World's largest offshore wind farm opens 100 turbines
The largest offshore wind farm in the world, with a total of 100 wind turbines, has just been established off the British coast. The Thanet offshore wind farm has the capacity to supply enough electricity to power 200,000 homes per year. The farm is located off the coast of Kent, in southern England. The project is part of a major renewable energy initiative, lead by the previous British government.
Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company, will be responsible for operating the wind farm. The company has also invested a total of approximately 880 million pounds for the farm development. The wind farm location is idea for operators, as the area is extremely windy. In comparison with other wind farms, an offshore turbine located near Britain is estimated to generate 50 percent more power than an identical one located in Germany, for example.
According to the European OffShore Wind Industry, half of Europe’s offshore wind farms currently under construction are located in Britain. A total of 16 are now being developed across Europe. According to RenewableUK, a trade group for the wind and marine renewable industry, wind has the ability to provide energy to close to three million British homes.
The Thanet offshore wind farm, which opened Thursday, September 23, covers a total area of 13.5 square miles, which is equivalent to 4,000 football fields, according to Vattenfall. The company is sensitive to installing wind farms in locations where the sight of the turbines offshore isn’t objected to by locals.
Thanet will only be the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm for a short period of time, as in late 2012 or 2013 the “London Array” is expected to generate power just north of the Thanet site. The plan is for a total of over 300 turbines of the Essex coast. According to the farm’s owners, the London Array has the potential to become the first one gigawatt offshore wind farm.
Awesense launches digital clean energy marketplace
Awesense has launched what it claims is the only energy-focused repository of solutions built to drive the industry's decarbonization agenda.
The Awesense Marketplace aims to provide a common framework for companies to collaborate towards the future of clean energy and digital transformation, uniting applications, solutions and algorithms to solve energy and grid challenges.
Solutions listed on the marketplace cover a range of cases, and launch companies include Doosan GridTech, Kitu Systems, vadiMAP, LO3 Energy, ENGIN, Utilidata, Clir Renewables, ChargeLab, SensorLink, Exeri, Easy SmartGrid, and Athena Power.
“We are welcoming a new era in the decarbonization of energy systems,” said Mischa Steiner, CEO of Awesense. “The goal of achieving a clean energy future requires collaboration amongst key industry players in the utilities and energy sectors. Sharing resources through the Marketplace means that our customers and partners have a truly seamless approach as we work towards our common goal - ultimately, decarbonizing the world’s energy system.”
Utilities, consulting companies, and other organizations struggle to develop solutions that can be scaled across many jurisdictions due to complex data integration and the lack of a standard, open data model. Using the solutions offered throughout the Marketplace, organizations can rapidly accelerate their transition to a decentralized, decarbonized future and develop solutions that are scalable across industry. The platform will open up new revenue streams in areas such as:
Distributed energy resource integration and control
Electric vehicle charging
Demand response and smart-home management
Intelligent asset management
Advanced distribution system management
The new marketplace builds on Awesense's Digital Energy Platform, a digital twin based energy analytics platform that allows utilities to scale at the same pace as the rapidly changing technology landscape of the energy grid.
Together, the Open Energy Data Model and the Awesense Marketplace removes hurdles around data mapping and transformation, expedites data preparation and refining, and provides a common framework for companies to collaborate.
“The energy-specific data model allows utilities, technology companies, consulting firms, and other vendors to build solutions that can be easily integrated by other energy companies, to make a real impact on the industry as a whole, and develop new revenue streams for their organizations” said Steiner. “We’re looking forward to seeing the Awesense Marketplace grow as more partners committed to energy decarbonization join us.”
There are no simple solutions to putting the world on a sustainable path to net-zero emissions, according to the IEA. Reducing global CO2 emissions will require "a broad range of different technologies working across all sectors of the economy in various combinations and applications." it notes.
Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia formed
Amp Power Australia has established the Renewable Energy Hub of South Australia, a strategic portfolio of large scale integrated Solar PV, Wind and Battery Energy Storage assets located in South Australia. The hub also includes the siting of the Spencer Gulf Hydrogen Energy Ecoplex, forming part of the South Australian Government's Hydrogen Action Plan.
The portfolio, acquired from EPS, includes three large Solar PV projects totalling over 1.3 GW of generation, located at Robertstown (636 MW), Bungama (336MW) and Yoorndoo Ilga (388MW) with a total BESS capacity of up to 540MW across the portfolio.
Amp's expansion in Australia will include the implementation of Amp X, a proprietary digital energy platform 100% owned by Amp, which provides a diverse portfolio of disruptive and interoperable grid edge solutions, and includes a smart transformer, which enables real-time autonomous management and optimised dispatch of all forms of distributed generation and loads across the grid.
Palmetto recently opened its marketplace in Arizona, and is now serving 20 states across the country, claiming its proprietary technology, marketplace business model, and consumer mobile application "are all designed to democratize access to clean energy".