Hydropower, Offshore, Project Development, Wind Power

Total Deepens its Involvement in Marine Power

[RenewableEnergyAcccess.com] Total, an international oil and gas company, acquired a 10% interest in Scotrenewables Marine Power Ltd., based in Scotland’s Orkney Islands, which is developing an electricity generation technology based on tidal turbines. Scotrenewables Marine Power Ltd is working with the European Marine Energy Center, which has the necessary infrastructure to test marine power devices. It is also supported by researchers from Heriott-Watt University based in Edinburgh and from the University’s Orkney Campus, with which Total has several partnerships. The Orkney Islands have some of the strongest tidal currents in Europe. Scotrenewables Marine Power Ltd. is the sister company of Scotrenewables Wind Power Ltd. — Total is studying an offshore wind power project off Dunkirk (more than 100 MW).