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North Sea artificial island on Dogger Bank proposed as hub for offshore windfarm developments

The Guardian reports, 29th December 2017: Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutch energy network. The radical proposal envisages an island being built to act as a hub for vast offshore windfarms that would eclipse today’s facilities […]

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Uncertainty still hangs over Welsh tidal lagoon projects

Daily Telegraph Business reports, 9th September 2017: An £8bn plan to build Britain’s first full-scale tidal lagoon power project in Cardiff is moving ahead even as government approval for the controversial technology hangs in the balance.                                                                                […]

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Offshore wind moving centre stage in UK energy policy

Daily Telegraph Business reports, 9th September 2017: Offshore wind power is expected to emerge as a major post-Brexit success for the UK economy as technology costs plummet and the weaker pound accelerates the burgeoning industry’s export potential. The renewable energy technology is likely to be the major winner in the Government’s renewable support auction, which […]

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Marine energy takes a step forward in Wales

Marine Energy Wales reports 7th August 2017: Marine Energy Wales are delighted to announce that they have received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund for their Marine Energy Test Area (META) project. The project aims to create pre-consented testing areas in the Milford Haven Waterway for technology developers to deploy non-grid connected devices, test components […]

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World’s first floating offshore windfarm about to be constructed off NE Scotland

The Guardian reports, 27th June 2017: The world’s first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power. After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the […]

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Pelamis Wave Power: Company insolvent, but technology continues

Furnacecompare.com reports, 2nd June 2017: Pelamis Wave Power (Pelamis) was the first company to produce electricity on a commercial scale by harnessing the power of ocean waves. The Scottish company was established in 1998 and designed the technology used in several off-shore wave energy production projects. However, Pelamis closed its doors in 2014 due to […]

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World’s largest wind turbine installed in Liverpool Bay and goes online

The Guardian reports, 17th May 2017: The planet’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast, cementing Britain’s reputation as a world leader in the technology. Danish company Dong Energy has just finished installing 32 turbines in Liverpool Bay that are taller than the Gherkin skyscraper, with blades longer […]

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RSPB expresses concern over proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

The Daily Telegraph Business News reports, 10th January 2017: Tidal Lagoon Power wants to build a world-first lagoon in Swansea Bay and is currently awaiting the outcome of an independent Government-commissioned review of the technology’s potential, led by former energy minister Charles Hendry, to be unveiled on 12th January 2017. But in a submission to […]

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Economics and financial cost of Swansea Bay tidal lagoon questioned

Policy Exchange.com and Richard Howard comment, 11th January 2017: If ever there was a textbook example of how to go about Government lobbying and project development, then it is the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project. The developer, Tidal Lagoon Power, has done a frankly incredible job of promoting the project to policymakers and financiers. The […]

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Independent report supports Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project

BBC News reports, 12th January 2017: Plans for a £1.3bn tidal lagoon in Swansea Bay have been backed by a government-commissioned review. Charles Hendry’s independent report into the technology’s viability said it would make a “strong contribution” to the UK’s energy supply. Mr. Hendry said it was cost effective and would bring “significant economic opportunity”. […]

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UK’s first electricity from waves to be supplied from site off Cornwall

The Daily Mail Online, 7th November 2016, reports: Britain’s first wave farm to be built in Cornwall: Site will provide electricity for 6,000 homes each year by 2020. The system will provide 1MW to the grid by 2018, and 15MW by 2020 Technology is different to other wave power as it’s completely underwater The government […]

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Scotland invests in world’s biggest tidal turbine energy project

Scottishenergynews.com reports, 16th September 2016: Scotland will be home to the world’s first ever large-scale tidal streamThe flow of water through channels or around coastlines as a result of tidal water movement farm as part of a drive to develop Scotland’s marine renewables industry, creating jobs and investment. This was the key message from Scottish […]

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Phase 2 of world’s largest offshore windfarm gets planning approval

The Guardian reports, 16th August 2016: Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the Yorkshire coast are to be expanded to an area five times the size of Hull after being approved by ministers. The multibillion-pound Hornsea Project Two would see 300 turbines — each taller than the Gherkin — span more than 480 […]

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Renewable energy storage on brink of a revolution

Popular Science reports, May 2015: The next step for renewable energy is to figure out how to store all the power we create. Harvard researchers have used a molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb to make a battery that can store more energy­ — for less money — than solid-state and traditional flow batteries. […]

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Floating Scottish offshore windfarm gains planning approval

The Guardian reports, 16th May 2016: The world’s largest floating windfarm is set to be built off the coast of Scotland after its developers were granted a seabed lease on Monday. Statoil, the Norwegian energy company, expects to have five 6MW turbines bobbing in the North Sea and generating electricity by the end of 2017. […]

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Scottish company launches world’s largest tidal turbine

Scottishenergynews.com reports 14th May 2016: In yet another ‘world-first’ for the Scottish energy industry, Orkney based Scotrenewables Tidal Power has today launched its 2MW SR2000 — the world’s largest energy generating tidal turbine. The company, which is at the forefront of the floating tidal technology sector, launched the 550 tonne machine at Harland & Wolff […]

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Isle of Wight tidal power scheme approved by MMO

Isle of Wight Radio reports, 20th April 2016: A tidal power site off the Isle of Wight has been given the green light. Perpetuus has been given the go-ahead from the Marine Management Organisation to place turbines off the south coast of the Island. The turbines, which will sit on the sea bed 2km from […]

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World’s largest offshore wind farm to be built off Yorkshire coast

The Guardian reports, 3rd February 2016: An offshore windfarm is to be built off the UK coast. The Hornsea Project One will be located around 120km off the Yorkshire coast, and span more than 407km square. Dong Energy said its multi-billion pound Hornsea project, which is expected when complete to power as many as 1m […]

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UK Government ambivalent over Swansea tidal lagoon

The Guardian reports, 10th February 2016: The future of a revolutionary plan to generate electricity from a lagoon in Swansea Bay has been thrown into further doubt after the UK government unveiled plans for a six-month review of the wider tidal power sector. The promoters of the £1bn plan, Tidal Lagoon Power, said it welcomed […]

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Tidal project to connect Scotland with Cumbria

Tidal Energy Today reports, 25th December 2015: North West Energy Squared (NWE²) is planning to build a tidal energy barrage that would link Cumbria with Scotland in addition to producing clean energy. The company plans to construct a tidal barrage across the Solway Estuary that would incorporate a road which would halve the distance between […]

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