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New green energy projects could be set up in region

New green energy projects could be set up in region Credit: ITV News West Country

There could be two new green energy projects set up off the North coast of Devon and Cornwall. The Crown Estate, which manages the UK seabed, has given approval for leases on two sites - one for a wave energy scheme off North Cornwall ,the other a tidal based project off North Devon.

A wave hub is currently in place off St Ives.

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Taunton Station plan gets £4 million boost

Taunton Station will have a £4 million revamp Credit: ITV News West Country

The plan to refurbish Taunton Railway Station has received a huge boost with the announcement of a £4 million grant from the Local Growth Fund

Railway station project partners Taunton Deane Borough Council, Somerset County Council, Network Rail and First Great Western today welcomed the news which means the south side of the station complex redeveloped can now be finalised.

Leader of Taunton Deane, Cllr John Williams said: “The enhancement project will transform an ageing, tired and increasingly congested station into a proud, modern and welcoming environment for passengers, businesses and the wider public.

I am delighted with this news and determined that it will create a thriving new ‘quarter’ in Taunton, adjacent to the Firepool regeneration site where our plans are also coming together.”

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First device for Cornwall's Wave Hub put in place

The energy-generating device is taken out to sea to undergo tests ahead of being connected to the wave hub Credit: Seatricity

The first energy-generating device to, eventually, be plugged into Cornwall's wave hub has been put in place .

It's a major step in the scheme, which will act as an electrical socket on the seabed harnessing the power of the waves to generate electricity.

Seatricity, the makers of the device say it is undergoing rigorous tests but, if they go well, it will be hooked up to the hub and possibly power 10,000 homes.

Plymouth Navy ship in search for missing plane

HMS Echo. Credit: Royal Naval

A Plymouth-based survey ship is joining the search for the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. HMS Echo will travel to the Southern Corridor of the search area to try to locate flight MH 370.

The ship has been scrambled from the Persian Gulf. It comes after possible plane debris was spotted in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Read more: Australia spots possible plane debris

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Devon inventor wins $100,000

The "Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer (WITT)" transmission system Credit: ITV News West Country

A professional inventor from Devon has won $100,000 in an international competition.

Martin Wickett developed his design which can generate electricity from any kind of random motion. He's had help from universities and high tech businesses in Devon and Cornwall but it's his design.

He's just returned from the United States after being presented with the Gulfstream "Leap to Zero" energy award.

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