Energy Valley at Arendalsuka
Energy Valley invites you to a panel discussion about the future of renewable energy in Norway at Arendalsuka.
The event, hosted in collaboration with SINTEF, SEB, and Capgemini, will be held at one of the largest venues at Arendalsuka, Arendal Kino, with a capacity of 260.
What does the future have to bring for renewable energy? Norway has a unique position to take the lead in the global transition to renewables. But are we about to fall behind? Will we remain an oil producer, or will we be able to make the transition? And what is needed to accelerate this transition to both reach net-zero goals and make new jobs?
These, and other questions will be debated the panel discussion, named “Bli med på en spennende reise inn i fremtidens fornybare energilandskap.” Leaders from the industry, finance, and academia will provide their views on the matter.
The event, taking place at Bærekraftscenen in Arendal, will last from 20:30 to 21:30, after which light refreshments will be served – providing a venue for socialization.
At the event, you will meet the EVP at Capgemini Invent, Karl Thomas Reinertsen, Country Manager Norway at SEB, John Turesson, Head of Strategic Export Priorities at Innovation Norway, Eli Wærum Rognerud, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at ZEG Power, Kathrine Ryengen, CEO at Siemens AS and Managing Director Siemens Smart Infrastructure Nordic & Baltic, Nils Klippenberg, and lastly, Executive Vice President Sustainability at SINTEF, Nils Røkke.
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Deep Wind Offshore and EDF Renewables Annouce Preferred Floater Solution for Utsira Nord
Energy Valley member, Deep Wind Offshore and EDF Renewables are cooperating with Norwegian supplier Moreld Ocean Wind for the floating solution at the offshore wind development on Utsira Nord.
“Moreld Ocean Wind’s solution is the most cost-effective and sustainable of those we considered. It also represents the Norwegian way of doing things, with Moreld providing technology, engineering, procurement, and construction. This cooperation aligns with our goal of maximizing local content, which is crucial not only to achieve social acceptance in the first offshore wind projects but also to be able to upscale the industry to deliver further projects to reach the 30 GW target. Both parties in the consortium are fully aligned on this matter,” says Knut Vassbotn, CEO of Deep Wind Offshore.
Renewable energy major EDF Renewables has been working with offshore wind developer Deep Wind Offshore on the first offshore wind projects in Norway since 2021.
This work includes producing a competitive bid for the qualitative Utsira Nord tender and one of the focus areas is the development of a robust supply chain in Norway. The consortium has now chosen its preferred supplier for floating wind foundations in the Norwegian supplier Moreld Ocean Wind.
Strengthening the Norwegian local supply chain
The consortium has investigated several floating solutions. Moreld Ocean Wind is a Norwegian leading industrial group based in Stavanger, specializing in offshore energy and marine industries.
The Ocergy floater that Moreld offers is an innovative steel three-column construction that ensures good stability, fast assembly, and low weight. It is what the consortium considers to be the most sustainable and cost-effective solution at Utsira Nord.
“EDF Renewables has more than 10 years of experience in offshore wind and is currently constructing one of the first floating wind farms in the world, Provence Grand Large. We’re pleased to partner with Deep Wind Offshore on this project, who complement our global experience and extensive technical expertise with their local presence and in-debt knowledge of the local supply chain,” says Frédéric Belloy, Executive Vice President of International operations of EDF Renewables and adds:
“We’ve already enjoyed strong interactions with the Norwegian supply chain across a range of our projects and are delighted to continue doing so with Moreld and Ocergy to deliver a robust offer as part of the Utsira Nord bidding process”
This decision further illustrates the attention paid by the consortium to strengthening the Norwegian local supply chain while preparing itself for the next stages of the tender process.
With this project, EDF Renewables and Deep Wind Offshore are committed to supporting Norway to achieve its goal of doubling power production by 2040, including 30 GW of offshore wind production.
Milestone Achievement: Norway’s Offshore Wind Ambitions Bolstered by Floating LiDAR
Energy Valley member TGS, a leading provider of energy data and intelligence for offshore wind, announced today the successful deployment of the first-ever LiDAR buoy measurement campaign to support Norwegian offshore wind development.
