Wave projects win £7.5m funding

Wave Energy Scotland has chosen three technologies to progress to the third stage of its power take-off (PTO) development programme.

Three consortia will each receive just under £2.5 million.

The three groups are being led by Artemis Intelligent Power, the University of Edinburgh and Umbra Cuscinetti from Italy.

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Hydropower market could top £86bn by 2025

GobalData predicts that the global hydro-electric power market will grow from $70.9 billion (£57.3bn) in 2017 to $86.2bn by 2025.

Brazil, China and India are expected to lead the growth, along with a number of emerging economies.

Anchal Agarwal, Power Analyst for GlobalData, said: “Policy support and environmental concerns for clean energy generation are important factors driving the global hydro-power market.”

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Atlantis targets French tidal power market

Atlantis Resources, the tidal power developer behind the MeyGen project in the Pentland Firth, has unveiled plans to enter the French market.

The British company will team up with Nantes-based marine engineering firm Innosea.

Tim Cornelius, Chief Executive at Atlantis, said: “France is an exciting new market for commercial scale tidal power project development which is set for enormous growth over the next few years.”

> Read Atlantis' announcement

Isles of Scilly in smart grid project

The Isles of Scilly have secured £8.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund to create a smart grid.

The Smart Energy Islands project is being led by Japanese conglomerate Hitachi Europe, which is pumping £1.4m into the scheme.

Partners Moixa and PassivSystems are providing the remaining £754,000, alongside the local council.

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World’s oldest offshore wind farm starts to be decommissioned

Dong Energy has begun to decommission Vindeby, the world’s first offshore wind farm, off the coast of Denmark.

Eleven 450kW turbines will be removed from the 26-year-old site.

The Swedish company said: “Some of the blades will become part of a research project at DTU Risø while others will be reused in an innovative noise barrier concept.

“One wind turbine will also become part of the exhibition at the Danish Museum of Energy.”

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