Energy firms team up to produce hydrogen from wind power

Aug. 1, 2021
TechnipFMC, EDP, and others are teaming up to develop a new offshore system for green hydrogen production from offshore wind power.

TechnipFMC, EDP, and others are teaming up to develop a new offshore system for green hydrogen production from offshore wind power (the BEHYOND project).

The joint study will involve integration of equipment for the production and conditioning of green hydrogen and infrastructure that allows for transportation to the coast.

If the concept can be standardized and implemented worldwide, this could enable large-scale hydrogen production.

EDP, through the participation of EDP NEW and EDP Inovação, is the project coordinator, responsible for implementation of several phases: the strategic evaluation of the offshore wind-to-hydrogen market, the definition of viable business cases, and the technology roadmap to commercial maturity.

The company brings experience in the development of offshore wind and in the implementation of projects such as the WindFloat floating offshore solution.

TechnipFMC contributes subsea engineering, experience from its Deep Purple green hydrogen development, and system integration capabilities.

The CEiiA research center (Center for Engineering and Development) develops complex structures for the marine environment, with competencies in systems, electronics.

WavEC Offshore Renewables is an R&D consultancy covering all marine renewable technologies.

The University of South-Eastern Norway applies systems engineering to derive insights into the needs of the overall systems, reducing risks in the latter phases.

BEHYOND will receive support from the Blue Growth program of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEA Grants). 

Duo to develop floating wind farm offshore Japan

BW Ideol and ENEOS Corp. have signed a joint development agreement to develop a commercial-scale floating wind farm offshore Japan.

The project will be based on BW Ideol’s patented Damping Pool technology.

Paul De La Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol, said: “This collaboration confirms once again that our two-leg strategy of providing a proven technology and investing in the co-development of a project is extremely relevant in the context of a fast-accelerating new industry.”

In June 2021, ENEOS was selected as the operator of a floating offshore wind power generation project off the coast of Goto City in Nagasaki Prefecture. 

Heavy-lift, mooring constraints could impact floating offshore wind

A report by the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project suggests the global floating offshore wind industry should grow to 126 MW by the end of 2021, following completion of the Kincardine floating wind farm offshore Scotland.

However, although numerous countries are considering floating wind, the industry faces challenges in maximizing the efficiency of commercial-scale offshore projects, the report cautions. These include: 

  • Heavy-lift maintenance: commercial floating offshore wind farms are likely to be installed in deeper waters, which are not viable for conventional jackup vessels, and the relative motion of the turbine versus a floating maintenance vessel is a risk that needs to be addressed. 
  • Tow-to-port: There is a need for better solutions to safely disconnect and store all connections when bringing the turbine back to port.   
  • Mooring in challenging environments: both very deep and very shallow waters present issued for anchoring of floating offshore wind platforms. These range from selecting the most cost-efficient mooring system, to mitigating the strong dynamic motions of waves in shallower waters.   

The Phase-III Summary report outlines the challenges and the solutions that have emerged as part of the projects delivered to date, and a technological competition managed by the Carbon Trust and the Floating Wind JIP.  

bp and Tohoku Electric Power have recently joined the JIP, alongside existing members EDF Renouvelables, EnBW, Equinor, Kyuden Mirai Energy, Ocean Winds, Ørsted, Parkwind, RWE, ScottishPower Renewables, Shell, SSE Renewables, TEPCO, TotalEnergies, Vattenfall, and Wpd.  

Ørsted submits bid for second wind project offshore Maryland

Ørsted has submitted a bid to the Maryland Public Service Commission to develop Skipjack Wind 2, a proposed project of up to 760 MW.

The bid is in response to the commission’s call for proposals for Round 2 offshore wind projects, through which it can award at least 1,200 MW of offshore wind renewable energy credits.

The new project is expected to power more than 250,000 Delmarva homes, according to the company.

Ørsted is currently developing Skipjack Wind 1, a 120-MW project off the Maryland-Delaware coast that is scheduled to be operational by 2Q 2026.