UPDATE – Scotland awards US$25.4 million to marine developers

Faced with a healthy response to its invitation to ocean energy projects, the government of Scotland has awarded 13 million pounds (US$25.4 million) to developers of marine projects, most to be deployed in Scotland’s Orkney Islands.

Last year, the Scottish Executive invited applications for 8 million pounds (US$15.6 million) in assistance for development of ocean energy projects. (HNN 10/30/06) Deputy First Minister Nicol Stephen announced February 20 that nine projects would share the 13 million pounds, an increase of 5.15 million pounds (US$10.07 million) to meet developer demand.

The funding will be supplemented by an additional 500,000 pounds (US$978,400) to develop a testing berth at the European Marine Energy Center (EMEC) being developed at Orkney.

�The increase in the value of the fund is a mark of the importance we give to marine energy developments,� Stephen said. �Scotland has the potential to generate a quarter of Europe’s marine energy and kick-starting the sector is vital if we are to create a significant industry based in Scotland and meet our long-term renewables targets.�

The devices are expected to be deployed this year, with full commissioning in 2008. Most are to be in and around EMEC at Orkney. An additional 2.5 million pounds (US$4.89 million) has been reserved for upgrading the EMEC site to help accommodate the devices.

Winning developers are:
o CRE Energy Ltd., 4.141 million pounds (US$8.1 million), for four of Ocean Power Delivery’s 750-kW Pelamis wave power generators in a single array totaling 3 MW;
o AWS Ocean Energy, 2.128 million pounds (US$4.16 million), for a 500-kW Archimedes Wave Swing wave energy converter at EMEC;
o ScotRenewables, 1.796 million pounds (US$3.5 million), for the SRTT, a floating tidal stream energy converter employing dual horizontal-axis rotors driving generators in subsurface nacelles;
o Open Hydro, 1.214 million pounds (US$2.37 million), for a 250-kW Open-Centre turbine on the seabed at EMEC;
o Ocean Power Technologies, 598,000 pounds (US$1.16 million), for a 150-kW PowerBuoy, which moves up and down on a central spar as waves pass by (HNN 9/22/06);
o Aquamarine, 275,000 pounds (US$538,000), for Oyster devices to utilize waves in near-shore locations;
o CleanTechCom, 273,000 pounds (US$534,120), for two 1-meter-diameter siphon pipes that pass through the No. 1 Churchill Barrier on land at the northern tip of Lamb Holm Island at Orkney;
o Wavegen, 149,000 pounds (US$291,520), for an advanced Wells turbine system on the Western Isles at Siadar, being developed with npower Renewables, using Wavegen’s existing Oscillating Water Column at the Limpet site near Portnahaven on Islay Island (HNN 11/24/06); and
o Tidal Generation, 77,000 pounds (US$150,650), for extraction of a core sample of seabed from the berth area that Tidal Generation’s machine will occupy.

Scottish Power plans world’s biggest wave farm

Scottish Power announced February 20 it plans to develop the world’s biggest wave power generation project at EMEC in the Orkneys. (HNN 2/21/07) The British utility said it hopes to get the 10 million pound (US$19.5 million), 3-MW wave power farm running by 2008.

Four 160-meter-long Pelamis “Sea Snake” wave power generators developed by Ocean Power Delivery should produce enough power for 2,000 homes, Scottish Power said.

“It will be a test of the actual devices that will be used commercially and, if successful, should help propel Scotland into the forefront of marine energy throughout the world,” Scottish Power’s renewables director, Keith Anderson, said. “This kind of marine generator can make the best use of Scotland’s natural resources and help combat the threat of global warming in the future.”

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