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Van Oord Testing Marine Biofuels (Int'l. Report)
Van Oord
Date: 2019-09-20
Netherlands-based marine dredging firm Van Oord reports it is working with Shell to test the use of biofuels for its fleet of dredgers during a dredging project in Germany. The biofuel being used in the pilot is made from used cooking oil and other wastes and reduces CO2 emissions by more than 40 pct compared with conventional marine fuel. The biofuel also enables Van Oord to comply with sulfur emission regulations.

Other maritime shipping firms, including Maersk and Finnish shipowner Meriaura , have recently undertaken similar biofuels tests and limited use. (Source: Van Oord, PR, 19 Sept., 2019) Contact: Van Oord, Ronald Schinagl, Director Business Unit Netherlands, www.vanoord.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Van Oord,  Marine Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


Green Maritime Methanol Consortium Project Underway (Int'l)
Green Maritime Methanol
Date: 2019-05-29
The Green Maritime Methanol Consortium reports the selection of nine ships of various operational profiles, sizes and tonnages for research on the implementation of renewable methanol as a marine fuel. The results of this research will be compared with low sulphur marine diesel.

The project is supported by TKI Maritiem and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and runs until December 2020. The consortium participants will share and exchange knowledge gained to further develop methanol as a transport fuel for the maritime sector.

The consortium includes Bio MCN, Royal Boskalis, Bureau Veritas, C-Job Naval Architects, Damen Shipyards, Defence Material Organization, Feadship, Helm Proman, Royal IHC, Royal Netherlands Naval Institute (KIM/FMW), Royal Association of Netherlands' Shipowners (KVNR), Lloyds Register, MARIN, Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC), Marine Service Noord (MSN), Methanol Institute, Port of Amsterdam, Port of Rotterdam, Pon Power, TNO, TU Delft, Van Oord, Netherlands Association of Importers of Combustion Engines (VIV), Wagenborg Shipping and Wartsila.

(Source: Green Maritime Methanol Consortium, Hellenic Shipping News, Various Other Media, 28 May, 2019)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  


Microsoft Netherlands to Run on Offshore Wind Energy (Ind. Report)
Blauwwind
Date: 2019-05-24
IT giant Microsoft reports the inking of a 15-year agreement with Eneco to purchase 90MW of power from the 731.5MW Borssele III & IV offshore wind farm in the Dutch North Sea. The contracted wind power will power Microsoft's datacenters for a period of fifteen years from 2022 onward.

The Borssele III & IV wind farm is being developed by the Blauwwind consortium -- Partners Group, Shell, Eneco,Van Oord -- and will incorporate 77 MHI Vestas 9.5MW wind turbines installed 22km offshore Zeeland. The project is slated for commissioning and operation in 2021. (Source: Microsoft, Offshore Wind, 23 May, 2019) Contact: Microsoft Netherland, Ernst-Jan Stigter, General Manager, +31 20 500 1500, www.microsoft.com/nl-nl/overnederland;Blauwwind ConsortiumBlauwwind , LinkedIn https://ca.linkedin.com/company/blauwwind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blauwwind,  Microsoft,  Offshore Wind,  


Methanol Investigated as Marine Alt. Fuel (Int'l Report)
Methanol
Date: 2019-03-18
In the Netherlands, a consortium of Dutch maritime companies supported by the Maritime Knowledge Centre have joined forces to form the Green Maritime Methanol project to investigate the feasibility of methanol as a sustainable maritime transport fuel.

The Green Maritime Methanol project is supported by TKI Maritime and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs and will be completed within two years.

Shipowners Boskalis, the Royal Netherlands Navy, Van Oord and Wagenborg Shipping will take part in the consortium, together with a number of Dutch shipbuilders, including superyacht builders Damen Shipyards and Feadship, as well as engine manufacturers Wartsila and Pon Power.

Some of the Netherlands' leading research institutes including TNO, TU Delft, NLDA and Marin will invest and provide knowledge-building and research capacity for the project by studying operational profiles, ship configurations, engine configurations, performances, various emissions as well as many other relevant topics. (Source: Superyacht News, Mar., 2019) Contact: Maritime Knowledge Centre, www.maritimeinfo.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Methanol,  Marine Fuel,  Maritime Fuel,  


BLUE PILOT to Cut Offshore Wind Const. Costs (New Prod & Tech)
The Carbon Trust
Date: 2018-03-16
The Carbon Trust is reporting the launch of BLUE PILOT, a large-scale demonstration project aimed at reducing costs and underwater noise during construction of offshore wind farms as part of the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA). The BLUE PILOT project will deploy The BLUE Hammer, a new type of pile driver developed by Fistuca BV., a Dutch technology company founded as a spin-off from Eindhoven University of Technology.

It is anticipated that the project will enable potential lifetime savings of €33 -- €40 million for a 720MW offshore wind farm.

OWA partners E.ON, EnBW, Orsted, Statoil and Vattenfall, alongside additional industry partners Fistuca, Van Oord, Shell and Sif are contributing €3.2 million in project funding, while the Netherlands Enterprise Agency has granted public subsidies of over €2.5 million.

In the BLUE PILOT project the hammer will be tested offshore at a location in Dutch waters. Sif will provide the monopile, and Van Oord will support the installation logistics. The other industry partners will provide funding and strategic advice into the project to ensure its relevance to future commercial projects. (Source: Carbon Trust, PR, 13 Mar., 2018) Contact: Offshore Wind Accelorator, www.carbontrust.com/offshore-wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News The Carbon Trust,  Wind,  Offshore Wind,  


Dutch Offshore WInd Farm Completed Ahead of Schedule (Ind. Report)
Northland Power
Date: 2017-05-05
Toronto-headquartered renewable energy developer Northland Power Inc. is reporting the completion of the 150 turbine, 600MW Gemini Offshore Wind Farm in the Dutch North Sea. The project was completed ahead of the schedule, within its total budget of €2.8 billion, and has generated more than €250 million of net pre-completion revenues, the company reports.

The wind farm is expected to generate sufficient power for 1.5 million people in the Netherlands, and reduce the country's CO2 emissions by 1.25 million tpy. The Gemini offshore wind farm is owned by Northland Power with 60 pct, Siemens Financial Services with 20 pct, Van Oord Dredging and Marine Contractors with 10 pct and N.V. HVC with the remaining 10 pct stake. (Source: Northland Power, 1 May, 2017) Contact: Northland Power, John Brace, CEO, (416) 962-6262, www.northlandpower.ca

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northland Power,  Offshore Wind,  Nordsea One,  

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