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Aquamarine Power’s wave farm to generate hundreds of jobs

A new assessment done by the wave power company Aquamarine Power revealed that its proposed wave farm on the Western Isles can generate hundreds of long-term jobs. According to an in-depth assessment done by the wave power company, the Edinburgh firm’s 40 megawatt-Lewis wave farm could generate anywhere between 98 to 200 jobs during construction, injecting up to £9 million, or more than $12 million,...

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Chile looks at its wave and tidal power prospects with I.D.B.

The Inter-American Development Bank is supporting Chile’s plans to launch tidal and wave energy pilot projects with $2.95 million in funding. The initiative, which will launch a tidal and a wave pilot on the southern coast of Chile, aims to support the development of both clean energy sources to promote the country’s energy security and the diversification of its economy. I.D.B.’s $2.95 million funding comes from...

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Iberdrola joins partnership to develop next-generation wave energy device

The Spanish electric utility company Iberdrola has announced that it will be participating in a project to develop a high efficiency wave power device. Iberdrola is partnering with CorPower Ocean, a Swedish company specializing in wave energy converters, and Portuguese marine research centre WavEc, on a high efficiency wave power project called HiWave. With the three bodies working together, they...

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Alstom, Scottish Power Renewables ink M.O.U. for tidal power devices

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Alstom and Scottish Power Renewables to incorporate the French conglomerate’s tidal power devices into the Sound of Islay project. With the M.O.U. signed, the tidal array that will be placed between the islands of Islay and Jura on the west coast of Scotland will include up to four of Alstom’s 1-megawatt tidal devices. With Alstom’s tidal devices, the Sound...

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Eagle Creek acquires hydropower projects from Algonquin Power

Small hydropower company Eagle Creek has completed the purchase of around ten hydroelectric power generation facilities from Algonquin Power. The facilities are located in the Northeast of the United States and have a total generating capacity of around 29 megawatts, enough to produce around 100 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy a year. Under the management of a team from...

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O.P.T. receives a total of $1.150 million funding from D.O.E.

United States-based wave energy company Ocean Power Technologies has received two grants totaling $1.150 million from the Department of Energy to help the company improve their wave energy device. The first grant, amounting to $150,000, was awarded by the U.S. D.O.E. just this September 5 under the Small Business Innovation Research Phase I grant. The funding was given to O.P.T. to study advanced control methods...

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RusHydro restores destroyed large hydropower plant

Russian hydroelectric company RusHydro reports the results of the four-year reconstruction efforts on a large hydropower plant which was destroyed in 2009. The large hydropower plant Sayano-Shushenskaya fell apart on August 17, 2009, when one of its hydro turbines broke apart, flooding one of the rooms, and causing the ceiling of the turbine room to collapse. As a result, ten hydropower units of the plant were destroyed, and 75...

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Voith to fill $40 million order for hydropower plant in Turkey

Germany-based engineering company Voith has received a major order to equip a hydropower plant in Turkey, with the total order volume amounting to around $40 million. Under a consortium with energy supplier Kalehan Enerji, Voith will be delivering three turbines that are rated at 202 megawatts each, as well as other associated equipment to the new hydropower plant Upper Kalekoy, located on the Murat River in Turkey. The...

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Alstom's tidal device passes test, producing 1 MW

French multinational conglomerate Alstom has been conducting tests with its full-scale tidal device and now reports that the technology has reached a full nominal power of 1 megawatt. The full-scale tidal device of the French conglomerate has been immersed and tested at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland, starting in January of this year. During the test at the location, the tidal stream turbine...

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German consortium building silicon-based wave energy device

A group of German researchers have developed a silicon-based device that can capture the motion of water to produce energy. Bosch is working on a demonstrator model of the EPoSil (electroactive polymers based on silicon for power generation), a three-ply sheet composed of a top and bottom layer which is conductive to electricity and a middle layer of elastic silicon. When exposed to the movement of water, such...

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