Marine energy centers sign agreement for marine renewables research

Two of the most recognized marine energy research and development sites are combining their research efforts to help advance the worldwide marine renewable energy industry.

Richard Morris, commercial director of the European Marine Energy Centre, and John Woods, chair of the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy, signed a strategic agreement at the All-Energy Conference in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The agreement strengthens both organizations' capacity for research, including environmental assessment and monitoring, as well as tidal turbine and submarine cable deployment.

Orkney, Scotland's EMEC has 11 projects either in the water or in fabrication at its test sites. Facilities were expanded in 2010, giving a total of five cabled berths at the wave site and seven at the tidal site. New facilities have also been created to allow developers to trial smaller scale marine energy device in less challenging sea conditions.

FORCE is located in the Minas Passage area of the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada, known to have the highest tides in the world. Current research suggests up to 2,500 MW may be safely extracted from the surrounding area – more than Nova Scotia's total electricity demand.

FORCE is scheduled to host four of the world's most advanced tidal technologies in 2012; FORCE is currently fabricating four lengths of submarine cable with a combined capacity of 64 MW.

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