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.
A new paper called ‘Sailing on Solar’, commissioned by Environmental Defense Fund Europe and developed by Ricardo, showcases a vision of how international shipping can meet its target of at least halving emissions by 2050, while at the same time helping developing nations leverage the emerging clean energy economy. The paper focuses on green ammonia produced from surplus renewable electricity.
DNV GL announced that it awarded the Arkona Offshore Wind Farm with the project certificate. The certification procedure was based on the German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency standard BSH7005 and covers all stages of the project development from design planning over construction to commissioning.
UK-based energy firm E. ON announced the decommissioning of its Blyth wind farm, the first offshore wind farm in UK and the world’s first offshore wind farm to use float and submerge technology. Blyth was commissioned in December 2000 as a pilot project.
SOHAR Port and Freezone recently entered into a land lease agreement with Shell Development Oman, in order to tap into the Sultanate’s renewable energy potential. This means that businesses in the SOHAR Freezone could be powered by solar photovoltaic projects instead of gas. SOHAR will allocate 600-hectares of land for solar plants under development, with capacities varying from 10MW up to 40MV.
Italian energy company Eni signed a non-binding agreement with three compatriots, the shipbuilder Fincantieri, the bank Cassa depositi e prestiti, and energy firm Terna, at the Eni headquarters in Rome, to develop and build wave power stations on an industrial scale.
Europe invested €27 billion in new wind farms in 2018, which will finance a record amount of future new wind energy capacity, according to WindEurope’s annual report. The amount invested is similar to previous years, but, thanks to cost reduction, especially in offshore wind, it will finance a record 16.7 GW of new wind capacity.
Germany will open the Arkona wind park, a giant wind farm out in the Baltic Sea. This is a joint venture of utility EON SE and Norway’s oil and gas giant Equinor. The wind farm was built in only three months and is located off the coast of Ruegen island. It is also able to generate enough power for 400,000 homes and is the largest wind farm in the Baltic.
The Australian government announced launch of the largest ever Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to drive an evolution in marine-based industries, unlocking economic, environmental and technological benefits for a Blue Economy.
The report ‘Powering Homes Today, Powering Nations Tomorrow’, was launched by ETIP Ocean and analyses the challenges faced by the sector on the route to industrial roll-out and proposes four actions to overcome them. The ocean energy industry forecasts that 100GW of wave and tidal energy capacity can be deployed in Europe by 2050, meeting 10% of Europe’s current electricity needs.
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