The technology group Wärtsilä has successfully completed delivery of its LPG Fuel Supply System (LFSS) to 15 Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) vessels owned and operated by BW LPG. The Oslo-listed company is a world leader in liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) shipping, and has the world’s largest fleet of VLGC vessels.
BW LPG ordered the first four of these 15 systems in 2018, immediately following Wärtsilä’s full-scale testing of a full-sized 2-stroke marine engine operating with LPG fuel. This was the world’s first such testing protocol, and the performance attained was seen as exceeding expectations. Orders for a further 11 systems were placed in 2020.
The Wärtsilä LFSS is a key enabler for the use of LPG as an environmentally sustainable marine fuel. It meets IMO emission limits without the need for exhaust scrubber systems. Compared to heavy fuel oil (HFO), LPG reduces sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions by 97 percent, nitrous oxide (NOx) emissions by approximately 20 percent, greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 24 percent, and particulate matter emissions by 90 percent.
“The successful introduction of the LFSS is testament to Wärtsilä’s commitment to working towards the decarbonisation of shipping We were very quick to adopt this system in support of our own decarbonisation ambitions, and we have enjoyed collaborating with them in this important and groundbreaking project,” commented Pontus Berg, Executive Vice President, Technical and Operation, at BW LPG.
“It has been a pleasure cooperating with BW LPG in the introduction of the LFSS to 15 of their vessels. We fully support their ambitions towards enhancing the sustainability of their operations, and are proud to bring the widespread use of LPG fuel closer to reality, thanks to the Wärtsilä LFSS.” says Walter Reggente, Vice President, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.
In the retrofitting of these 15 vessels, Wärtsilä has had system integrator responsibilities. This has involved not only the installation of the LFSS, but also the required ship design modifications. The Wärtsilä LPG Fuel Supply System is available as a stand-alone solution, or as an integrated element within the LPG cargo handling system.
Wärtsilä Gas Solutions is a market leader with innovative systems and lifecycle solutions for the gas value chain. Our main focus areas are handling of gas in seaborne transport (storage, fuel, transfer and BOG management), gas to power, liquefaction and biogas solutions. We help our customers on the journey towards a sustainable future through focus on lifecycle, innovation and digitalization.
Wärtsilä Marine Systems in brief:
Wärtsilä Marine Systems supports customers with high quality products and lifecycle services related to the gas value chain, exhaust treatment, shaft line, underwater repair and electrical integrations. We are committed to providing the latest and most efficient solutions, in line with Wärtsilä’s vision for a safe and sustainable future for our customers, our communities and our planet.
Wärtsilä in brief:
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,000 professionals in more than 200 locations in 68 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2021, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.
The company will be attending the international trade show for intralogistics solutions in Stuttgart, Germany to present its product portfolio, designed to accelerate the transition toward an all-electric future
Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems, the global technology company and producer of integrated and innovative energy storage solutions, announces its attendance of LogiMAT 2022, held from May 31 to June 2 in Stuttgart, Germany. At booth 10 A75, Sunlight Group will demonstrate its innovative, integrated and diversified energy storage and IoT solutions, including the newly launched semi-traction battery, Sunlight ElectroLiFe, smart Battery Monitoring System, Sunlight KnoWi, and portfolio of chargers, Sunlight PowerBox.
- From 31 May to 2 June, Sunlight Group will be attending the LogiMAT Trade Show to showcase the company’s extensive portfolio of lithium-ion and lead-acid energy storage solutions
- Featured products include the company’s newest semi-traction lithium-ion battery, Sunlight ElectroLiFe, smart Battery Monitoring System (BMS), Sunlight KnoWi, and complete range of chargers, Sunlight PowerBox
- Sunlight Group CEO, Lampros Bisalas, will be in attendance to discuss the company’s €560m five-year business plan under implementation, aimed at strengthening the European clean energy sector
The Sunlight PowerBox range includes low- and high-frequency chargers for both lithium-ion and lead-acid products. The range has been enriched with the addition of PBM S.R.L to the Sunlight family. PBM is an established global leader in the production of battery chargers and industrial devices, and its acquisition brings the Sunlight Group another step closer to a sustainable, efficient, and complete batteries value chain – a critical aspect of the transition to an all-electric future.
Sunlight ElectroLiFe is Sunlight Group’s range of semi-traction lithium-ion batteries. Its innovative lightweight yet robust design is built to suit evolving customer needs and allows for tool-less, plug & play installation in golf carts and other recreational and light commercial or manufacturing vehicles, industrial or material handling equipment, as well as leisure marine applications.
