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

De Guzman given penalty job

first_img Swansea return to league business with Laudrup adamant their strong campaign must not finish with a damp squib. The Swans have compiled 37 points from 27 games, just three short of Laudrup’s initial target of 40 points. But the Dane does not want a repeat of last season, where the Welsh side tailed off badly after getting to 39 points, winning just two of their final nine games. He said: “If you look at some of the sides we have to play, they all have something to play for. Newcastle are not 100 per cent safe, neither are Norwich. West Brom are still playing for a place in Europe while Arsenal and Tottenham are going for the Champions League. “We cannot stop being competitive because if we do we will lose all the games. “It is part of being more mature; I am not saying we have to win six or seven of these games but we must keep being competitive. “Look at last year when the team reached 39 points after some very good weeks, then suddenly lost five of the last nine, so we cannot stop competing, we have to go on.” The only low point in last weekend’s emphatic 5-0 Capital One Cup final victory over Bradford was the unseemly row between Nathan Dyer and Jonathan de Guzman over who would take Swansea’s spot-kick, after Matt Duke had been sent off for bringing down the Dutch international. But Laudrup has confirmed De Guzman is now Swansea’s designated penalty taker, and said: “It was was very unusual as we had not had a penalty before, but maybe we will now have a penalty on Saturday. As for who will take it – you never change a winner so if Jonathan de Guzman is on the pitch he will have it.” Manager Michael Laudrup has moved to make sure there will be no penalty ructions when Swansea face Newcastle on Saturday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ipswich 1-1 Norwich: Nervy draw leaves it all to play for in second-leg

first_imgThe 96th East Anglia derby and play off semi-final first leg ended in a gritty 1-1 draw at Portman Road, with rivals Ipswich and Norwich both having the second leg at Carrow Road in mind.First half goals from Jonny Howson and Paul Anderson couldn’t separate the two sides as a frantic first 45 minutes was replaced by two solid defensive performances in the second.Howson’s 41st minute strike opened the scoring for the visitors, the Canaries midfielder slamming a first-time shot past Bartosz Bialkowski after great work from Cameron Jerome down the left flank.Jerome eased past Ipswich defender Tommy Smith, before pulling a cross back to the penalty spot where Howson was there to score his ninth goal of the season.Substitute then Anderson equalised for the hosts deep into first half injury-time.Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy spilled two earlier chances before Anderson, who replaced the injured Luke Varney, followed up the rebound from six yards out.In an entertaining first half, the Ipswich could have taken the lead in the first ten minutes, only for a brilliant double save from John Ruddy to keep out efforts from Freddie Sears and the injured Varney.Alex Tettey clipped the outside of the post for the visitors with a curling effort from outside the area which left Bialkowski rooted to the spot.A minute later, Bradley Johnson rose above Luke Chambers but heads just wide from six yards out.  The second half was provided with very little entertainment, as both sides seemed to be cautious to take the draw with it all to play for at Carrow Road in a week’s time.Mick McCarthy’s side created the only decent chance in a quiet second half just over the hour mark; Kevin Bru crossing into the box and former West Ham striker Sears heading over.The Tractor boys could now face the second leg at Carrow Road without Varney, as the striker was stretchered off, with a serious looking leg injury. Ipswich v Norwich 1last_img read more