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wave energy

Opinion

Opinion: Wave and tidal energy taking “enormous strides” towards commercialisation

Marine energy is a sector which has faced its fair share of ups and downs. That said, there remains much to be positive about in both wave and tidal energy in Scotland. Both industries have taken enormous strides forward in the last 12 months, and we are now closer to commercialisation than ever before.

Other News

Calls for Saltire Prize to be scrapped after companies struggle to meet criteria

An ambitious £10million plan set up set up seven years ago to make Scotland a world leader in wind and tidal power should be scrapped, according to critics. The Saltire Prize, led by Gordon MP and former First Minister Alex Salmond, has come into difficulty after it was revealed none of the competitors would be able to meet the criteria for the 2017 deadline. According to reports in the Herald Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser said the ambitious prize had become a “white elephant”.

Technology

Atlantis Resources boss anticipates sea change in energy mix

When Atlantis Resources finally completes its world beating tidal energy development in the North of Scotland, don’t expect exciting photo opportunities to mark the occasion - there’ll be nothing to see. Atlantis’ huge MeyGen project in the Pentland firth will be the world’s biggest tidal project: up to 269 turbines providing almost 400MW - enough electricity for 175,000 Scottish homes. But all that power and infrastructure won’t be visible from the nearby Caithness and Orkney shorelines because all the action takes place below the waves.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Wave Energy boosted by European grant

A wave power device tested at a marine energy centre in Orkney has been boosted by a £580,000 European grant. Edinburgh-based Aquamarine Power and the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (NUIM) have together secured a EU Horizon 2020 grant to improve the performance of Aquamarine Power’s Oyster wave energy converter. The company has already built and operated two full-scale Oyster machines at the European Marine Energy Centre (Emec) in Orkney.

Renewables/Energy Transition

Sweden’s Vattenfall to liquidate wave power venture

Swedish energy firm Vattenfall said Friday it is set to appoint a liquidator to wind up its failed wave power company, but vowed to dip its toes back into Scottish waters if conditions improve. Aegir Wave Power (AWP) was set up in 2009 as part of a joint venture between Vattenfall and renewable energy company Pelamis with the aim of developing commercial wave farms off Shetland. But the plan was pulled in November when Pelamis, whose generators were to be used by AWP, went into administration after failing to secure enough funding to develop its devices.

Opinion

Opinion: Picking winners – the future for wave energy and other technologies?

Throughout my career I’ve been involved to some extent or other in the development and commercialisation of technology. So, when faced with a selection of technology ideas to back I am acutely aware of the difficulties involved in sorting the wheat from the chaff. Believe me. It isn’t easy because the parameters you need to consider are many and varied and, of course, instinct and experience also count for a lot.