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.
Tidal energy specialist Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd, the Scottish University of Dundee, the marine equipment supplier Gael Force Group; and the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) are exploring the development of a ‘groutless’ anchoring technology for the aquaculture industry.
‘K’ Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Ltd.) announced its 20-year collaboration with Airseas about installing an automated kite system ‘Seawing’ to K Line’s large bulk carrier. Once the first Seawing is successfully delivered, “K”LINE will contemplate to order up to 50 additional Seawing, the company said in its release.
Diane Gilpin highlights that climate change is a reality; there are multiple indicators which provide clear evidence that the climate is changing and therefore, it is of outmost important to start thinking out of the box and finding out new solutions in order to face this challenging situation.
The Polish state-based utility Tauron company aims to optimise investments and mitigate its operations in the mining and heating sector, to better focus on renewable energy, including offshore wind. The company announced its goal on increasing the share of low- and zero-emission sources in the production mix to over 65%.
Renewable energy investment in Asia excluding China will overtake spending on upstream oil and gas projects in the region as soon as next year, with contributions from Australia and other Asian countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan and South Korea, according to Rystad Energy.
Wärtsilä and Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, a Finnish public university, signed a research agreement on strategic power system modelling aiming to understand and develop ways towards 100% renewable energy systems. The agreement was signed in March.
Global energy investment stabilised in 2018, totaling more than USD 1.8 trillion and ending three consecutive years of decline, as capital spending on oil, gas and coal supply bounced back while investment stalled for energy efficiency and renewables, according to IEA’s latest annual review.
During the 2019 SAFETY4SEA London Conference, Ms Diane Gilpin, Founder/CEO, Green Shipping Alliance, highlights the benefits of wind technology for the shipping industry. Ms. Gilpin says that the abundance of wind is a great, proven source of propulsive energy, and it can support significant GHG emissions reduction.
The Central Government Real Estate Agency (RVB), Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) and the Port of Rotterdam Authority plan to construct a new floating solar farm in Rotterdam’s western port area. Therefore, they seek for the ideal participant to operate the new facility, which is reported to be the largest of its kind to be ever constructed in the Netherlands. The partners announced that they will organise a market consultation on May 8.
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