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August 22, 2019 by Mike Schuler

Norway Approves Funding for Floating Wind Farm at North Sea 🦕 Oil Fields

Illustration courtesy Equinor

Norwegian government-run Enova has approved funding of up to NOK 2.3 billion (US$256 million) to support a project that would develop the world’s first floating offshore wind farm to power offshore oil and gas installations in the northern North Sea.

The Hywind Tampen project proposes supplying electricity from a floating offshore wind farm to the Equinor-operated Gullfaks and Snorre fields. By tapping renewable energy resources, it is estimated that CO2 emissions would be reduced by more than 200,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to emissions from 100,000 private cars.

The offshore wind farm will consist of 11 floating wind turbines with a total capacity of 88 MW, enough to meet around 35% of the annual electricity needed fo the five existing oil and gas platforms at the Gullfaks and Snorre fields. During periods of high winds, the percentage could even be much higher.

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“The support that the licences have received for the Hywind Tampen project demonstrates the will of Norwegian authorities to invest in and develop floating offshore wind farms and renewable energy supplies. With this support we have taken an important step forward in realising the project. Now it is up to the licences to further mature the project towards a final investment decision this autumn,” says Pål Eitrheim, executive vice president for New Energy Solutions in Equinor.

Earlier, the Business Sector’s NOx Fund decided to support the Hywind Tampen project by an investment grant of up to NOK 566 million.

“The Hywind Tampen project will contribute to further developing floating offshore wind technology and reducing the costs of future floating offshore wind farms, offering new industrial opportunities for Norway, the licences and Norwegian supplier industry in a growing global offshore wind market,” says Olav-Bernt Haga, project director for Hywind Tampen.

The seven partners in the Snorre and Gullfaks licences will potentially to make an investment decision for the Hywind Tampen project this fall.

Parnters in the Gullfaks license include Equinor Energy AS (51%), Petoro AS (30%), and OMV (Norge) AS (19%). Snorre license partners include Equinor Energy AS (33.3%), Petoro AS (30%), ExxonMobil Exploration and Production Norway AS (17.5%), Idemitsu Petroleum Norge AS (9.6%), DEA Norge AS (8.6%), and Vår Energi AS (1.1%)
https://gcaptain.com/norway-approves-funding-for-floating-wind-farm-at-north-sea-oil-fields/
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SUNY Maritime College To Host Wind Energy Conference In New York City

By John Konrad on Sep 13, 2019 09:16 am

Wind TurbineThe State University of New York Maritime College and the Maritime Industry Museum at Fort Schuyler, proudly announce the Ocean Wind Energy Conference in New York City on Thursday, September 26, 2019. This conference comes just months after New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo executed the United States’ largest offshore wind agreement, announcing the winning […]  Read full story...
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Re: Wind Power
« Reply #289 on: September 20, 2019, 09:13:09 pm »


World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbines Coming to U.S. Waters

An illustration of GE’s Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbine. Image courtesy GE

By gCaptain on Sep 19, 2019 11:33 am

Haliade-X 12 MW wind turbinesBy Christopher Martin (Bloomberg) –The tallest, most powerful wind turbines ever made are coming to U.S. waters care of General Electric Co. Denmark-based Orsted A/S plans to use 12-megawatt turbines made by GE for projects off the coast of Maryland and New Jersey, according to a statement from the companies Thursday. The 853-foot (260-meter) turbines […]  Read full story...
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Rotor Sails! 🌞
« Reply #290 on: October 15, 2019, 09:48:57 pm »


There is a rapid rise in demand for modern wind propulsion in shipping, Norsepower Rotor Sails. 👍

Wärtsilä, Norsepower Team Up on Rotor Sails 🌞

By Mike Schuler on Oct 14, 2019 03:58 pm

Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has teamed up with Finnish rotor sail propulsion specialist Norsepower to pursue energy-saving rotor sail projects in the commercial maritime industry. The service cooperation agreement expands the global wind propulsion service network by allow Norsepower to order service work from Wärtsilä, while Wärtsilä can pursue and sell Norsepower Rotor Sail systems with […]  Read full story...
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Norsepower Confirms 💨 Rotor Sails Fuel Savings
« Reply #291 on: November 02, 2019, 11:29:21 am »


Norsepower Confirms 💨 Rotor Sails Fuel Savings
October 24, 2019 by Mike Schuler

Maersk Pelican with two 30-meter Norsepower Rotor Sails installed. Photo courtesy Norsepower

Finnish technology company Norsepower has confirmed fuel savings of more than 8 percent from a trial of its Rotor Sails onboard the Maersk Tankers product tanker, Maersk Pelican.

The company’s 🌬 Rotor Sails are a modern version of a Flettner Rotor, a type of spinning cylinder that uses the Magnus effect to harness wind power to help propel a ship and enhance fuel savings.

