Marine wave and tidal energy has not developed as fast as other types of renewable energy, such as hydroelectric, wind, solar, or geothermal. However, marine and tidal energy companies are continuing to make impressive progress. The following are the latest developments in marine and tidal pilot projects around the world:
- Australian Marine & Offshore Group (AMOG), based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, has received a grant from the European Union Regional Development Fund to test a 1:3 scale model of the company’s floating pendulum wave energy converter (WEC) in Cornwall, England. The device is a 25-meter floating vessel that has a damped pendulum, the latter based on the principles of dynamic vibration absorbers. The AMOG WEC system is tuned to maximize power from incoming waves, extracting energy from the pendulum damping via electromotive force. The pilot project will be in a 2.8 km2 test area within Falmouth Harbor in Falmouth Bay.
- Funding Ocean Energy through Strategic European Action (FORESEA) has announced it approved funding for six marine energy projects in 2018. The marine energy projects will be conducted at the SmartBay Test Site, Ireland. SmartBay is Ireland’s national marine and renewable energy test and demonstration facility.
- Minesto is a marine technology developer, founded in 2007, as a spin-off from Swedish aerospace manufacturer, Saab. The company has completed the commercial-scale 500 kW Deep Green project, which is a gravity base structure. The pilot project is forecast to commence in April 2018.
In my opinion, I am encouraged by the continued progress in marine wave and tidal energy projects. Minesto may be the first project with the energy capacity for commercial-scale utilities. It will be exciting to see the results from these and other cutting-edge technologies in 2018.