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Wave & Tidal First wave device for FabTest

FabTest is a marine energy test site in Falmouth, Cornwall, which will enable wave energy generation device developers to conduct sea trials of their devices in moderate seas, close to port facilities. It is a stepping stone to the deployment of arrays of devices at Wave Hub, the world’s largest grid-connected wave energy demonstration facility installed ten nautical miles off the north coast of Cornwall.

The test site has welcomed its first wave converter to its waters - Fred Olsen’s BOLT “Lifesaver”, previously called BOLT 2, and was manufactured at A&P’s yard facility in Falmouth. The BOLT Lifesaver will undergo tests on structural integrity, response

deployment of the BOLT “Lifesaver” device is a historic moment, not only for Falmouth but for the entire marine renewable sector in the South West.”

behaviour, moorings and umbilicals, subsea components, monitoring systems and deployment procedures.

The device may subsequently be deployed in more energetic offshore waters at the grid-connected Wave Hub site near Hayle.

Falmouth Harbour Commissioners Chairman David Ellis said: “The

Irish-American cooperation in wave energy research

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), on offshore renewable energy research cooperation, has been agreed with the United States Department of Energy.

The memorandum was signed on behalf of the Irish Energy Minister, Pat Rabbitte, in Washington during a trip to the US, in March.

Ireland’s location at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean gives it the resources to be one of the best wind and wave energy providers in Europe. There is very significant potential in utilising these resources in the medium to long term to generate carbon free renewable electricity.

Minister Rabitte said:

"Wave energy technology is still very much at the research, development and deployment stages and the Memorandum signed will result in increased co- operation between Ireland and the US. Both countries have an interest in


encouraging and improving technology development in this sector and the

Memorandum builds on an excellent working relationship fostered by previous joint marine renewable events held in Galway, Washington and Farmleigh over the past few years."

Collaboration under this Memorandum will involve research co-operation in the field of wave and tidal energy, involving marine and hydrokinetic energy technologies.

The Minister added:

"The co-operation is planned to be strategic, concentrating mainly on technologies which are not yet commercially viable but which might offer significant renewable energy potential. Mutual co-operation will lead to increased investment opportunities in the Sector, initially as projects develop through the research and demonstration phases and also through increased academic cooperation."

He added: “The pre-consented area in Falmouth Bay is licensed to test up to three devices at a time. Judging by the high level of interest, we expect there will be a steady stream of device deployments to follow.”

Wave Hub general manager Claire Gibson said: "We hope the Lifesaver trials at FabTest go well and look forward to welcoming Fred Olsen at Wave Hub for grid-connected trials of an array of Lifesavers in the near future.”

Tidal Project agreed

Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths has welcomed an announcement by the Crown Estate that will support Wales in its ambition to become a world leader in marine energy.

The Minister was reacting to the Crown Estate‘s decision to grant a lease agreement for a tidal energy project off St David’s Head in Pembrokeshire.

The agreement will enable Eco2 Ltd and its subsidiary Tidal Energy Limited to start to take early steps to develop their tidal project including the preparation of applications for the necessary marine consents.

If Tidal Energy Limited is able to secure the necessary agreements the company should then be granted a full lease that would enable them to construct and operate the tidal energy scheme.

Speaking about the announcement by The Crown Estate, the Environment Minister said:

"The Welsh Government is strongly committed to unlocking the energy in our seas. We have significant expertise across government, industry and academia and we are

bringing that expertise together to focus on the delivery of marine energy.

"The energetic waters off Wales are ideally suited to the current stage of technology development and will play a vital role in the growth of the industry.

"We believe that Wales has the potential to be a world-leader in the marine energy market as a significant generator and, just as importantly, as an exporter of marine energy knowledge, technologies and services.

"This signal from the Crown Estate is a positive next step in helping us to realise this ambition. Not only is it great news for Tidal Energy Ltd, it is also great news for marine energy in Wales and for the wider Welsh economy. ”

Martin Murphy, Managing Director of Tidal Energy said:

“We are delighted to have secured this Agreement for Lease off St David’s Head. It is an important step as, together with our existing project in nearby Ramsey Sound, we look to able to demonstrate the real prospects for marine renewable energy in Wales.”

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