The first arrays of tidal power devices could be operating off the UK coast in 2013.
In March, the Scottish government awarded Scottish Power’s renewables arm consent for a ten megawatt peak capacity project in the Sound of Islay, off Scotland’s west coast. It will consist of ten devices manufactured by Norwegian firm Hammerfest Strøm AS and is expected to start running around 2013-15.
This summer Scottish Power will deploy one 1MW unit at the European Marine Energy Centre, Orkney, for testing.
Also in March, Marine Current Turbines (MCT) submitted a planning application for a 10MW tidal array off the coast of Anglesey, Wales. This would involve seven of MCT’s Seagen devices. MCT has been running one in Northern Ireland since 2008 (ENDS Report 399, p 12).
The project is a partnership with RWE Npower and the firms hope to have it operational in 2015.
Seven demonstration tidal and wave devices are due to be installed in UK waters during 2011, according to RenewableUK’s latest state of the industry report.1 They will total 7.4MW peak capacity.?