Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Wave Hub Tidal Energy Project At Cornwall To Be Connected To National Grid

The South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) spearheaded Wave Hub tidal energy project has received a GBP1m contract to connect the project to the national power grid. The project is off the British coast of Cornwall in the UK, reported Power Engineering International.
The onshore electrical equipment for the project, that is expected to be constructed next year, would be supplied and installed by Poole-based Powermann, reported Click Green.
Planning permission and funding, which would allow tidal energy technologies across the UK to be tested over a number of years, is presently in place for the GBP42m scheme.
The feasibility of the energy project can be tested on a larger scale, once it is connected to the national power grid. Wave Hub would be attached with a groups of wave energy devices, to measure energy generation before it starts its commercial operations.
The project is expected to be constructed in the summer of 2010, where the first wave energy devices would be deployed in 2011. Initially the project is expected to have a generation capacity to supply power to approximately 7000 homes with a further scope to expand.
Nick Harrington, head of marine energy at the South West RDA, said: "We are delighted to have Powermann on board to deliver the onshore electrical package for Wave Hub. Now that we have reached the stage of awarding contracts to suppliers the project is really taking off and we look forward to shortly starting the recruitment for a Wave Hub general manager, who will lead the operation of Wave Hub."

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