Japanese grid-scale battery company PowerX is planning an innovative method for accelerating renewable energy adoption, announcing a plan to build autonomous battery ships to transfer offshore wind electricity. Traditionally, electricity generated by offshore wind farms is transferred to national and local power grids using subsea cables which run from an offshore substation to onshore, grid-connected substations. Few people will have considered there was a need to modify this relatively straightforward process.
Renew Economy 9th Sept 2021 read more »
Windfarm installations are expected to double to record global levels this year, after a short-lived Covid-19 slowdown, according to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC). The group’s annual report found that the world’s offshore windfarm capacity grew by 6.1GW last year, down slightly from a record 6.24GW in 2019, but would rebound to more than 12GW in 2021 powered by an offshore wind boom in China. China led the world in new installations for the third year in a row with more than 3GW of offshore wind grid connected in 2020, and remains on track to surpass the UK as the world’s biggest offshore wind market by the end of the decade.
Guardian 9th Sept 2021 read more »
INTERNATIONAL energy sector heavyweights have underlined their belief in the potential to develop floating windfarms successfully off Scotland in projects they reckon could generate big economic benefits for the country. Renewable energy specialist Invenergy and oil services giant BW Offshore confirmed they submitted bids in the landmark ScotWind offshore licensing round, which closed to applications in July.
Herald 9th Sept 2021 read more »