This event represents the first industry-led investment and installation toward making large-scale Norwegian offshore wind a reality.
“Energy Valley is very glad to see the first joint industry project for the development of large-scale offshore wind development in Norway sailing. This is another good signal of the Norwegian industry taking the initiative and the correct steps to deliver our first floating wind parks at Utsira Nord,” says Head of Business Development at Energy Valley, Daniel Miravalles.
“Utsira Nord is an important, exciting energy and industrial project. This is a good example of how we have picked up the pace in offshore wind development and that the consortia have started concrete activities. We need the data that will now be acquired on wind, waves, ocean currents, and birds if we are to successfully build out the power capacity,” says Terje Aasland, Norway’s Oil and Energy Minister.
Enhancing the decision-making ability for investing in offshore wind
The buoy, which is part of a global campaign by TGS to deliver high-quality wind measurements to wind developers, has been deployed in the Utsira Nord zone. It uses state-of-the-art sensors to conduct wind, metocean, and environmental measurements to enhance decision-making for the three floating wind project areas to be awarded in Norway’s first floating wind lease round.
“We are thrilled to be part of this pivotal point in the story of Norwegian offshore wind. Our multi-client floating LiDAR buoy deployments enhance the decision-making ability of all stakeholders investing in this region’s offshore wind development future, and this is proven by significant interest and commitment from Utsira Nord wind consortia,” says Jan Schoolmeesters, EVP of Digital Energy Solutions at TGS.
The company’s unique multi-client approach, where multiple customers can subscribe to the same floating LiDAR data, allows all offshore wind stakeholders to minimize energy yield uncertainty, make better project development decisions and reduce the costs and turnaround time associated with acquiring bankable wind and metocean data.
Making data available for stakeholders
The TGS buoy is equipped to provide an extensive range of data throughout a 12-month measurement campaign, with the possibility of extending for an extra year. Alongside measuring wind speeds, the data package encompasses essential metocean and environmental information, encompassing significant wave heights, profiles of ocean currents, and acoustic surveillance of birds and bats.
Data is continuously streamed, quality-controlled, and made available to customers on a daily basis through the Wind AXIOM platform, a comprehensive site evaluation, and wind data analytics tool allowing stakeholders to analyze the most influential factors impacting their offshore wind projects.
Utsira Nord marks the sixth global deployment of TGS multi-client floating LiDARs over the past 12 months but is the first aimed at floating wind development, being situated in approximately 270 m of water depth. The previous five buoys are active off the US East Coast, and TGS is planning additional deployments in offshore wind markets globally.
Enernite Joins Energy Invented Office Space for the Summer
The start-up Enernite is joining the Energy Invented office space for the summer while building up their spatial analysis software.
“Energy Invented provides, in our opinion, the best infrastructure for ambitious entrepreneurs within the energy space with great internet, good office facilities, a gym, and a great cafeteria. Additionally, the people are pretty amazing as well,” says Co-Founder & CEO at Enernite, Fredrik Moger.
The two-year-old start-up launched with an ambition to make a site screening tool for renewables but quickly realized that they could expand to be the first all-in-one geographic information system (GIS) tool on the web. Get to know Enernite here.
“GIS is complex and requires specialized knowledge. Only about 2 million people worldwide work as GIS professionals, while billions of users depend on information with a location component. And that’s what we’re going to change,” says Moger.
The company wants to make spatial analysis accessible to everyone.
“We want to empower everyone, especially any office worker who depends on IT tools, to build what they need themselves. Quickly, simply, and inexpensively. And this gets the Enernite team up in the morning and working hard every day,” says Moger.
The innovation platform Energy Invented offers office facilities, innovation, and business development programs as well as a valuable industrial network for start-ups, growth companies, and the SME segment within energy technology. Energy Invented is run by Energy Valley.
