Here’s a story that I wanted to flag to you quickly. It hearkens back to what I wrote recently about some sublime and ridiculous aspects of offshore wind development. Regarding the sublime, I reported that the United Kingdom’s Crown Estate had leased offshore areas for a series of massive wind power projects. What the Crown Estate announced today was opening up more of their offshore territory for tidal and wave power. Their press release talks about building out 1.2 GW, half from each of these technologies. This is exciting stuff.
RenewableEnergyWorld quotes Roger Bright, the Crown Estate CEO here, saying this “…shows the world that marine energy can produce meaningful amounts of electricity and offers a real alternative to conventional power production.” Sweet.
One of the technologies to be used by two of the successful bidders is this Pelamis wave machine.