Saipem has confirmed the offshore wind project it plans to develop in the Adriatic will form the basis of a clean energy hub combining the use of floating offshore wind, repurposed offshore oil and gas facilities and green hydrogen
It has given the concept the brand name ‘SUISO’ and has registered a trademark with the European Union Intellectual Property Office.
SUISO combines various renewable energy sources such as floating wind, floating solar and marine energy in a single system. The aim is to power, together or individually, electrolysers installed on offshore platforms. The electrolysers would produce green hydrogen.
“The technology responds to the growing demand for green hydrogen production and, at the same time, it allows the conversion of offshore oil and gas facilities which have now reached the end of their lifecycle,” the company said. It said the oxygen resulting from this process can be used in various areas such as aquaculture or seaweed production.
“SUISO will find its first application in the AGNES project, the offshore energy hub that Saipem, in partnership with QINT’X, intends to build off the Adriatic coast of Ravenna,” the company said in a statement.
Saipem chief executive Francesco Caio said, “The SUISO brand is an example of Saipem’s ability to find innovative and sustainable solutions for the energy transition. The solution is adaptable to the changing characteristics of the marine sites and to the different production needs.
“The know-how gained in the design and execution of infrastructure and technologically advanced plants allows Saipem to cover the green hydrogen production value chain and to be a strategic partner in the path towards a net-zero economy.”
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