An electric boat charging system has been developed for the offshore wind industry that reduces carbon emissions associated with turbine maintenance.
Developed by MJR Power, the offshore wind vessel charging system uses energy generated by the turbines themselves to power electrified shipping vehicles.
The cables and foundations that support the turbines and transport electricity from the wind farms to the mainland require constant monitoring and maintenance.
Carrying out this work on offshore wind turbines usually requires energy companies to send large vessels which use large amounts of fuel, with very high operating costs, and are often manned with a crew of up to 60 people, from submersible engineers and pilots to cooks and cleaners.
But the new project to install offshore charging stations will allow all electric crew transfer vessels and other offshore support vessels to connect on the ground to a green power source.
It won funding through the Clean Maritime Demonstration Competition, supported by the Department of Transport.
The charging stations will also help overcome the range barriers associated with electric boats, which will increase adoption by ship owners and operators who wish to transition to fully electric and green propulsion systems through modernization and upgrading. building new ships.
MJR Power said it hopes the ability to recharge in the field will “significantly accelerate” the adoption of emission-free propulsion systems, which will be a boon to the decarbonisation of the global marine sector.
Mohammed Latif, Electrical Engineer at MJR Power, said: “Our system will be absolutely crucial in helping governments achieve their net zero carbon goals and I look forward to demonstrating how it works and the benefits it offers.”
As one of the world’s leaders in the sector, the UK has stepped up installations of offshore wind turbines as part of efforts to decarbonise electricity infrastructure.
In January, Scotland announced the results of its latest offshore wind leasing auction, which saw some 17 projects gain approval for a possible 25GW of generation capacity.
In the same month, the government also announced an additional £31m for the development of floating offshore wind projects in a bid to boost the deployment of clean technology.
According to the International Energy Agency, the global offshore wind market grew by almost 30% each year between 2010 and 2018.
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