A stated focus for UTC 2023 is sustainable energy generation balanced with the traditional scope of underwater technology for subsea oil and gas production. Aligned with this focus is the increasing attention being given globally to the use of renewable power systems for decarbonizing offshore operational and production environments.
Specifically, wave power systems capable of providing local energy and data communications for a wide range of industry use cases and applications represents an important opportunity during the energy transition to reduce the cost, complexity, and carbon-intensity of offshore activities, while enabling:
– more robust, autonomous surveying, inspection, monitoring, and reporting;
– safe, cost-effective replacement of power and data umbilicals for: tie-backs with failing cables, remote field electrification, digitization, brownfield upgrades, and accessing stranded assets; and
– reliable, clean power and bi-directional data communications for greenfield developments, such as subsea CCUS.
These lower power applications, which cannot be served primarily with wind or solar energy, will directly lead to higher load applications including pumps, operating equipment, at-sea vessel charging, and eventually servicing terrestrial utility-scale loads, delivering a third renewable resource, ocean energy, into the global energy mix.
The presentation will examine the techno-economic benefits of wave power systems for these use cases, in addition an overview of the various technologies and sector participants in pilot projects occurring globally. Attendees will gain an in-depth understanding of what innovative applications are available in the near-term and beyond for alternative power generation offshore.
For a view of C-Power’s vision implemented offshore, please visit