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Ocean Renewables Touted as Climate Change Solution (Ind. Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-06-12
The attached report from the Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition's (OREAC) Ocean Panel has found that ocean-based renewable energy, such as offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power, could meet nearly 10 pct of the global annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions needed to remain on a Paris-compliant 1.5 degrees C pathway in 2050.

The report estimates that up to 85 pct of this decarbonization potential will come from offshore wind. 1,400 GW of offshore wind would power one-tenth of global electricity demand while saving over 3 billion tpy of CO2 -- equal to taking 800 million cars off the road.

OREAC is spearheaded by Orsted and Equinor, and includes other major players in the global offshore wind industry: CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, MHI Vestas, MingYang Smart Energy, Mainstream Renewable Power, Shell, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, TenneT, and GE Renewable Energy. Additional partner organisations include Global Wind Energy Council, World Resources Institute, UN Global Compact, the Chinese Wind Energy Association and Ocean Energy Systems.

Download the OREAC The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change report HERE. (Source: OREAC, PR, reve, June, 2020) Contact: OREAC, www.oceanrenewable.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition,  Ocean Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wave Energy,  Tidal EnergyCarbon Emissions,  Climate Change,  


NWO Earmarks €1.1Mn for Offshore Wind Study (Int'l Report)
Dutch Research Council
Date: 2020-02-07
As part of its PhD@sea program, the Dutch Research Council (NWO) reports it has earmarked €1.1 million for research into the feasibility of novel technologies for large-scale offshore wind energy production, offshore storage and transport alternatives. The aim is to examine the technical challenges while taking into account explicit market, legal/regulatory and spatial planning considerations.

The PhD@sea program, which focuses on cross-disciplinary research projects that can help realize the planning, operation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms, works with the University of Groningen, the University of Utrecht, Ocean Grazer B.V., Loyens & Loeff, New Energy Coalition, NOGAT, NOORDGASTRANSPORT, Vattenfall, Siemens Nederland, TNO, Dutch Energy Law Association NeVER, NOGEPA, and TenneT. (Source: Dutch Research Council, offshorewind.biz, 6 Feb., 2020) Contact: Dutch Research Council, +31 (0)70 3440640, +31 (0)70 3850971 - fax, nwo@nwo.nl, www.nwo.nl

More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  


TenneT Increases German Offshore Wind Capacity (Int'l Report)
TenneT
Date: 2020-01-15
TenneT, the German arm of the Dutch transmission network group of the same name, reports it has increased the offshore wind energy connection capacity from twelve operating North Sea offshore wind grid connection systems to 7,132 MW.

TenneT's wind energy transmission from the North Sea reached 20.21 TWh in 2019, exceeding the previous year's value (16.75 TWh) by 20.7 pct. Measured against Germany's total wind output (122.07 TWh, offshore and onshore counted together), the North Sea wind power yield achieved a healthy share of 16.6 percent in 2019.

The previous maximum infeed performance of North Sea offshore wind farms reached 6,077 MW on 5 December 2019. The capacity expansion for North Sea offshore wind farms was at 6,436 MW on 31 December 2019. The wind turbines in the Baltic Sea (not within the TenneT grid area) generated 3.95 TWh in 2019, which means Germany's total offshore yield amounted to 24.16 TWh. (Source: TenneT, Offshore Engineering, 13 Jan., 2020)Contact: TenneT, Tim Meyerjurgens, Managing Director, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News TenneT,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition Launched (Int'l Report)
Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition
Date: 2020-01-15
An international Ocean Renewable Energy Action Coalition has been formed to advance sustainable deployment of ocean-based renewable energy -- offshore wind, floating solar, tidal and wave power -- and at the same time mitigate the impacts of climate change while meeting roughly 10 pct of the annual greenhouse gas emissions reductions needed by 2050 to keep global temperatures under 1.5 degreeC above pre-industrial levels, according to a report released by the High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy. Most of this climate change mitigation potential is expected to come from offshore wind.

The Action Coalition includes MHI Vestas, Orsted, Equinor, CWind, Global Marine Group, JERA, Shell, Mainstream Renewable Power, Siemens Gamesa, TenneT and The UK Crown Estate.

Download the The Ocean as a Solution to Climate Change -- Five Opportunities for Action Report HERE. (Source: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, Various Media, Maritime Executive, 13 Jan., 2020) Contact: High-Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy, www.oceanpanle.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Ocean Energy,  


Tennet's Touts £14Mn Anaerobic Digestion Biogas Project (Int'l)
Tennant's
Date: 2019-10-11
Glasgow-based beer maker Tennent’s, Scotland's oldest brewery, is reporting a £14 million investment in green initiatives, including anaerobic digestion (AD) facilities for the production of usable biogas for power at its Wellpark Brewery.

With the goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025, Tennent's has become the first brewer to join the UK Plastics Pact which intends to ban single-use plastic used in packaging by 2021. (Source: Tennent's, Drinks Business, Various Media, 10 Oct., 2019) Contact: Tennent's, +44 141 552 6552, www.tennents.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Anaerobic Digestion,  


Partners Tout Offshore Wind Transmission Concept (Int'l. Report)
TenneT, EnBW,Orsted
Date: 2019-09-09
TenneT, EnBW and Orsted are reporting an alliance to implement a new concept for connecting offshore wind farms and converter platforms in the German North Sea -- Orsted's Borkum Riffgrund West 1 and Borkum Riffgrund 2 projects in Cluster 1 as well as the Northern Energy OWP West and EnBW He Dreiht wind farms in Cluster 7.

