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March 2016 Issue

New Standards for Design,
Ops of Tidal Turbines

A new set of standards for the design and operation of tidal turbines has been published based on the outputs of a project in the Energy Technologies Institute’s (ETI) marine technology program.

The new certification standards will apply to all underwater tidal turbines and will benefit developers, investors, insurers and regulatory authorities.

Essential data for the new standards came from the ETI’s ReDAPT (Reliable Data Acquisition Platform for Tidal) project, using GE’s innovative 1-MW buoyant tidal generator, which was successfully deployed and tested at the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) in Orkney, Scotland.

With an ETI investment of £12.6 million, the project was delivered by a consortium of GE Renewable Energy, E.ON, EDF, DNV GL, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, EMEC and the University of Edinburgh.

The new service specification provides a clear scope for type certification, which is key to opening up commercial opportunities when moving from initial prototypes to volume production for tidal turbine developers.

The standard applies to tidal turbines that are fixed to the seabed or floating and covers the structures, machinery, safety, controls and instrumentation and electrical systems.

The ReDAPT project generated over 1.2 GW-hr. of electricity in testing, achieved through months of continuous operation in a real tidal environment, demonstrating that devices can be successfully deployed and retrieved in challenging marine conditions.

New Transitional Measures
For Ship Recycling

Shipping companies are strongly encouraged to use the new “Transitional Measures for Shipowners Selling Ships for Recycling”. The purpose of the new Transitional Measures, developed by an interindustry working group led by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), is to help ship owners ensure to the greatest extent possible that their end-of-life ships will be recycled at facilities that are compliant with the standards enshrined in the IMO Hong Kong Convention, in advance of the global regime entering into legal force.

The Transitional Measures set out detailed advice on the preparation and maintenance of inventories of hazardous materials, as required by the IMO Convention and a separate new EU Regulation that has already entered into force and has implications for non-EU ships calling at EU ports. The guidelines also address measures that shipping companies are strongly recommended to take now when selling end-of-life ships for recycling.

“Adherence to these Transitional Measures should be seen as a sign of good faith prior to the entry into force of the IMO regime,” said ICS Secretary General Peter Hinchliffe. “But they will also help companies avoid falling foul of the separate EU ship recycling regime.”

New Updates on Ship
Recycling From ClassNK

ClassNK has released the latest updates on ship recycling on its website, www.classnk.or.jp. The updates include information on ship recycling facilities to which ClassNK has issued Statements of Compliance (SoC) so far in line with the Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009 (HKC).

Although the HKC has yet to enter into force, several ship recycling facilities have proactively improved their facilities and developed the Ship Recycling Facility Plans (SRFPs) required for a competent authority’s verification according to the HKC in a bid toward safer and greener ship recycling.

In response to the growing demand for verification, ClassNK reviewed HKC-compliant SRFPs prepared by ship recycling facilities from Japan, China and India and confirmed that their ship recycling processes follow their respective SRFPs. The classification society also conducted thorough on-site inspections before issuing Statements of Compliance based purely on technical verifications of the facilities.

ClassNK will continue to issue SoC to facilities that meet the HKC standards.

Wind Energy Record
Set by Denmark

Denmark has set a new world record for wind energy generation, with nearly 40 percent of the country’s overall electricity consumption covered by wind power in 2014, according to a publication by the UN. About 39.1 percent of electricity used in Denmark came from its wind turbines, according to the climate and energy ministry, confirming the country’s position as a world leader in wind power.

Denmark plans to put up more wind turbines.

The announcement demonstrates that the Danish government is on track to meet its 2020 target to source 50 percent of all energy consumption from renewables.

Samsø, an island off the coast of Denmark, aims to be completely fossil-fuel free by 2020.

Southeast Asia Needs
Carbon Trading Market

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) announced that a global carbon trading market is vital for Southeast Asia’s efforts to address climate change, a UN publication reported.

According to a new report from the ADB, the Southeast Asia region had the fastest growth in carbon dioxide emissions in the world between 1990 and 2010.

The region will continue to rely mainly on coal-fired power plants, making it one of the biggest contributors to global greenhouse gas emissions, the new report says.

The five largest economies in the region—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam—account for 90 percent of emissions in Southeast Asia, according to the ADB.

Emissions trading schemes in Europe and China have gathered significant momentum in recent months, although a global system is yet to be established.

Under cap-and-trade schemes, companies or countries face a carbon limit and can buy allowances if they exceed their limit.

The ADB estimated that the region’s GDP will decline by up to 11 percent by the end of the century if no steps are taken to combat climate change.

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