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Wave Hub looms off the Cornish coast

A renewable energy project is about to be built off the coast of Cornwall. Wave Hub could generate power for 7,500 homes, and save thousands of tonnes of CO2

The fear of carbon

After 20 years of research, Dr Sonja Boehmer-Christiansen believes theories of global warming and 'climate alarmism' are unscientific and for political gain

Waves hit the coast at Sennen Cove, Cornwall. Commercial-scale marine energy projects could be live in the region by 2025

Marine renewables roadmap launched for Cornwall

The commercialisation of marine energy generation in the UK has been made clearer with the development of a 'renewables roadmap' for the Cornish peninsula region.

The €6m project is aiming to establish a new generation of cost-competitive wave power for off-grid and utility-scale energy generation

Human heartbeat could shake-up wave power generation

A new technology inspired by the human body may have the ability to revolutionise the wave power sector, according to test results revealed on Friday.

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Scottish wave power gets funding bump

Wave energy in Scotland will be boosted by £14.3m in funding over the next 13 months, thanks to new funding from the Scottish Government

The study confirmed the expectations of scientists - that wave energy has fewer problems with variability than other energy sources

Wave energy 'could be cheaper than solar and wind'

Large-scale wave energy is comparatively more reliable, consistent and potentially cheaper than other forms of energy generation, including wind power.

New tidal energy platform to cut project costs and risks

A new 'platform' has been designed to significantly cut the cost and risks of tidal energy projects and could help boost industry investment.

SSE responds to wave and tidal withdrawal claims

Major utility SSE says wave and tidal is an important technology for the UK's renewable generation capacity, despite speculation that it is scaling back investment in marine-based technologies.

The first phase of the project will see six tidal turbines commissioned in the inner sound of the Pentland Firth

Scottish Gov approves plans for Europe's largest tidal energy project

Europe's largest tidal energy project has been granted permission this week and will be built in the Pentland Firth.

Oyster 800 operating at Billia Croo, Orkney

Scotland to fulfil potential with world's largest wave farm

Scottish Ministers have approved the installation of the world's largest wave farm off the north-west coast of Lewis in Scotland.

Ecotricity founder Dale Vince

Ecotricity's Dale Vince: the highs and lows of a renewables advocate

Leigh Stringer talks to edie and Sustainable Business magazines's 2012 Sustainability Leader, Ecotricity founder Dale Vince, about renewable energy, the Government and why the company is now delving into the realms of wave energy

Marine energy gets strong vote of confidence with £20m of Government funding

Two British companies have been awarded a share of £20m in Government funding in an attempt to drive growth in the UK marine energy sector.

Scottish offshore wind investment climbs to £165m

Scotland's offshore wind developers have invested almost £165m in the Scottish economy to date, according to figures published by industry body Scottish Renewables.

UK tidal energy developments given the green light

Three organisations have secured the rights to develop tidal energy projects at sites spread around the UK.

Energy bill delays could scare off investors

Low carbon energy industry associations have urged the government to be decisive on firming up the energy bill and have reiterated their calls for a largely decarbonised power sector by 2030.

Harnessing tidal energy

Renewables firms battle for £10m marine energy award

The Scottish Government's global ocean energy challenge, the Saltire Prize, is underway with four marine energy teams competing for the £10m award.

Predicting wave strength could increase output and prevent device damage and downtime

Predicting wave power boosts marine energy potential

The ability to predict the strength of the next wave, discovered by researchers at the University of Exeter, could double the amount of energy generated by wave power units.

If RenewableUK's view that every £1 of government funding will bring in £6 of private investment is correct, the £20m Array scheme should be enough to reach the £120m they say is needed to achieve genuine progress

Private funding challenge for £20m marine scheme

RenewableUK and the Renewable Energy Association (REA), both critical of the Government's low level investment in wave and tidal a year ago, have adopted a thoroughly optimistic stance to the unveiling of DECC's £20m Marine Energy Array Demonstrator scheme.

Installation of the Oyster 800 wave power device at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, Scotland.

Scotland set to feed wave power into the grid

Scotland is pressing ahead with ambitious plans to boost renewable energy production after its first nearshore commercial wave power site got the go-ahead to feed-into the National Grid.

Testing of the Searaser device

Ecotricity set to harness wave power

Green energy company Ecotricity has today (January 23) unveiled plans to install 200 wave power devices off the UK coast as it looks to grow its portfolio of wind and tidal technologies.

Offshore wind energy set to grow 17-fold by 2020

Europe can expect "significant" renewable energy growth over the next 10 years, with offshore wind capacity increasing 17 times by 2020, while newer technologies such as solar and wave power will increase 11-fold.

