Offshore solar to feature in hybrid marine energy demonstration plant

An offshore, “open ocean” solar farm co-located with floating wind turbines will be developed off the Belgian coast as part of a major European bid to demonstrate the large-scale, continuous power potential of hybrid offshore marine energy parks.

The €45 m project, called the European SCalable Offshore Renewable Energy Sources (EU -SCORES), will combine the technologies and expertise of 16 project partners led by the DMEC (Dutch Marine Energy Centre), including RWE RenewablesEnel Green Power and Simply Blue Energy.

A statement from UK Project partners, offshore engineering company INNOSEA, said the consortium would start work this month on “two highly comprehensive and impactful demonstrations,” including an offshore solar farm colocated with wind.

Innosea said the 3MW solar system would be developed by Oceans of Energy off the Belgian coast and would be co-located with a “bottom fixed” offshore wind farm.

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World’s most powerful tidal turbine is now generating power

Orbital Marine Power Ltd O2, the world’s most powerful tidal turbine, has commenced grid connected power generation at the EMEC: European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney. The innovative, floating turbine is anchored in the Fall of Warness where a subsea cable connects the 2MW offshore unit to the local onshore electricity network.

Manufactured and launched in Dundee Forth Ports Limited earlier in the year before being towed up to Orkney, the O2 is Orbital’s first commercial turbine and represents the culmination of more than 15 years of world leading product development in the UK.

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Subsea 7 swoops on stake in Spanish floating wind technology developer

Engineering giant takes interest in NAUTILUS Floating Solutions, however the Bilbao-based company will retain autonomy from its new majority shareholder.

Oslo-listed service provider Subsea 7 has struck a deal to acquire a majority stake in Spanish floating wind technology developer NAUTILUS Floating Solutions.

Subsea 7 confirmed it would be acquiring a 59.12% stake in Nautilus and assuming four of the seven positions on the Nautilus board.

Nautilus has developed a concept for a floating wind foundation based on a semi-submersible steel structure that supports a centrally-placed wind turbine and is moored by a conventional catenary mooring system of four legs.

Nautilus claims its four column design with a ring pontoon is a well-known structure concept in the oil and gas industry and can maximise energy production of large wind turbines while limiting expensive offshore integration and maintenance procedures.

Subsea 7 said it would provide Nautilus with technical expertise, along with engineering and project management capabilities to support the advancement of the design, with plans for the concept to be included in tenders for demonstrator or pilot projects as early as this year.

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Firth of Forth Proposed as Scotland’s Green Port

Forth Ports Limited, Scotland’s largest ports operator and owner of seven Scottish ports on the east coast, has today intimated to the Scottish Government that it will submit a proposal for a Green Port encompassing key ports, industrial complexes and logistics centres along the north and south shores of the Firth of Forth and at Edinburgh Airport.

The Scottish Government has invited expressions of interest for the creation of a Green Port, which is a large, zoned area with a defined boundary within which operators and businesses can benefit from a package of financial and customs incentives which can attract inward investment.

Subject to sight of the Scottish Government’s full Green Ports prospectus, Forth Ports, which has been a port operator for over 50 years, proposes that the Firth of Forth Green Port will encompass strategic locations along the Forth Estuary, including Grangemouth (home to Scotland’s Freight Hub and principal petrochemical cluster) and the Port of Leith, where Forth Ports announced in May that it plans to create a £40 million renewable energy hub.

Fife and the City of Edinburgh are also expected to feature in Forth Ports’ Green Ports bid. Forth Ports are currently evaluating sites in Fife along the North Shore of the Firth of Forth from Longannet to Rosyth. Edinburgh Airport is also expected to feature for its international connectivity. Each of these locations are uniquely placed to deliver on all of the objectives of the proposed Green Ports policy.

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Deal signed for deep-water quay in Scapa Flow

Orkney Islands Council (OIC) and Crown Estate Scotland have signed an agreement to work together in developing a deep-water quay in Scapa Flow.

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UK to strip offshore wind subsidies from foreign supply chains

The UK Government has confirmed plans to remove subsidies for offshore wind development from companies unless they use British manufacturers.

Government ministers had previously proposed the measures as a method of developing the country into a ‘world leader in low-cost clean power generation’. While the UK has the most offshore wind generation of any country, most infrastructural developments have come from other European countries.

The new conditions of contracts would apply only to projects larger than 300MW. 

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