Monday, July 15, 2024

Energy Systems News

Burrows Tapped to Lead DNV CCUS Unit

DNV appointed Jamie Burrows to head its Energy Systems business area’s Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) unit. Image courtesy DNV

DNV appointed Jamie Burrows to head its Energy Systems business area’s Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage (CCUS) unit. The appointment comes as a response to growing demand from these fossil fuels-reliant industries to reduce their CO2 emissions, and aligns with DNV's recent studies, emphasizing the role of CCUS in future energy systems. Burrows, who joined DNV in 2021 as Head of Business Development for CCUS, brings over 20 years of experience in the engineering and energy industries.

MTR100: For USVs and AUVs, is it a Hydrogen Future?

The Maxlimer hydrogen configuration.  Image courtesy SEA-KIT International

Hydrogen has been making big headlines in the energy world. It’s one of the potential routes to deliver high density energy to transport and heavy industry – but also to marine applications, as well as a way to move and store renewable energy. Various uncrewed surface vessel (USV) developers, autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) builders and even subsea power delivery system providers are taking a serious look – and even trialing – hydrogen as an option.SEA-KITThe Maxlimer hydrogen configuration.

Energy @ Sea: Powering Up in the Blue Desert

A graphic rendering depicting C-Power’s SeaRAY autonomous offshore power system as configured for the demonstration at the U.S. Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. © C-Power

Last year marked the beginning of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, lasting from 2021 until 2030. With 10 years comes 10 challenges—goals for regional, national and global participants to work towards for positive, collective impact on our oceans. Included in the 10 are ocean-based solutions for climate change, expanding the Global Ocean Observing System, creating a digital representation of the sea, and access to data and technology across all marine stakeholders. These and others on the list depend on collecting increasingly more ocean data.

Carbon Capture & Storage: A New Lease of Life for Submarine Pipelines?

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Since 2019, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS) have risen up the political agenda, globally, offering a route to decarbonization, as well as (more recently), increased energy security. Many are eying use of existing pipeline to make both happen. Elaine Maslin takes a look.Hydrogen production and CCS offers a more or less “green” decarbonization options for oil and gas companies, alongside carbon capture and storage (CCS), especially if existing offshore infrastructure could be reused to make it happen.

Neptune Energy Targets 2030 to Store More Carbon Than It Emits

“Neptune has one of the lowest carbon intensities in the sector due to the steps we have taken already to reduce operational emissions. We have both the infrastructure and the experience with electrification and CCS to now accelerate our ambitions," said Pete Jones, CEO. Photo courtesy Neptune Energy

With increasing pressure on the oil and gas industry to cut its emissions footprint, Neptune Energy said it aims to go beyond net zero and store more carbon than is emitted from its operations and the use of its sold products by 2030.According to the company, it is currently progressing a pair of carbon capture and storage (CCS) developments in the Dutch and UK sectors of the North Sea that it claims could store more than 9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions per year for third parties by the end of this decade…

Ship Emissions: MIT Takes the Lead Toward Net Zero

“Even if you’re not going to put hydrogen on ships, hydrogen may be involved in producing that synthetic fuel. We have a number of projects underway that are tackling the question of hydrogen, including a project we’re starting now looking at pathways towards gigaton scale, low carbon hydrogen production.”
Randall Field, Executive Director, MITEI Future Energy Systems Center Photo courtesy MIT/Randall Field

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) launched a new research consortium—the Future Energy Systems Center—to address the climate crisis and the role energy systems can play in solving it. Randall Field, Executive Director, discusses current research and the challenges ahead for the maritime sector.The reputation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is such that it can take mammoth issues — such as driving the world to net zero — head-on, and suddenly make the impossible…

"Green Energy" will drive the need for more Mining and Metals Production

Dr. Michael Moats, professor of metallurgical engineering at Missouri S&T, says green energy will require more critical minerals mining and metals production. Photo by Michael Pierce, Missouri S&T.

Clean energy may mean less mining for coal, but it also means opening or expanding mines to unearth minerals such as cobalt for use in alloys and batteries, tellurium for solar cells and semiconductors, and germanium for transistors in electronic devices. That’s according to Dr. Michael Moats, professor and interim chair of materials science and engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, who says reducing carbon emissions from energy systems in the United…

Oil Drillers, Bitcoin Miners Bond over Natural Gas

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On U.S. oil patches stretching along the Rockies and Great Plains, trailers hitched to trucks back up toward well pads to capture natural gas and convert it on the spot into electricity.The trailers - carrying pipes, generators and computers - are called “mining rigs.” But their owners aren’t there to drill for oil. They are using stray natural gas unwanted by oil companies to power their search for another treasure: cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.Cryptocurrencies are virtual coins exchanged without middlemen, such as central banks, to purchase goods and services.

Who Will Pay for the Energy Transition?

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The transition from a fossil-fuel dominated energy system to one with zero emissions would require trillions of dollars of investment in new production, distribution and consumption equipment worldwide.New investments could support millions of new jobs in construction and manufacturing, but policymakers are struggling to decide whether to recover the costs from consumers or taxpayers.In most countries, the cost of providing energy commodities and services, including gas, electricity…

MethanQuest: Test Results In for Renewable Hydrogen, Methane as a Fuel

Microgrid Concept for Inland Port: In the MethanGrid research group DVGW, Rolls-Royce Power Systems and other partners have developed a complete locally coupled energy supply system for the Karlsruhe inland port facility. Electricity, gas, heating, industry and transport - all the current sectors - are coupled by means of this microgrid so that the available energy, including renewables, can be optimally exploited. Image courtesy Rolls-Royce Power System/MethanQuest

As the maritime industry embarks on 'the path to zero', it is widely acknowledged that there is currently not a 'silver bullet' solution, nor is it likely that a solution will emerge from a vaccum. Collaboration is the path forward, and efforts such as MethanQuest offer promise.The project MethanQuest was launched in September 2018 with 29 partners from research, industry and the energy sector to work on processes for producing hydrogen and methane from renewables and for using them to achieve climate-neutral mobility and power generation.

