Saturday, February 20, 2010


I saw a press report that ORECon was being wound up. Details are here.

The CEO said that the company had been negotiating to participate in the WaveHub project, and that it had been unable to secure funding.

ORECon's technology is an Oscillating Water Column device, which uses multiple resonant feeder pipes to optimise energy capture. I wonder if there's any IP worth buying from the Liquidator?

Apologies for brevity - posted from my iPhone

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hours on the clock

Marine Current Turbines have now racked up 1000 hours of export to the National Grid, as reported here.

MCT claims an average capacity factor of 66% for the period of operation. We have calculated a capacity factor, based on ROC register figures, which shows a steady(ish) increase to around 25% in November 2009. This calculated CF does not make any allowance for downtime, availability of marine mammal onservers, or (crucially for MCT) the limitations imposed by daylight-only working.

Since daylight in November is less than 50% of the time, and the trend is upwards, we can see that a claimed 66% capacity factor in December could be realistic.

If true, it's excellent news for the company and the technology, as it's always all about cost per MWhr, and more MWhrs means a better metric.

More interesting marine recruitment

Interesting to see that Atlantis Resources is beefing up its management team too, with the hiring of Jim Forbes as Chairman of the UK business.

Details here.

So just like Aquamarine, there's a real strengthening of management teams going on in the space right now, and a real commercial focus on the new hires.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Aquamarine recruitment

Did anyone else notice that Aquamarine just recruited Richard Round, former FD and briefly MD of Novera as their new Finance Director?

This should strenghthen their fund raising capacity and demonstrates a new level of seriousness in the marine space.


Apologies for brevity - posted from my iPhone

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

UK 3rd Offshore Wind Round

32.2 GW of potential new capacity has been identified under the Crown Estate's programme. From the Crown Estate website:

The developers who have signed exclusivity zone agreements are:

1. Moray Firth zone, Moray Offshore Renewables Ltd which is 75% owned by EDP Renovaveis and 25% owned by SeaEnergy Renewables – 1.3 GW

2. Firth of Forth zone, SeaGreen Wind Energy Ltd equally owned by SSE Renewables and Fluor – 3.5 GW

3. Dogger Bank zone, the Forewind Consortium equally owned by each of SSE Renewables, RWE Npower Renewables, Statoil and Statkraft – 9 GW

4. Hornsea zone, Siemens Project Ventures and Mainstream Renewable Power, a consortium equally owned by Mainstream Renewable Power and Siemens Project Ventures and involving Hochtief Construction – 4 GW

5. Norfolk Bank zone, East Anglia Offshore Wind Ltd equally owned by Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall Vindkraft – 7.2 GW

6. Hastings zone, Eon Climate and Renewables UK – 0.6 GW

7. West of Isle of Wight zone, Eneco New Energy – 0.9 GW

8. Bristol Channel zone, RWE Npower Renewables, the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy – 1.5 GW

9. Irish Sea zone, Centrica Renewable Energy and involving RES Group – 4.2 GW

The clear winners, as shown in the graph above, are the big 6 utilities (except for Eon and especially EdF who are complete absent), plus Vattenfall, which is increasingly becoming a member of the big 6.