UK's Flogas Renewables and US' Northern Power Systems Announce Partnership
Flogas Renewables, one of the UK’s largest renewable energy solutions distributors, announced a distribution partnership with Northern Power Systems, a U.S.-based wind turbine manufacturer. The deal is a big move forward for Flogas, which recently acquired Leicester-based UFW Ltd. Flogas was excited about the deal, saying that the partnership will allow the company to offer Northern Power System’s state-of-the-art turbines to its existing customer base. It will also allow the company to reach out and promote the benefits of wind turbines to new customers.
“Our experience, presence and reach across the UK means we are ideally placed to act as ambassadors for the innovative products—working directly with our customers and local agents to offer advice and guidance to businesses looking to invest,” Flogas Renewables Business Development Manager David Taylor said.
Northern Power Systems is already a leader in the UK, manufacturing a popular 100kw turbine. Northern Power Systems has already been recently listed on the Toronto stock exchange.
Their turbines boast several unique features, including an advanced constant monitoring and analysis system. The turbines are also optimized for easy smart grid connectivity.
Taylor went on to explain that this opportunity places them in a unique position.
“As a result, we are now in a position to supply a 100kW wind turbine, which meets the energy needs for agricultural and commercial business installations—whilst also providing valuable income for the UK Feed-in Tariff (FiT)—as well as the 60kw model which is suited to smaller sites,” he said.
Northern Power Systems also expressed their excitement regarding the new partnership.
Iain Hardie, Northern Power Systems’ UK Sales Director, said, “As a global next-generation renewable energy technology provider, we are delighted to be working with Flogas Renewables—helping to bring our brand and our innovative wind turbines to customers across the UK.”
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
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.