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52 st / September 2017 www.sea-technology.com France to Ban Shale Oil, Gas Exploration France plans to terminate the grant- ing of oil and gas exploration licenses at home and in overseas territories, as the country aims to increase the share of renewables in the nation's energy mix, the UN Climate Action Programme reported. Ecology Minis- ter Nicolas Hulot said the law will be passed this autumn. The move is ex- pected to stop the exploration of shale oil and shale gas. During his election campaign, President Emmanuel Ma- cron stated his opposition to explora- tion for gas and his support for a ban on fracking. At present, about 75 per- cent of the nation's electricity is gener- ated by nuclear power stations. Under a new law passed last year, this per- centage will be reduced to 50 percent by 2025. MacArtney Tool for Offshore Renewable Energy Project MacArtney has supplied an auto- matic bolt-torquing tool to Siemens Gamesa for an offshore renewable energy project. The tool will tighten the premounted bolts/nuts between a hub and a generator without manual involvement. The supply consists of two parts: a Turner tool that creates rotation of the generator and an automatic bolt tool for torquing. DOE Grants $12 Million For MHK Projects The U.S. Energy Department (DOE) announced up to $12 million in new projects to support the development of innovative technologies capable of generating reliable and cost-effective electricity from U.S. water resources. The four projects will advance ma- rine and hydrokinetic (MHK) energy technologies. The funded projects are: AquaHarmonics, to build a larger version of its wave energy device for open-ocean testing; California Wave Power Technologies, to upscale its wave energy converter (WEC) technol- ogy for open-ocean testing; Portland State University of Oregon, to develop a multistage, magnetically geared gen- erator with airtight casing to improve the cost, reliability and efficiency of MHK devices; and ReVision Consult- ing of Sacramento, California, to in- tegrate wave measurements from ra- dar and buoys to better predict ocean waves and provide data to WEC device controllers. LiDAR Buoys to Measure Wind Potential in China Titan Technologies Corp. has or- dered two Fraunhofer IWES LiDAR measuring buoys for the surveying of the Zhangpu and Changle offshore wind farms planned for off the coast of China's Fujian province. This will be the first time a floating LiDAR system will be used for offshore wind mea- surements in China. The buoys will be used to precisely measure the wind conditions in the designated locations so as to allow precise calculation of the wind farm's electricity yield. The projected wind farms are owned by the China Three Gorges Corp. The two wind farms will have a total capacity of 4 GW. marine renewables

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