Nov 17, 2017

French school receives the world’s largest adhesive solar film

Sophie Chapman
2 min
New BiOPV installed on French roof with 23.8MWh capacity
ENGIE, Heliatek, and the Department of Charentes-Maritimes installed the world’s largest solar film on the roof of the Pierre Mendes France...

ENGIE, Heliatek, and the Department of Charentes-Maritimes installed the world’s largest solar film on the roof of the Pierre Mendes France school in La Rochelle.

The Building integrated Organic PhotoVoltaic (BiOPV) was inaugurated on 16 November and cover 500sqm of Heliatek’s film.

The installation was made using three different sizes of film – 2m, 3m, and 5.7m – using almost 400 individual pieces.

The BiOPV was installed in record time, demonstrating the ease and speed-efficiency of installing the film.

Heliatek’s HeliaSol(R) was used for the first time on a roof installation, in which the self-adhesive back and preconfigured wiring means that the film only requires mounting and electricity connection.

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The project took eight hours to install and only used six people, which works out at just over two minutes per film.

“Light roofs, which usually do not allow for standar PV technology, can now produce green electricity with our HeliaSol(R),” said CEO of Heliatek, Thibaud Le Séguillon.

“Thanks to our strong partner and investor ENGIE, we were able to rapidly realise this exciting project.”

The roof now has an annual generation capacity of 22.5kWp, approximately 23.8MWh, which will cover roughly 15% of the school’s electricity demand.

“Renewable energy is an essential part of our strategy of decarbonisation, decentralisation as well as digitalisation of energy. Almost half of the energy consumption comes from the building sector,” commented Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE’s CEO.

“Buildings that couldn’t previously be used for energy production will be able to cover their own electricity requirements. With Heliatek’s technology, they will contribute to a decentralised and green energy supply.”

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Shipping
fuel
Decarbonisation
ammonia
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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