TechnipFMC and its Danish partner, Floating Power Plant (FPP), have been selected by an undisclosed UK offshore operator to examine how an offshore oil and gas facility in the North Sea could be powered by a renewable energy system using wind, waves and hydrogen.

A new concept screening study will build on a previous feasibility study, which showed the floating power plant system could supply renewable energy to an oil and gas platform, the company said, adding that it will focus on determining the optimal configuration to utilize renewable energy from its hybrid floating wind and wave power design with TechnipFMC’s hydrogen-based energy storage system to minimize the intermittency normally associated with renewables and maximizing usable power.

The two companies will work with other consultants to review necessary brownfield infrastructure upgrades to improve the interaction between the renewable energy system and the platform. The partners added that the project will not only focus on technical concept development, but will also provide economic and CO2 reduction assessment and examine commercial delivery models tailored to the needs of the oil and gas market.

Anders Køhler, CEO of FPP, explained: “This concept selection study provides significant progress in the development of a reliable renewable energy solution for the offshore oil and gas sector, enabling us not only to develop the technical solution towards a well-defined solution and real need, but also to develop the commercial solution adapted to the needs of the market.

“While the combination of wind and waves will provide renewable energy, another important factor enabling the oil and gas platform to reduce emissions will be the hydrogen solution on board the floating wind platform. When the power generation exceeds platform needs, excess power will be stored as hydrogen and conserved for later use in fuel cells, greatly reducing the need to run fossil fuel generators .

Luana Duffé, Executive Vice President, New Energy Ventures at TechnipFMC, added: “Our hydrogen solution is ideal for working alongside FPP’s wind and wave platform to reduce potential greenhouse gas emissions produced on the platforms. oil and gas. Using our technology and iONE, our execution model used specifically for renewable energy, we can produce, store and re-electrify hydrogen safely and efficiently. This then allows us to export additional electricity to the platform when wind and wave power is below demand. »

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