According to a recent statement, Marubeni Corporation, has decided to implement the construction; operation and maintenance of the offshore wind farms at Akita Port and Noshiro Port in Akita Prefecture, through the special purpose company “Akita Offshore Wind Corporation” (AOW) established in April 2016 and together with other Joint Business Partners.
Phil Murphy, the New Jersey Governor, is doubling the state’s offshore wind power goal, competing with New York among others, in order to set off an industry expected to create thousands of jobs. Namely, Governor Murphy, alongside First Lady Tammy Murphy and former Vice President Al Gore signed Executive Order No. 92, raising New Jersey’s offshore wind goal to 7,500 megawatts by 2035.
A group of researchers from various institutions such as Princeton University, published their findings in Nature Climate Change on Monday, November 18, forecasting that wind farms will produce significantly more energy than anticipated. This will come as a result of the world is getting windier while developers are installing more turbines to generate electricity from breezes.
SSE, a UK-listed energy company, urges the next UK government to move faster on offshore and onshore wind projects in the race of achieving the country’s net zero targets by 2050, calling political leaders to place renewable energy as a priority in their efforts of fighting climate change.
Google announced the biggest corporate purchase of renewable energy in history, made up of a 1,600-megawatt (MW) package of agreements and 18 new energy deals. These are all part of the company’s work to tackle climate change at a global scale.
WindEurope, Cefic (the European Chemical Industry Council) and EUCIA (the European Composites Industry Association) have created a cross-sector platform to advance novel approaches to the recycling of wind turbine blades. Today, 2.5 million tonnes of composite material are used in the wind energy sector.
Trump Administration wants to auction leases for offshore wind farms in the waters off New York and New Jersey, overlooking the fact that huge amounts of scallops are abundant in these water areas. The area of the Atlantic is home to some of the world’s richest scallop beds, and erecting turbines nearly as tall as the Chrysler Building could make mollusks much harder to harvest, Bloomberg reports.
On May 22, Microsoft announced a new wind energy agreement in the Netherlands. Microsoft will buy 90 MW from the 731.5 MW offshore wind project, Borssele III/IV, from Dutch sustainable energy company and wind farm developer Eneco. Eneco will provide Microsoft’s data centers with green power for 15 years beginning in 2022.
The World Bank Group announced a new program to advance the adoption of offshore wind energy in developing countries. The World Bank and IFC will help these markets evaluate their offshore wind potential and provide technical assistance to develop a growing pipeline of projects that are ready for investment by renewable energy developers.
Total, Ørsted and Elicio issued a joint bid for the Dunkirk offshore wind farm project in France, aiming to a power capacity up to 600 MW, on February 18. The bid is Total’s first official entrance in offshore wind and an additional step to sustainability.
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