Ireland and UK energy ministers back ocean power

Irish and United Kingdom ministers have pledged to work together to unlock the potential of ocean power around the coastlines and called on the European Union (EU) to back the technology.

Scottish Water considers hydropower projects

An international hydropower project to review the effectiveness of hydroelectric plants in Africa and Europe has been completed by a Scottish Water engineer.

£18m fund to "unleash power of Scotland's seas"

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond announced an £18m boost for marine renewables yesterday, the same day it was announced he is to be the recipient of an international climate change award.

Scots launch £35m offshore technology fund

A £35m injection of funding in support of new offshore wind technology, capable of operating in extreme deep water, was announced by Scotland's first minister Alex Salmond in Edinburgh.

Hydro scheme application resubmitted after mistake

A mistake by Scotland's environmental watchdog have meant planned changes to a hydro power scheme have been resubmitted for planning permission.

First UK hydro scheme to be backed by a bank

A pioneering wave energy scheme is the first of its kind to get debt funding from a bank, according to the people behind the project.

Good Energy founder and CEO Julie Davenport

Good Energy claim UK first with solar sourcing

A renewable energy supplier is claiming a UK first after sourcing a third of its power from solar.

Wind power blasts ahead in generation figures

Wind power production has soared in the last three months while fossil fuels have fallen, according to new figures from the government.

A third of farmers to invest in renewables

Traditionally frugal farmers are embracing renewable energy with a third expected to invest in green technologies, according to a bank hoping to fund projects.

Latest 3D technology demonstrates icebergs can be moved

New computer technology has revealed plans to tow freshwater icebergs from the polar ice-caps to drought ridden third-world countries could work.

Government to pour funding into hydropower

Millions of pounds of funding will be poured into hydropower in a bid to progress the technology, the Government announced this morning (June 28).

IBM takes on water management

IBM may not seem the natural partner for a water management project but has been integral in the implementation of the 'Smartbay' project in Galway Bay in Ireland.

Sony on the road to zero

edie's energy editor Luke Walsh speaks to Dr Thomas Fischer the man tasked with keeping one of the world's biggest electrical companies green.

Plans for renewable energy wave project begin

ESB International (ESBI) has applied for foreshore exploration licences to develop a 5 Megawatt wave energy project off the west coast of Ireland.

Plans to develop Northern Ireland's coast for renewable energy

Plans to unlock renewable energy from Northern Ireland's coasts have been announced by the Crown Estate.

Sustainable Energy Authority releases annual review

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has released its annual review for 2010 of its five year plan.

Recent flooding killed 100s in Pakistan

'1 in 100 year' flood disasters could happen every other decade

Catastrophic flood events normally expected once a century - similar to those witnessed recently in Pakistan and Australia - can now be expected every 20 years.

NI Water failed on a 'monumental scale'

A consumer rights watchdog has savaged Northern Ireland Water for its handling of Christmas and New Year water shortages.

Irish wave energy technology gets funding

The Irish government is co-funding a Euro 150,000 research project into CETO wave technology.

Northern Ireland utility watchdog appoints new CEO

The watchdog overseeing all of Northern Ireland's utility infrastructure has appointed a new chief executive.

Greg Barker MP

Communities urged to be more energy self sufficient

The Government has today (November 25) urged communities to become more energy self sufficient.

Irish offshore power could make country renewables giant

Ireland could start producing more than ten times its current power demand from its seas and coastline according to a new report.

Irish ocean energy firm makes waves in US

An Irish company has secured funding from the US government for further development of ocean energy technology.

Online views sought ahead of Water White Paper

People are being given the chance to have their say online ahead of the Water White Paper from today (September 9).

World's largest wave energy test site scheme launches

Engineers are running final checks after placing a pioneering wave energy scheme on the seabed off the Cornish coast.

Renewables could make Ireland truly green says expert

World-leading renewable energy resources can rescue Ireland from its economic and energy challenges, a leading energy expert claims.

World's largest tidal power turbine unveiled

The World's largest tidal power turbine has been unveiled ahead of being installed off the coast of Scotland later this year.

SAS launch the WAR report

Surfers go to WAR to protect waves

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) landed on a Cornish beach with two tanks and smoking flares to mark the release of a report calling for more protection for the country's waves.

£1.5m boost for Cornish wave power

Cornwall's growing reputation for harnessing the power of the sea may swell thanks to an injection of cash into its Wave Hub project.

Steel plant decontamination work sees 20-year high for cockle numbers

A combination of an industrial clean up and limits on cockle harvesting has seen one of Wales' most successful fishing years.

The hub is due to be deployed this summer

Wave Hub on course for summer deployment

Plans are on course for the world's largest wave energy test site to begin testing this summer.

