Sunday, November 17, 2019

Energy System News

Japan Marks 50 years of LNG Imports

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Japanese gas buyers on Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary since the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) arrived in Japan, now the world's biggest importer of the fuel.The arrival of the cargo on Nov. 4, 1969 helped transform Japan's energy system, which had relied on oil, coal and gas from coal in an era of high growth…

Eni-led Group to Build Wave Power Stations

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Italian oil group Eni is joining forces with shipbuilder Fincantieri, power grid group Terna and state lender Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP) to develop wave power stations.The agreement, which follows the understanding signed last 19 April, will launch the first phase of a joint project to convert the Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC) pilot project…

Minesto Boosts Taiwanese Presence

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Swedish marine energy developer Minesto AB has renewed the collaboration agreement with National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU) to explore the potential for Minesto’s Deep Green technology in Taiwan.The renewed collaboration agreement with NTOU's Center for Ocean Energy System (COES) was signed at a ceremony in Taipei by Minesto’s CEO Dr Martin Edlund and Professor Chen-Chou Lin…

Reaping Wind at Sea: A $1 Trillion Industry

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Offshore wind could become a cornerstone of the world's power supply as steep cost reductions and improved technology unleash the potential of the green energy source, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Friday.Renewables replacing fossil fuel is crucial to meet a globally-agreed goal of limiting temperature rise…

Offshore Wind & Politics: Bernie Sanders

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Offshore wind is hot, and so too is the race to win the Democratic presidential candidate nomination for the 2020 U.S. presidential election. In its October 2019 edition of Marine Technology Reporter, government reporter Tom Ewing takes a closer look at each of the Dem candidates to give insight and overview on their policies…

Offshore Wind Cable Market to Grow 57% by 2023

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The value of the global market for subsea power cables needed to build offshore wind farms will grow by 57% from GBP 717 million this year to over GBP 1.13 billion by 2023, according to a new report by RenewableUK.The study – 'Offshore Wind Cables Installation and Manufacturing Forecast 2019-2029' – also shows that subsea wires covering over 16…

Fuel Flexibility is Key for Green Shipping

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Fuel flexibility and technologies to bridge changing fuel usage have been identified in the Maritime Forecast to 2050 as essential strategies for both individual owners and the shipping industry to adapt to the energy transition and prepare for a low carbon future.DNV GL – Maritime has released the third edition of its…

More 'Green' Power Needed To Meet Paris 2030 Target

Wind and solar power: much more power needs to be generated from these sources in order to meet the targets set for 2030 by the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to DNV GL.

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According to DNV GL’s latest energy report ‘Energy Transition Outlook: Power Supply and Use’, eight times more wind and solar power is needed by 2030 to help meet the Paris Agreement on climate change’s target. This transition will require more than ten times power generated by the solar means and five times the wind power…

How to Determine Which Countries Have the Best Energy Policies

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Which countries have the best energy policies? This is an interesting, and rather obvious, question, considering that every country’s energy practices impact the world in one way or another. But it’s one you don’t often hear asked.That is probably because it’s hard to compare countries in any sensible and fair way, given the differences in population…

Scotland Funds World's Most Powerful Tidal Turbine

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The Scottish Government announced that it has awarded engineering company Orbital Marine Power GBP3.4mln (USD 4.1million) in funding for its floating tidal turbine, which is the world’s most powerful.The Scottish engineering company is the first recipient of the Scottish Government’s GBP10 million Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge…

Scandinavia's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

From left to right: CEO of Vattenfall Magnus Hall, Chairman of Vattenfall Lars G. Nordström, HRH Crown Prince of Denmark, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, Minister of Climate, Energy and Utilities Dan Jørgensen and pupils from Hvide Sande School. Photo: JESPER VOLDGAARD

European energy giant Vattenfall opened Scandinavia’s largest offshore wind farm, Horns Rev 3.The 49 wind turbines on the Horns Rev 3 also represent Vattenfall’s and Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm, which is located 25-40 kilometers off Denmark’s west coast in the North Sea.Yesterday (22 August 2019), Crown Prince…

Gazprom Oil Touch 100mln Barrels at Badra

Badra field. Wasit Province, Eastern Iraq. Pic: Gazprom Neft

Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft said that its subsidiary Gazpromneft-Badra has now produced 13.5 million tonnes — or 100 million barrels — of oil in Iraqi oil field.Cumulative production at the Badra field in the five years since this asset went into commercial operation has reached 100 million barrels — the first shipment of liquid hydrocarbons having taken place in 2014.

Canada's FortisBC to Export LNG to China

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FortisBC Energy Inc will export Canadian LNG produced by its small-scale LNG terminal in British Columbia to China starting in 2021.The Canadian natural gas utility, which has operated its Tilbury LNG plant since 1971, said in a press release that it has signed a two-year contract to ship 53,000 tonnes per year of super…

Offshore Wind Hubs Feasible in the N. Sea

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The international consortium partners of the North Sea Wind Power Hub (NSWPH) has found that the proposed Hub-and-Spoke concept is technically feasible. A gradual roll-out of 10 to 15 gigawatts hubs is the next logical step towards a large offshore wind build-out, it said.Over the past months, NSWPH has been analyzing the…

Vattenfall Launches Maiden Green Bond

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Swedish energy company Vattenfall has issued a EUR500mln green bond, its first such issuance, with the proceeds earmarked for a number of projects, including renewables.The bond with a tenor of seven years is offering investors the chance to “support the transformation of the energy system”.The proceeds from the bond issue are earmarked for projects defined in Vattenfall's green bond framework…

Global Energy Investment Totals $1.8trln in 2018

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Global energy investment totalled more than USD 1.8 trillion in 2018, a level similar to 2017, said the International Energy Agency (IEA).The investment stabilised in 2018, ending three consecutive years of decline, as capital spending on oil, gas and coal supply bounced back while investment stalled for energy efficiency…

Efficient Wave-Generated Power … Really!

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Wave-generated power could be considered the Rodney Dangerfield of offshore renewable energy sources; it gets no respect. There have been a number of high-profile, expensive failures that have conspired to give the sector a poor reputation despite a number of engineering advances. A new entrant is SurfWEC offering a patented…

Eni Pilots Wave Energy Converter

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Italian multinational oil and gas company Eni has activated the Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC), offshore Ravenna, capable of converting energy generated by waves into electricity, which will in the future enable Eni to convert mature offshore platforms into renewable energy generation hubs.The pilot plant was…

VA Offshore Wind: A Strong Foundation

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Virginia officials have established a well-planned, extensive strategy to build out an offshore wind industry, including wind towers for electricity generation and the supply chain to support that extensive infrastructure and operations. The State’s big picture is ambitious: developing 2,000 MW of offshore wind by 2028.As currently envisioned…

Vattenfall Bids for 750 MW Dutch Offshore Wind

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European energy company Vattenfall has decided to participate in the 750 MW offshore wind tender for Hollandse Kust Zuid 3 & 4, in the Dutch part of the North Sea.The yearly production is estimated to provide electricity to around 1.3 million Dutch households and thereby strengthen Vattenfall´s ambition for a fossil free…