, Oregon-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. a US$2.25 million grant for testing the deployment, anchor and retrieval system of ORPC’s tidal and river units at the marine hydrokinetics (MHK) project site in Cobscook Bay, Maine.
Ocean energy was barely mentioned during the just-completed COP21 Paris climate talks, but considering that more of the Earth’s surface will be undersea in the coming years, the ocean will likely become a key player in our sustainable energy future. With that in mind let’s take a look at a new $21 million ocean energy device called bioWAVE, which has just been deployed off the coast of Australia near Port Fairy, Victoria.
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