Norwegians developing offshore substation-hydrogen factory combo
Norway: Norwegian companies, Arendals Fossekompani, Kongsberg, and Moreld, have joined forces on the Hydepoint project to develop a combined offshore substation and hydrogen factory.
Hydepoint is expected to contribute to solving several challenges related to the development and upscaling of offshore wind power.
”Hydepoint is a complete solution for receiving, converting, and transmitting the full energy potential from offshore wind farms, with reduced dependence on the onshore power grid,” said Morten Henriksen, Executive Vice President at Arendals Fossekompani.
Further development of offshore wind, including the upcoming licensing round in Norway, will require significant strengthening of the power grid, the companies said. A partial, or full conversion of the energy to hydrogen is expected to reduce the need for grid investments and effectively increase production of hydrogen.
One of the challenges associated with wind power is of course variable production, from day to day and hour to hour. With an increased share of offshore wind in the energy mix, production is at some point likely to exceed the need or capacity of the transmission lines to land, and also the onshore power grid.
Hydepoint is based on the development and qualification of standardized and scalable solutions. Thus, Hydepoint is expected to contribute to reduced costs in the global large-scale build-up of offshore wind that is planned over the next 20 to 30 years.
Arendals Fossekompani, Kongsberg Gruppen, and Moreld are industrial partners who will be equal owners of the new company, Hydepoint AS.
Moreld contributes with offshore infrastructure solutions, Kongsberg with power and management systems, and Arendals Fossekompani contributes with solutions for optimized planning and operation through its in-depth knowledge of the power market, including through the portfolio company Volue, the companies said.
The collaboration is based on an initiative from Kjell O. Johannessen, a former leader of the oil and gas cluster NODE, and leader of the industrial network Green Energy Network. Johannessen will have a smaller ownership interest in the company.
”Hydepoint is developed primarily as a floating concept that can easily be scaled in size and number. It solves several challenges related to offshore wind power and ensures the robustness and flexibility necessary to be implemented with reduced requirements for local infrastructure and value chains. Hydepoint is highly scalable and may very well become a global export item,” said Johannessen.