In August 2018, two 30-meter tall Rotor Sails were installed onboard Maersk Pelican, which trades in a wide range of conditions in Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia.

According to Norsepower, during a year-long trial from September 2018 to September 2019, the aggregated total fuel saved was 8.2 percent, equivalent to approximately 1,400 tonnes of CO2.

Performance data from the trial was analyzed and validated by Lloyd’s Register’s (LR’s) Ship Performance Group.

Because of the success of the trial, Maersk says it has opted to keep the Rotor Sails installed on the Pelican.

“During the one-year trial period on Maersk Pelican, crew and operators have reported positively on the usability, safety and performance of the Rotor Sails in all conditions,” says Tommy Thomassen, Chief Technical Officer at Maersk Tankers.

“We see wind technology as one of the technologies that can give us a real breakthrough in reducing CO2 and help us achieve our emission-reduction target of 30% by 2021,” Thomassen said.

Norsepower’s Rotor Sails are currently installed on three vessels, including the M/V Estraden, a Bore vessel offering a Ro-Ro and General Cargo service between the UK and the Belgium; the Viking Grace, a LNG-powered Viking Line cruise ferry operating between Finland and Sweden; as well as the Maersk Pelican, a 109,647 DWT Long Range 2 (LR2) product tanker.

Norsepower simulation models show that in optimal conditions, its Rotor Sails have the ability to save around 12 percent on fuel and emissions.

“With the Maersk Pelican, there are three vessels in daily commercial operation using Norsepower’s Rotor Sails,” said Tuomas Riski, CEO at Norsepower. “Each of these cases represents a very different vessel type and operational profile, demonstrating the widespread opportunity to harness the wind through Rotors Sails across the maritime industry.”

Earlier this year, Rotor Sails were issued the first-ever type approval design certificate granted to an auxiliary wind propulsion system onboard a commercial ship from DNV GL. The certification confirms that vessels using the technology are technically capable of safely navigating “all operational and environmental situations.”

Earlier this week, Norsepower and the Finnish group Wärtsilä announced a service cooperation agreement to pursue Rotor Sail projects in the commercial maritime industry.

https://gcaptain.com/norsepower-confirms-rotor-sails-fuel-savings/

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New Jersey Doubling Down on Offshore Wind Power
« Reply #292 on: November 20, 2019, 01:53:46 pm »


By Bloomberg on Nov 19, 2019 02:56 pm

New Jersey Doubling Down on Offshore Wind Power


offshore wind turbineBy Christopher Martin (Bloomberg) –New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy is doubling his state’s offshore wind power goal as he competes with New York and elsewhere to jump start an industry expected to create thousands of jobs. New Jersey plans to install 7.5 gigawatts of offshore wind by 2035, up from a previous target of 3.5 […] 
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Offshore Wind Megaprojects to Get EU Support in Push for Green Power
January 28, 2020 by Bloomberg

FILE PHOTO: A support vessel is seen next to a wind turbine at the Walney Extension offshore wind farm operated by Orsted off the coast of Blackpool, Britain September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Phil Noble

By Reed Landberg and Ewa Krukowska – (Bloomberg) –Developers for some of the world’s biggest wind farms are poised to get a boost from the European Union under a new strategy aimed at ensuring the industry makes a larger contribution to low-carbon power supplies.

Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson said officials in Brussels are working on a package of measures that will help stimulate the offshore wind industry. It’s part of the Green Deal package, a far-reaching plan to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by the middle of the century.

The program would help unlock the potential for wind farms sited in water, where more reliable breezes make the technology an increasingly cheap way to generate clean electricity. While politicians like turbines sited far from the eye of voters who object to wind farms on land, the industry has been hobbled by bureaucratic hurdles and competition for deals, which makes each project less profitable to build.

“We will have a strategy for offshore wind so that joint projects for big parks can be finalized,” Simson said in an interview in Brussels on Tuesday. “From our side it means the solutions how we can support investments into grids, because offshore wind parks will be built in the regions where we don’t have any grid connections yet.”


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In the coming months, the energy and environment departments of the European Commission, the EU regulatory arm, will jointly work to draft the strategy. It will focus on the maritime aspects such as how the wind farms can co-exist with shipping and fisheries. It will also look at spatial planning and financing for grid expansions needed to support the projects.

The effort would go some way to remove issues holding up developments. Competition between utilities such as Orsted A/S, Vattenfall AB and EnBW AG to build offshore wind farms has produced projects so cheap that they work without subsidy, raising questions whether the companies will make money from them.

The industry also is waiting for governments to put into law goals they have set for expanding offshore wind power, which would give some assurance about investments planned to give the industry scale and reduce costs further.