Sunlight KnoWi is the market’s most advanced Battery Monitoring System (BMS) for motive power lead-acid batteries. It’s designed to help improve the management and performance of both batteries and the forklifts they power.
Both lithium-ion and lead-acid Sunlight products offer remote connectivity to the company’s smart cloud-based platform Sunlight GLocal. GLocal uses artificial intelligence (AI) to record, in real-time, key parameters about the operation of the battery. It also allows for remote monitoring and preventive maintenance, protecting the equipment, maximizing battery service life, and reducing costs.
At LogiMAT, an experienced team from Sunlight Group –led by CEO, Lampros Bisalas– will be presenting the company’s full range of lithium-ion and lead-acid solutions. These include the lithium-ion motive power battery, Sunlight Li.ON FORCE, semi-traction battery, Sunlight ElectroLiFe, and reserve power energy storage system, Sunlight Li.ON ESS.
The company will also discuss its plans to further strengthen the European energy storage market through a five-year €560m business plan, currently under implementation. The plan aims to expand the company’s production capacity in lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries and energy storage systems, as well as secure and grow its supply chain and sales network. To that effect, Sunlight invests millions in equipment, automated production and assembly lines, Research & Development, human resources, as well as Mergers & Acquisitions, across its facilities in Greece and abroad.
Commenting on the company’s participation at the exhibition, Sunlight Group CEO, Lampros Bisalas said: “Following our establishment in the US and Italy with manufacturing and sales facilities, we are excited to attend LogiMAT and establish ourselves further in a market in which we’ve been operating for over three decades. Thanks to our growing international team of experts, each of whom has strong expertise and knowledge of the energy storage market, and the robust steer of our BoD and Executive Committee, we’ve made significant additions to our product range that better serve our customers. And as we proceed with the implementation of our five-year €560m business plan, and our support to the global goal of transition to a more sustainable future, the next few years will see the continued expansion of Sunlight Group across key markets.”
To find out more about Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems, please visit: www.systems-sunlight.com
About Sunlight Group Energy Storage Systems
Sunlight Group is a Greece-based technology company with a global reach, member of the Olympia investment Group. It has 30+ years of experience in energy storage, specializes in integrated and innovative solutions, invests in capacity expansion and R&D, and offers a solid portfolio of lithium-ion and lead-acid products for various applications. This includes the new range of lithium-powered motive (Sunlight LiON FORCE), semi-traction (Sunlight ElectroLiFe) and reserve (Sunlight Li.ON ESS) batteries, as well Sunlight’s cloud-based platform, Sunlight GLocal, smart Battery Monitoring System, Sunlight KnoWi, and complete range of chargers, Sunlight PowerBox. Sunlight’s industrial batteries and energy storage systems are exported to 100+ countries. The company runs state-of-the-art production plants and facilities in Greece, Italy, and the USA.
The towns and cities of the future may be able to rely on green hydrogen stored below ground, if a newly funded UK project succeeds.
- Purpose-built shafts could store large quantities of hydrogen
- Feasibility study could lead to first of a kind UK project
- Potential to build hydrogen stores wherever required
Gravitricity and Arup have together secured £300,000 from the Department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to study the feasibility of storing hydrogen in purpose-built underground shafts.
Edinburgh-based energy storage specialists Gravitricity and global built environment consultancy Arup will collaborate to deliver a complete system design and commercial feasibility report for the novel idea, as well as identifying a potential site for their underground hydrogen store. The design will also include integration with gravity energy storage and inter-seasonal heat.
The parties been awarded £299,985 in Phase 1 of the BEIS Low Carbon Hydrogen Supply 2 [HySupply 2] Competition which aims to support innovation in the supply of hydrogen, reducing the costs of supplying hydrogen, bringing new solutions to the market, and ensuring that the UK continues to develop world leading hydrogen technologies for a future hydrogen economy.
If successful, the project could be selected to enter Phase 2, where the partners would build a £multi-million scale demonstrator in the UK.
This would involve sinking a purpose-built concrete lined vertical underground shaft with a domed cap, to create a demonstration pressurised hydrogen storage vessel. [Pictured.]
Commenting on the project, Gravitricity’s Hydrogen and Thermal Storage Lead, Sally Molyneux says:
“If green hydrogen is to become a mass market fuel of the future – for example for providing heat to industry or powering heavy vehicles – then we need to find ways to store it safely and in large quantities close to where it is needed.