Empower New Energy and Adaptis Energy Kenya Teaming Up to Solarize Africa
Empower New Energy – one of the companies connected to the Energy Invented platform – this week signed a development partnership agreement with Adaptis Energy Kenya to bring clean, sustainable, and reliable energy solutions to the African continent.
With this strategic collaboration, both companies will leverage their proficiency in the solar energy sector to revolutionize the way businesses in Africa harness power from the sun.
The partnership will enable the installation of high-quality, cutting-edge solar panels at commercial and small- to medium-sized enterprises, bringing enormous benefits such as lowered energy costs, reduced carbon footprint, and increased energy independence for these businesses.
“By joining hands, Empower New Energy and Adaptis Energy Kenya are committed to promoting a greener, more sustainable future for Africa and accelerating the continent’s transition towards renewable energy. The pairing of these two incredibly innovative and environmentally focused organizations not only paves the way for cleaner energy solutions but also holds immense promise for the planet,” Empower New Energy writes on LinkedIn.
The BalticSeaH2 Project Sets Sail
The BalticSeaH2 project is starting between Finland and Estonia. The project creates a large-scale, cross-border valley around the Baltic Sea. On the 15th of June, the project will be presented at the Energy Connected conference.
The project starts at the beginning of June and lasts five years. BalticSeaH2 builds the first significant, cross-border hydrogen valley in Europe. The goal is to create an integrated hydrogen economy around the Baltic Sea to enable self-sufficiency of energy and minimize carbon emissions from different industries.
The project includes 40 partners from nine Baltic Sea area countries. Combining local areas into a broader valley supports creating a genuinely integrated, interregional hydrogen economy, which has not been done previously on this scale in Europe.
An optimal location for a cross-border hydrogen market
The area between Finland and Estonia is an optimal location for a cross-border hydrogen market. The necessary infrastructure – natural gas pipelines, electricity grids, and active marine traffic – already exists in the Gulf of Finland.
The project will also support the reduction of carbon emissions from existing marine traffic. In addition, Gasgrid Finland is already preparing hydrogen infrastructure: Nordic-Baltic Hydrogen Corridor, Baltic Sea Hydrogen Collector, and Nordic Hydrogen Route enable strong growth for the hydrogen economy and hydrogen markets in the Baltic Sea region.
Huge potential for hydrogen
BalticSeaH2 projects enable 25 demonstration and investment cases to showcase the different sectors of a hydrogen economy, adding up to over 4000 million euros in total investments. The production potential for hydrogen will reach 100 000 tonnes of hydrogen annually by the end of the project.
The hydrogen and its derivatives can be utilized or sold by different industries brought together by the project.
ABB, for example, develops and demonstrates megawatt-class fuel cell solutions that enable emission-free maritime transport in collaboration with its partners. Another key objective at ABB is to optimize the interplay between the various sectors of the hydrogen valley and the entire value chain using digital platforms.
First pilot plant running by 2024
Finnish energy company Helen intends to produce green hydrogen with a PEM electrolyzer. The first pilot plant should be running by 2024 and serve primarily heavy transport. Hydrogen can also be delivered to industry needs in containers. The faculty decreases carbon dioxide emissions in traffic and district heating production by 400 000 tonnes within the 20-year life cycle of the plant. With the hydrogen production pilot project, Helen can create the necessary expertise and skills for widescale Power-to-X production needs.
Finland ambitiously targets carbon neutrality by 2035, supported by our significant wind power potential. Producing and refining clean hydrogen for industry use, transport, and into new products creates new export opportunities. BalticSeaH2 project has prerequisites to create a fast-growing clean hydrogen market to accelerate the development of the hydrogen economy in the Baltic Sea region and the whole of Europe.
About the consortium
The consortium includes 40 partners from nine Baltic Sea region countries: Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. The project and consortium were prepared by Finnish CLIC Innovation, which is also the project coordinator. Gasgrid Finland is a co-coordinator for the collaboration in the project. The total volume of the project is 33 million euro, with 25 million funding from the EU. Clean Hydrogen Partnership supports European hydrogen valley projects with RePowerEU funding from the commission.