Traditionally, projects feature a transformer platform which is connected to the converter platform for the transmission of electricity ashore. The new concept would avoid the construction of offshore substations and eliminate the need for costly export cable. (Source: TenneT, PR, 4Coffshore, 6 Sept., 2019) Contact: TenneT, Tim Meyerjurgens, Managing Director, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org; EnBW, Frank Mastiaux, CEO, +49 721 63 14320, www.enbw.com; Orsted, Henrik Poulsen, CEO, Daniel Lerup, Inv. Relations, +45 99 55 97 22, www.orsted.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News TenneT,  EnBW,  Orsted,  Offshore Wind,  


German North Sea Wind Power Output Rising (Int'l Report)
TenneT
Date: 2019-07-17
The North Sea "wind harvest" of the first half of 2019 exceeds the first half of 2018 by 16 percent. According to a transmission grid operator TenneT Holding press release, wind energy transmitted from North Sea offshore wind operations to land rose to 9.51 terawatt hours (TWh) in the first half of 2019 -- a 16 pct increase compared with the first half of 2018 (8.17 TWh). TenneT operates in the Netherlands and parts of Germany.

TenneT was recently awarded a contract for the construction of the offshore converter platform and the land station for DolWin5 in May, achieving cost savings of around 10 pct compared to the previous DolWin6 project, according to the release.

"According to all international studies and scenarios, the current roll-out rate of offshore wind in Europe is not sufficient to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement for Europe. An accelerated and large-scale roll-out is necessary. A future internationally coordinated approach could implement the connection and integration of a roll-out of large-scale offshore wind energy more effectively and at considerably lower costs of up to 30 pct than with continued individual national planning," the release added.

The current maximum infeed performance of offshore wind farms in the North Sea reached 4,989 MW on 24 March 2019 at. The capacity expansion of the offshore wind farms in the North Sea amounted to 5,577 MW on 30 June 2019. TenneT's offshore transmission capacity is 6,232 MW, according to the company. (Source: TenneT Holdings, Offshore Engineer, 16 July, 2019)Contact: TenneT, +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News TenneT,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Keppel O&M Inks $560Mn Offshore Wind Farm Deal (Int'l. Report)
Keppel Corp
Date: 2019-05-10
Keppel Corp., a global offshore rig design, construction and repair, ship repair and conversion specialist, and Norwegian energy services provider Aibel report they will design and build converter stations for offshore wind farms in the North Sea.

Keppel FELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine, is looking at about $560 million in its share of the contract with European grid operator TenneT Offshore. The project is Keppel Offshore & Marine's "first major project in the renewable energy sector since 2010", when the Keppel unit entered the offshore wind market and built an electrical transformer and maintenance platform for a German offshore wind farm.

The partners, along with subcontractor ASEA Brown Boveri, will also carry out the installation and start-up operations for the converter stations, which are slated to be finished by 2024. (Source: KEPPLE, Singapore Business Times, Strait Times, 9 May, 2019) Contact: KEPPEL Corp., Chris Ong, CEO, +65 6270 6666, +65 6413 6391 - fax., keppelgroup@kepcorp.com, www.kepcorp.com; Aibel, https://aibel.com/en

More Low-Carbon Energy News Keppel,  Offshore Wind,  


Boskalis Touts Boskalis-on-Bio, GoodFuels Partnership (Int'l)
Boskalis,GoodFuels
Date: 2018-09-26
The Dutch marine dredging and heavy lift company Boskalis reports it is using a 30 pct biofuel blend onboard the large trailing suction hopper dredger Prins der Nederlanden for the Borssele Alpha project which is being carried out on behalf of TenneT.

Using biofuel is one aspect of the Boskalis-on-Bio programme, for which the company recently signed a long-term partnership with biofuel supplier GoodFuels. The programme is aimed at achieving a 35 pct reduction in the CO2 emitted by the Boskalis fleet and equipment in the Netherlands in the next five years. According to Boskalis, various sea trials have shown that sustainable biofuels lead to a reduction in CO2 emissions of up to 90 pct compared to fossil fuels and are also more effective than alternatives such as LNG. (Source: Boskalis, Bunkerspot, Sept., 2018)Contact: Boskalis, Peter Berdowski, CEO, +31 78 6969 000, www.boskalis.com; GoodFuels, Dirk Kronemeijer, CEO, +31 (0) 85 8000 238, info@goodfuels.com, www.goodfuels.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Boskalis,  Biofuel,  GoodFuels,  


TenneT Foresees Artificial Offshore Wind Hub Island on Distant North Sea Horizon (Int'l)
TenneT
Date: 2018-01-03
As originally reported in June, 2016, Dutch electricity network operator TenneT is envisioning construction of a North Sea artificial island to collect, distribute and transmit offshore wind energy from numerous North Sea wind turbines to the Netherlands, UK, Belgium, Norway, Germany and Denmark, according to the company website.

TenneT's proposed artificial island is intended to serve as a hub for wind farms and is expected to cut operating costs and allow the use of the far cheaper alternating current connections.

TenneT's idea, dubbed the North Sea Infrastructure, would ideally be of modular construction and be built sometime between 2030 and 2050, according to the website. (Source: TenneT, WindEurope, .Xinhua| , 1 Jan., 2018) Contact: TenneT, 011 +31 (0) 26 373 1112, www.tennet.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Tennet,  Offshore Wind,  Wind,  

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