Carnegie Wave Energy, an Australian-based company, has been granted £9 million from the European Regional Development Fund to support the first phase of its planned 15MW commercial wave energy project at Wave Hub in Cornwall.
Wave Hub is the world’s largest and most technologically advanced site for the testing and development of offshore renewable energy technology.
The grant is part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014 – 2020, and forms 65% of the funding for stage one: a £14.7 million project to design, construct, install and operate a single 1MW grid-connected wave energy converter device called CETO 6, adapted to local conditions and industrialised for large scale commercial deployment at the Wave Hub.
Stage two of the project –planned for 2020/21- will deliver a subsequent 15MW commercial array at the same site, offering a commercial return on investment. The project will commence immediately, with commissioning set for 2018, followed by 12 months of operations.
Carnegie has been developing its CETO wave energy technology for more than 10 years, deploying three CETO 5 units in 2014/15 in Australia. It accumulated more than 14,000 hours of operation and was the only known grid connected wave energy array operating in the world in 2015.
Amec Foster Wheeler has secured a framework agreement to provide engineering consultancy services to EDF Energy’s Coal, Gas and Renewables division, to support its fleet of coal plants, gas-fired power station and gas storage sites.
The engineering company will also support EDF Energy Renewables’ UK wind farms under the agreement. The framework covers operations and maintenance, outage support, technical services, plant modifications and enhancements, new build and decommissioning. Amec Foster Wheeler is one of two companies supporting EDF Energy at a strategic level under a Technical Support Alliance Agreement
The programmes covered by the deal include: pressure systems management; steam turbines and turbo alternator plant; electrical plant management; civil engineering requirements; gas turbine plant; control efficiency, performance and reliability management and gas supply systems; wind turbines and wind farm management; and project management