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Application of alternative energies in the Australian offshore sector


Mohd Amin, MFJ and Chin, CKH and Garaniya, V, Application of alternative energies in the Australian offshore sector, Journal of Engineering Science and Technology, 11, (9) pp. 1296-1310. ISSN 1823-4690 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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Fossil fuel is not practically renewable and therefore the world is at risk of fossil fuel depletion. This gives urgency to investigate alternative energies, especially for industries that rely entirely on energies for operations, such as offshore industry. The use of alternative energies in this industry has been in place for a while now. This paper discusses the application of various alternative energy sources to assist powering the Goodwyn Alpha (A) Platform, located on the North West Shelf (NWS) of Australia. The three alternative energy sources under discussion are: wind, wave and solar. The extraction devices used are the Horizontal and Vertical-Axis Wind Turbines - for wind; Pelamis, PowerBuoy and Wave Dragon - for wave; and the solar parabolic dish of SunBeam and Photovoltaic (PV) cells of SunPower - for solar. These types of devices are installed within the same offshore platform area. Technical, environmental and economic aspects are taken into consideration before the best selection is made. The results showed that PowerBuoy used for wave energy, is the best device to be used on offshore platforms where operators could save up to 9% of power; $603,083 of natural gas; and 10,848 tonnes of CO2 per year.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:alternative energy, wind energy, wave energy, solar energy, offshore platform
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Renewable energy not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Mohd Amin, MFJ (Mr Malek Hj Mohd Amin)
UTAS Author:Chin, CKH (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Garaniya, V (Associate Professor Vikram Garaniya)
ID Code:111109
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2016-08-30
Last Modified:2017-10-31
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