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From the deep fjord outside Stord on the west coast of Norway, the floating wind turbines will be towed to Scottish waters. The world´s largest floating wind project will be located 25 km off the coast of Peterhead in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, at water depths between 90 and 120 m.

The floating foundations in the Hywind project are ballast-stabilized and anchored to the seabed with mooring lines. With their lightweight nacelles, Siemens Gamesa large direct drive wind turbines are particularly suited for floating foundations.

 

The Hywind concept has already proven its effectiveness in 2009, when Statoil and Siemens Wind Power successfully installed a 2.3 MW Siemens Wind Power turbine at the first full-scale floating wind turbine project worldwide, Hywind Demo.

At the same time, Siemens Gamesa gathered a lot of experience on the specific requirements regarding the control parameters on a moving wind turbine under offshore conditions. For the floating installation, the technicians developed new controller algorithms for rotor pitch and yaw drive regulation.

The most important key success factor for the future of floating wind turbines is concepts which are cost (LCoE) competitive with bottom fixed foundations.
In the Scottish pilot project Siemens Gamesa and Statoil have been working close to develop a concept for commercial and large scale offshore wind parks which is cost efficient and with low risk.

Commissioning of the Hywind project is planned for 4Q17.

The majority of operating floating wind farms are currently located in Europe. However, California, Hawaii, Japan and Taiwan are attractive geographies for floating wind power turbines in the future.

Source: Siemens Gamesa

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An ENGIE-led consortium with partners, SENER and ACCIONA, held a ground-breaking ceremony for their Kathu Solar Park in the town of Kathu, in the Northern Cape Province, brought together local officials, guests and the project’s South African partners.

Construction has begun following the signing of a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) between ENGIE and Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power utility. The 100 MW Kathu Solar Park is expected to be operational in the second half of 2018.

 

Kathu Solar Park is a Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project that is being built by Spanish engineering and construction companies SENER and ACCIONA. The plant uses parabolic trough technology specifically designed and patented by SENER, and is equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows 4.5 hours of thermal energy storage to extend the operational capacity of the plant after sunset. Kathu Solar Park will produce enough power to supply 150,000 homes.

The joint venture between SENER and ACCIONA has been appointed by the ENGIE led consortium to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the project. Construction started on site in May 2016 and is due for completion in the second half of 2018. Approximately 1,200 jobs, of which approximately 36% will be local, will be created during the construction phase. It is estimated that the Kathu Solar Park will save six million tonnes of CO2 over 20 years and will further promote local economic development through various projects such as a local community trust for the benefit of communities in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District Municipality situated in the Northern Cape and sourcing of other services from local entrepreneurs.

Kathu Solar Park has been awarded preferred bidder in the third round of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIPPPP) led by the South African Department of Energy (DOE).

Source: SENER

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Solar energy company Proinso has announced it will open a new operation in Indonesia’s West Java province. Proinso will have distribution and integrated products available in Indonesia along with PT. Surya Energi Indotama (SEI), a highly experienced local EPM division.

A spokesperson for Proinso commented, “Indonesia is a market of major focus for Proinso. With over 250 million people, a growing economy, good solar irradiance and energy deficiency it has vast opportunity. However, it has significant logistical and engineering challenges which our local partner is extremely experienced and successful in dealing with.”

Proinso has worked in partnership with PT SEI on numerous off-grid, distributed generation and utility projects over recent years and this consolidates leading capabilities, experience and relationships both locally and worldwide.

Earlier this year, Proinso opened seven new offices across Latin America. The company now has 27 office locations worldwide.

 

Source: Proinso

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) signed on April 8 a loan agreement to establish a credit line totaling up to USD100 million (JBIC portion USD50 million) with CAF –Development Bank of Latin America, taking the opportunity of the IDB-IIC Annual Meeting held in the Bahamas. The loan is cofinanced with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and The Hachijuni Bank, Ltd., with JBIC providing a partial guarantee for the cofinanced portion.

The credit line is intended to finance through CAF the necessary funds for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects in CAF’s shareholding countries in the Latin American and Caribbean region, under GREEN operations*1. This loan follows a similar loan made to CAF in March 2011*2.

CAF, whose main shareholders are its 19 member countries*3 in the Latin American and Caribbean region, aims to achieve economic integration, as well as to promote economic development and trade finance in the region. JBIC has built up a cooperative relationship with CAF over a period of more than forty years through JBIC loans for infrastructure projects, as well as for exports of machinery and equipment to the Latin American and Caribbean region and for industrial investment and export promotion in the region.

Major Latin American and Caribbean countries had announced climate actions they intend to take under a new international agreement ahead of the COP21, and have been taking vigorous steps to implement measures to cope with climate change. Amid these developments, CAF has been actively supporting environment-related projects with a focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and thus this credit line is expected to contribute to reducing GHG emissions in the Latin American and Caribbean region. This is also in line with an initiative announced by the Japanese government in December 2015, “Actions for Cool Earth: ACE2.0.”

As Japan’s policy-based financial institution, JBIC will continue to support global environment conservation efforts in cooperation with regional development banks, by drawing on its various financial facilities and schemes for structuring projects and performing its risk-assuming functions.

