Intention to suspend this blog

Anyone looking at this blog will notice there has not been any activity recently. The group that was looking after energy coordination at UHI has been disbanded so the few staff left have not prioritized this blog as a means of communication, and for the foreseeable future this will not change.

It is not our intention to update this blog during 2014, but we will be leaving it in it’s current state until we can resurrect it. We will concentrate our announcements (albeit of a shorter and more general research nature) on the UHI Research Twitter feed – please visit us at:

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Bay of Fundy tidal array addition

Bay of Fundy, Canada

The FORCE project at Bay of Fundy (Nova Scotia) have announced Atlantis Resources Corporation are about to start deployment of their newest 1 Magawatt tidal device. People who follow tidal developments will no doubt be familiar with the testing facility at Bay of Fundy, but the latest addition will be one of the largest devices in the water and it’s going into one of the harshest tidal areas in the world, so monitoring information coming out of this facility should be useful to keep an eye on.

With this in mind I thought it would be useful to add a permanent link from our blog – links area on the right of this coloumn, FORCE Project

I’ve also added their latest report to our reports page for reference – VIEW IT HERE.

Following from the comments posted on this story I’ve downloaded a report from OpenHydro on their demonstrator test. It confirms the device has been recovered from the seabed and that ALL of it’s blades were missing on retrieval, so they are re-designing the device. See a copy of the report – OpenHydro_report_fundy.

So to clarify, the comment from ‘FredMac’ below is referring to the demonstrator test by OpenHydro and not to the the Atlantis Resources demonstrator originally talked about in this post… far as I can gather this device is not yet in the water, deployment is planned for summer 2012. All of this information is also available on the FORCE news page – follow the link already added.

WATERS 2 funding round opens

The second round of the WATERS (Wave and Tidal Energy: Research, Development and Demonstration Support) fund opened this week with a further £6 million of funding available for wave and tidal technology development. The primary focus of the WATERS 2 fund is to support the construction and deployment of wave and tidal stream energy prototypes in Scottish waters, thus promoting research and development activities in Scotland, and reducing the cost to developers. WATERS 2 is a collaborative venture between Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Government and Highlands and Islands Enterprise, with funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

In the previous round of WATERS Aquamarine Power received £3.15m for the development of their Oyster 800 device, currently being tested at the Billia Croo wave test site of EMEC (and as reported in a previous post to be extended to grid production site).

Companies based in Scotland and Scottish subsidiaries of overseas companies are invited to submit project proposals that will advance low-cost-of-energy wave and tidal devices. Priority will be given to applications that support viable projects enabling full-scale proving of devices that have already been tested at part-scale, but smaller demonstration projects will also be considered.


5th International Tidal Energy Conference, london.

21st – 23rd November, Victoria Park Plaza Hotel, London

Conference comments from Mike Weston, Head of ERG;
The tide is high….
“Surrounded by the luxury of the London Park Plaza Hotel the UK tidal energy community have been sharing their experiences. The mood has been generally positive, particularly with regards to the support mechanisms provided by the Scottish and UK governments, but has been tempered by candid assessments of the scale of future challenges. The greatest of which appears to be developing the sector at a sufficiently rapid rate to maximise the benefit of the existing support and demonstrate the necessary maturity to unlock future investment.

UHI is well placed to support these ambitions and has made some useful contacts at the event, broadening its network and raising its profile within this sector. It looks like the next few years will be key in the development of the industry, which is no surprise.”

More information on the conference sponsors, awards and workshops visit the Tidal Today conference website.

EMEC testing facility – modelling tidal flows

EMEC’s primary role is to provide operational testing facilities for both wave and tidal devices. The research vision is to become an indispensable partner within a network of high quality, internationally recognised research stakeholders. At a local level, EMEC aims to make best use of its test facilities by coordinating a joint approach to industry-related research needs, and is fully supported by the Scottish Government.

For most developers coming to deploy at EMEC, installation at these facilities will be the first time their device has been in the open sea and grid connected. The tidal test site at the Fall of Warness, to the west of the island of Eday, was chosen for its high velocity marine currents which reach almost 4m/sec (7.8 knots) at spring tides.

Wave and Tidal potential mapping data here

Tidal flow and wave modelling data from EMEC

World’s first tidal power array in the Sound of Islay

ScottishPower Renewables have been given the green light to develop a 10MW tidal power array in The Sound of Islay on Scotland’s west coast. The project, the first of its kind in the world, envisages generating enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of the whole island. It is also the first tidal array project to be approved by Marine Scotland, the directorate of Scottish Government responsible for the management of Scotland’s seas.

Scotland is widely regarded as having the best tidal power resources anywhere in the world and the progression to demonstration projects is seen as a vital step towards fully realising this potential. The Islay project will play a key role in proving a range of factors necessary for the large scale deployment of the technology.

Full article here