UK partners join forces to advance green hydrogen production and distribution

UK-based marine energy company Marine Power Systems Ltd (MPS) (MPS) has joined forces with National Maritime SME Working Group champion and UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group members Marine2o to develop integrated solutions to support the production of green hydrogen from offshore renewable energy sources, using marine vessels to transport this energy vector to market.

This first collaboration will support the developing pathway in the UK and other markets to deploy MPS’ innovative offshore wind and wave energy capture devices – which can be configured either as a combined solution or independent power plants – to produce green hydrogen.

MPS’ floating wind and wave technology will play a crucial role in Marine2o plans to decarbonise ports and urban water ways around the UK and internationally, according to the partners.

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UK Marine Hydrogen Working Group – Join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group

If you or your organisation would like to join ‘the’ only UK Marine focussed hydrogen working group contact Tim Munn or Peter Green or e: info@nmdg.co.uk

The working group is free to join and is aimed at those organisations or professionals that are either already involved in or have a desire to be involved in the Hydrogen economy.

The intention of the group is to assist with the acceleration of decarbonisation by championing the use of hydrogen. To be `the` leading voice towards government and regulatory bodies and ultimately to provide more opportunities to members by making connections.

With leading influencers in the hydrogen space working alongside the National Maritime membership, it is a well-informed working group discussing the technical, regulatory, and financial challenges to vessel design and conversion and infrastructure development.

Members of the working group will also be at COP26 – UN Climate Change Conference on the 4TH of November, Glasgow, where a panel of leading experts including James Walker EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre, David Scott David Scott Marine Ltd and Tim Munn Marine Zero will be Distilling COP26 & Championing the use of Green Hydrogen in the maritime sector as they drive to decarbonise the sector.

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The Industrial Energy Transformation Fund (IETF) Phase 2 is now open

The £60m Autumn 2021 competitions for Phase 2 Industrial energy transformation fund is now open. You can now apply to deploy energy efficiency or decarbonisation technologies that help an eligible industrial process to reduce their energy demand and carbon emissions. The competitions close on the 6th December 2021.

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Scots investment bank backs Nova Innovation

TIDAL energy pioneer Nova Innovation Ltd has secured £6.4 million from The Scottish National Investment Bank to fund manufacturing and distribution of its innovative subsea tidal turbines.

The investment will see Nova increase its presence across the UK and expand into new global markets.

The Edinburgh-based company’s innovative 100kW tidal turbines have been transforming the power of the sea into clean, predictable energy in Shetland since 2016.

By focusing on scalable solutions, Nova has been able to install, adapt and enhance its technology on site, creating a reliable and replicable product for mass production.

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Rotterdam port confident on hydrogen pipeline

The Port of Rotterdam is confident that there will be sufficient hydrogen supply and demand to justify the development of its hydrogen pipeline project with Dutch gas system operator Gasunie linking Maasvlakte and Pernis.

The port has said it is going “full speed ahead” with preparations for a hydrogen pipeline within the port, which is planned to enter into operation by the second quarter of 2024.

This is despite Dutch energy regulator ACM’s warning last month not to develop hydrogen infrastructure while future hydrogen demand is still uncertain.

Unlike regulated energy markets elsewhere in Europe, the Dutch regulator has no authority to approve projects, meaning that hydrogen pipeline projects can go ahead regardless of the regulator’s suggestions.

The port authority is in discussion with several firms about connecting planned electrolysers to the hydrogen link.

The first customers for the pipeline would be Shell and Eneco, which are developing a 200MW electrolyser at Maasvlakte. A final investment decision on the project is expected at the end of this year, the port said.

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Floating offshore wind newcomer raises $4m for pilot project

Floating offshore wind newcomer Gazelle Wind Power Limited has raised $4 m to accelerate development of its hybrid floating offshore wind platform.

The Dublin-based manufacturer’s three-legged platform combines features from tension-leg and semi-submersible designs.

Its design features three cylinders to provide buoyancy, while its combined legs and mooring system will stabilise the structure.

The company claims its platform will use less steel and be cheaper than other floating wind platforms.

It added that its platform will also have smaller horizontal movements, a smaller swept area, drift less than other semi-submersible platforms, and have a tilt of less than 1 degree.

Gazelle Wind Power has not confirmed when or where a pilot project would be deployed, or when it expects to make the platform commercially available.

It has also not confirmed whether it will require further funding.

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Nova Innovation, Sabella forge tidal tie-up

Nova Innovation and SABELLA have announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two tidal energy technology companies.

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SME Maritime Working Group members Grafmarine nominated for Start-Up Award

Grafmarine are developing an integrated solar energy creation and electric storage system for any flat surface to create and store energy in one small tile.

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Rovco launches hydrographic division

e UK company plans to invest £9.5m in the new unit over the next two years

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Moray East delivers first power

EDP Renewables and Engie’s Ocean Winds (OW) joint venture has delivered first power from the 950MW Moray East offshore wind farm off the coast of Scotland.

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