Eni launches hybrid plant to supply offshore facilities


Eni has put into operation a hybrid pilot plant to generate energy from waves and sunlight. The unit was installed in the industrial district of Ravenna, province of Italy, where the Italian oil company has an upstream center, to meet the demand for offshore installations.

The company’s goal is in the future to use the technology – called Inertial Sea Wave Energy Converter (ISWEC) – to convert mature platforms into renewable energy hubs. The peak power reached on Wednesday was 51 kilowatts (kW).

Eni pointed out that wave power generation is still an unexplored technology in the world, despite its high density and predictability, with low variability, which makes it a suitable solution for offshore decarbonization.

Initiatives in Brazil

Brazil still “crawls” in the generation of offshore renewable energy. In 2012, Coppe-UFRJ installed the first Latin American power plant to use the movement of the sea waves to produce electricity. Two years later, however, the plant was paralyzed due to the end of the financing agreement with Tractebel Energia.

Last year, Petrobras and Equinor signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of businesses focused on offshore wind energy in Brazil. The companies also study other areas of cooperation, including the development of renewable energy initiatives.

The Brazilian oil company also elaborates studies to install wind towers in platforms installed in mature fields, after their decommissioning.

Source: Brazil Energy Magazine

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