“Storing hydrogen in underground shafts is intrinsically safer and less obtrusive than above ground options and is a solution that does not require unique geology such as salt caverns. We believe Gravitricity’s innovation is a scalable storage method which is cost effective, extremely durable, and can be implemented everywhere.”
Gravitricity Managing Director Charlie Blair adds:
“Our partnership with Arup creates a combined team with all of the expertise and experience required to build and deliver Gravitricity underground energy stores.
“In the past, our cities relied on huge gasometers to store the gas they required. In the future, our towns can look to purpose-built shafts to safely store the green hydrogen they will need.”
Mark Neller, Arup’s Energy Leader for the UK, India, Middle East and Africa, said:
“Working with Gravitricity and BEIS on this innovative approach to hydrogen storage has the potential to play an important role in the future of the UK’s energy systems. This project will draw on Arup’s extensive skills and experience, as part of our wider efforts to help the UK meet its ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2050.”
UK Energy Minister Greg Hands said:
“The UK is truly leading the world in hydrogen innovation thanks to the exciting efforts of companies like Gravitricity. The government support which they have received today will help to boost the development of hydrogen as the clean, affordable, homegrown superfuel of the future.”
Longer term, the partners believe the shafts can also be used for fast response electricity storage, using Gravitricity’s solid weight technology which raises and lowers heavy weights in a shaft.
In addition, the shaft’s gastight lining will in future incorporate heat exchangers for inter-seasonal heat storage. Adding heat exchangers to the shaft lining, at marginal cost, creates a very large ground source capable of feeding a network of heat pumps in the surrounding area.
This sharing of infrastructure means the cost per unit of energy stored (as electricity, heat and hydrogen) will be very competitive.
Last summer Gravitricity successfully commissioned and operated a grid-connected 250kW demonstrator in Leith, Edinburgh, and now plan to build a full-scale project in a decommissioned mine shaft in mainland Europe.
Gravitricity uses heavy weights – totalling up to 12,000 tonnes – suspended in a deep shaft by cables attached to winches.
When there is excess electricity, for example on a windy day, the weight is winched to the top of the shaft ready to generate power. This weight can then be released when required – in less than a second – and the winches become generators, producing either a large burst of electricity quickly, or releasing it more slowly depending on what is needed.
Unlike batteries, the Gravitricity system can operate for decades without any reduction in performance.
Gravitricity has applied for seven patents in total, with five granted and two pending.
The idea of using gravity to store energy is not new. Britain already relies on a number of pumped storage hydro schemes, such as Ben Cruachan, where water is pumped uphill to be released when required.
Arup is a world class firm of more than 16,000 designers, planners, engineers, architects, consultants and technical specialists, working in 140 countries across the world on every aspect of today's built environment. For more information, see: https://www.arup.com/our-firm.
How the Partnership Benefits Cyber Security for Clients Across the Globe
There has been a substantial growth of highly sophisticated Advanced Persistent Threats (APT’s), around the world, which has led to a demand for a next-gen endpoint security solution, coupled with skilled analysts to proactively detect and respond to those risks.
SecurityHQ's Managed Endpoint Security Service leverages the power of their global Security Operation Centers, combined with SentinelOne’s best technology for detecting known signature-based and unknown behavioural-based threats, across all known MITRE ATT&CK TTPs.
Armed with a U.S. patent technology, Windows compatible remediation feature, to roll-back any alteration, deletion or encryption to sensitive documents or data volumes, as a result of a successful breach or ransomware attack.
Pete Carfrae, UK Channel Manager for SentinelOne, states that ‘We are delighted to announce our partnership with SecurityHQ. As an independent managed security service partner, they bring a lot of expertise in solving customers challenges and we are very happy they have chosen to work with us to provide their clients with managed detection & response services.’
Islam Rashad, MSSP Solutions Presales Lead for SecurityHQ, adds that ‘SecurityHQ’s 24/7 SOC Managed Endpoint service, powered by SentinelOne, is delivered through a single agent, that tracks code in real time, while Active EDR, applies ML-based behavioural scoring to all events, to track the root cause. Deep investigation of the storyline saves time for analysts, as well as reduces dwell-time without fine-tuning, to promptly understand the full chain of a detected threat. This empowers a proactive response to threats, to effectively suppress the spread of any infiltration, and place control at the source of compromise.’
