The tidal energy awardees include ScotRenewables Ltd., which will install its 1.2-megawatt floating device with dual undersea rotors; OpenHydro Group Ltd., which will deploy a 750-kilowatt turbine on the sea floor; Tidal Generation Ltd., which will also mount its 1-megawatt turbines on the seabed, and CleanTechCom Ltd., an affiliate of Woodshed Technologies, which will install siphon pipes through a causeway on Orkney to take advantage of the tidal differences on either side of the barrier. See the press releases from ScotRenewables and OpenHydro and Woodshed Technologies' description of its Tidal Delay concept.
The Scottish Executive awarded the equivalent of more than $25 million in grants in late February to support a variety of wave and tidal energy projects. Most of the projects involve test installations at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, which aims to be a world-leader test facility for wave and tidal energy projects.
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