Reports attacks Singapore's 'devastating' sand dredging

Millions of tonnes of Cambodian sand are being illegally dredged to create beaches in Singapore, according to campaigning group Global Witness.

Norton Rose election briefing: climate change and energy

The law firm looks at how the way we vote could impact on policy and regulation.

New plan backs marine energy for 15M homes

The Government has announced plans to harness the power of the sea to generate electricity for up to 15m homes.

EA hydropower map published

A map showing where hydropower could be used in England and Wales could help to tap into the unused power potential of British rivers, according to the Environment Agency.

David Kidney MP

Minister backs wave and tidal power

Fresh from announcing the final plans for the way new electricity generation is connected to the UK's power grid a leading minister has pledged to support wave and tidal power.

Poll backs more ambitious green power

Two thirds of the population think the Government's plans to pay residents and businesses for generating green electricity are 'not ambitious enough' according to a new poll.

The Oyster

World's largest hydro electric wave device opened

What is claimed to be the world's largest working hydro-electric wave energy device has been officially opened in Scotland.

The Sayano-Shushenskaya power station

Death toll rising after accident at one the world's largest hydropower stations

Two water ducts appear to have collapsed in Russia's largest hydro-electricity station killing several workers injuring more than 60 and leaving rescuers looking for dozens of missing people.

Government to back more hydropower development

The Environment Agency has released new guidance on hydropower to encourage more businesses into the market.

The conditions in Norway will test cyclists

Adventurous people wanted for Water Industry Cup

WaterAid is calling on teams to compete for the Water Industry Cup at this year's Cisco Euro Challenge to raise funds for charity.

Scotland introduces new renewables banding system

Scotland gives a shot in the arm to renewables generators with new banding for ROCs.

Tidal turbine to go ahead

The world's first turbine to create commercial amounts of electricity from water will be installed off the coast of Northern Ireland in March.

Developers win funding to test wave power system

A new energy-generating project could be developed off the coast of Ireland.

Stakeholders are being asked to help government unravel the tangled web of marine legislation in Scotland

Task force to look at future of Scottish seas

Specialists with a broad range of interests - from fishing to marine conservation - have come together to discuss the future of legislation designed to protect Scottish seas.

Oxfordshire was one of the worst hit areas in the UK summer floods

Water & Wastewater - Review of the Year 2007

If the year for the world of water had to be summed up in one word, it would have to be floods.

2007 was a big year for climate change campaigner Al Gore

Climate Change & Energy - Review of the Year 2007

Carbon offsetting came under fire in 2007 as questions were raised over the validity of unregulated credits, leading reputable offsetting companies to seek CDM-registered credits for private markets.

An artists' impression of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon project, which has been planned for the eastern side of Swansea Bay

Ecotricity to compete for UK's first tidal project

Ecotricity will compete to build Britain's first tidal lagoon site ahead of the Government's independent review of tidal energy in the spring.

Floating concrete - the latest weapon in the climate war

A scheme using floating concrete to harness wave energy has received a £150,000 grant from the Carbon Trust.

Water-pipe micro turbines could be energy solution

Water mains could be a new source of new energy, if a new technology developed in the UK is successful.

The bill proposes to set up new marine conservation areas

Marine Bill to bring planning to seas

Proposals to protect Britain's seas and marine life while safeguarding the marine industries were set out in the long-awaited Marine Bill White Paper, published on Thursday.

Fresh Water From the Ocean Waves

Desalination and energy efficiency often make uncomfortable bedfellows but in the waters of Western Australia, researchers are working on a device which produces fresh water and electricity at the same time. Mike Proffitt, CEO of developers Renewable Energy Holdings, and technical director Alan Burns told edie about their innovative device.

Wave power could provide a fifth of the UK's energy, say Friends of the Earth

Scotland vows support for wave power

Wave energy in Scotland received a boost this week with the Scottish Executive's announcement that it will support a major project that will see Scottish-made Polemis devices installed in Orkney.

Edie Consultancy Survey - Executive summary

The 2006 edie.net and Environment Business Environmental Consultancy Survey reveals clients' expectations alongside consultants' predictions, exposes views on who has the best reputation and why, as well as stealing a glance into what the future holds for the booming environmental sector.

The first Wave Dragon is to take on the winter storms on the Irish Sea next year.

Welsh wave farm to power 60,000 homes

Plans for a wave farm with the capacity to supply electricity to 60,000 homes came a step closer to realisation when the Welsh European Funding Office confirmed it will fund the first stage of the project on Tuesday.

Successful project were deemed to have been improvements on current concepts, or new technologies all together

Scottish wave energy projects receive Government funding

The Scottish Government initiative Wave Energy Scotland (WES) has announced the eight successful applicants that will share a £2.5m fund to advance their technologies in the build up to commercialisation.

