Atlantis signs £7.5m contract with the ETI

Atlantis, owner of the world’s largest planned tidal stream energy project, MeyGen, has been awarded a £7.5 million two year contract with the UK’s Energy Technologies Institute (“ETI”) to deliver a multi-turbine foundation structure which will support a further two turbines at the Atlantis-owned MeyGen tidal stream array in the Pentland Firth, Scotland.

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Expansion of MeyGen from four to six

The Atlantis agreement with ETI marks the start of Phase 2 of the ETI Tidal Energy Converter Project (“TEC Phase 2”).  TEC Phase 2 will see two Atlantis-owned 1.5MW commercial tidal energy turbines installed on an innovative foundation structure designed and built as part of the ETI-funded project.  The Project was negotiated separately to, and comes hot on the heels of, the Company’s recently funded 6MW tidal turbine array at the MeyGen site.  It will increase the number of turbines at the site from four to six and the rated capacity of the tidal array from 6MW to 9MW, enough to power 4,500 local homes.

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CWind’s £5.5m 3-year Duddon O&M contract

CWind, a leading provider of services to the offshore wind industry, have signed a three year contract to provide crew and equipment transfer for DONG Energy and Scottish Power at the West of Duddon Sands offshore wind farm. The contract, which includes an optional extension for a further 2 year period, is valued to CWind at £5.5mn.

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Politicians ignore people’s power pleas

Public support for renewable energies across the world continues to grow, particularly in more advanced economies − with solar power being especially popular, reports Eco-Business. At the same time, the policies of the governments in most of these richer countries do not mirror public opinion as many continue to develop fossil fuels, which do not command such popular support. An example is the UK, where the government wants to exploit gas reserves by the controversial method of fracking – fracturing rock to allow the gas to reach the ground surface. The Conservative government is also promising to cut down on subsidies for onshore wind farms and to build nuclear power stations.

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Mabey Bridge wins T-Pylon contract

In a vote of confidence for British manufacturing, the UK’s leading manufacturer of tubular structures, Mabey Bridge, has been awarded the first contract to deliver supporting structures for National Grid’s revolutionary new generation of ‘T-Pylons’. The contract is for a test line of six pylons at National Grid’s Eakring Training Academy, the first time the T-Pylons will be seen on the British landscape. The new electricity pylon designs mark a departure from the traditional lattice structures that currently dot the British countryside.

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DECC answers constraint payment critics

Constraint payments are nothing new. National Grid has been paying coal and gas generators – and others – to change their planned output well before wind farms joined the mix. These payments are made when power cannot be transmitted to where it is needed, usually due to congestion at a certain point on the network. When this happens, National Grid needs to take action to ‘balance’ energy supply and demand, and ensure the lights stay on.

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Investment plan for Ferguson Shipbuilders

The preferred bidder for Ferguson Shipbuilders has outlined plans to resurrect the business, reports the Daily Record. Jim McColl’s Clyde Blowers Capital was named as the preferred bidder for the Ferguson Shipbuilders group of companies on Monday. He outlined today plans for a number of upgrades to be made at the yard with a view to attracting new contracts in the renewables sectors, and he expects the workforce could grow to around 120 within 18 months.

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Suction bucket for Borkum Riffgrund 1

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH) has approved the suction bucket jacket foundation, which is installed without noisy pile driving, reports offshorewind.biz.

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SITA to turn landfill sites into solar farms

National recycling and waste management firm, SITA UK, and Somerset-based British Solar Renewables (BSR) have agreed a deal that will see a number of SITA UK’s landfill sites turned into solar power farms – generating renewable energy for the National Grid. Alongside its recycling and other waste management facilities, SITA UK operates a landfill estate within the UK and, earlier this year, decided to search for a company that could help it make best use of sites that have been sealed (or “capped”) and are no longer accepting waste material.

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DNV GL guidance for offshore HVDC projects

Growing number of offshore wind farms being built farther from shore increase need for reliable measures for the use of HVDC transmission systems.DNV GL has, together with STRI (the Swedish Transmission Research Institute) and ten industry players, developed a methodology for technology qualification of offshore HVDC technologies through a joint industry project.

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