“Political risks are now larger than market snares,” said Stefan Thimm, managing director of Gemany’s BWO offshore industry lobby, in a Jan. 23 interview. “We need to hedge against that risk and that questions whether zero bids are going to be repeated anytime soon.”

Europe wants to lead the global fight against climate change and attract investors in clean technologies under the Green Deal. Commissioner Simson acknowledged that may require tighter targets for renewable energy for 2030. The current goal is to get 32% of energy from renewables by the end of this decade.

One key point of the strategy for offshore would “consider how different member states will fulfill their energy targets by cooperating on one site where the grid connection goes to a certain spot in the mainland,” Simson said.

Offshore wind is a focus because of its enormous potential to generate clean electricity. The International Energy Agency estimates the industry is growing 2.2% a year and will draw in $840 billion over the next two decades — but that pace must double to reach climate targets.

BloombergNEF estimates new installations worldwide rose to 7.7 gigawatts last year, up from less than 2 gigawatts at the start of the decade. It expects about 9 gigawatts of additions in each of the next five years, growing to an annual pace of 19 gigawatts by the end of the decade, with new markets emerging in Spain, Italy, Greece and Lithuania.


Hydrogen’s Future Brightens

Hydrogen also will get a boost from the commission’s Green Deal. Simson said she saw the fuel as interesting solution to decarbonize the sectors where a shift to electricity is not an option. Those include steel, cement and chemicals, where the industrial process requires heat of more than 1,000 degrees Celsius.

“It is a solution for how to phase out fossil fuels,” Simson said. “Right now we need to support pilot projects, which are not yet market-compatible. We have certain funds, for example the Innovation Fund, which can help industrial sites that are testing such innovative solutions. It might also be a possible solution for storage. It will definitely play a role in our sector integration strategy.”

Liquefied natural gas also is a focus for the commissioner. She said that “most probably” the volume of LNG used in Europe will rise as a way to ensure energy security.

“LNG played a very significant role for our energy security aspect. In the past years it was one of the priorities to secure different routes. We had to have diverse providers of gas. A good network of LNG terminals has provided us a diversified gas market. We have a certain capacity of LNG terminals. There’s a lot of projects in the pipeline: in Poland, in Croatia, in Greece, and in Germany.”

“We are using right now 70% of the capacities that we do have already, and the capacities are growing. The U.S. is now providing 16% of our LNG and as such it is the third-biggest source of imports. The share of U.S. LNG has grown rapidly, even if we are comparing numbers from the last three months these are several times higher than a year ago. So the reason must be that the price has come down and it’s competitive.”

The commission is monitoring how member states apply a revised gas market law to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

The still-unfinished natural gas project will bring Russian flows to Germany through a route under the Baltic Sea. U.S. sanctions have halted work for now. Another key issue is how the project is treated under a new EU law, which require the owner and shipper of gas to be different legal entities.

Nord Stream 2 asked German authorities for an exemption from the EU pipeline rules, arguing it was eligible for the derogation because the project was completed by May 23, 2019. Germany has until May 24 to decide how to interpret the project’s completion.

“Every member state has the right to decide what their energy mix is.” Simson said. “We have to monitor that all respective state agencies apply the law. We are monitoring this process and there are certain criteria that the German agency has to consider.”

–With assistance from Brian Parkin.

© 2019 Bloomberg L.P

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Tuesday, 11 Feb 2020

Storm 'Ciara' blows German wind power production to new record 🌟
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dpa / Deutschlandfunk / Clean Energy Wire

The storm dubbed "Ciara" has pushed wind power production to a new record in Germany, temporarily boosting feed-in into the grid to nearly 43.7 gigawatts (GW), grid operator TenneT told news agency dpa in an article carried by public broadcaster Deutschlandfunk. The previous record stood at 43.4 GW. According to energy think tank Agora Energiewende*, renewables covered about three quarters of Germany's power consumption on 9 and 10 February, with onshore and offshore wind turbines contributing the lion's share. However, the storm also caused troubles for grid operators, since the record feed-in happened intermittently and even caused some turbines to be shut down for safety reasons, the article says.

According to the website energy-charts by research institute Fraunhofer ISE, wind power alone covered nearly 60 percent of net power production on 10 February, dwarfing coal-fired power production, which stood at about 11 percent on that day.

Wind, solar and other renewable sources supplied almost 43 percent of gross German power consumption in 2019, up from 38.2 percent in 2018. This marked a new annual record that already exceeds the government’s 2020 target of 35 percent, but the unprecedented output level is overshadowed by a near halt in onshore wind development. The number of new wind turbines recently fell to unprecedentedly low levels and the country is veering off track in reaching its 2030 target of a 65 percent renewables share
 

*Like the Clean Energy Wire, Agora Energiewende is a project funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation.


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