‘SentinelOne is committed to working with the right profile of partner and that is why we are happy to announce our partnership with SecurityHQ. They have the right blend of technical capabilities, coupled with an understanding of their customers challenges. They are well placed to take SentinelOne’s XDR messaging to the market.’ - Matt Percival, Northern Europe Channel Director, SentinelOne
In response, SecurityHQ’s CEO, Feras Tappuni declared that ‘The way we deliver, requires best of breed technology, but it also requires a partner. SentinelOne delivers on both counts.’
SentinelOne's cybersecurity solution encompasses Al-powered prevention, detection, response and hunting across endpoints, containers, cloud workloads, and loT devices in a single autonomous XDR platform.
SecurityHQ is a Global MSSP, that detects, and responds to threats, instantly. As your security partner, we alert and act on threats for you. Gain access to an army of analysts that work with you, as an extension of your team, 24/7, 365 days a year. Receive tailored advice and full visibility to ensure peace of mind, with our Global Security Operation Centres, and utilize our award-winning security solutions, knowledge, people, and process capabilities, to accelerate business and reduce risk and overall security costs.
Sulzer is forced to wind down its two entities in Poland following a decision on an interpretation of the Polish sanction regulations, which were recently unilaterally introduced by Poland. It is Sulzer’s firm belief that the sanctions against its two entities in Poland are erroneous. Sulzer will use all legal means to dispute the decision, but is nonetheless forced to wind down the entities with immediate effect. Sulzer reiterates that it is not affected by any other sanctions and is free to develop its business globally.
Sulzer’s urgent request for removal from the Polish sanctions list, based on an OFAC (Office of Foreign Assets Control) license granted in 2018 clearly confirming that there is no control by Mr. Vekselberg over any Sulzer Group entities, including Sulzer Pumps Wastewater Poland and Sulzer Turbo Services Poland, was denied yesterday evening by the Polish Interior Ministry. The decision was based on an interpretation under Polish law of the sanction regulations that were unilaterally introduced by Poland.
Sulzer will use all legal means under national and international law to remove its entities from the sanctions list. However, due to the company’s inability to conduct its business as a result of the sanctions, Sulzer is forced to wind down its two Polish entities with immediate effect.
Sulzer has 192 employees in its two Polish entities, all of whom are affected by the closure, along with revenues of CHF 21.5 million that will be impacted, representing 0.6% of total sales in 2021.
Sulzer confirms that the company has not been sanctioned in any other country, and Sulzer is not affected by any other sanctions. The Polish interpretation of sanctions regulations against Mr. Vekselberg therefore runs contrary to all other existing sanctions regimes as recognized under international law.
Sulzer is a global leader in fluid engineering. We specialize in pumping, agitation, mixing, separation and purification technologies for fluids of all types. Our customers benefit from our commitment to innovation, performance and quality and from our responsive network of 180 world-class manufacturing facilities and service centers across the globe. Sulzer has been headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834. In 2021, our 13’800 employees delivered revenues of CHF 3.2 billion. Our shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: SUN). www.sulzer.com
Odfjell Technology, an offshore operations, well services technology and engineering solutions supplier, has been awarded a three–year contract with Petronas through their local agent Time Marine Services, to provide all required tools, chemicals and services for the company’s wellbore cleanup operations in east Malaysia.
The agreement, awarded by Petronas subsidiary Petronas Carigali Sdn Bhd, follows Odfjell Technology’s successful delivery of similar services to other operators offshore Malaysia.
Paul Toner, Vice President of MEAA Well Services at Odfjell Technology, said: “We are delighted with the confidence Petronas Malaysia has shown in us through this contract award. We are committed to delivering strong operational and QHSE performance while being commercially attractive, which underpins our strategy to be the number one provider of wellbore cleanup operations in Malaysia.”
Odfjell Technology offers the most robust range of wellbore tools on the market, covering the full spectrum of wellbore cleanup requirements. The company has over 15 years of experience in provision of wellbore cleanup services around the world, maintaining the highest level of efficiency, reliability, and safety. Its areas of core competence also cover on-demand design and engineering solutions to meet all types of specialised tooling requirements.
About Odfjell Technology
Odfjell Technology is a leading well services player with Norwegian heritage and a global outlook. An international well services provider offering everyday excellence and future focused technologies, the company’s advanced technological innovations, processes and people deliver wells safely, efficiently, and sustainably.
To find out more about Odfjell Technology’s full range of well services including its expertise and state-of-the-art wellbore cleanup product range, please visit https://www.odfjelltechnology.com/what-we-do/well-services/
The world understands that hydrogen is the next big thing in the field of energy. China, Europe, the U.S., and Israel have already invested in blue and green hydrogen-based solutions, with an understanding that hydrogen is a key factor in achieving net zero emission targets set for 2050. EthosEnergy promotes the use of hydrogen as a solution to the growing demand for sustainable energy on the road to a low-carbon economy.
