Acciona leads plan to construct 'world's first floating wind-and-solar hydrogen complicated'

Jan 18, 2021 12:56 PM ET
  • Spanish designer starts government-funded project being created around Hexicon's twin-turbine style wired along with open-sea PV
Acciona leads plan to construct 'world's first floating wind-and-solar hydrogen complicated'

Spanish renewables developer Acciona is leading an introducing EUR6m ($ 7.25 m) government-backed project that aims to construct what would be the globe's initial eco-friendly hydrogen plant powered by floating wind as well as PV innovations mixed-up.

The OceanH2 project, which will be based around Swedish clothing Hexicon's twin-headed floating wind systems as well as open-sea solar setups powering onboard electrolysers, will certainly discover "various implementation situations" for an offshore hybrid power generation system, factoring in the emerging hydrogen manufacturing, storage and circulation supply chain.

Beginning with laboratory-scale examination of various principles performed by Wunder Hexicon, a firm collectively owned by Hexicon as well as Spanish clothing WunderSight, the three-year project will certainly be developed in 6 autonomous neighborhoods of the European nation-- Madrid, the Canary Islands, Andalusia, Cantabria, Navarra and also Catalonia-- to "ensure technological synergies and also national clinical abilities".

" There are two major benefits to using floating wind to generate hydrogen offshore in our view," Hexicon's incoming CEO Marcus Thor claimed to Recharge in an unique interview.

" First, of course, that being offshore there is infinite water [for usage in the electrolysis process that creates hydrogen]; as well as 2nd, that floating wind plants could operate with no connection to the landmass, producing hydrogen for offshore filling onto shuttle bus vessels for onward transportation to sector as well as likewise for use in the future as gas for green shipping.

" And this would obtain a project out of a stress of power prices. The demand for secure electrical power rates is gotten rid of."

Acciona, in a declaration, stated: "The expertise obtained with this project may be moved to areas of application and also markets not pondered to day, accomplishing, in addition to a boost in the competition of the taking part firms, greater sustainability in the sector.

" This will favour both work development as well as the mobilisation of future investments to carry out the innovative results of the project in the marketplace.

" To promote the succeeding technological development procedure and also its introduction on the market, all stages of the project will certainly be based on stringent technological and also economic needs."

The project, which is supported by Spain's Ministry of Science, Innovation & Universities under the aegis of a EUR70m R&D programme, will additionally involve service providers consisting of Redexis, Ariema, TSI, and also BlueNewables, as well as twelve research study centres in the nation.

When seen a speculative technology, floating wind is gathering speed in its industrialisation and is significantly being looked at for utility-scale standalone projects on the planet's significant maritime regions, in addition to as part of hybrid ideas using other renewables modern technologies such as floating PV and wave power.

Hexicon currently has pure-play floating wind developments underway off Korea with oil titan Shell, as well as in South Africa and also Scotland, however this is its first hybridised project-- though the Swedish firm's initial overseas power layout integrated wind, wave and solar technologies.

Floating wind markets are on the verge of eruptive growth worldwide, with current analysis from UK-based low carbon advisory body the Carbon Trust computing over 70GW of floating wind could be turning by 2040-- a near-1,000-fold development of the current global fleet-- as international supply chains materialize to sustain development of commercial-scale projects worldwide.

DNV, in its most recent Energy Transition Outlook, anticipates some 260GW of floating wind transforming worldwide by 2050, yet depends upon the market lowering levellised expense of power to EUR40-60/ MWh ($50-75/ MWh) from levels today that are 3 times as high.