Since its launch, the £17m flagship EU tidal energy project, Enabling Future Arrays in Tidal (EnFAIT), has reduced the cost of tidal energy by 15 per cent, and grown its supply chain from four to 14 EU countries. EnFAIT is an academic-industry

collaboration between nine European partners focused on demonstrating the economic viability of tidal power. Consortium lead, Edinburgh-

based Nova Innovation Ltd, reports

that its Shetland tidal array (the world’s first offshore tidal array) has reduced operational costs by 15 per cent since the start of the project. By 2022, when the project closes, it forecasts a cost reduction exceeding 40 per cent, which could spark an explosion of interest in tidal power from global investors. Further cost reductions will be

driven by improvements in the design of Nova Innovation’s underwater turbines, learnings from

the optimal arrangement of the turbines, and improved measurement and forecasting of tidal flows at prospective sites. Advances in forecasting have contributed to the faster than expected cost reductions so far. The array itself is now supplied

with 100 per cent EU-manufactured content, bringing the number of EU supplier countries up from four to 14. These suppliers are not limited to countries along the Atlantic

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Asia Pacific (APAC) countries such as India, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Pakistan and Taiwan have implemented auctions to drive their renewable energy market, according to GlobalData. The company’s report, Asia

Pacific Renewable Energy Policy Handbook 2019, reveals that regulatory framework and policies of the APAC countries are aiming to achieve a strong growth in the renewable energy market. Piyali Das, power analyst at GlobalData, said: “Auctions are

the major mechanism in APAC driving the renewable energy sources in most of the key countries, with India being the most prominent in implementing plans to award 80GW of solar and 28GW of wind projects between 2018 and 2020.” Feed in tariffs (FiTs) play a role

in enhancing the renewable energy market in APAC. In countries such as Australia and India, FiTs to renewable projects is a provincial or state subject. Taiwan provides FiT for renewable systems.

framework and policy structure, supporting renewable energy resources in various APAC countries, has led to significant development in the renewable energy market. “China, India and Japan are

some of the leading nations in renewable energy growth trajectories. In the wake of growing energy security and environmental concerns, most APAC countries are expected to strengthen their renewable energy mechanisms.”


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The Offshore Wind Industry Council says a major programme of work has recently begun to ensure that the UK’s low carbon energy system makes the best use of the increasingly large proportion of electricity we are generating from renewable sources, including offshore wind. The new research project, Solving

the Integration Challenge, is a key part of the landmark Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced by government and industry in March. The task force will examine how the UK can continue to decarbonise

by building a reliable modern energy system, managing variability of demand and supply, based on renewable technologies, with offshore wind playing a leading role. The group will publish a road map

identifying pioneering techniques, such as using electricity from offshore wind to generate and store hydrogen as a power source. It will also examine how to introduce more flexibility into our energy system, for example, by expanding battery storage and the use of demand side response. A recent report by the Committee

on Climate Change highlighted the key role of wind energy in tackling global warming, while also keeping energy bills down for consumers. The report suggested that the UK could increase its offshore wind capacity nearly tenfold by 2050, from 7.9 gigawatts (GW) now to 75GW by 2050.

Fabweld Steel Products (FSP) has added 465 solar photovoltaic panels to the roof at its Madeley headquarters, in a bid to reduce the amount of electricity it draws and pays for from its energy supplier. It is estimated that the firm, which manufactures drainage and access covers, will power its factory with 90 per cent of the electricity it generates, with the remaining 10 per cent being sold back to the national grid.

A £41m world first Energy Superhub will be built in Oxford, making it a model for cities around the world to cut carbon and improve air quality. The Energy Superhub project involves the deployment of grid-scale energy storage and supports the decarbonisation of transport, power and heat across the city, supporting Oxford City Council in its journey to zero carbon.

The global battery energy storage market is forecast to grow to $13.13bn by 2023. Asia- Pacific (APAC) and EMEA will be the dominant markets for battery energy storage systems over the forecast period 2019- 2023, according to GlobalData. The company’s latest report reveals that the fall in technology prices and increasing pace of development in the power market are the primary driving factors for the battery energy storage market. APAC will continue to be the largest market, reaching $6.05bn in 2023.

shoreline (where Europe’s tidal resource predominantly lies) but are drawn from across the European land mass. The project is also bringing

local economic benefits, with the array already powering homes and businesses across Shetland. There are more than 60 Scottish companies in the project supply chain, clearly demonstrating the economic case for local tidal energy production.


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