Minesto, Schneider Electric to Build "Ocean Energy Farms"

Friday, March 12, 2021

Tidal energy developer Minesto said Friday it had signed an agreement with Schneider Electric to work together to develop and build ocean energy farms based on Minesto’s Deep Green technology.

The collaboration between Minesto and Schneider Electric aims at accelerating the commercial roll-out of marine energy to enable the global transition towards net-zero societies, where energy systems that include plannable, renewable energy production are necessary, Minesto said.

"To leverage the value proposition of ocean energy to customers, Minesto and Schneider Electric will engage with lead-users among independent power producers and electric utilities and integrate Schneider Electric’s know-how and products with Minesto’s pioneering tidal and ocean current energy technology," Minesto said.

According to Minesto, projects ranging from smaller microgrid installations to multimegawatt farms will be jointly identified, assessed, and developed, including exploiting the parties' existing pipelines of leads. The collaboration will reach from technical system integration and project management to sales and project finance opportunities, Minesto said.

Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto said: "We are delighted to join forces with Schneider Electric, a global leader in energy transition and digital transformation. It is for us a strategic partnership that will play a pivotal role in the commercial rollout of the Deep Green technology. Schneider Electric’s global presence, technological edge and expertise in integration of renewable energy production and microgrids will significantly enhance Minesto’s value proposition to customers and renewable energy project investors."

“Beyond this, we will work to use this partnership to establish thought leadership and inform decision-makers on the opportunities and advantages of new complementary renewable energy technologies, not least building completely sustainable energy systems based on predictable baseload power generation from the ocean.“

Gary Lawrence, Power and Grid Segment President at Schneider Electric said: "We look forward to working with Minesto to bring ocean energy into the global renewable energy mix, balancing variable renewables with predictable, renewable baseload. For us it has been of significant importance to enter the marine energy sector together with a partner developing a game-changing technology with both a global market and a potential for energy production at competitive cost of energy."

Earlier this month, Minesto said it had resumed the operations at its DG100 tidal energy powerplant in Vestmannasund, Faroe Islands. 

The work included verification of electricity production together with the utility customer SEV and third-party certifier DNV, making progress in realizing a proposed 10MW site.

Categories: Renewables Offshore Energy Renewable Energy Subsea Technology Tidal Energy

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