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Bidding Started for 8 GW UK Offshore Wind Tender

Offshore Wind Leasing Round 4 creates the opportunity for at least 7 GW of new offshore wind projects in the waters around England and Wales by the end of the decade. That’s enough to power more than six million homes and deliver a step-change in the UK’s journey to net zero by 2050.

Round 4 has the potential to further strengthen the UK’s world leading offshore wind sector, create jobs and investment, and deliver green, reliable, affordable energy to millions more homes. It’s part of our commitment to supporting the UK’s low-carbon future while ensuring we maintain our healthy, biodiverse seas.

The projects identified through this process will join a strong pipeline of UK offshore windfarms already in operation, construction and planning, and will help put the UK on track to meet the government target for 40GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030.

[] – Official site
[] – Bidding Starts on UK Offshore Wind Seabed Rights

Autonomous Brainport Line Eindhoven

Eindhoven in the Netherlands is a high-tech center with enormous potential. Some see it as the potential successor of Silicon Valley. Core competence is not software, but hardware. ASLM is the de facto global monopolist of machines that produce micro-chips. Everybody has heard of Intel, AMD, Samsung, Apple, HP and what not, but ASML is the technological real deal.

According to a global university ranking from Singapore, the Technical University Eindhoven meanwhile ranks #5, world-wide. It is obvious that a project needs to be initiated that underlines the new prominent high-tech status of the Eindhoven “Brainport” region.

The province of Noord-Brabant, where Eindhoven is situated, has the ambition to create an autonomous driving public transport facility, The Brainport Line, connecting all the rapidly growing high-tech R&D campuses: High Tech Campus, ASML Campus, Eindhoven Airport, Brainport Industrie Campus, Philips Health Care Campus, Technical University and Eindhoven center train station, with autonomous driving busses:

Initially, the buses will drive on their own free lanes. The project should become operational by the end of this decade. Participants in the project are: automotive campus Helmond, chipmanufacturer NXP, the VDL-group, DAF, Siemens, TNO and the Technical University Eindhoven. The final decision for a go-ahead is still pending, depending on a decision by the Dutch government about how they are going to allocate 20 billion euro on sustainable projects. The Brainport project, costing 1 billion, has made it into the final round. Eindhoven can point at the export potential for the region of complete autonomous public transportation systems, centered around manufacturing company VDL.

[] – Brabant wil 1 miljard voor zelfrijdend ov-systeem Eindhoven
[] – Eindhoven most patent-dense city in the world
[] – VDL Groep
[] – VDL secures a mega order: 80 automated guided vehicles for Singapore
[] – 102 electric buses to Oslo: VDL’s largest electric bus fleet to date
[] – Why the Netherlands is the new Silicon Valley: Eindhoven

Shell to Build Floating Offshore Wind Park near Ireland

Floating offshore wind illustrated with a French example

Data in short:

Name project Emerald.
Location: 35 km out of the cost near Cork, Southern Ireland.
Power: 300 MW initially, option for 1 GW.
Operational: 2028.
Nr. of turbines: 12-25 (that would be turbines between 12-20 MW)


– Shell is getting real serious about reinventing itself as a renewable energy company.
– Offshore wind now gets a deep water option, vastly expanding the potential applications. Think Japan, China, US, Ireland, Norway and many others.

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The Missing Link in Renewables

First Turbine Installed at Kriegers Flak

The first of in total 72, 8 MW turbines is in place at Kriegers Flak offshore wind park, and will be the largest in Denmark at completion, later this year. The wind park will be connected to both the Danish and German grids.

[] – Kriegers Flak

EU Initiates €2.9B Battery Storage R&D Program


Name project: European Battery Innovation-project.
Purpose: decreasing dependency on China. The money is intended as a lever to attract additional €9B funding from private sources.
Target: EU home-grown battery production, sufficient for 6 million cars per year.
Participants: funding will come from France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Finland, Greece, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.

[] – EU Announcement
[] – EU green light for $3.5 billion pan-European battery project
[] – EU-landen geven bijna 3 miljard euro steun voor Europese accupakketten
[] – EU looks to Tesla, BMW and others to charge $3.5 billion battery project
[] – EU approves second large battery project ‘European Battery Innovation’ – which includes Tesla

Windpark Fryslan

89 windturbines of 4.3 MW each will constitute wind park Fryslan, currently under construction and to be completed later this year. The wind park will generate 382 MW and be the largest inland waterway wind park in the world.

[] – Windpark Fryslân

The construction of the wind park from start to finish is documented in several videos below:
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Jinko Solar Building 20 GW/Year Solar Cell Factory

Operational later this year. It will be the largest pv-plant in the world.

Jinko Solar’s annual output will triple from 10 to 30 GW. Jinko Solar also achieved an AAA-credit rating, underlining the trust and solidity in the renewable energy industry and renewable energy transition in general.

[] – Jinko Solar
[Google Maps] – Chuxiong, Yunnan Province, China
[] – JinkoSolar Ranked as Top Solar Brand used in Debt Financed Projects and Most “Bankable” PV Manufacturer by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

120 MW CAES Storage in Israel

The Israeli company Augwind is building a CAES air battery to the tune of 120 MW. The battery is said to operate at an overall efficiency of 75-81%. Energy input will come from pv-solar.

[] – Company site
[] – Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) Systems

Calculations conducted so far have shown the installed cost of long-duration storage to be one-tenth of the cost of lithium-ion battery storage.

