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Tidal Power

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what research his Department has funded on wave generated power in the last three years. (307257)

Since 2005 the remit of the pan-government Research Advisory Group (RAG) has included wave and tidal technologies, with a budget of up to £2 million to concentrate on these emerging technologies. For details of the resultant work of RAG including guidance documents and reports, on a range of issues such as aerial bird surveys, navigation risk assessment and seascape assessment, see the following web link

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/uk_supply/energy_mix/renewable/policy/offshore/rag/rag.aspx

Since 2007 the former DTI Technology programme, now transferred to the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), has supported five wave R and D projects. Further details on these projects can be found on the TSB website

http://www.innovateuk.org/_assets/pdf/other-publications/aea_tsb_annual_report_final_7%20september_09.pdf

The Carbon Trust has funded research into wave generated power through the Marine Energy Accelerator. Details on the Marine Energy Accelerator programme can be found at

http://www.carbontrust.co.uk/emerging-technologies/current-focus-areas/marine-energy-accelerator/pages/default.aspx

In 2009 the Carbon Trust launched the Marine Renewables Proving Fund. This fund will provide up to £22 million of grant funding for the testing and demonstration of pre-commercial wave and tidal stream devices.

High quality basic science research that is relevant to, though not always specific to, wave generation is funded through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s ‘Supergen Marine’ consortium

http://www.supergen-marine.org.uk/news.php

The Department has undertaken the following research on wave generated power in the last three years:

The development of protocols for

“Assessment of the performance of wave energy conversion systems in open sea test facilities”

“Preliminary Wave energy device performance protocol”.

Both protocols can be downloaded from the DECC website

http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/what_we_do/uk_supply/energy_mix/renewable/explained/wave_tidal/wave_tech/wave_tech.aspx