MeyGen reaches 1GWh milestone

The MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth between Scotland and Orkney has exported its first 1GWh of electricity to the grid.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive of owner Atlantis Resources, said: “Yet another milestone has been achieved as we continue to see the vast potential of the world’s largest tidal power array realised.

“It’s extremely rewarding for all those involved to see the fruits of our collective passion and labour continuing to deliver.”

> Read Atlantis's announcement

 

Welsh marine energy boost

Tidal power developer Nova Innovation has received a £265,000 grant from the Coastal Communities Fund.

The cash will support four jobs in North Wales over the next three years.

Nova is developing two tidal energy projects in Wales: one at the Bardsey Sound on the Llyn peninsula, where the company is working closely with community group YnNi Llŷn, and the other at the Morlais demonstration zone off Anglesey.

> View Marine Energy Wales' announcement

 

Nissan battery operation sold

Car maker Nissan has sold its battery business to private investment fund GSR Capital.

The sale includes facilities in Sunderland, Japan and the United States.

Sonny Wu, Chairman of GSR Capital, said: “We plan to further invest in research and development, expand existing production capacity in the US, UK and Japan, and also establish new facilities in China and Europe, enabling us to better serve customers around the world.”

> See Nissan's statement

 

Enel acquires Enernoc

Italian energy company Enel has bought Nasdaq-listed demand response and energy intelligence software company Enernoc for more than $300 million (£232m).

Tim Healy, Chairman and Chief Executive of Enernoc, said: “In combining forces with Enel, we look forward to accelerating the growth of our core businesses and to delivering ever more value to our customers as we lead the transition to a more sustainable, distributed energy future.”

Enel has more than 65 million customers in over 30 countries and manages power capacity of around 85GW.

> Read Enernoc's announcement

 

East Anglia 3 gets go-ahead

Business & Energy Secretary Greg Clark has granted planning permission for the East Anglia Three offshore wind farm.

The 1.2GW wind farm will consist of 172 “next generation” turbines, twice the height of Big Ben.

The site lies 69km off the Norfolk coast.

> See ScottishPower's statement