RenewableUK has released a new document today which highlights the offshore wind industry’s export potential. The document shows that British companies have already won 115 contracts to provide services for 50 offshore wind projects abroad in this rapidly-growing global sector. British companies are winning multimillion-pound contracts; making and laying cables, installing turbines, and providing other essential services. The analysis highlights 250 offshore wind farms in development around the world, representing a massive economic and industrial opportunity for the UK.
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The international Airport Weeze in North Rhine-Westphalia is one of the newest European airports, welcoming 1.8m passengers a year. The airport operators have now opened car park P2 for customers and equipped it with a PV carport system. This offers a dual advantage. First, the renewable energy generated by the system can be used as an additional revenue source, or for self-consumption; whilst reducing its carbon footprint. Second, the system also serves as a protective layer shielding passenger vehicles.
Swedish company OX2 has placed another order for 41 V126-3.45 MW turbines with power optimised mode to 3.6 MW and Vestas’ de-icing technology for their largest wind power project to date. This is the third time OX2 has placed an order for Vestas turbines in 2016, reinforcing the two companies’ strong collaboration and market position in the Nordic region. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin in the Q2, 2018 and the order includes supply, installation, and commissioning of the turbines as well as a 15-year Active Output Management service agreement.
Hydro-Québec has announced it will provide a total of CA$100,000 over a 2-year period to research spearheaded by the MIT climate change think tank, Ouranos, located in Montréal, and the business school HEC Montréal, also in Montreal. The agreement provides for the development and implementation of a vital modeling tool that will be available for climate change researchers. The tool focuses on Québec and New England and will seek to identify opportunities for optimal expansion of renewable energy sources in the two regions, including expanded trade in electricity.
Suppliers to the automobile industry can challenge major manufacturers, but they face significant pressures, recently illustrated by the dispute between Volkswagen and Prevent Group. The federal state of Baden-Württemberg has now launched an advisory campaign to help medium-sized suppliers in the automobile industry to diversify into parts for electric vehicles. The aim is to help the 1,000 or more suppliers to gain a foothold in the market for systems and components in the electric mobility sector.
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada, became the first ISCC certified plant in the world to convert municipal solid waste into biomethanol. It announced that it has obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system for the biomethanol production of its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels full-scale facility in Edmonton, Canada.
Asko, which is Norway’s largest convenience goods wholesaler, is continuing its investment in sustainable transport services. The company will together with Scania start testing trucks with an electric powertrain. Electrical energy is converted from hydrogen gas in fuel cells on board the vehicles. The hydrogen gas is produced locally, using solar cells. The trucks will run in distribution service with distances of almost 500 km. Asko’s ambition is to achieve a climate-neutral business, where the distribution of goods will take place using trucks, which run on renewable fuels and in the longer term completely on electricity.
Tata Power Solar, India’s largest integrated solar company, has successfully commissioned a 100 MW solar project for NTPC, India’s largest power Utility. Aligning with the Government’s ‘Make in India’ mission, this is the biggest solar project commissioned using domestically manufactured solar cells and modules. It delivered the project nearly 3 months ahead of the stringent schedule. Key highlights of the project were the innovative design of Balance-of-System (BoS) and cabling.
OX2 has placed an order for 31 V126-3.45 MW turbines with power-optimised mode to 3.6 MW and Vestas’ de-icing system, reinforcing Vestas’ market-leading position in Norway. “Raskiftet is OX2’s largest wind power project to date and our first wind farm in Norway. We have worked successfully with Vestas for many years and are looking forward to building another high-quality wind farm together”, said Paul Stormoen, Managing Director of OX2 Wind.
The U.S Department of Energy (DOE) has announced up to $7 million in project funding to accelerate the introduction of affordable, scalable, and sustainable high-performance fuels for use in high-efficiency, low-emission engines as part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines (Co-Optima) initiative.
Duke Energy Renewables has announced its monitoring and control center now serves more than 3,500 megawatts of wind and solar energy plants across the U.S. since it opened in its new location in 2015. As a result of this rapid growth, the center is further enhancing its cyber security and other capabilities.