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February 2018 Issue

Funding to Advance
Clean Energy in Canada

The University of Victoria (UVic) is getting $2.4 million in new funding to accelerate clean energy projects. The funding is from the government of Canada and the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation in conjunction with Seaspan.

An investment of $1.4 million will establish the Pacific Regional Institute for Marine Energy Discovery (PRIMED) at UVic. The institute will help develop and commercialize wind, wave and tidal energy technologies and help support the adoption of alternative technologies in remote coastal communities.

A $1 million investment will significantly advance the work of the green transportation research team at UVic’s Institute for Integrated Energy Systems. The funding will move forward solutions for heavy-duty marine, mining and transportation sectors working to meet their greenhouse gas reduction targets and climate change mitigation goals.

Wind Energy Economical
For Ship Propulsion

Analysis from BMT has revealed that the wingsail technology pioneered by Oceanfoil could achieve an average fuel consumption and emissions savings of 14 percent on a mid-sized tanker vessel and up to 20 percent in certain wind and sea conditions.

The results put renewable wind energy for ship propulsion in a key role as the shipping industry seeks to lower its carbon footprint and save fuel costs.

The assessment considered a system of four Oceanfoil wingsails over the course of a year on a 183-m, 50,000-tonne deadweight Panamax vessel operating in the north Atlantic. The study identifies the thrust benefits for all wind angles around the ship and uses the average to define the Oceanfoil wingsail thrust at a given ship and wind speed.

Oceanfoil is in discussions with its classification society to obtain approval for its proposed advanced all-weather camera solution to provide enhanced bridge visibility that would ensure compliance with IMO regulations.

Dudgeon Now Powering
UK Grid

The Dudgeon offshore wind farm 40 km off the coast of Norfolk, England, is officially open. All 67 turbines at the 402-MW farm are now delivering electricity to the U.K. grid, providing renewable energy to about 410,000 homes. Dudgeon is a key part of Statoil’s strategy to complement its oil and gas portfolio with profitable renewable energy solutions.

It is estimated that the installed capacity of offshore wind in Europe can grow from 12 GW in 2016 to 70 GW in 2030.

MacArtney Winches for
Borkum Riffgrund

The Borkum Riffgrund Offshore Wind Farm 2 is located in the North Sea approximately 55 km off the northwest coast of Germany and is one of the world’s biggest offshore wind farms. It comprises 56 wind turbines and will power 460,000 homes annually.

MacArtney provided winches for the wind farm to pull both interarray cables and export cables into the substation that forms the heart of the wind farm, collecting and exporting power generated by turbines through specialized submarine cables.

Sparrows Expands Wind Energy Market Presence
Sparrows Group has acquired Danish wind energy specialist Alpha Offshore Service A/S. Already a supplier of capital equipment to the wind energy industry, the deal significantly strengthens the group’s operations and maintenance capabilities in the sector.

Alpha Offshore provides engineering personnel and inspection services to the energy industry, specializing in the delivery of operations and maintenance, and supervisory and commissioning services to onshore and offshore wind developments. The company will continue to be run under the same management as a separate entity within the Sparrows Group, ensuring operational consistency while providing access to a wider pool of expertise and resources.

Canada Funds Clean Tech
For Fisheries, Aquaculture

The government of Canada launched a program that will provide up to $20 million over four years to help Canada’s fisheries and aquaculture industries incorporate existing clean technologies into their day-to-day operations. Potential projects include helping fish harvesters convert their vessels to clean alternative fuels and reducing energy use on aquaculture sites. Clean technology and innovation are key components of the government’s approach to promoting clean economic growth. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Clean Technology Adoption Program will provide funding to help a sector made up of primarily small and medium-sized businesses adopt innovative clean technologies that otherwise may not be possible.

Load Shackles for Tidal Energy Data Monitoring
Strainstall has been selected to provide two of its load shackles to increase the survivability and reliability of a floating tidal energy converter (TEC) platform for Sustainable Marine Energy Ltd. (SME). PLAT-I hosts four SCHOTTEL SIT250 turbines. Following installation of PLAT-I by SME, instrumentation and data gathering are being carried out for a project in partnership with Swansea University. Strainstall’s load shackles will be installed on PLAT-I to help better understand the effects of extreme conditions and fatigue loads on TECs.

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