The Anonymous Widower

Green Volt On Track To Power UK Oil & Gas Platforms By Mid-2020s

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on

This is the sub-heading.

Flotation Energy and Vårgrønn have submitted a Marine Licence application for the Green Volt floating offshore wind farm.

These two paragraphs outline the project.

This consent application could allow the project to start generating power in the mid-2020s, making it the most advanced oil and gas decarbonisation project in the UK, the developers said.

Flotation Energy and Vårgrønn are applying for a lease for Green Volt under the Crown Estate Scotland’s Innovation and Targeted Oil and Gas (INTOG) round.

Green Volt wind farm already has a web site, which gives these details of the wind farm.

  • It will be 50 miles off Peterhead.
  • 300-500 MW
  • Operational in 2027.

The article also says that the project has the potential to generate enough green power to electrify all major oil and gas platforms in the Outer Moray Firth area.

I can’t wait for the successful INTOG bids to be announced in April.

Engineers are creating exciting times.

February 9, 2023 Posted by | Energy | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scotland And Brittany Discuss Partnership On Floating Wind Turbines

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on

This is the sub-heading.

A delegation of fifteen Scottish companies met in Rennes, France, with companies from the Brittany offshore wind and marine energy sector to discuss the development of partnerships around floating wind turbines.

I can see more partnerships like this.

February 9, 2023 Posted by | Energy, World | , , , , | Leave a comment

BMW To Launch Small Test Fleet Of H2 Cars To Use Truck Hydrogen Fuel Stations

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the first paragraph.

BMW is aiming to take a ride on the network of hydrogen fuel stations for trucks in order to help overcome the challenge associated with building an expensive network specifically for passenger cars.

Why not?

February 9, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen | , | Leave a comment

Honda And GM To Produce Systems For Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars And Trucks

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Hydrogen Fuel News.

This is the first paragraph.

A hydrogen fuel cell system co-developed by Honda Motor and General Motors (GM) will begin production this year and will gradually increase its numbers throughout this decade.

This could be a big development.

February 9, 2023 Posted by | Hydrogen, Transport/Travel | , , , | 1 Comment

Rheenergise & University Partners Secure £1M Grant From UK Government

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from Reenergise.

This is the sub-heading.

The Department for Energy Security & Net Zero funded research project will identify and test minerals and discarded wastes for use in RheEnergise’s grid scale hydro energy storage system.

And these are the first three paragraphs.

In partnership with the University of Greenwich and the University of Exeter, RheEnergise, the UK company that is developing a new and advanced form of pumped hydro-energy storage, has secured a grant of £1 million funded through the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) as part of the UK Government’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund. The government grant will fund work to identify and test waste materials that could be used in the high-density fluid (HDF) that is integral to RheEnergise’s grid-scale High-Density Hydro® energy storage system. The HDF is an environmentally benign alternative to water.

RheEnergise’s long duration storage system is low-cost and energy efficient. The fluid used in the system is 2½ times denser than water (similar in viscosity to cream) and is therefore able to provide 2½ times the power and 2½ times the energy when compared to conventional low-density hydro-power systems that rely on water and operate in the Scottish Highlands, Wales and across Europe. It means that RheEnergise can deploy its long duration energy storage system beneath the surface of hills rather than mountains, so opening up massive commercial opportunities in the UK, Europe and further afield.

The research project, funded by the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero’s Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, wants to identify suitable minerals and waste streams which can be recycled into the high-density fluid which can be locally sourced and are lower-cost, rather than having to rely on minerals imported from overseas.

I feel the concept of High-Density Hydro is excellent and will work.

If this research leads to lower costs, that can only help the development and deployment of High-Density Hydro.

February 9, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wind Power For 1.2m Homes Is Wasted Because Of Lack Of Storage

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on the Daily Telegraph.

These two paragraphs outline what happened.

Enough wind power to supply 1.2m homes a day was wasted over winter because there is no capacity to store extra energy generated on gusty days, according to new research.

National Grid’s electricity system operator asked wind turbines which were expected to generate about 1.35 terawatt-hours of electricity between October and January to switch off instead because they were not needed to meet demand at the time, according to the consultancy Stonehaven.

The problem has been flagged up by Rupert Pearce of Highview Power, who in my view could have a solution with their CRYOBatteries.

Pearce is quoted as saying this.

Renewable energy storage is essential to powering a cleaner, cheaper, always-on Britain.

By capturing and storing excess renewable energy, which is now the UK’s cheapest, most secure and most abundant form of energy, we can power Britain’s homes and businesses with renewable green energy, taking millions of tonnes of carbon out of the atmosphere and ending a culture of reliance on expensive foreign imports.

He’s too bloody right! And my experience of mathematical modelling large vessels at ICI in the 1970s, says that Highview Power have one of the sensible solutions to large scale energy storage.

February 9, 2023 Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , , , | 2 Comments