Eleven million people are working in renewable energy worldwide in 2018 according to the latest analysis by the International Renewable Energy Agency. This compares with 10.3 million in 2017. Offshore wind could be an especially attractive option for leveraging domestic capacity and exploiting synergies with the oil and gas industry.
Ahead of House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources hearing, NOIA President Randall Luthi submitted a letter saying that the offshore wind energy boom in the US will need a skilled workforce trained and capable of operating in the unique offshore environment.
OceanBased Perpetual Energy agreed to develop the world’s largest commercial ocean current energy project. The deal was signed with Florida Atlantic University’s Southeast National Marine Renewable Energy Centre, focusing off Florida, to install hundreds of megawatts of ocean current generating equipment.
Ferry company Norled and the shipyard Westcon have signed a contract for the construction of two new ferries. One of them will be the world’s first car ferry that sails on hydrogen and the other will be a battery-powered ferry. The two ferries are expected to be ready in March and May 2021.
In Technavio’s report on the ‘Global Offshore Wind Power Market’ for the forecast period 2019-2023, the company says that this market will grow by more than USD 17 billion, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) close to 18%. Wind and solar power recorded a double-digit growth rate in 2018, mainly driven by China, Europe, and the US.
Alabama’s Gee’s Bend Ferry has started operations once again, as it has now been converted from diesel propulsion to the first zero-emission, electric-powered passenger/car ferry in the US. The 15-vehicle and 132-passenger ferry operates on the Alabama River between Camden and Boykin, Alabama.
Global wind turbine order intake rose 7% year-on-year during the first quarter of 2019, surpassing the last record which was achieved in the first quarter of 2018 for capacity in the quarter by 875MW, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.
Eco Marine Power announced that a solar solution has been installed on the general cargo ship MV Panamana. This installation was performed by the ship’s crew with remote support provided by Zeaborn Ship Management (Singapore) and EMP from Japan.
The Offshore Wind Industry Council informed that a major programme of work has been launched to ensure that the UK’s low-carbon energy system efficiently leverages the increasingly large proportion of electricity that is generated from renewable sources, including offshore wind. The new research project, Solving the Integration Challenge, is a vital part of the Offshore Wind Sector Deal announced by Government and industry in March.
The US House Appropriations Committee has called for a one-year Department of Defense study of the impact of offshore wind turbines. The Committee believes that these turbines, when arranged in large arrays, may interfere with radars, while the vibrations generated by the operation of turbines may cause sonic interference to underwater sonar as well.
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