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May 2017 Issue

Penguin WEC
Installed at EMEC

Wello Oy’s wave energy converter (WEC) was successfully installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney as part of the CEFOW (Clean Energy from Ocean Waves) project. The Penguin WEC was deployed at EMEC’s grid-connected wave test site at Billia Croo. The installation was carried out by Green Marine of Orkney, Scotland.

Funded by the European Commission’s research and innovation program Horizon 2020, CEFOW is a five-year project led by Fortum to develop and prove Wello’s Penguin in real-sea conditions.

Floating System for
Tidal Energy in SE Asia

ENVIROTEK has successfully deployed a SCHOTTEL Instream Turbine (SIT) in the waters off the Sentosa Boardwalk in Singapore. Floating integrated renewable energy platforms are envisioned for the usage of local stakeholders (e.g., island or coastal areas) to help them increase energy resilience, decrease fossil fuel dependence, explore multiple applications, and showcase the viability of harnessing tidal in-stream energy and its potential to supply clean, renewable and safe electricity. Floating systems for tidal energy also reduce installation and maintenance costs.

The SIT 250 turbine used in this project is a 62-kW device with a rotor diameter of 4 m. The turbine is attached to a catamaran platform with a lifting frame, allowing the turbine to be easily raised from and into the water.


Lease Requests for Offshore
Wind in NY, Massachusetts

BOEM has received unsolicited lease requests from two companies seeking to develop offshore wind energy on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in areas located offshore New York and Massachusetts.

PNE Wind USA Inc. submitted an unsolicited lease request for 40,920 acres offshore New York. If BOEM decides to move forward with this application, the next step will be to issue a public notice to determine whether there is competitive interest in bidding for the area.

PNE Wind USA Inc. and Statoil Wind US LLC both submitted unsolicited lease requests for previously unleased areas in the wind energy area offshore Massachusetts. Lease area OCS-A 0502 is approximately 248,015 acres and Lease area OCS-A 0503 is approximately 140,554 acres. BOEM has determined that competitive interest exists in the area and will proceed with a competitive leasing process.


112 GW of Offshore Wind
Capacity in California

A new report by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) states there are 112 GW of feasible offshore wind capacity off the coast of California. Compared to 30 to 50 GW of demand in California, it’s clear how California might meet its 50 percent renewable energy portfolio standards by 2030 and potentially help other states meet their renewable energy standards.

California State Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León has submitted a bill to require 100 percent renewable energy by 2045 and expedite the 50 percent standard to a 2025 deadline.

The cost of offshore wind is now below $0.10 per kWh, and even below $0.06 per kWh in recent projects. Costs continue to decline at 11.5 percent every time production capacity doubles.


Rampion Enters Final
Construction Phase

The construction of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm entered its final phase, with the first of 116 wind turbines installed in the English Channel off the coast of Sussex. During spring, offshore cabling work will continue. Onshore construction of the operations and maintenance base at Newhaven Port commenced in March.

The 400-MW project being built by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company Enbridge will eventually provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes a year. It should be fully operational in 2018.


Avangrid Places Winning Bid
In NC Offshore Wind Lease

The seventh U.S. competitive lease sale for renewable wind energy in federal waters put on offer 122,405 acres offshore Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The winning bid came from Avangrid Renewables LLC. Other bidders included: Wind Future LLC, Statoil Wind US LLC and wpd offshore Alpha LLC.

The lease area has a potential generating capacity of 1,486 MW, enough energy to power more than 500,000 homes.


H2020 marinerg-i Launches
For Offshore Renewables

The H2020 marinerg-i project was launched in Brussels, to develop an integrated European infrastructure to facilitate future growth and development in the offshore renewable energy sector.

The project is coordinated by the MaREI Centre at University College Cork Ireland with a budget of €2 million and will run until June 2019. With 13 partners in 12 European countries, marinerg-i brings together European countries with significant testing capabilities in offshore renewable energy. The project aims to develop scientific and business plans addressing governance, legal, financial and strategic issues for inclusion in a 2020 ESFRI road map application. It will also standardize best practices, improve efficiency and create an e-infrastructure blueprint for remote access and a radical improvement in data management.


SNMREC Gets Grant for
Undergraduate Research

Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Center (SNMREC) has received a $360,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) project titled “Removing Barriers to Ocean Current Based Electricity through Undergraduate Research.”

SNMREC’s REU site will engage high-potential undergraduates in research activities to encourage their pursuit of STEM-related graduate study. Projects will focus on: resources assessment; system design and reliability; and environmental interactions.


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