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Siemens has received an order for the supply, installation and commissioning of 60 direct-drive offshore wind turbines, each with a capacity of six megawatts (MW). The customer for the project is a consortium between the German power provider E.ON based in Essen, and the Norwegian oil and gas company Statoil headquartered in Stavanger. When it comes online in 2019, the Arkona offshore wind farm’s total capacity will be sufficient to supply up to 400,000 German households with ecofriendly electricity. E.ON will have responsibility for building and operating the wind farm. Siemens and E.ON will be jointly responsible for service to the wind turbines for an initial two year period.

“This is the first order for our large direct-drive offshore wind turbines for a project in the Baltic Sea,” stated Michael Hannibal, Offshore CEO of the Siemens Wind Power and Renewables Division. “This is also the second offshore wind farm that we will be erecting for E.ON in German waters. We are pleased that E.ON and Statoil have once again chosen one of our offshore wind turbines for a new offshore wind power plant so we can continue our very good partnership with these two companies.”

Siemens has already supplied 80 wind turbines for the E.ON project Amrumbank West in the German North Sea. In December 2015, Siemens announced that it would deliver five wind turbines of the six MW class to Statoil´s Hywind Scotland project.

The Arkona offshore wind power plant is to be erected around 35 kilometers north-east of the island of Rügen. Over an area of approximately 40 square kilometers, 60 wind turbines will be erected on monopile foundations in ocean depths of between 23 to 37 meters. Installation of the offshore wind turbines will begin in the summer of 2018. A team consisting of service technicians from Siemens and E.ON will be responsible for servicing and maintenance of the wind farm for an initial period of two years. This service agreement also includes round-the-clock remote monitoring of the wind turbines from the Siemens Remote Diagnostics Center in Brande, Denmark.

HP Inc. bolstered its longtime commitment to sustainability by pledging to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity usage in global operations. As part of this goal, HP is joining RE100, a global initiative of top businesses committed to 100 percent renewable electricity. Led by The Climate Group in partnership with CDP, RE100 works with companies like HP to help businesses transition to renewable energy sources and accelerate the transformation of the global energy market to a low carbon economy.

As an important step to achieving this ambitious goal, HP plans to reach the 40 percent renewable electricity mark by 2020 in its global operations. This new goal reinforces HP’s dedication to integrating sustainability into its core business strategy.

“Joining RE100 represents a significant milestone for our company as we continue to move toward a business that is powered entirely by renewable electricity,” said Nate Hurst, HP’s Chief Sustainability & Social Impact Officer. “As we continue to reinvent a more sustainable business and society, both cost-effective and low carbon sources of energy are essential to the future and the growth of HP’s business. This commitment is guided by our belief in a world where technology and sustainability can combine to become a powerful force for innovation, helping reinvent how businesses, communities, and individuals can thrive.”

“We’ve worked closely with HP and the company’s dedication to building sustainability into the business is clear,” said Amy Davidsen, Executive Director, North America at The Climate Group. “We welcome HP’s leadership following the Conference of Parties on the UN Climate Change negotiations and its dedication toward driving forward the clean revolution.”

HP Inc. is applying a three-phase strategy to reach this goal:

  1. Aggressively reduce energy consumption by optimizing operations/building efficiency and implementing new efficiency projects.
  2. Increase the use of on-site renewable power.
  3. Acquire or generate off-site renewable power to offset brown power emissions, including the use of renewable energy credits (RECs) and power purchase agreements (PPAs).

HP was one of the first technology companies to measure and publish its complete carbon footprint, and set carbon reduction goals across its entire value chain including its operations, products and supply chain.

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International company Grupo Clavijo has supplied all the single axis solar trackers (SP 1000 model) for a project being implemented in the region of Antofagasta (Chile). With an installed capacity of 23.7 MW, the assembly and installation works have been completed in just 2 months.

This project is in addition to others in which the group’s solar trackers have been utilised in this Andean country, such as Chañares (40 MW), Atacama (2.88 MW) and Calama (35 MW and 33.7 MW). The solar trackers supplied by this Spanish group are proving their reliability and resilience in one of the driest regions with the highest level of exposure to sunlight in the world.

Apart from South America, Grupo Clavijo is present in key projects taking place in Central America, Europe and Asia. With more than 1.2 GW installed in over 30 countries, the company benefits from offices in Chile, Brazil and Dubai plus production plants in the USA, Brazil, Chile and South Africa as well as at its corporate headquarters in Viana (Navarra, Spain).

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Origin Energy Limited (Origin) has entered into a landmark 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) which covers 100 per cent of the output from Fotowatio Renewable Ventures’ (FRV) recently commissioned 56 MW Moree Solar Farm.

Located in northern New South Wales 10km south of Moree, Moree Solar Farm comprises close to 223,000 tracking solar PV modules and is expected to produce approximately 145 GWh of energy annually – enough to supply around 24,000 Australian households. It is the first large Australian solar project to use a single-axis tracking system, with PV modules that follow the sun’s path from east to west to maximise the energy generated during the day.

