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MeyGen Tidal Power

MeyGen is the worlds largest tidal energy plant which is currently in construction. The project uses four 1.5 MW turbines with 16m rotor diameter turbines submerged on the seabed. The project is owned and run by Tidal Power Scotland Limited and Scottish Enterprise. The high speed of currents in the area, reaching up to 5 metres per second (11 mph), made the chosen site in the Pentland Firth well suited to this type of energy generation… In December 2016 it was announced that the first turbine had begun full power operations, and all four turbines were installed by February 2017. Atlantis plans for 400 MW.

[wikipedia.org] – MeyGen

[atlantisresourcesltd.com] – Company site
[theguardian.com] – World’s first large-scale tidal energy farm launches in Scotland

1-2 GW Tidal Power Plans in France

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Atlantis Resources Limited has submitted a strategic plan to the French government that includes a goal to deliver 1 GW of tidal power by 2025 at Le Raz Blanchard in France. The company recently completed a study that concludes 2 GW of tidal energy is immediately available to be harnessed at this site in Normandy and 1 GW could be operational by 2025, with potential to create up to 10,000 jobs and attract more than €3 billion (US$3.65 billion) of CAPEX investment.

[hydroworld.com] – Atlantis announces plans to deliver 1 GW of tidal power by 2025
[4coffshore.com] – Raz Blanchard Tidal Project
[renewableenergymagazine.com] – Atlantis Study identifies 2 GW of tidal energy
[wikipedia.org] – Alderney Race

Overview Pumped Hydro Facilities in Europe

Goldisthal, largest PHS facility in Germany. Completed in 2004, 1060 MW, 8.5 GWh, 12/19 million m3 (upper/lower), 600 million euro.

[lirias.kuleuven.be] – An overview of large-scale stationary electricity storage plants in Europe [2015]
[setis.ec.europa.eu] – Europe to experience pumped storage boom [2013]

[wikipedia.org] – Bath County Pumped Storage Station [USA]
Largest PHS facility in the world: 1985, $1.6B, 79% efficiency, 44 million m3, 3060 MW, 44 GWh, Voith-Siemens.

[wikipedia.org] – List of pumped-storage hydroelectric power stations
(world-wide, over 1000 MW)

Can Norway Serve as Europe’s Battery Pack?

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Arguments pro and con.

[greentechmedia.com] – Why Norway Can’t Become Europe’s Battery Pack
[greentechmedia.com] – The Debate Over Norway’s Ability to Become a Hydro Battery for Europe Is Surprisingly Robust
[greentechmedia.com] – Norway Could Provide 20,000MW of Energy Storage to Europe

Dutch Company TenneT Plans 30 GW Offshore Wind Park

Dutch grid company TenneT is working on a serious plan to build a giant wind park of 30 GW in the middle of the North Sea, on the Dogger Bank, around a to-be-build artificial energy island (€1.5 billion), that is supposed to work as a power hub to distribute wind power to the surrounding countries Holland, Britain, Norway, Denmark and Germany. The island could be completed as early as 2027. The wind park will dwarf anything we have seen so far in the realm of offshore wind (think 630 MW).

[theguardian.com] – Is this the future? Dutch plan vast windfarm island in North Sea
[businessinsider.com] – The Dutch plan to build the world’s biggest wind farm
[wikipedia.org] – Dogger Bank

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“Coming 10-15 Years Offshore Wind Will Be Booming”

Key figures power production The Netherlands

Average power consumption: 13 GW
Total power capacity: 29 GW
Size coming generation turbines: 8 MW nameplate power
North offshore capacity factor: 50% nameplate power

In other words: the Netherlands needs to install 13 GW / 8 MW / 0.50 = 3250 offshore 8 MW wind towers.
Modern jack-up vessels like the Aeolus (see video below) can install a single wind tower per 24h.
In other words, the energy transition of the Netherlands can in theory be accomplished within 10 years with a single jack-up ship. Dutch companies have several of these ships operational.

The bottle neck is not installing the monopiles but storing the generated wind power and convert it into H2 or NH3.

[offshorewind.biz] – Sif Gathers Steam in 2017

EU Storage Programs

[store-project.eu]
[eera-set.eu] – European Energy Storage Technology Development Roadmap Towards 2030 –
UPDATE
[ec.europa.eu] – Energy storage
[store-project.eu] – stoRE – Final Publishable Report (pdf)
[store-project.eu] – Facilitating energy storage to allow high penetration of variable Renewable Energy (pdf)
[setis.ec.europa.eu] – Mapping of energy storage innovation in Europe

[wikipedia.org] – International storage projects

De-icing Wind Turbines

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