Features and Benefits
An offshore Renewable Energy recovery system comprising one or a fleet of remote-controlled mobile structures mitigate or circumvent existing risks/costs:
- Capacity Factor optimized by weather prediction;
- Resource Intermittency mitigated by utilizing weather and vessel path analysis;
- Oversubscribed Grid/Curtailment losses eliminated by storing the resource;
- Storage feedstock scarcity eliminated utilizing seawater for electrolysis, ammonia synthesis, or desalination;
- Regulatory Delays minimized, Land-Use Restrictions eliminated:
- Load Balancing/Baseload Functionality inherent through high-efficiency storage, delivery, dispatch;
- Installation and Maintenance Difficulty/Costs minimized:
- Port side manufacturing, service, distribution infrastructure already established;
- LCOE (M&O) Substantially Reduced:
- Assembly Line (not field) maintenance procedures;
- Enhanced total recoverability, continuous, concurrent production, storage and delivery;
- Susceptibility to damage from Severe Weather reduced:
- Rugged vessels prosper, others dock;
- Aesthetic Objections, “Not In My Backyard!” (“NIMBY”) eliminated:
- Mobile, therefore readily availing deepwater, too.
- SCADA patent invigorates floating turbine concept (stored energy over time is cubically proportional to wind/water turbine motive fluid velocity, optimized by weather prediction);
One may also find the paper Mobile Hybrid Structures: Feasibility and Advantages on pages 68 through 71 of the TechConnect World 2012 Proceedings, Cleantech 2012, § 2. Renewable Energy Technologies.
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