In an era of the global energy crisis, hydrogen is no longer a passing trend, rather it is here to stay for the coming decades. Around the world, there is growing investment in the development of an effective process for producing blue and green hydrogen from renewable energies, which reduce the production costs and decrease emission of pollutants. We can see hydrogen-based solutions in development stages that are assimilated in many fields, including industry, electricity, technology and automotive.
“There has been an increase in awareness regarding the energy crisis among governments and industrial and commercial institutions; and there is a willingness to search for available and reliable energy sources to reduce the use of fossil fuels. The leading solution is hydrogen energy,” says Fabrizio Fabbri – Executive Vice President of EthosEnergy – rotating equipment experts supporting the technological revolution taking place in the global energy industry.
Hydrogen – An available, clean, and safe solution – however, it is still expensive
In contrast with solar or wind energy, which its production depends on hours of light and weather conditions, hydrogen is a common element that can be found anywhere in nature – in water, in fossil fuels and in plants. However, to produce it, the hydrogen atoms must be separated from the other elements.
The types of hydrogen are divided into colors: grey hydrogen constitutes 95% of the hydrogen currently produced in the world. It is produced using a steam methane reforming process of burning the organic material in the fuels and involves high levels of greenhouse gas emissions. Brown hydrogen is produced from coal and presents the same pollution problem.
Blue hydrogen is produced by breaking down methane gas, and the gasification of carbon by exposing it to high temperatures and splitting the gas into hydrogen and carbon dioxide. During this process, a large amount of carbon dioxide is emitted, which must be captured and stored in the ground, so it doesn’t become released into the atmosphere and harm the environment.
At the top of the list is the ‘holy grail’, namely green hydrogen, which his considered the cleanest and most expensive of them all. It is produced from splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen through electrical electrolysis, a process that has no by-products that pollute the environment. It is joined by pink hydrogen, produced in the identical method using electricity that comes from nuclear power stations.
“Hydrogen is about to drastically change the rules of the game,” claims Fabbri, “Hydrogen energy is versatile, it can be used as a gas or liquid, generate electricity, propel vehicles, heat homes in the winter, can be stored for a long period, and all this while decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Another big advantage is that hydrogen is easy to store and to conduct. This is the energy of the future.”
The world hydrogen energy race
The global energy industry is expected to invest €750 billion in clean hydrogen by the year 2050. More and more governments, energy companies and industries are investing in the hydrogen revolution and in the integration of blue and green hydrogen in the production of hydrogen-driven vehicles and in establishing projects for hydrogen production. Some of the world’s most powerful countries, such as Japan, China and South Korea have announced a hydrogen-based road map. The European Union has announced a massive investment in the hydrogen industry in the coming years, where Germany and Italy are leading the process.
The U.S. Department of Energy has increased awareness about the hydrogen revolution. The younger generation of hi-tech executives, entrepreneurs, manufacturers, and investors are assuming ethical and social responsibility and are considering ESG considerations regarding the environment, society, and government. “The global rules of the game are changing regarding energy,” says Fabbri, “However, a change of this magnitude requires time and resources, and is based on collaboration between commercial companies and government and academic institutions.”
The challenge involved in producing blue and green hydrogen is the high production costs and initial investment in infrastructure. This is where the relative advantage offered by EthosEnergy enters the picture. EthosEnergy solutions to the energy industry that enable them to combine hydrogen with natural gas and to use existing infrastructure. Equipment is modified, and it assimilates technologies that reduce the operation and maintenance costs, extending the equipment’s life cycle by hundreds of percentage points, while reducing the carbon footprint. Clients reap economic, environmental, and social benefits, and improve their ability to meet business targets.
Fabbri adds that “one of our EthosEnergy’s main projects for evaluating hydrogen technology is conducted in collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino, and most of the research and development of the technology is for converting 40 MW gas turbines in order to receive a hydrogen mixture and to reduce CO2 emissions.”
EthosEnergy turns on potential to deliver services and solutions globally for rotating equipment to make energy affordable, available, and sustainable. Tailoring solutions for the power, oil & gas, industrial and aerospace markets, so customers can achieve more.
