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DOE Prizes to to Inspire Ocean Innovation

public-private partnership summit that was focused on accelerating science, technology, and research in the oceans.“Innovative challenges such as Waves to Water and Powering the Blue Economy are a great way to enhance partnerships between industry and the research community by unlocking the energy potential of our oceans,” said Under Secretary Mark W. Menezes. “By leveraging these collaborations we can enable ingenuity in marine renewable energy and strengthen America’s economic growth and energy security.”The Waves to Water Prize, launched as a part of the Administration&rsquo

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Tidal Turbines: Is Better Ballast the Answer?

search for reliable and economical solutions   Alternative and in particular marine renewable energy sources have recently become very popular due to all natural disasters caused by the severe climate changes and the high levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Wind and sun possess high energy potential, but their outcome remains quite unpredictable, consequently unreliable and expensive. Opposed to that ocean power is based on natural regularities as ebb and flow tides and can be planned and controlled. This is also the reason why many big and even not so big economies started investing in

Image of sea ice in the Beaufort Sea, acquired on 3 June 2017 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument, on board the Aqua satellite. (Photo: NASA)

Trump Administration Approves Eni Plan to Drill Offshore Alaska

is conditional on Eni getting other state and federal permits, which in past cases are generally granted once BOEM gives the green light.   "We know there are vast oil and gas resources under the Beaufort Sea, and we look forward to working with Eni in their efforts to tap into this energy potential," said BOEM's acting Director Walter Cruickshank.   Eni plans to drill into the Beaufort Sea from an artificial island using extended wells more than 6 miles (10 km) long starting in December. Eni did not immediately return a request for comment on its drilling plans.   Trump

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US Awards $12 Mln for Wave Energy Projects

Up to $12 million has been awarded by the U.S. Energy Department for four West Coast projects that will aim to develop new technologies for harnessing marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy from the nation's oceans and rivers as a means to generate reliable and cost-effective electricity.   Two of the projects will test and validate wave energy converter (WEC) prototypes in open water, demonstrating wave energy's potential to compete with other forms of energy in the longer term, while the other two projects will address early-stage MHK technology development challenges.     “Rese

New Task Force for California Offshore Renewables

on the OCS. The framework also allows for BOEM to use task forces in carrying out its responsibilities for authorizing OCS renewable energy activities.   According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), areas off the west coast of the United States and Hawaii hold great renewable energy potential. This technical potential presents a compelling market opportunity that would assist states in meeting many of their ambitious and critically important renewable energy goals. In particular, NREL estimates areas off California have the technical potential to generate about 392 terawatt hours

FAST 1 platform with the Dalhousie and FORCE field teams (left to right - Richard Cheel, Alex Hay, Joel Culina, Ben Feltmate, Murray Scotney). (Photo: Darren Pittman)

FORCE Uses ASL's Acoustic Zooplankton Fish Profiler

Fundy. The tidal flow through the Minas Passage boasts 14 billion metric tons of water, moving at speeds in excess of five meters per second. Understanding this powerful environment is critical to successful turbine design, environmental effects monitoring, and ultimately unlocking Fundy's enormous energy potential. “We need to understand what effects in-stream tidal technologies may have on the marine ecosystem,” said Tony Wright, general manager of FORCE. “If tidal energy is to grow to a larger scale, development must happen responsibly.”   The AZFP instrument is an integral

Lease Sale Proposed for Wind Energy Off North Carolina

important and exciting milestone in our ongoing efforts to tap the vast wind energy resources along the Atlantic Coast,” said Secretary Jewell.  “The proposed lease sale is the result of thoughtful collaboration at all levels to identify areas offshore North Carolina with great wind energy potential, while minimizing conflicts with other important uses. We will continue to work with the North Carolina Renewable Energy Task Force, local communities and key stakeholders as we move forward with harnessing clean energy resources, generating jobs and stimulating local economies.”  

FAST-1 recovered by Dominion Victory (Image: FORCE)

New Site Data Collected for Fundy Tidal Project

are moving forward.   After a 27-day sea trial, a team comprised of staff at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) working in concert with crew on the Dominion Victory have successfully recovered an underwater monitoring platform, known as FAST-1.   “To explore the energy potential in the Bay of Fundy responsibly, we have to understand it,” said FORCE general manager Tony Wright. “We’re building a series of subsea instrument platforms that will give us a clearer picture of what’s happening at the FORCE test site.”   The platform was

Nova Scotia Attracts Tidal Energy Players

, President of Tocardo.   “Minas Tidal presents a unique opportunity for our groups to work together, combining our respective expertise to build a Nova Scotian project development team, which will allow us to contribute to the development of Nova Scotia’s considerable tidal energy potential” said Jane Lowrie, Chief Financial Officer of IME.   Minas Tidal has commenced discussions with local supply chain companies including fabricators, marine contractors, system integrators, engineers and scientists early this fall. The partnership will also undertake comprehensive

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MacGregor Winches for Wave Energy Capture

overall installation, because the build up and decay of wave systems lags behind increase and subsequent decrease in wind strength," explains Mr Wolter.   "Over the coming years, a large number of offshore wind farms will be built, and within these farms there is a considerable wave energy potential.  Shared infrastructure, such as subsea cables and substations, could be better utilised, therefore the pro rata costs for energy transport would also decrease," he continues.   The first commercial NEMOS pilot project will be located in the North Sea and it should be fully

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