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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£500,000 earmarked to help 16-24 year olds enter the industry offshore wind sector

SSE Renewables, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni Corporation (Marubeni) and Danish fund management company Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have announced that up to £15 billion would be added to the Scottish economy by their proposed offshore wind projects in Scotland via the Crown Estate Scotland’s seabed leasing process.

The partnership has also announced that their combined ScotWind projects would enable a £100 million fund to directly invest into Scottish supply chain companies to support the development of their projects should the partnership’s ScotWind bids be successful.

This funding will support the overall ambition of the partnership to achieve spending of circa 50% with Scottish suppliers in the projects over their lifetime.

The SSE Renewables-Marubeni-CIP supply chain fund will support Scottish businesses, including those from the Oil and Gas sector, to enter the offshore wind sector; will encourage the existing supply chain to establish new facilities in Scotland; will upgrade Scottish port facilities to accommodate future offshore wind deployment; and will support contractual security requirements.

CIP also said its partnership is fully committed to the UK and Scotland’s future supply chain and the green recovery and they will be investing £500,000 of the proposed fund to help 16-24 year olds enter the industry and help the supply chain bounce back from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Report recommends investment in floating offshore wind industry to generate £1.5bn for Scottish economy

A new report has called for investment in ‘port clusters’ in Scotland to support the development of a world-class supply chain for the floating offshore wind industry which could generate £1.5bn for the economy.

The Strategic Investment Assessment (SIA) report, commissioned by The Scottish Government and led by University of Strathclyde, says the offshore wind industry should learn from the oil and gas sector to develop an industry-led collaborative model to secure inward investment, focus activity, engage with suppliers and establish Scotland as a global leader in floating offshore wind.

The report sets out five recommendations to scale up offshore wind manufacturing capability and capacity in Scotland.

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€100m awarded to German offshore wind to green hydrogen project

A flagship project that aims to convert wind power to green hydrogen in Germany has received €100m in funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The H2Mare project aims to establish a new turbine that integrates an electrolyser into an offshore wind turbine optimally for direct conversion of the electricity into green hydrogen.

This project will involve the consideration of the entire value creation chain from the wind energy generation and hydrogen production to the conversion of hydrogen into methane, liquid hydrocarbons, methanol or ammonia right up to its use in industry and the energy sector.

The goal is to create a significant cost advantage in the production of large volumes of hydrogen which can then be used to decarbonise various sectors of industry.

Within four years, H2Mare, comprising four joint projects with a total of 35 partners, aims to lay the foundations for technology leadership and support the achievement of climate targets by reducing greenhouse gas emissions more rapidly.

Siemens Energy is responsible for the coordination of H2Mare and is supported by institutes of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft.

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Two companies to invest into offshore wind production in northeast England

Siemens Gamesa (SGREN.MC) and GRI Renewable Industries will invest more than £260m ($360.70 m) into offshore wind manufacturing facilities in northeast England.

Siemens Gamesa will invest a total of £186 m to expand its blade manufacturing site located near Hull – Britain’s largest offshore wind manufacturing facility – readying it for the next generation of offshore wind turbines and blades greater than 100 metres, the government said.

Siemens Gamesa will add 200 workers to the 1,000 it already employs in the factory, the company said in a separate statement.

GRI Renewable Industries will spend £78 m to build an offshore wind turbine tower factory at Able Marine Energy Park, also in Hull creating up to 260 jobs.

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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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Major £10M project aims to unlock untapped potential of ocean renewable energy fuels

An innovative £10M research project will investigate the potential of harnessing offshore wind and marine renewable energy to produce zero carbon hydrogen and ammonia fuels.

The University of Strathclyde will lead the multi-disciplinary Ocean-REFuel: Ocean Renewable Energy Fuels project, which will explore ways of converting ocean energy into fuels for use in heating, energy storage and difficult to decarbonise transport applications.

The news comes as the UK prepares to host COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, in Glasgow and the consortium includes world-leading research teams from the Universities of Nottingham, Cardiff, Newcastle and Imperial College London. The project is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, industry, and the partner universities, who have also pledged a total of nine linked PhD studentships.

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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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Offshore Wind Growth Partnership releases £3.5 m for Development Grants

In its largest funding call to date, the OWGP is releasing £3.5 million for Development Grants to be awarded to high-growth supply chain companies. Development Grants of between £100K and £1 million are available for capital and operational expenditure on projects that will unlock significant growth potential in UK content, jobs and export opportunities. This latest call builds on the £2.5M of grant funding already allocated to successful companies in the last 18 months.

Development Grants are available to UK companies and will be awarded on a competitive basis, with successful proposals demonstrating a long-term business plan and a clear ambition for growth in the sector. Eligible applicants can request up to £1M in a single grant application to cover up to 50% of the total project budget.

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