Origin Chief Executive Officer, Energy Markets, Frank Calabria said, “Origin was the world’s first energy company to adopt all seven We Mean Business coalition commitments on climate change. And we’ll continue to lead on reducing emissions by entering into PPAs on large-scale renewable projects like Moree, as well as empowering our customers through our in-home solar and battery solutions. “Solar technology has improved dramatically over the past few years and the cost has come down as a result. There has never been a better time for Origin to pursue large-scale solar opportunities – and fulfil its aspiration to be one of Australia’s leading renewable energy companies.”

Under the terms of the agreement, Origin has contracted for 100 per cent of the electricity generated and 100 per cent of the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) created from Moree Solar Farm – meeting consumer demand for renewable energy and helping meet Origin’s obligations under the Federal Government’s Renewable Energy Target. Moree offers an ideal climate for solar generation, with the facility expected to have a minimal variation in annual output of around 5 per cent. FRV Chief Executive Officer Rafael Benjumea said, “This transaction represents a key step in achieving FRV’s strategy to develop and build renewable power generation assets across Australia and globally.

“The agreement is yet another Australian market first for FRV and demonstrates that stability is starting to return to the Australian renewable energy market,” said Mr Benjumea. Moree Solar Farm has been funded by FRV with the support of an Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) grant and debt on commercial terms from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation. The Moree PPA is Origin’s first ever Australian solar PPA and complements Origin’s nine existing offtake agreements with wind farms in south-eastern Australia, growing its renewable portfolio.

Origin continues to pursue developments in utility scale solar and was recently shortlisted for funding by ARENA for a development approved site in Darling Downs, Queensland.

The CEPPI project website has been launched to showcase the sustainable energy solutions lead by the five participating cities – Birmingham (UK), Budapest (Hungary), Castelló and Valencia (Spain), and Wrocław (Poland) – and supported by the 4 expert partners. By using a pro-innovation procurement approach, the cities aim to achieve energy savings of 33GWh per year.

This 3-year project pursues to build capacity related to public procurement of innovation (PPI) and sustainable public procurement (SPP) in cities. Public procurement has the power to foster innovation and shape it to meet the needs and challenges of public services.

The five cities involved in the project will intervene in scheduled public tenders to achieve a more sustainable energy outcome through PPI.

Public authorities have started identifying the possible areas of intervention and related information has been published in the CEPPI website. Birmingham City Council announced its interest in procurements related to its waste strategy, and refrigeration units for markets; Budapest is exploring the implementation of PPI practices in tenders to retrofit the City Hall; Valencia is looking at city lighting, fountain systems and sports centres; and Wrocław is considering a focus on street lighting modernisation. Castelló is currently assessing opportunities. CEPPI cities aspire to adopt a leadership role in their regions.

Visitors to the CEPPI website can learn more about the five cities’ sustainable and innovation procurement policies and actions, and about their sustainable development projects. Within the project, the CEPPI partners will produce reports, guides and other tools of interest for public authorities implementing SPP and PPI practices, and all public documents will be available from the website. Those who want to keep updated about the CEPPI project can subscribe to its newsletter through the online form.

The CEPPI project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project is coordinated by Birmingham City Council, in partnership with Budapest City Council, the Municipality of Castelló, InnDEAValencia, EIT+, JERA Consulting, Optimat, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum EGS, and ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability.

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AVEVA today announced the commercial launch of AVEVA Everything3D™ 2.1 (AVEVA E3D™). The release builds on the software’s proven ability to deliver time and cost savings for brownfield and revamp projects by increasing productivity for EPCs and Owner Operators. Enhanced capabilities such as PointCloud demolition and displaying laser data directly on drawings enable designers to interact with 3D models in ways that have not been previously possible. Optimised design efficiency is delivered through an enhanced user interface which reduces learning curves and moves projects more quickly into production.

‘In the current economic climate where Capex spend is reduced, life extension of existing assets is a priority for our customers,’ said Dave Wheeldon, CTO, AVEVA. ‘Listening to that message we have put added focus on capabilities which can transform how customers perform brownfield projects, to increase productivity, improve quality and drive down project time. Brownfield projects range widely in scale with many of short duration, so being able to mobilize the systems rapidly is really important, and doing so while ensuring quality and accuracy. That has been the essence of further developing AVEVA E3D.

‘The advances in technology and user experience within this release continue to demonstrate why AVEVA E3D is the most innovative and efficient 3D design software available today and is ideal for brownfield projects of any size.’

Rick Standish, VP Solution Strategy added, ‘AVEVA E3D 2.1 takes built-in laser functionality to a new level. It includes the introduction of HyperBubble™ technology that allows the user to work in a fully immersed as-built environment. Using the laser data to model the demolition sequence prior to refit is a major step forwards which together with a unique “Laser in Draw” ensures that up-to-date laser data and design information can be used to make 2D deliverables. These unique features mean that the need to remodel existing plants prior to revamp and drawing generation has been removed and considerable man hour savings can be made on projects. This ensures that AVEVA E3D is by far the leading tool when it comes to efficient execution of brownfield projects.’

Other enhancements to usability include in-canvas commands, redesigned structural and supports modules, and improved P&ID/3D integration.
You can watch the video of the new AVEVA E3D.

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