Advanced battery storage for UK’s National Grid
Renewables have less inertia than the large turbines used by coal, gas and nuclear, meaning grid frequency changes faster when demand and supply are out of balance. Advancements in battery storage technology and increased competition could be the answer to the UK’s increasingly inflexible and intermittent electricity supply, as James Lawson reports.
Upskilling à la LM Wind Power
As the pace of renewable energy application hastens, so too does the drive to attract a skilled workforce, resulting in a global push to skill and upskill. Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with Carmen Maria Alfonso Sanchez, senior manager, global training & development, at LM Wind Power.
Raising safety standards on offshore wind farms
Andrew Tunnicliffe speaks with Kate Harvey, general manager of the G+ Global Offshore Wind Health and Safety Organisation, about the company’s work to improve safety in the offshore wind farm environment, how the challenges have evolved and how they are being met.
Firmer foundations with gravity and suction bucket
Gravity and suction bucket foundations are two technologies that promise a number of advantages − including the potential to reduce the cost of offshore wind projects − over the ubiquitous monopile for seabed-mounted installations.
Engie’s Darwin project: The evolution of data management
Digital transformation is big news at Engie, the French energy giant of which the interests run from natural gas and wind to solar and nuclear. Between 2016 and 2019, it will spend €1.5 billion on more than 30 digital projects, but it is renewables where previous investments are already bearing fruit, as Damien Terrié, head of Engie’s Darwin project, tells James Lawson.