|The Performance Assessment of Wave and Tidal Array Systems (PerAWaT) project, launched in October 2009 with £8m of ETI investment. The project delivered validated, commercial software tools capable of significantly reducing the levels of uncertainty associated with predicting the energy yield of major wave and tidal stream energy arrays. It also produced information that will help reduce commercial risk of future large scale wave and tidal array developments.
This report describes the application process and outcome of consents of a FEPA licence for installation of a test platform and two 1:10th scale tidal turbines in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland. This forms the first deliverable of Work Group 4, Work Package 5 (WG4 WP5 D1). The primary objective of this deliverable is to gain a successful application for the FEPA licence for installation of test platform and turbines.
In order for the project to proceed and for legal mooring in Strangford Lough, the appropriate licence, or an exemption, needs to be applied for and granted. Without this licence or exemption the test platform cannot legally be moored in Strangford Lough.
A FEPA licence exemption was granted on the grounds of the temporary time scale of the project and the nature of the floating platform.