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Alstom to supply equipment to Brazil’s hydropower plant

Alstom will be supplying additional equipment to a hydropower project in Brazil – the Santo Antonio hydro plant. Alstom has signed a contract to supply additional equipment to Santo Antonio, a hydropower plant located in the Maderia River in the North of Brazil. The Santo Antonio is considered one of the largest hydropower plants in Brazil. The equipment and services to be provided by Alstom...

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Minsesto underwater kite generates power in low velocity currents

Marine power company Minesto’s underwater kite, Deep Green, has successfully produced electricity in low velocity currents – the first time a tidal device has worked in such conditions. The tidal device Deep Green works by converting energy from tidal stream flows into electricity through a principle that is somewhat similar to the posture of a wind kite. The device, which consists of a wing and a turbine, is a...

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Wave energy device Oyster 800 back from improvement project

Improvements on the wave energy device Oyster 800 of Aquamarine Power has just been completed, allowing for better performance of the machine. It was back in July that Aquamarine Power announced that it was shutting down its wave energy device to work on improving it (see related story), and now after around four months Oyster 800 is back in operation and is touted to be better than before. The wave energy device, which...

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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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