Renewables Surpass Fossil Fuel in Europe’s Electricity

A significant milestone has been reached in Europe, where the share of renewables has overtaken that of fossil fuel in electricity generation. Fossil fuel fell to 37%, renewables rose from 34.6% in 2019 to 38.2% in 2020. Covid-19 no doubt was a great help.

[] – The European Power Sector in 2020

Advent Big Battery – Tesla Megapack Moss Landing, CA

Batteries with the output of a 1 GW conventional power station are coming, able to replace the output of these power stations for several hours.

The Moss Landing Power Plant project in California is in the process of completing a 300 MW/1200 MWh lithium-ion battery, inside a cavernous turbine building, soon to be joined by another 100 MW/400 MWh facility.

With this, California is the global utility battery storage leader, but several other similar projects are underway elsewhere, such as in South Florida (409 MW/900-MWh), London-UK (320 MW/640 MWh, Lithuania (200 MW/200 MWh) and Chile (112 MW).

While energy storage is thriving in high-value markets, such as California, battery prices still need to come down more to reach large-scale global deployment. In the U.S., proponents hope the incoming Biden administration will pursue more favorable energy policies, including extending the Investment Tax Credit — which ramps down to 10 percent for commercial solar systems and ends for residential solar in 2022 — and expanding the benefit to stand-alone storage.

Even without further incentives, however, analysts are optimistic that battery prices will eventually drop low enough for widespread energy storage use.

“We see storage being a large player across effectively every future we look at,” says Cole. “And not just one or two gigawatts… but tens to hundreds of gigawatts.”

[] – In Boost for Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is on the Rise
[] – Summary Yale article above
[Google Maps]

– Moss Landing power plant, CA-USA

Heerema – “Don’t Hammer but Screw and Push!”

Sleipnir, a Heerema’s crane ship, one of the largest in the world. You can accuse Heerema of a lot, but not that they are subtle.

Dutch offshore contractor Heerema and the university of Dundee have developed a method to make loud hammering of monopiles into the seabed superfluous and replace it with a more silent “push-and-screw” method. Marine life in the North Sea and elsewhere will be grateful for it.

[] – Heerema Developing Silent Foundations
[] – Heerema developing Silent Foundation Concepts Technology in coordination with the University of Dundee
[] – Screw piles
[] – Research project to lay foundations for offshore wind farms

Microsoft Invest $2B in Autonomous Driving

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we know that in 2020, society and its economy can largely survive without daily hours of mindless commuting and instead you can use the internet, cloud, VPN and products like Skype and Zoom, to keep the economy going. All of a sudden, the privately-owned car, that is mostly used for commuting, begins to look a little superfluous.

Meanwhile, Microsoft, a company with little interest in the car-industry, has stepped forward and volunteers to exercise the mercy killing of the global car industry, by stepping into the GM-autonomous driving project named “Cruise”.

Mercy killing, you say? Yes! If private companies with giant fleets of autonomous driving e-vans will enter the transport market, why on earth would you want to own a car, that is standing idle by for 97% of the time, if you can order an autonomous driving taxi with your smartphone and spend driving time with your tablet, rather than having to stare at the rear-bumper of the car driving in front of you, for a price per mile, 4-10 times cheaper!?

[deepresource] – “By 2030 You Won’t Own a Car”

Germany Kicks-off Hydrogen Grid

Germany plans to retrofit the existing natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen use. A corresponding draft change in law, the Novelle des Energiewirtschaftsgesetzes, is now available. One after another, successive parts of the gas-grid should become certified for hydrogen use. A federal hydrogen grid should be in place by 2035.

The goal is to avoid with hydrogen what happened to renewable electricity: the problems with getting the wind energy transported from the north to the south, due to public resistance against building new high voltage power lines. Often, wind turbines need to be shut off because they produce too much electricity without matching consumers, causing losses of about 1 billion euro per year for the operators.

Required is a hydrogen grid of 1300 km, that for 90% will consist of already existing gas-pipe-lines:

[] – Startschuss für Deutschlands Wasserstoffnetz
[] – Um­stel­lung von L- auf H-Gas

1 MW ITM Electrolyser in Groningen-NL

Siemens-Gamesa Venturing Big into Offshore Hydrogen

  • Projects target a total investment of approximately EUR 120 million over five years in developments leading to a fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution
  • Projects are first major step to develop an industrial-scale system capable of harvesting green hydrogen from offshore wind
  • Developments will enable decarbonization of hard-to-abate sectors such as transport and heavy industry
  • Implementation within the framework of the ideas competition “Hydrogen Republic of Germany” of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research

[] – Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy to unlock a new era of offshore green hydrogen production

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Naar Grote Elektrolyzers op Zee

EU-Support for Dutch 20-30 MW Electrolyser

Djewels visual 2020

It is difficult to keep track of all these “world’s largest electrolyser projects” these days. Here is a 20 MW project called “Djewels” in Delfzijl, in the north-east of the Netherlands. The particiants Nouryon, Gasunie and four other partners receive € 11 million EU subsidy for their intendedgreen hydrogen project “DJEWELS”, in Delfzijl.

[] – Djewels
[deepresource] – Dutch 20 MW AKZO-Gasunie Hydrogen-Electrolysis Initiative
[] – Nouryon en Gasunie wint EU-steun voor H2-project
[Google Maps] – Location Chemiepark Delfzijl

VPRO Tegenlicht – Deltaplan Waterstof

Energie van de toekomst – Waterstof

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