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Seaweed farming along Norfolk and Suffolk’s coast

On 27th March a conference organised by Norfolk County Council, The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the North Sea Marine Cluster entitled ‘Growing a Seaweed Economy in East Anglia’ was held at the King’s Centre, Norwich, which brought seaweed experts from The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and many parts of […]

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UK government acts to give price support for offshore wind energy

The Guardian reports, 4th December 2013: “The government has responded to a growing investment crisis with the country’s offshore wind programme by pulling back on plans to make heavy cuts in subsidies for the power source. After the German firm RWE told of its plans to shelve the 240-turbine Atlantic Array windfarm off Devon, the […]

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Is economics, rather than conservation, behind recent offshore windfarm cancellations?

The Guardian reports, 13th December 2013: “Scottish Power has abandoned a £5.4bn plan to build the world’s largest offshore wind farm, after four years of planning, because it is “not financially viable”. The decision not to go ahead with the Argyll Array, which would have provided green energy for 1 million homes, is another blow […]

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Argyll Array offshore windfarm development cancelled

The Guardian reports, 13th December 2013: “Plans to establish a major new windfarm in the waters of the Inner Hebrides have been dropped by energy company ScottishPower Renewables. The company said the Argyll Array project was currently not financially viable in the short term. It said hard rock at the site, off the coast of […]

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Floating offshore wind farms could be more cost-effective

The Observer reports, 24th November 2013: “A floating wind farm, which ministers hope could hold the key to cutting the cost of renewable energy, has been given the go-ahead by the Crown Estate. The Buchan Deep project will see five turbines with a combined power of 30 megawatts installed by the Norwegian oil company Statoil […]

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Major offshore windfarm in the Bristol Channel is axed

The Guardian reports, 26th November 2013: “Britain’s green ambitions have been dealt a blow as a big six energy company has pulled the plug on one of the world’s largest offshore windfarms, with the political storm enveloping the industry threatening the multibillion-pound investments needed to meet emissions targets and head off a looming capacity crunch. […]

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Pentland Firth Tidal Turbine Project gets go-ahead

Work is to begin on the largest tidal energy project in Europe after the Scottish government granted permission. MeyGen is to install the tidal array in stages in the Pentland Firth, between Orkney and the Scottish mainland. It will begin with a 9MW demonstration project of up to six turbines, with construction expected to take […]

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Parliamentary Briefing favours incremental approach to tidal power

A tidal energy barrage across the Severn Estuary could produce up to 5% of the UK’s electricity demand. However predicting environmental impacts of such a Barrage suffers from a lack of real data for computer modelling and a lack of similar estuaries and similar barrages to check modelling. The Eastern Scheldt provides some useful information […]

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Marinet comments on Swansea “tidal lagoon” proposal

On 9th April we reported on a project to power 107,000 homes, using a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay, which is seeking £10m of funding from the public.The first of its kind in the world, the scheme intends to generate up to 250MW of renewable power by capturing tidal differences in an artificial lagoon, to […]

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Threat to Wind Turbines – bad vibrations

Medium-sized waves such as those occurring in even small storms, can snap offshore wind turbines like matchsticks. For wind turbines at sea with a cylinder diameter of eight metres, the most endangering waves are those that are more than 13 metres high and have an 11-second interval between them. Such storms and waves are frequent […]

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Electricity generating “tidal lagoon” proposed for Swansea Bay

A project to power 107,000 homes using a tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay is seeking £10m of funding from the public. The first of its kind in the UK, the scheme intends to generate up to 250MW of renewable power by harnessing the tides to drive enormous turbines, enough to meet Swansea’s annual domestic electricity […]

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Cornwall announces £2 million fund for marine renewables development

To further strengthen Cornwall’s position as a leading centre for marine energy, approximately £2m of Convergence European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been made available for marine renewables companies. The GBI (R&D) fund is available to those currently working on concept or prototype development; as well as early stage demonstration or deployment of marine renewable […]

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New investment in UK marine renewable energy

The Renewable Energy Association (REA) reports, 28th February 2013: “The REA welcomes the news that several marine renewables projects are set to progress having been successful in securing funding. “MeyGen Ltd and Sea Generation Wales Ltd have won £10 million each under the Government’s Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme (MEAD), which will progress their tidal […]

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Number of European offshore wind installations continues to grow

Europe installed and grid connected 293 offshore wind turbines in 2012 – more than one per working day. This brings the total to 1,662 turbines, in 55 offshore wind farms in European countries. The 293 turbines installed in 2012 represent 1,165 Megawatts (MW), an increase of 33% compared to 2011 installations of 874 MW. This […]

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Warning to MPs from wildlife NGOs about the dangers of a Severn Barrage

A Consortium of wildlife NGOs (see list of members at foot of this report) has told the House of Commons Energy & Climate Committee they all supported tidal energy development in the Severn, but that the current proposal, from Hafren Power, lacked detail and claims that it would not unacceptably damage wildlife and large areas of […]

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90% of investment in London Array windfarm is from abroad

The Guardian reports, 2nd October 2012, “The project briefing for Britain’s world-leading offshore wind farm is given by a Dane, the crew on the transfer boat from Ramsgate harbour are Norwegian and the lunch served 20 miles off the coast on a converted ferry is served up by Latvians. They call it the London Array […]

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Slow Current Marine Energy Technology developed

Waterbriefing of Monday, 19th November 2012 reports that Minesto (based at Gothenburg, Sweden) has developed a proven technology to cost efficiently produce electricity from low velocity tidal and ocean currents. They have already secured rights from the Crown Estate in the UK to perform tidal energy tests in the waters of of Strangford Loch, Northern […]

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Scientific testing to determine whether marine energy impacts on wildlife

UK scientists will measure the effect on the marine environment and wildlife of devices that harness tide and wave energy using sonar technology that has, for the first time, been successfully deployed on the seabed. Renewable energy from tidal currents can be generated using turbines in the tidal flow, and wave energy can be captured […]

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Large windfarm proposed off Dorset coast

A £3bn wind farm off the south coast would provide about 1,000 temporary jobs and 100 permanent posts, it is claimed. Navitus Bay will have up to 333 turbines just over eight miles off Peveril Point at Swanage, Dorset, and The Needles, in the Isle of Wight. About 1,000 temporary jobs would be created during […]

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UK ‘best destination for marine power projects’

Waterbriefing tells us that the UK is ‘the most attractive destination to develop marine energy’ by the following item in their most recent newsletter   ———————————————————————————————————-   The UK has huge potential for marine power and is considered the most attractive destination to develop marine projects in Europe, a new report by energy experts GlobalData […]

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