Ørsted wind portfolio goes from strength to strength
Danish energy company Ørsted has announced that its primacy in the offshore wind market has expanded even further with Sunrise Wind, a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with Eversource, securing a fresh offshore contract with the State of New York, USA.
The proposed wind farm will have a capacity of 880MW, with an operations and maintenance hub to be situated in Port Jefferson, Long Island. The farm itself – set to become operational in 2024 – will be located 30 miles east of Montauk Point, Long Island alongside Ørsted’s existing South Fork and Revolution Wind facilities.
“New York State has set an ambitious goal to be 100% powered by clean energy by 2040. We fully share that vision, and we’re proud to bring more than two decades of offshore wind expertise to the state and to be fronting the offshore wind build-out in New York with a combined 1,000MW capacity via our South Fork and Sunrise Wind projects,” said Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President and CEO of Ørsted Offshore, in the company’s press release.
“Less than a year ago, we created the leading US offshore wind platform by merging the asset portfolios and competences of Deepwater Wind and Ørsted US. Our recent significant project wins in New Jersey and New York are proof of the strengths and quality of the combined organization.”
Ørsted’s ever-growing offshore wind presence is staggering and is certainly living up to the “Limitless supply. Limitless opportunity” strapline of its portfolio. In 2018, the company’s offshore wind projects reaped 30.6bn Danish krone and its power generation amounted to 10TWh worldwide.
This momentum is set to continue into the next decade, with expansions and additional projects springing up around the world. In 2022, for example, its enormous 1,400MW Hornsea Project Two will become operational in the UK, the turbines of which represent 20 times the power of those used for its debut offshore project, Vindeby in Denmark, in 1991. The proposed Hornsea Three would offer a capacity of 2,400MW (enough to power more than 2mn homes on a daily basis), and consultations for Hornsea Four plans recently closed in advance of developmental approval.
UK Nissan fleet owners receive commercial charging service
UK fleet owners of Nissan Leaf and e-NV200 models can avail of a new commercial charging service using vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
The V2G technology developed by DREEV, which is a joint venture between EDF and Nuvve, which specialises in V2G technology, allows for two-way energy flow; both recharging an EV’s battery when electricity is at its cheapest, and discharging excess energy to sell back into the grid.
Fleet customers will save around £350 savings per charger each year, which equates to approximately 9,000 miles of driving charge per year.
EDF’s V2G business solution includes:
The supply and installation of a two-way connected compact 11kW charger capable of fully charging a Nissan LEAF, depending on the battery model, in 3 hours and 30 minutes - 50 per cent faster than a standard charger - with integrated DREEV technology.
A dedicated DREEV smart phone app, to define the vehicles’ driving energy requirements, track their state of charge in real time, and control charging at any time
Philip Valarino, Interim Head of EV Projects at EDF, said today’s announcement marks an important step on the UK’s journey towards electric mobility. "By combining the expertise and capabilities of EDF, Nissan and Dreev we have produced a solution that could transform the EV market as we look to help the UK in its journey to achieve Net Zero," he said. “Our hope is that forward-thinking businesses across the country will be persuaded to convert their traditional fleets to electric, providing them with both an environmental and economic advantage in an increasingly crowded market.”
Andrew Humberstone, Managing Director, NMGB, said Nissan has been a pioneer in 100% electric mobility since 2010, and the integration of electric vehicles into the company is at the heart of Nissan's vision for intelligent mobility.
He added the Nissan LEAF, with more than half a million units already sold worldwide - is the only model today to allow V2G two-way charging and offers economic opportunities for businesses "that no other electric vehicle does today". Click here for more information.
FirstEnergy Corp, which aims to electrify 30% of its approximately 3,400 light duty and aerial fleet vehicles by 2030, has joined the Electric Highway Coalition. The group of electric companies, which has grown to 14 members, is committed to enabling long-distance EV travel through a network of EV fast-charging stations connecting major highway systems.
The Edison Electric Institute estimates 18 million EVs will be on US roads by 2030. While many drivers recognize the benefits of driving an EV, some are concerned with the availability of charging stations during long road trips. Through their unified efforts, the members of the EHC are addressing this "range anxiety" and demonstrating to customers that EVs are a smart choice for traveling long distances as well as driving around town.
Volta Industries has installed new charging stations at Safeway in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, and Renton, Washington.