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Dense ballast reduces wave & tidal costs

At RenewableUK’s conference the industry showcased innovative designs for off shore energy devices.

The London based exhibition “Wave & Tidal 2013” attracted 550 participants which made it a key event for the industry that showcased innovative wave & tidal stream devices that the renewable sector is endorsing in order to deliver over 120MW in the UK by 2020. This is done as part of a push to increase the production of renewable energy in the UK  capitalising its global lead by harnessing the strongest natural marine energy resource in Europe.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Gregory Barker addressed delegates  in his opening speech at the tradeshow and declared that “now is the time for the next bold steps - moving from individual projects to large scale arrays”. Together, building on the extraordinary progress of the sector to date and looking forward to the future, we can build on our current leadership to transform the UK into the global hub for a multi-billion pound green industry.”

At the conference Minelco attended as exhibitors and promoted our experience in similar projects such as pipe-coating, wind farms and off-shore platforms using our heavy weight ballasting aggregate, MagnaDense. MagnaDense is a natural mineral that is inert and has a very high particle density of up to 5.1 t/m3, making it ideal for off-shore applications. This proved to be of great interest amongst delegates that require effective and environmentally friendly ballasting material which necessitates less volume due to its 3.0 t/m3 density and also eliminates the requirement of scouring the seabed.

As a primary focus is to reduce operation costs of demonstration devices, Minelco’s MagnaDenseTM proves to be a perfect solution for companies such as Minesto, who recently used MagnaDenseTM in their ‘Deep Green’  project, to ballast their pilot marine generators to the seabed.

The two day exhibition re-established how the UK continues to be a global leader in marine energy and through our innovative and customer oriented approach Minelco hopes to contribute to the future of renewables by supplying mineral solutions in the form of concrete aggregate or loose ballast material.

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