Tidal Hydraulic Generators will receive over £2.1 million to develop a seabed rig of five tidal stream turbines (ENDS Report 332, pp 28-31 ). The company hopes to install the device in its final position off the Welsh coast within two years after initial testing in shallow tidal water. The rig is being designed for a peak capacity of 5MW and could generate an average of 1MW, depending on the location.
A second grant of almost £1.6 million has been confirmed for Wavegen to develop its floating oscillating water column wave device, which it intends to deploy off Scotland's Western Isles.
The DTI first announced the grant in 2002 and the technology has now completed a technical assessment. Wavegen intends to test the device at the wave test centre in Orkney this summer.