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Ireland to get 3.2 GW Green Hydrogen Terminal

[source] Aerial picture of the existing oil terminal at Bantry Bay

Irish renewable energy company EI-H2 aims to develop 3.2 GW hydrogen storage, in a joint-venture with US giant Zenith Energy at Bantry Bay, next to an existing oil terminal. In the first phase, a 2.7 GW hydrogen facility will be build. In the second phase, 500 MW worth of ammonia will follow. The hydrogen plant will be sourced by renewable offshore wind.

Time path: 2028.

[] – EI-H2 and Zenith announce plans for ‘green hydrogen’ plant in Bantry Bay
[] – Zenith Energy and EI-H2 Announce Joint Venture for Green Energy Facility at Bantry Bay
[Google Maps] – Bantry Bay

The Truth About Pumped Hydro

[] – Turlough Hill Power Station

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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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Joint Venture ITM & Linde

ITM-UK is good at producing hydrogen through electrolysis of water, where Linde, a company of German origin, is an expert in handling industrial gasses. For the developing hydrogen economy this seems to be a match made in heaven.

[] – Incorporation of ITM Linde Electrolysis GmbH
[] – Linde plc

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Can We Terraform the Sahara to Stop Climate Change?

Europe Chases CAES GWh Energy Storage

Dublin, Ireland-based Gaelectric was granted €90m in European Union backing for a compressed air energy storage (CAES) project due to be built in Larne, east Antrim, on the Northern Irish coast. (2017).

The funding came on top of €15m in previous grants, the BBC reported. The Larne CAES project, due for completion around 2022, is a European project of common interest that will generate up to 330MW of power for up to six hours.

Editor: hopefully Brexit won’t ruin this project.

[] – Europe chases GWh energy storage
[] – Compressed air energy storage (CAES)
[] – Storing compressed air energy in underground caverns
[] – EU Funds 330-MW Northern Ireland CAES Storage Project
[] – Additional €8.3 Million For Northern Ireland Energy Storage Project

Source: [] – Gaelectric Energy Storage –> 54% efficiency

[] – CAES presentation ParkID/Franc Mouwen

Installation E-70 Wind Turbine Ireland

Very detailed video documentation of the installation of an Enercon E-70 windturbine in Caherdowney, near Cork in Ireland (beautiful music from [9:37]).

[] – Caher Downey windfarm (Ireland)
[] – E-70
[] – Enercon

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