Metso Outotec is launching a modular Converter Hood System for horizontal converter vessels used in the smelting process. The new system, which is suitable for greenfield and brownfield installations, has an impressive SO2 (sulfur dioxide) gas capture capability of 99%, minimizing the environmental impact. The modular design enables quick on-site assembly, so the system is ready to use with minimum plant downtime.
“We are excited to launch the new Converter Hood System. Besides its excellent gas capture capability, the system design ensures a well-controlled ingress air flow that improves process gas quality. The primary converter hood’s advanced water-cooling system increases process reliability and improves safety in the converter aisle, while also reducing maintenance needs and prolonging equipment lifetime,” explains Jonny Eliasson, Director, Precious Metals at Metso Outotec.
Metso Outotec has extensive experience in the field of Converter Off-Gas plant design and construction, developed over several decades and enhanced by the company’s continued activities in the research and development of the process.
Benefits of the Metso Outotec Converter Hood System
- Excellent SO2 gas capture for outstanding environmental performance
- Improved safety in the converter aisle
- Well-controlled ingress air flow for improved process gas quality
- Prolonged equipment lifetime thanks to the design and advanced water-cooling system
- Reliable operation with low maintenance needs
- Easy on-site assembly and short installation time thanks to modular design
- Backed by expert service and support
Metso Outotec experts are available to provide support during commissioning of the Converter Hood System and also offer comprehensive training for operators and management to ensure that the maximum benefits of the system are realized. Metso Outotec can also provide ongoing technical support and service as part of a service agreement.
More information about the Converter Hood System is available on our website.
Discover how the Converter Hood operates here.
Metso Outotec is a frontrunner in sustainable technologies, end-to-end solutions and services for the aggregates, minerals processing and metals refining industries globally. By improving our customers’ energy and water efficiency, increasing their productivity, and reducing environmental risks with our product and process expertise, we are the partner for positive change. Metso Outotec is committed to limiting global warming to 1.5°C with Science Based Targets.
Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Metso Outotec employs over 15,000 people in more than 50 countries and its sales for 2021 were about EUR 4.2 billion. The company is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki. mogroup.com
The edgeConnector products from Softing's dataFEED family now include a REST API. This makes integration into configuration platforms even easier. In addition, a new licensing model offers more flexibility when deploying the individual products.
The new REST API in version 3.0 of Softing's edgeConnector products makes local or remote configuration much easier for users. The product family currently includes edgeConnector Siemens, edgeConnector 840D and edgeConnector Modbus. The software modules are based on Docker technology and provide state-of-the-art access to process data in SIMATIC S7, SINUMERIK 840D and Modbus TCP controllers. In the past, a separate login via the local configuration interface was necessary for each product. This is now done by the new edgeConfigurator, which allows all edgeConnectors to be accessed via the REST API. The edgeConfigurator is also based on Docker technology and is used in parallel with the edgeConnectors. The configurator can be deployed on-premise or additionally in the Microsoft Azure cloud, allowing REST API access from the cloud to the edgeConnectors' on-premise environment. Using the REST API, edgeConnectors can now be configured even more easily from a third-party application.
The new license model of version 3.0 distinguishes between Basic (edgeConnector Modbus), Advanced (edgeConnector Modbus and edgeConnector Siemens) and Premium (all edgeConnector products). The licenses no longer refer to data points, instead they only account for the connected controllers. The user can choose between license options of 1, 5, 10 and 20 connections. This saves him the time-consuming calculations of the required data points. In addition, a 1-year software upgrade is included in the license agreement. With the Softing Floating License Server, the licenses can be flexibly used for the Docker applications currently operated by the user.
All edgeConnector products are ready for use very quickly thanks to container technology. They are operated on standard hardware and can be easily administered centrally. The integrated MQTT Publisher/ Subscriber functionality allows for flexible setup of Industrial IoT solutions (IIoT). They support state-of-the-art security standards such as SSL/TLS, X.509 certificates, authentication, and data encryption. This gives users an easy and secure way to integrate data from production into innovative and flexible IIoT solutions. The individual edgeConnector products can be downloaded from Docker Hub or the Microsoft Azure Marketplace and tested for free. More information is available on the Softing website.
At the Hannover Messe (May 30 to June 02nd, 2022) Softing will present the edgeConnector products at the OPC Foundation booth, hall 8 / booth F07.
