The Australian Government approved a deed of licence, allowing Offshore Energy Pty Ltd (OEPL) to undertake resource exploration for the Star of the South, the country’s first offshore wind farm. This licence allows OEPL to conduct activities to assess wind resources and seabed conditions, in order to understand if an offshore farm is technically feasible.
Offshore wind generation in the UK increased by 28% during 2018, resulting to a record-breaking 8% for UK’s electricity, as reported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The wind capacity rose by 1.2GW, due to large projects opening or being expanded, such as the 659MW Walney Extension offshore wind farm.
Speaking during the Port of Esbjerg’s annual meeting, Chairman of the Board Flemming N. Enevoldsen, informed that the wind business is flourishing. If Denmark succeeds in seizing the opportunity, the wind hub of the North Sea may prove to be the green equivalent of the Norwegian oil adventure, CEO of Energinet, Thomas Egebo, noted. In addition, more Ro-Ro cargo and more ship calls mean that the Port has delivered a satisfactory profit for 2018.
A consortium of Dutch companies, universities and knowledge institutions have teamed up on the ‘Gigawatt Electrolysis Factory’ project, recently kicked-off at the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, aiming to investigate what it takes to build a gigawatt-sized electrolysis plant in the Netherlands around 2025-2030.
The Danish government has allocated DKK 50 million, 6.7 million euros, for new wind turbine testing facilities at the Lindø Offshore Renewables Center (LORC). Overall, the facilities will cost DKK 300 million. The grant given is the largest ever to be awarded for the Danish wind turbine industry, whereas the 600-800t nacelles set to be tested are also the country’s largest to date.
The British Office and Taiwan International Ports Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint co-operation of Taiwan’s offshore wind development. Under this cooperation, both countries will exchange information in the areas of policy, strategy, technology, operations and maintenance.
The Social Democratic Party, Denmark’s main opposition party, promised on adding two extra offshore wind projects that are to be commissioned by 2030, in addition to the three already existent projects in the energy agreement from 2018.
The European Commission gave the green light to French plans on supporting four demonstration floating wind farms for producing electricity. The “Groix Belle Ile”project will be located in the Atlantic Ocean, while the other three projects(‘Golf du Lion’, ‘Eolmed’, and ‘Provence Grand Large’) will be located in the Mediterranean Sea.
According to data from WindEurope, wind energy in EU accounted for the 14% of its electricity in 2018, experiencing an increase from 2017’s 12%. The increase was due to continued development in capacity and the use of more powerful turbines are helping to increase wind’s share in the electricity mix.
Sumitomo Corporation, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and Development Bank of Japan have established their first fund through Spring Infrastructure Capital, a fund management company jointly established by the three companies. The Fund raises money from Japanese investors and finances and invests in offshore wind power projects overseas.
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