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Mobile Power Plants Are Taking to the High Seas

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Deepak Seth was most recently Principal Director, Technology Consulting at Accenture. He provided Innovation and Thought Leadership as part of Accenture's CIO Advisory practice for clients in the...

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Karpowership is busy marketing floating power plants across the developing world, where governments are seeking extra voltage to power hospitals and other facilities to keep the lights on during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vessels can hook into an onshore grid quickly, sidestepping the red-tape and construction issues involved with building a traditional power plant. And these ships come with their own fuel — liquefied natural gas and fuel oil — tapping into markets that are currently oversupplied.


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Matt Chester on May 27, 2020

Are these meant to be stopgaps or actual longer-term solutions?

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Deepak Seth on May 28, 2020

Great question. The article talks about : " While these ships often are initially thought as a bridge solution until something more permanent can be built, some of the ships stay long-term"

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Matt Chester on May 28, 2020

Interesting-- I wonder what those who quoted that consider long-term. I guess one way is to wait and see!

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David Clark on May 28, 2020

Powership solutions can be either, and the generation is affordable and reliable with excellent load following. Contracts typically range from 1 year up to 20 years. These are utility sized assets, and vessels can be comined (i.e. more than one can be deployed to a location) taking the capacity range up to circa 2000MW if required. A key advantage is that they can also be deployed and provide electricity to a grid extremely quickly, usually in a matter of weeks. 

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Matt Chester on May 28, 2020

Wow-- 20 years! Thanks for the additional information, David

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David Clark on May 29, 2020

Happy to help Matt.

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