Softing at Hannover Messe, May 30 to June 2nd, 2022:
• Partner Stand of OPC Foundation, hall 8 / booth F07,
• Partner Stand of PROFIBUS & PROFINET International, hall 9 / booth D68,
• Siemens Ecosystem Booth, hall 9 / booth D49, June 2nd, 9 am to 12 pm
About Softing Industrial
Softing connects disparate automation components to feed data from the shop floor to the cloud for control and analytics. The company’s products enable the monitoring and diagnosis of communication networks and thus ensure a reliable data flow. In this way, they create the basis for the optimization of production processes. For more information, please visit https://industrial.softing.com
Research reveals urgent capital investment is essential to position region as a long-term
global leader in offshore energy
A new review on the future shape of the energy workforce in the North-East of Scotland by Robert Gordon University (RGU) reveals if the region attracts £17 billion of renewables investment and activities over the next eight years it will be established as a global energy hub, securing thousands of new jobs.
This level of investment could secure 54,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2030, up from 45,000 today. However, the forecast scenarios also show reduced ambition could see up to 17,000 local jobs at risk, falling by up to 40% to 28,000 in eight years.
The RGU ‘Making the Switch’ review indicates that much of the £17 billion towards regional renewables activities needs to be front-loaded as capex funding within the next four years to establish new large-scale manufacturing and installation capacity. The required investment is in addition to ongoing oil and gas expenditure in the region and will need close coordination between governments and industry.
The ‘Making the Switch’ report builds on RGU’s UK offshore energy workforce transferability review in 2021, which focused on UK wide forecasts. It shows different investment scenarios and the implications for the workforce. With the North-East of Scotland hosting the largest energy skills cluster in the UK, representing around 28% of the UK’s offshore energy workforce and home to unique specialist knowledge and experience, the region has a critical role to play to deliver and accelerate the energy transition.
Professor Paul de Leeuw, Director of the Energy Transition Institute at Robert Gordon University, and the review’s lead author, commented:
“This review is an urgent call to action and highlights the size of the prize to create an exciting new energy future that will sustain and potentially grow the industry in the North-East of Scotland. Building on a legacy of over 50 years in oil and gas, there is a unique opportunity to re-shape a new energy future here. This will require rapid, targeted investment in the North-East of Scotland to develop the project, manufacturing, installation, commissioning and operational infrastructure for the renewables sector. Sustaining the oil and gas sector’s skills and capabilities over the coming years will be critical in ensuring the region has the workforce ready to deliver on this ambition.
“The energy transition will create exciting new opportunities and industry, governments and the education sector all have a key role to play. It will require a careful balancing act. The opportunity of getting this right has the potential to secure the region's economy as a global energy hub for decades to come. However, if we move too slowly, there won’t be a role for everyone, and it will risk a hard-hitting economic decline for the North-East of Scotland. This must be avoided at all costs.”
Key findings from the review:
- The shape and focus of the regional offshore energy workforce will need to change between 2022 and 2030 – In 2021, 90% of roles in the regional offshore energy workforce were in oil and gas, with the remaining 10% supporting regional offshore wind, hydrogen and carbon transportation and storage activities. In the global energy hub scenario, by 2030 around three out of five of the offshore energy jobs in the region are forecast to support the renewables sector.
- Sustaining oil and gas jobs over the coming years will be key to ensuring access to people and skills for renewables energy activities from 2026 onwards – Recognising the lead time for consenting and approving new renewables activities and the time required to establish new manufacturing facilities, it is forecast that most of the new jobs in the region will be created post 2026. With close to one in three people in the region either working in or supporting the wider offshore energy industry (direct, indirect and induced jobs), sustaining the regional oil and gas workforce over the coming years will be critical to ensuring a managed, just and fair transition.
- Sustaining and developing the sector’s skills and capabilities will be critical in ensuring the region has the workforce to deliver the energy transition – Realising the ambition for the North-East of Scotland to become a global energy hub may require close to 14,000 people in the region to move from oil and gas to renewables roles between 2022 and 2030. With more than 90% of the North-East of Scotland’s existing oil and gas workforce having medium to high skills transferability, most people in the region are well positioned to make this switch.
- Energy transition training and skills development will need to be targeted to meet the different needs of the workforce – Over 80% of people (close to 37,500 in total) who are currently working in the sector are projected to still be employed in the industry in 2030. Cost effective and readily accessible training will be required for people moving between energy sectors or for those who are entering the sector from other roles, as well as common certification, standards and accreditation.
‘Making the Switch’ states it is vital for the North-East of Scotland to retain its oil and gas workforce to provide ready-made skills to transition at the right time and support the required rapid green economy scale up.
