The small Greek island of Tilos in the Aegean Sea is set to become the first energy-independent island in the Mediterranean by relying exclusively in renewables.
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Keuka Research & Development, of the Keuka Energy Group of Companies, has moved from R&D into the U.S. offshore wind arena. The 175-MW wind-power generation project, now under construction at its facility in Palatka, Florida, will soon be based out of Green Cove Springs, Florida. Project completion is scheduled for 2023, at which time it is expected to produce the first utility-scale stored energy. It will also be the first offshore project to produce liquid air instead of electricity.
Testing of the first cold-store working unit will happen by June 2018.
ABS and Bureau Veritas are in the concept design review process of both Keuka Energy’s V-shaped liquid air storage/wind turbine platform, which will be anchored well offshore, and its 300-ton hybrid service vessel, the Tara Allen, which went under construction in 2015 at the Palatka facility.
HEINEKEN Netherlands, foodstuff distributor Nedcargo, and GoodFuels, the first marine biofuel company focused on the global commercial shipping fleet, have launched a joint pilot initiative to demonstrate the significant advantages of operating inland transport barges using sustainable drop-in marine fuel.
The initiative will see advanced marine fuel supplied by GoodFuels containing 30 percent biofuel on board the 104-TEU barge For Ever, an inland barge transporting Heineken export beer from the HEINEKEN brewery in Zoeterwoude to the deep-sea terminals in Rotterdam. The transportation of the beer will dramatically reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 25 percent, while also sharply reducing harmful local emissions such as nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM).
The project will showcase the possibility of reducing emissions of inland waterway transport without any vessel modification.
Twenty-five years ago, the world’s first offshore wind farm was constructed close to shore in the low waters off Vindeby near Lolland in the southeast of Denmark. Vindeby Offshore Wind Farm, comprising 11 offshore wind turbines, was connected to the grid in 1991.
DONG Energy, owner and operator of the wind farm, has decided to decommission it, and dismantling has begun.
The turbines are small compared to the latest tech, but the wind farm remains an industry pioneer.
On February 21, the 200-ft. sailing school vessel (SSV) Oliver Hazard Perry took on 6,000 gallons of B20 fuel, comprising 20 percent biodiesel, at Newport Shipyard in Newport, Rhode Island. The ship will sail from New England to Florida, then on to Cuba in March.
Completed in 2017, the vessel is the first ocean-going, full-rigged ship built in the U.S. in more than 100 years. It has the profile of an early 19th century vessel, but is a modern, state-of-the-art floating classroom hosting practical sail training and leadership development activities.
Caption: SSV Oliver Hazard Perry at Newport Shipyard before fueling with B20 provided by Newport Biodiesel. (Photo Credit: OHPRI)
Plastic debris in the oceans is a growing problem, and Procter & Gamble is getting in on a solution by planning to produce Head & Shoulders shampoo bottles that will be 25 percent made up of these recycled materials, collected by thousands of volunteers on the shores of France.
This will be a limited run of up to 170,000 recycled bottles to be sold in France this summer. The company also promised to produce more than 500 million of the same type of bottles per year across Europe by the end of 2018.
Caption: Marine debris is a growing international problem. (Photo Credit: NOAA)