Monday, 10 September 2012

Race For Renewable Energy

The Scottish government recently announced the Grand Challenge Phase of the £10 million Saltire Prize for renewable energy companies to encourage development of tidal and wave energy devices.

Over a two year period, Aquamarine Power, Pelamis Wave Power, Scottish Power Renewables and MeyGen will be racing to produce the most amount of electricity possible from Scottish waters.  Aquamarine’s Saltire Prize project will see its Oyster wave energy converter deployed off the Isle of Lewis.  Three projects will compete in the Pentland Firth & Orkney Waters - Pelamis' wave power device at Farr Point,  MeyGen’s tidal energy project in the Inner Sound and ScottishPower Renewables at Ness of Duncansby with the HS1000 tidal turbine developed by Andritz Hydro Hammerfest.   As well as developing new technology and producing renewable energy, the competition will also benifit Stromness on Orkney where a new access point and pier will be constructed.

Two of the four companies taking part are customers of TMS CADCentre, utilising SolidWorks for the design of their 'green' machines.  We would like to wish Pelamis and Aquamrine Power the best of luck in their quest for the Saltire Prize!

I am delighted to see Aquamarine Power and Pelamis being recognised for their work in the renewable sector.  Their commitment and desire to provide a better and greener alternative to current energy technologies is truly inspiring.  We wish both of our clients the very best in their quest for the Saltire Prize” – Alex Lowe -  TMS Director   

Aquamarine Power

Pelamis Wave Power 

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