Chevron, Microsoft, Schlumberger to Build Carbon Capture Plant in California

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Chevron Corp is partnering with Microsoft Corp, oilfield services firm Schlumberger and privately held Clean Energy Systems to build a carbon capture plant in California, as the U.S. oil major expands investments in renewable technology.Fossil fuel companies have faced increased pressure in recent years to reduce emissions, spend more on low-carbon energy and disclose the impact their production has on climate change.Chevron said on Thursday the plant, located in the city of Mendota…

Geothermal Energy: A New Life for Old Offshore Oil Wells?

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Old offshore oil wells could be turned into geothermal energy producers under a plan by a new consortium. The group, The Aquarius North Sea Geothermal Consortium, is “actively” working with North Sea operators to see if old wells could be used to generate geothermal energy for existing platforms. But a future goal is greenfield geothermal exploration.Kirsten Pasturel, CEO of ZeGen Energy, says there’s huge potential with some mature oil fields producing over 100,000 barrels of water per day…

Silva Tapped to Lead Corpower Ocean Portuguese Ops

Corpower Ocean Portugal Managing Director Miguel Silva.

CorPower Ocean, designer of wave energy systems, appointed Miguel Silva as head of its Portuguese operation.The news comes shortly after CorPower revealed plans for a new $18.1m R&D, Manufacturing and Service Center in Viana do Castelo, Portugal, becoming a focus for the firm’s pioneering HiWave-5 Project with a showcase pilot wave farm planned in Aguçadoura.Silva will oversee CorPower’s activities in Portugal, including composite hull development, manufacturing and assembly of WECs (Wave Energy Converters) as well as operations to install and maintain wave arrays offshore.

Deme Offshore Joins Neptune's Hydrogen Project

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Offshore installation contractor Deme Offshore has joined Neptune Energy's PosHYdon pilot, the world’s first offshore green hydrogen project, being developed in the Dutch North Sea.Part of the Belgian Deme Group,  the company joins as a partner and will provide the hydrogen unit for installation on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform. The pilot aims to integrate three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen by producing hydrogen from seawater on the Q13a.Lex de Groot…

Gasunie Joins Offshore Green Hydrogen Project

Neptune Energy’s Q13a platform, set to be home to a hydrogen production facility under the pilot project. (Photo: Neptune Energy)

Energy infrastructure firm Gasunie has joined as a partner at the PosHYdon project - the first offshore green hydrogen pilot being worked on in the Dutch section of the North Sea.PosHYdon integrates three energy systems in the Dutch North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas and offshore hydrogen and will involve the installation of the hydrogen-producing plant on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform.Gasunie, which manages and maintains infrastructure for large-scale transport and storage of gases in the Netherlands and northern Germany…

Toshiba Delivers Fuel Cell System to Ship

The provider of energy industry solutions Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation (Toshiba ESS) announced that the company has delivered a mobile 30kW hydrogen fuel cell system, which volume per unit power output is reduced to 1/3 compared to the stationary fuel cell systems, to a fuel cell ship.The fuel cell ship, which passed the Temporary Navigation Permit Inspection of Japan Craft Inspection Organization on October 30, has started demonstrations of the verification…

OES: Surge in Tidal Energy in 2020

Henry Jeffrey  (Photo: OES)

The last annual report issued by Ocean Energy Systems (OES) highlights significant international investment including $25m pledged by the US Department of Energy (DOE) to support 12 ‘next-generation’ marine energy projects and Wave Energy Scotland committing $9.9 million in two wave energy machines next year.“In the last 12 months we have seen major progress with global tidal projects achieving extensive operating hours and wave technology progressing in large-scale laboratory and offshore test sites,” said OES chairman Henry Jeffrey from the University of Edinburgh.

Containership to Convert to Synthetic Fuel

Stefan Eefting, SVP PrimeServ, MAN ES (left) and Christian P. Hoepfner, Managing Director, Wessels Marine, announcing the plan to run the containership Wes Amelie on Synthetic Natural Gas. Photo: Greg Trauthwein

ROTTERDAM – Today in Rotterdam Wessels Marine and MAN Energy Systems announced an innovative project to convert the containership Wes Amelie to run on Synthetic Natural Gas (SNG).While SNG today is far to sparse and expensive to make it a near term commercial reality, this step forward is significant in that a ship outfitted with an MAN propulsion unit to run on LNG would need no modification to have it run on SNG, effectively making it ‘future proof’ while helping to dispel…

"Green" Ammonia's Future as a Marine Fuel

Ammonia, the same pungent solution used in fertilizers and cleaning agents, may one day be the key to transporting renewable energy around the world. There are currently a number of government and corporate projects assessing the feasibility of converting excess renewable energy from sources like wind, solar, tidal and nuclear into ammonia and then back into usable energy.In its purist form, ammonia or NH3 is composed of one nitrogen and three hydrogen atoms making it an ideal candidate to chemically bind excess renewable energy.

Vestas Wins 337 MW Wind Power Order in US

Vestas, a sustainable energy solutions provider,  has received an order for 337 MW of V150-4.2 MW turbines and V136-3.45 turbines delivered in 3.7 MW Power Optimised Mode for a wind project in the U.S. The order takes Vestas’ announced order intake in US this year past 4.4 GW.The project was originally developed by Roaring Fork Wind, LLC a joint venture between RES (Renewable Energy Systems) and Steelhead Americas, Vestas’ development arm in North America, demonstrating Vestas’…