The review assumes a ‘goldilocks zone’, where workforce reductions in one sector are matched by increased activities in an adjacent sector. Although the research indicates that there will be medium to high levels of transferability across many of the jobs, around 10% (c. 4,500 people) are likely to have lower transferability and will be disproportionately impacted by the changes.
The analysis by the Energy Transition Institute at RGU has been funded by the Scottish Government through the North-East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund (NEERSF). The findings and the regional assumptions are also aligned to the targets and ambitions set in the ScotWind licensing round and the UK Energy Security Strategy published in April 2022, with targets of 50 GW of installed offshore wind capacity, 10 GW of hydrogen generation and up to 30 million tonnes of annual carbon capture and storage for the UK by 2030.
As part of the review, RGU developed a dynamic planning model that provides insight on future workforce requirements, workforce movement between adjacent energy sectors and how to ensure a managed, just and fair transition. The model can also provide real-time insights on the job and transferability impact of specific investment or policy decisions. There are plans to update this model on a regular basis.
The Scottish Government’s Net Zero & Energy Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP said:
“Scotland’s energy sector is at the forefront of our transformation to becoming a net zero nation. It is a major employer and source of economic output, and our oil and gas infrastructure and highly skilled workforce have long been at the forefront of energy innovation - which is why it is well-placed to embrace the transformation that lies ahead.
“This review demonstrates that, with the right investment, the North-East of Scotland could support 9,000 more offshore energy jobs by 2030 than it currently does, becoming a net zero global energy hub that supports existing oil and gas roles into the renewables and low carbon roles of the future. We also stand ready with £80 million of investment in for the Scottish carbon capture and storage Cluster. The report only serves to demonstrate how important carbon capture and storage will be to future-proofing jobs in the North-East – which is why it is vital the UK Government reverses its decision not to award the Scottish Cluster definitive Track-1 status in its cluster sequencing programme.
“The Scottish Government is committed to creating, supporting and monitoring green jobs through initiatives like our £500 million Just Transition Fund for the North-East and Moray, the Green Jobs Fund and Climate Emergency Skills Action Plan. We will continue to work with the sector to seize the economic and job opportunities offered by the offshore wind sector – helping to help Scotland secure a truly just transition to net zero, with no person or region left behind.”
Maggie McGinlay, CEO of ETZ Ltd said:
“The ‘Making the Switch’ review is a hugely welcome report outlining the pressing need for targeted investment and support to ensure the North-East of Scotland capitalises on the huge opportunities the energy transition provides.
“ETZ Ltd has a clear ambition to reposition this region as a globally recognised, integrated energy hub focussed on the delivery of net zero targets. To do this at pace, as this report states, it is vital we harness the skills, infrastructure and financial capital of our world-class oil and gas industry as an integral part of this process.
“The report is also a timely reminder on what is at stake and the critical role industry, governments, the region and the community have to play to ensure the North-East of Scotland remains a leading energy hub for generations to come.”
About RGU –
RGU is committed to supporting the Scottish Government’s ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2045. RGU Net Zero is the University’s framework to deliver its commitment through its operations, academic offer and its thriving innovation environment. The University has set targets for 60% of its course portfolio to incorporate a net zero narrative by 2023, rising to 100% by 2025.
The University’s current energy-related course offering is evolving to complement and augment the climate emergency and net zero narrative. The University engages with industry in the development and delivery of programmes and those currently under development for the wider energy sector have all been informed by industry, building on the research the University is doing in this area.
Course development is constantly under review and there are various funded programmes, such as Graduate Apprenticeships and upskilling short courses, which are in place to support workforce transferability.
RGU’s Energy Transition Institute is a leading industry thinktank in the energy transition space and supports clients to address a wide range of industry and energy transition challenges.
About The North-East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund –
The North-East Economic Recovery and Skills Fund is a £14.3 million investment by the Scottish Government to support economic recovery and enhance skill levels in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire though key sector growth, employment, training, and skills development opportunities.
The Fund is delivering 29 projects, covering employment, upskilling and reskilling, and business growth and innovation, that will benefit more than 3,000 people across the region. The projects focus on entrepreneurship, accelerated business start-up, development and growth; increasing digital skills in the workforce; equality and inclusion; and upskilling and reskilling people to enter or remain in work and take advantage of new, green jobs as part of the energy transition.
The North-East Economic Recovery & Skills Fund delivery partners are Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Skills Development Scotland, Robert Gordon University, University of Aberdeen, Opportunity North-East, Energy Transition Zone Limited, and Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. Aberdeen City Council is the lead accountable body for the North-East Economic Recovery & Skills Fund.