Crown Estate marineThree organizations have been granted permission to progress to the next stage of the development process of tidal energy projects at three sites in the UK.

The Isle of Wight Council has secured an Agreement for Lease for a managed testing facility, called the Solent Ocean Energy Centre, located off the south of the Isle of Wight near St. Catherine’s Point. The Centre creates a new opportunity for technology developers to test tidal stream turbines, building knowledge and experience of installation, operations and maintenance.

Scotrenewables Tidal Power has secured an Agreement for Lease to develop a 30 MW tidal stream array at Lashy Sound, in the Orkney Islands.  This follows the company testing a 250 kW device at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney from March 2011 onwards.

Swedish technology developer Minesto has secured a lease to deploy a quarter-scale (3 kW) prototype of its Deep Green Ocean Kite in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.  This follows tests of its SeaKite tidal technology in the Lough during 2011-12. The new prototype will be deployed for two years and advance Minesto’s plans towards demonstration of a commercial model.

These new agreements for lease will enable the developers to proceed further with their projects, consulting local stakeholders, completing survey work and preparing applications to obtain consents from the relevant authorities.

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