Dutch operator of offshore floating platforms is looking for ways to convert wind power into hydrogen and further into a liquid that can safely be transported to the shore

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Summary: 
A Dutch company specialized in floating platforms for oil and gas production is investigating concepts to produce liquid synthetic fuels from hydrogen made of wind energy on vessels enabling safe transport of energy generated in remote areas at sea where power cables are not feasible. A technical or research cooperation agreement is proposed to develop the technical concept and a service agreement to evaluate the business case. This request refers to an innovation challenge on an open platform.
Description: 
The Dutch company is a designer, builder and operator of floating platforms for oil and gas production (FPSO’s) in deep waters. In the energy transition from oil/gas towards renewable energy sources, they are looking for opportunities to use and apply their existing FPSO knowhow into these new markets. In the energy transition to sustainable energy, offshore wind becomes more and more important. After offshore wind turbines in coastal and shallow waters such as the North Sea, the latest developments point towards offshore wind farms in more remote seas with stronger winds. Wind farms in remote areas may not economically be connected to the shore via electrical cables, and new technological concepts are needed for the transportation of the energy to the shore. Electrical power can be converted into hydrogen, but further steps are required to convert this gas into a transportable liquid synthetic fuel, such as ammonia, methanol or formic acid. This might be an opportunity for the company to use their floating platforms in another way. Therefore the company would like to get into contact with organizations with potential disruptive ideas that show potential for efficient conversion of electric power into hydrogen or even further to ammonia, methanol, formic acid or other suitable liquids and wants to investigate the technical and economic feasibility together to demonstrate its economic viability. The company is looking for organizations that are interested to develop this technical concept to an economically viable business case in a consortium. Cooperation with companies and organizations who can help them with developing efficient, compact and inherently safe installations to convert electrical energy into a liquid might take place in the frame of a technical or research cooperation agreement. Also organizations who can evaluate the overall economic feasibility of this floating offshore wind concept with hydrogen conversion are invited. This cooperation might be in the frame of a service agreement, but other cooperation agreements can be discussed later. IMPORTANT: This technology request refers to an innovation challenge published on an open internet platform. If an organization expresses interest before the closing date, it will be guided towards this open innovation platform. After registration participants can browse free through other submissions and engage in discussions. All submissions will get feedback by the company on this open platform. The challenge closes on December 1st, 2019. Mind that posts on this platform are not confidential. Beside open discussions on the platform, sharing of confidential information will be made possible on demand. After that, the firm will select the organizations with whom they would like to cooperate in the development of a solution. Once the challenge is closed, expressions of interest for this technology request will be treated in the traditional way.
Type (e.g. company, R&D institution…), field of industry and Role of Partner Sought: 
The company is looking for organizations, enterprises and universities, who: - can help them with developing new and efficient installations to convert electrical energy. Cooperation is organized as consortium. - can evaluate the overall economic feasibility of this floating offshore wind concept with hydrogen conversion. Cooperation is organized as consortium. The company is open for other types of cooperation too.
Technical Specification or Expertise Sought: 
The company is looking for organizations with potential disruptive ideas or with efficient installations that show potential for efficient conversion of electric power into hydrogen and further to ammonia, methanol, formic acid or another suitable liquid. They are also interested to get into contact with organizations who can evaluate the overall economic feasibility of this floating offshore wind concept with hydrogen conversion and its conversion into liquid synthetic fuels that are transported to ports. Disciplines needed: Power to hydrogen technology Hydrogen to ammonia, methanol or formic acid technology Process technology Business modelling and evaluation in the field of energy transport related to offshore wind, hydrogen and/or products like ammonia, methanol or formic acid.
External code: 
TRNL20191023002