The Scottish engineers behind a pioneering new tidal turbine have hit out at high seabed rental costs and the “obstructive stance” of the Crown Estate, which they say are stifling development of community-scale marine energy and thwarting progress in the emerging sector. Dr David Anderson and Dr Charlie Silverton, founders of Roslin-based Renewable Devices Marine, say the Crown Estate, which owns most of the seabed around Scotland’s coast, threatened legal action in an attempt to block the recent sea trial of their 50 kilowatt Capricorn device. The test took place on a privately owned area in the Firth of Forth earlier this month, but the firm was contacted by the Crown Estate. The letter demanded details about the technology, anchoring methods and the area and duration of the trial, warning of possible court proceedings for failure to comply.
Scotsman 21st June 2016 read more »
Atlantis Resources – a global leader in the tidal power sector – has passed a major technical milestone for its flagship MeyGen project in northern Scotland. The MeyGen project is now connected to the 33kV Ness of Quoys distribution network in Caithness following the successful installation of one of the longest underground 33kV power export cables in the UK by the network operator, Scottish Hydro Electric. The connection required more than 15 miles of distribution network upgrades, along with infrastructure upgrades at two substations.
Scottish Energy News 22nd June 2016 read more »