Quantum leap forwards for floating wind and green hydrogen
- Sep 30, 2022 7:19 am GMT
World’s largest floating wind and green hydrogen project launched.
Recent announcement of Aquaterra’s one gigawatt floating offshore wind and hydrogen scheme of shows just how quickly the floating wind and hydrogen is moving. Hymed represents significant step forward for Italy and for both the floating wind and hydrogen sectors I'm watching with interest to see how supply chain tectonics come into play.
It demonstrates the quantum leap forwards of a sector I'm regularly sharing with the community. Particularly noteworthy is Project Dylan a floating wind and hydrogen project off South Wales:
It’s a global trend and the situation in both Brazil and more recently so called wind and hydrogen intelligence, putting this out as news -although I shared it with the community months ago.
Ceara, with whose stakeholders I’ve been engaging for months, offers an eyewatering potential of over 700 gigawatts of floating offshore wind and Canada an even more astonishing opportunity
This is not to say these projects will be built, of course but it does show that with the cost of floating wind, and indeed hydrogen, likely to fall in coming years.
Major developers are looking with great seriousness. These locations are particularly relevant to the UK given the United States declaring an ‘earthshot’ for the sector:
Here in South Africa, I’ve been engaging all week with stakeholders in the Cape Town region as they seek to exploit their own natural resources:
The ground-breaking 15 gigawatts Scotland proposal as recently as January of this year, talking to senior members of the Scottish floating wind establishment in Manchester describing it as ‘three years of delay, followed by a big dump.’
Several taxpayer funded organisations are involved in the UK which is the sector lead for floating offshore wind and obviously if countries such as Brazil at dwarfing our own figures, it raises the future of them as to whether they will continue to be world leaders.
They include centres such as the satellite opened in Aberdeen, the offshore renewable catapult and indeed other organisations who are leading with the UK operational fleets and we'll see whether the there is a role for them as the sector gains a quantum leap forward and as demonstrated by the figures I’ve shared in this piece.
So, coming up is Brazil, Philippines, Australia, possibly Canada, South Africa, the USA - and now Italy.
Floating wind is set for a ramp up of dramatic proportions.
Project Dylan does offer the UK continued world leadership and, can perhaps inform some of the global players now entering a vibrant market place
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