Fuel Transfer Success in Nome, Alaska
After a daunting journey of 5,000 miles through thick ice and harsh conditions, a Russian tanker finally completes its mission of delivering diesel fuel and gasoline to Nome, Alaska, where residents are experiencing one of their coldest winters on record. A first-of-its-kind mission, the challenging endeavor has led to a successful delivery of 1.3 million gallons of fuel from a ship frozen in place to the icy city half a mile away in sub-zero temperatures.
With the ship stuck in ice, offloading fuel was a tricky task as new challenges arose everyday over the last couple weeks. After pumping for over 60 hours, the mission marked the first time petroleum has ever been delivered to a western Alaska community by sea in winter.
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For its residents, the success of the operation provide incredible relief that there will be enough fuel to get them through June. Due to a massive storm that hit in November, Nome missed its last pre-winter barge fuel delivery and would have otherwise run out of fuel by March or April.
It's been a long ride since the Russian tanker Renda began its journey from Russia in mid-December. A huge milestone in oil transportation, the next challenge will be getting the tanker out of the ice and back to its home port safely. An icebreaker is expected to help the tanker tread its way back through the hundreds of miles of ice and back to open waters.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.