Tocardo earns Ofgem creds

first_imgDutch tidal energy developer Tocardo Tidal Power has obtained accreditation under the renewables obligation scheme for its 1.4MW EMEC deployment.The accreditation, issued by UK’s regulator for gas and electricity Ofgem, and the deployment at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), have made Tocardo ready for large scale roll-out of its generic solution for tidal energy production, the company said.Hans van Breugel, CEO of Tocardo, said: “With this accreditation under this renewable support scheme for the EMEC project, a commercial business case has been secured. Tocardo’s benchmark is to produce energy at the cost of offshore wind in the near future. To be able to achieve this, the tidal energy sector needs to be enabled to increase the installed volume of equipment.“In that respect, it is important to see an industrial support scheme suitable for the marine energy sector, to encourage technology companies like Tocardo to build out on an industrial scale in the UK.”Tocardo has entered the tidal energy market in the UK with the InToTidal project kick-off and subsequent installation of Tocardo’s temporary foundation system (TFS) in Orkney earlier this year.The deployment at EMEC’s Fall of Warness grid-connected tidal test site year marked the start of the Tocardo’s planned 20-year commercial demonstration project in Orkney.Led by Tocardo, the project brings together Orkney-based companies EMEC and Leask Marine, and French research institute IFREMER.Tocardo has already been working with international shipyard DAMEN, as well as Leask Marine, Bryan J Rendall Electrical, and Aquatera in Orkney for the system deployment.The next deployments by Tocardo are planned to take place in Wales and Canada. Tocardo’s TFS system off Orkney (Photo: Tocardo)last_img read more

More groups and individuals advance to the cultural finals

first_img Sharing is caring! Chief Cultural Officer, Raymond Lawrence.Dominica’s history and culture was on display again at five different cultural semifinal competitions held last weekend.Individuals and groups from the south east, eastern, north east, south west and western districts competed in various categories, as part of activities marking Dominica’s 33rd anniversary of independence.Chief Cultural Officer, Mr Raymond Lawrence believes that so far citizens are showing a great level of interest in the activities; a gesture he believes that demonstrates patriotism and love for country.“It shows that our people are continuing to appreciate the country’s history and culture. It demonstrates our love for country and the unity that we talk about today. Our country is ours to build and it’s good that we can put all differences aside and participate in those activities for the love of country.”Minister for Social Services, Community Development and Gender Affairs, Honorable Gloria Shillingford called on Dominicans to make the theme chosen to celebrate this year’s independence practical.Students of the St. Luke’s Primary School performing a belle dance piece at the Opening of Independence 2011 at the Old Mill Cultural Centre.“Use those hands to do well, use them for the betterment of our country. Use them to do positive things and let us work together in unity like the theme says. If we put these hands together we will be surprised to see what wonders they can do. Let go back to the days of coudremere when we use to help each other build homes, plant farms and raise up a child. What happened to the good old days when a community used to raise up a child, lets put our hands together and do those things.”Winners for the North Eastern District Cultural Semi Finals are;Adults Jing Ping – Woodfordhill Jing Ping band led by Steven DrigoChildren Kweyol Song – Joseanna Massicot of CalibishieChildren Sotice – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellChildren Heel and Toe – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellChildren Group Kokoy Song – Wesley Primary School led by Winger T. WilliamsChildren Drumming Ensemble – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellAdults Kweyol Song – Benedict Pierre of WoodfordhillChildren Quadrille – Cultural Expressions led by Joseph RussellCreative Dance – W.S Stevens led by Nadia FabienMouth Organ – Sawille Challenger of CalibishieIndividual Kokoy Tory – Diane Colette Telemacque of WesleyFlirtation – Trend Setters led by Kaestel EttinoffeAdults Kont – Benedict Pierre of WoodfordhillGroup Kokoy Song – Marigot Cultural Group led by Damon Jno BaptisteChildren Kweyol Song – Ti Bois led by Paul LewisMazook – Marigot Cultural Group led by Damon Jno BaptisteAdults Kokoy Song – Paul Lewis of WoodfordhillAdults Quadrille – Trend Setters led by Kaestel EttinoffeAdults Drumming Ensemble – Ti Bois led by Paul LewisWinners for the South Western District Cultural Semi Finals are;Adults Jing Ping – Gutter Jing Ping Band led by Davidson CharlesChildren Heel and Toe – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardChildren Sotice – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardChildren Creative Dance – New Generation Dance Group led by Lucia LanderChildren Kweyol Song – Goodwill Primary School led by Shirley LukeAdult Bamboo Flute – Christopher Rolle of TrafalgarChildren Konte – Convent Preparatory School led by Ann Marie AlexanderChildren Bele – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardAdults Konte – George Jervier of Scotts HeadAdult Mazook – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdult Mouth Organ – Bryant Rolle of LaudatAdults Kweyol Song – George Jervier of Scotts HeadAdults Quadrille – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdults Flirtation – Naissance Cultural Group led by Dinah ElwinAdults Group Kokoy Song – Pointe Michel Cultural Group led by Joan FramptonAdults Drumming Ensemble – Greenland’s School of Talent led by Vernetta ToussaintAdults Bele – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardAdults Creative Dance – Goodwill Secondary School led by Nadia PinardDominica Vibes News Share Share 138 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews More groups and individuals advance to the cultural finals by: – October 5, 2011last_img read more