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Britain offering $32 million for wave and tidal array devices deo

Organizations working with wave or tidal stream power technology have until the end of June 2012 to bid for a share of the British government's 20 million pound ($32 million) Marine Energy Array Demonstrator Scheme.

MEAD will support up to two pre-commercial projects to demonstrate the operation of wave and tidal devices in an array formation for an extended period of time.

Projects seeking MEAD funding must generate at least 7 gigawatt-hours per year when complete and include at least three generating devices. The technology must have been previously demonstrated full-scale in real sea conditions.

Projects, which must be within British territorial waters and supply power to the national grid, must be up and running by the end of March 2016 and are expected to operate for a minimum of two years.

According to Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, the MEAD scheme will help move marine power to the next stage of development.

"This will take us one vital step closer to realizing our ambitions for generating electricity from the waves and tides, powering homes and businesses across the whole of the U.K. with clean, green electricity," said Mr. Barker.

Britain aims to harness the power of waves and tides to provide up to 20 percent of its current electricity demand as well as cut carbon emissions while generating jobs.

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