Sep 25, 2018

Hamburg’s 2018 Global Wind Summit to discuss energy storage and flexible innovations

Europe
Wind
Olivia Minnock
2 min
The Global Wind Summit 2018 has opened in Hamburg and will discuss flexibility, innovation and energy storage.
The 2018 Global Wind Summit in Hamburg has officially begun, having opened with a senate reception in Hamburg City Hall.

The 2018 Global Wind Summit in Hamburg has officially begun, having opened with a senate reception in Hamburg City Hall.

The summit is expected to include 1,400 exhibitors with 35,000 trade visitors set to attend. Over 50 conference sessions will take place this week including more than 500 speakers and presenters.

Each day of the summit will deal with a distinct theme. Day one (Tuesday) will focus on electrification and sector-coupling; day two will look at digital wind and new technologies; day three will focus on the wind industry in a merchant environment; and day four will consider a long-term outlook at the wind industry, including new markets.

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The summit is described as the most important and largest meeting of the wind energy sector in the world. At the opening ceremony, Mayor of Hamburg Dr Peter Tscentscher said: “Hamburg backs the energy transition. More than 20,000 people work in the renewable energy sector in the metropolitan region, two thirds of them in the wind sector.

“Research institutes, startups and innovative companies are working together on solutions for high-performance wind turbines, flexible and efficient grids and modern storage and conversion technology. The ‘Global Wind Summit’ brings the entire industry to the Elbe to shape the future of wind energy.”

Among other innovations, GE’s new Cypress platform will be showcased, which promises an innovative, more efficient solution to wind energy production which is set to be more flexible, with lower logistics costs than previous models.

Wind energy storage is also set to be a key issue, with Hans-Dieter Kettwig, managing director of OEM Enercon, stating that the wind sector needs to pool its knowledge with other sectors and more action should be taken to expand storage as well as electricity networks.

Another key issue on everyone’s lips is how to globalise the industry and look at new markets rather then just the current leaders. On Thursday, members of government, educational institutions and wind companies will discuss the potential for offshore wind in Poland, while other events will look at how facilities can be more flexible for the needs of emerging markets.

Some notable attendees to look out for this week include Ivor Catto, Chair of WindEurope, Hermann Albers, CEO of BWE, Philippe Kavafya, CEO of MHI Vestas and Anja-Isabel Dotzenrath, CEO of E.ON Climate & Renewables.

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Jul 29, 2021

Carbon dioxide removal revenues worth £2bn a year by 2030

Energy
technology
CCUS
Netzero
Dominic Ellis
4 min
Engineered greenhouse gas removals will become "a major new infrastructure sector" in the coming decades says the UK's National Infrastructure Commission

Carbon dioxide removal revenues could reach £2bn a year by 2030 in the UK with costs per megatonne totalling up to £400 million, according to the National Infrastructure Commission

Engineered greenhouse gas removals will become "a major new infrastructure sector" in the coming decades - although costs are uncertain given removal technologies are in their infancy - and revenues could match that of the UK’s water sector by 2050. The Commission’s analysis suggests engineered removals technologies need to have capacity to remove five to ten megatonnes of carbon dioxide no later than 2030, and between 40 and 100 megatonnes by 2050.

The Commission states technologies fit into two categories: extracting carbon dioxide directly out of the air; and bioenergy with carbon capture technology – processing biomass to recapture carbon dioxide absorbed as the fuel grew. In both cases, the captured CO2 is then stored permanently out of the atmosphere, typically under the seabed.

The report sets out how the engineered removal and storage of carbon dioxide offers the most realistic way to mitigate the final slice of emissions expected to remain by the 2040s from sources that don’t currently have a decarbonisation solution, like aviation and agriculture. 

It stresses that the potential of these technologies is “not an excuse to delay necessary action elsewhere” and cannot replace efforts to reduce emissions from sectors like road transport or power, where removals would be a more expensive alternative.  

The critical role these technologies will play in meeting climate targets means government must rapidly kick start the sector so that it becomes viable by the 2030s, according to the report, which was commissioned by government in November 2020. 

Early movement by the UK to develop the expertise and capacity in greenhouse gas removal technologies could create a comparative advantage, with the prospect of other countries needing to procure the knowledge and skills the UK develops.

The Commission recommends that government should support the development of this new sector in the short term with policies that drive delivery of these technologies and create demand through obligations on polluting industries, which will over time enable a competitive market to develop. Robust independent regulation must also be put in place from the start to help build public and investor confidence.

While the burden of these costs could be shared by different parts of industries required to pay for removals or in part shared with government, the report acknowledges that, over the longer term, the aim should be to have polluting sectors pay for removals they need to reach carbon targets.

Polluting industries are likely to pass a proportion of the costs onto consumers. While those with bigger household expenditures will pay more than those on lower incomes, the report underlines that government will need to identify ways of protecting vulnerable consumers and to decide where in relevant industry supply chains the costs should fall.

Chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, Sir John Armitt, said taking steps to clean our air is something we’re going to have to get used to, just as we already manage our wastewater and household refuse. 

"While engineered removals will not be everyone’s favourite device in the toolkit, they are there for the hardest jobs. And in the overall project of mitigating our impact on the planet for the sake of generations to come, we need every tool we can find," he said.

“But to get close to having the sector operating where and when we need it to, the government needs to get ahead of the game now. The adaptive approach to market building we recommend will create the best environment for emerging technologies to develop quickly and show their worth, avoiding the need for government to pick winners. We know from the dramatic fall in the cost of renewables that this approach works and we must apply the lessons learned to this novel, but necessary, technology.” 

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and International Energy Agency estimate a global capacity for engineered removals of 2,000 to 16,000 megatonnes of carbon dioxide each year by 2050 will be needed in order to meet global reduction targets. 

Yesterday Summit Carbon Solutions received "a strategic investment" from John Deere to advance a major CCUS project (click here). The project will accelerate decarbonisation efforts across the agriculture industry by enabling the production of low carbon ethanol, resulting in the production of more sustainable food, feed, and fuel. Summit Carbon Solutions has partnered with 31 biorefineries across the Midwest United States to capture and permanently sequester their CO2 emissions.  

Cory Reed, President, Agriculture & Turf Division of John Deere, said: "Carbon neutral ethanol would have a positive impact on the environment and bolster the long-term sustainability of the agriculture industry. The work Summit Carbon Solutions is doing will be critical in delivering on these goals."

McKinsey highlights a number of CCUS methods which can drive CO2 to net zero:

  • Today’s leader: Enhanced oil recovery Among CO2 uses by industry, enhanced oil recovery leads the field. It accounts for around 90 percent of all CO2 usage today
  • Cementing in CO2 for the ages New processes could lock up CO2 permanently in concrete, “storing” CO2 in buildings, sidewalks, or anywhere else concrete is used
  • Carbon neutral fuel for jets Technically, CO2 could be used to create virtually any type of fuel. Through a chemical reaction, CO2 captured from industry can be combined with hydrogen to create synthetic gasoline, jet fuel, and diesel
  • Capturing CO2 from ambient air - anywhere Direct air capture (DAC) could push CO2 emissions into negative territory in a big way
  • The biomass-energy cycle: CO2 neutral or even negative Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage relies on nature to remove CO2 from the atmosphere for use elsewhere

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