Current affairs

Eric Russell reports on the development of tidal stream, the hitherto overlooked sustainable energy phenomenon

The Pelamis wave energy converter

Tide turns in favour of wave power

The world's first commercial wave farm will be installed in Portugal after a deal was signed between a Portuguese energy consortium and Edinburgh-based firm Ocean Power Delivery (OPD).

Electric avenues

Steve Fitzsimons, sales manager at npower business, looks at the changes in the electricity market and how these will impact on businesses wanting a cheaper or greener supplier

Taxing policies

Shadow environment secretary Norman Baker MP speaks to Environment Business about the Liberal Democrats environmental agenda

The business case for wind

Dr Gordon Edge, head of offshore at the British Wind Energy Association, sets out the arguments for wind power

UK business briefs: Welsh recycling up, UK wave power, Kitchen waste collection, Climate change theatre, Christmas mail train

Figures released today show a dramatic increase in recycling and composting in Wales, Minister for Environment, Planning and Countryside Carwyn Jones said this week. The proportion of municipal waste being recycled or composted has risen from 12.7% in 2002-03 to 17.6% in 2003-04, excluding abandoned vehicles. Carwyn Jones said: "This is excellent news and confirms my belief that we are successfully changing the way we deal with our rubbish in Wales."

First offshore wave power supplied to the national grid

The first electricity to be generated from an offshore wave power plant was supplied to the UK grid this week.

Renewable energy makes powerful progress

Sustainable energy is advancing rapidly across the board, from well developed landfill gas power generation, to energy from waste incineration and newer technology including energy, wind and wave power and less sophisticated wood burning. LAWE Editor Alexander Catto reports on recent developments in this dynamic sector

Alternative fuel: the burning issue

Akbar Ali and Michael Crookes of solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, look at how British manufactures can facilitate the development of cleaner energy.

Alternative fuel: the burning issue

Akbar Ali and Michael Crookes of solicitors, Davies Arnold Cooper, look at how British manufactures can facilitate the development of cleaner energy.

Dodging the issues

ulian Miller, director of Automatic Environmental Controls (AEC), discusses the failures behind government energy policy.

Renewable enthusiasm

The Climate Change Levy has re-awakened interest in energy issues in the UK, turning political will into economic incentive. Energy efficiency will once again ascend the agenda on the boards of most companies. Tony Duffin, AEAT Environment, on the rise of renewables.

Europe presents its achievements in renewable energy

The European Commission showcased the results so far of its research programmes in alternative energy sources, at the 'Solar Platform' in Almeria this week. Projects showcased include 'European Hot Dry Rock' using geothermal energy, a wave energy project called 'Wave Dragon', and 'SolAir' using solar thermal energy.

Artists impression of the Wave Hub - a gigantic electrical socket that aims to speed up the development of wave power in the UK

South West RDA commits £500,000 for wave hub

The South West Development Agency has committed nearly half a million pounds toward installing an electrical socket off Cornwall's Atlantic coast, connecting wave power machines to the national grid.

ICE report critical of British energy and waste policy

The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 2003 State of the Nation report has criticised British infrastructure, particularly energy policy and waste disposal.

New windfarm would be the biggest in the world

World’s largest wind farm could be built in the Outer Hebrides

Battered by westerly winds and Atlantic waves, the island of Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides is the site of an ambitious proposal to build the world’s largest wind power project. The £500 million project could generate about 600 megawatts, as much as a conventional power station, doubling Britain’s alternative energy production and making the country a leader in ‘clean’ energy.

Mr Wilson & Wavegen's CEO at Islay's on-shore plant

Government announces world’s first ever floating power station

Minister for Energy Brian Wilson has announced the development of the world’s first ever floating mini power-station, providing renewable energy.

Scottish-based renewable company receives £5 million funding

A Scottish-based company which is pioneering the commercial use of wave power to generate electricity has received an extra £5 million in funding, allowing it to accelerate the development of its products.

Red tape still harming investment in wave power

Despite having “the best tidal resources in Europe”, the need for approval from up to 14 agencies is still causing wave power projects to move abroad.

University launches new wave power device

A team based at the University of Plymouth has launched an experimental wave energy device which is unobtrusive and cost-effective.

Blair pledges £100 million to solar, wave power and offshore wind.

The Prime Minister has given his second, and strongest speech on the environment, pledging £100 to renewables and speaking of his determination to act on climate change.

The world's first commercial wave power station

World’s first commercial wave power station activated in Scotland

The world’s first commercial wave power station on the Hebridean island of Islay has successfully begun to feed electricity into the UK’s national grid.

Scotland sets up Commission for Wave Power

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