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Orsted to Invest in 'Green Hydrogen' Pilots

a "strategic extension of both offshore and onshore wind"."It is still a technology in its very early stage, which has considerable challenges regarding how to handle it," he said in the interview published on Thursday..Orsted and two partners secured funding in August from the British government for a "green hydrogen" project.Hydrogen gas has long been seen as a potential alternative to fossil fuels as it emits water when burnt, not CO2, the greenhouse gas emitted by coal, oil and natural gas. But making hydrogen from water by electrolysis, using renewable power, requires

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World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm Opens

said.Britain is the world's largest offshore wind market, hosting 36 percent of globally installed offshore wind capacity, data from the Global Wind Energy Council showed.Walney Extension was among the first renewable projects to secure a so-called contract for difference (CFD) subsidy from the British government in 2014.The contract guarantees it a minimum price for electricity of 150 pounds ($195) per megawatt hour (MWh) for 15 years.Since this was awarded, the cost of offshore wind has fallen dramatically to a low of 57.50 pounds per MWh in the last auction held in 2017.Blades for both sets of turbines

The detached ship’s bell of HMS Erebus as found on the deck next to the windlass. Note the embossed ‘broad arrow’ British government property mark, and the embossed date 1845. (© Parks Canada / Thierry Boyer)

Bell Recovered from Wreck of HMS Erebus

has been undergoing conservation stabilization and additional research. The bell is intact and generally in very good condition. Two embossed markings - introduced when the bronze bell was first cast - are evident on the artifact: a Royal Navy "broad arrow" indicating property of the British Government, as well as the date "1845." "The bell of HMS Erebus provides a tangible and compelling connection to the Franklin ships and is an important part of naval and Canadian history,” Aglukkaq said. “The recovery of this important artifact is the crowning achievement

Ofgem to Link Offshore Wind to U.K Grid

competition and lower prices. Last September a consortium including Barclays Infrastructure Funds Management Limited and a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation won a tender, allowing them to maintain and operate the transmission link to the London Array offshore wind farm for 20 years. The British government aims to install 8-15 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2020 to help meet emissions reduction goals and European renewable energy targets. But in the past few months several firms including DONG, EON, RWE and Iberdrola-owned Scottish Power have all scrapped or scaled back huge offshore

Rendering of the new ship courtesy of BAS

New UK Polar Research Ship Construction Funded

The British Government has earmarked more than £200 million for a new UK polar flagship that will be ready for its first science mission in 2019, according to news from the British Antarctic Survey. Owned by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council), and operated by NERC’s British Antarctic Survey (BAS) on behalf of the UK polar science community, this new state-of-the-art research ship will deliver the next generation of UK world-leading marine science in the Antarctic and the Arctic.  Director of British Antarctic Survey, Professor Jane Francis said: “This an exciting

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GE to Trial World’s Largest Wind Turbine in UK

U.S. conglomerate General Electric will test the world's largest wind turbine in a facility in northeast England, it said on Tuesday. GE Renewable Energy, the renewable arm of the U.S. firm, and the British government-funded Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult signed a five-year agreement to test GE's Haliade-X 12 megawatt (MW) turbine in Blyth, Northumberland. "This is an important agreement because it will enable us to prove Haliade-X in a faster way by putting it under controlled and extreme conditions," John Lavelle, president & CEO of GE's Offshore Wind business

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