The Energy Container

Amphibious Energy has developed a transportable Energy Container that provides renewable energy for offshore platforms and remote onshore locations. This durable product can operate under harsh environmental conditions.

The Energy Container consists of a unique wind turbine. This turbine generates energy which is stored into a series of battery packs via an inverter. Electricity is then distributed from the battery packs to any onboard system. The Energy Container can also be connected to a diesel generator when additional power is required.

 

Technical Details

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The Wind Turbine

The patented wind turbine, which can be fitted with a 3kW or 5kW generator, has a double layered housing. It sits in a free rotational frame, which turns itself towards the prevailing wind.

The turbine has an innovative design due to the construction of the blades. Where most small wind turbines use propeller blades, Amphibious Energy’s wind turbine is manufactured with large, light weight rotor blades. These special blades require far less rotation to generate energy than propeller blades. Not only does this result in diminished noise, it also causes less rotational friction which extends the turbine’s life time.

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Energy Management System (EMS)

The key operational and safety control system for the Energy Container is the EMS. Using sensors, this unique system continuously measures and adapts the performance of the Energy Container for optimal power creation and delivery. These sensors measure the rotational speed of the wind turbine, the wind speed, the load on the generator and batteries, and and the functioning of the redundant braking system.

The EMS monitors and controls the batteries’ state of charge to extend their life time. It also allows the operator to monitor and control the Energy Container remotely via satellite or radio signal. Each EMS is operator configurable. As soon as the EMS detects anomalies, the wind turbine will come to a stand still, and the problem is reported to the operator via the remote observational system.

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Brake System

The Energy Management System automatically initiates these brakes during storms, emergencies and when batteries are fully loaded. Once the wind speed drops, the brake is released and the wind turbine will continue to work as normal.

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Dimensions

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Dimensions

Height: 6m

Width: 3m

Depth: 3.5m

Gross Weight: 4300 kg

Extremely compact design

(Dis)assembled within 30 minutes

 

Applications & Performance

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Applications

The Energy Container is a highly versatile energy solution. It can be adapted to meet the specific needs of the client and can be utilized in any environmental condition and in remote locations.

The Energy Container is benefitted with an extremely compact design. During transit, all of the components can be safely fitted inside the container, which makes the product easy to transport. Due to its mobility, its rapid (dis)assembly time, and its durability, the Energy Container can be used on multiple platforms during its life time.

Performance

For the Southern North Sea area, one single Energy Container can generate a minimum of 3500 kWh in the offshore environment, and guarantees a minimum continuous power output of 280W.

A choice of two types of battery packs is available; the 48V, 900Ah battery pack, which holds charge for 6 windless days, and the 48V 1800Ah battery pack, which holds charge for 12 windless days.

Service interval for the Energy Container is every two years. Alternatively, this service can be paired with the operators’ platform service intervals.

 

Benefits

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Reduces Operating Costs

  • Cuts fuel costs
  • Cuts maintenance costs due to long service intervals
  • Immediately produces and delivers energy after installation

Durable

  • All materials used are Offshore approved
  • Life time of 10+ years
  • Easy to transport
  • Can be used on multiple sites during its life time

Reliable

  • Generates, stores, and delivers energy in a safe manner
  • Reduces risks associated with the use of combustion engines onboard platforms
  • The enclosed wind turbine housing protects the safety of crew members, and prevents the rotating blades to cause sparks
  • The Energy Management System can be monitored and controlled remotely by the operator
  • In case of system failure, the batteries will continue to deliver power. This will give the operator more time to organise the repair

Environmentally friendly

  • Complies with regulations to protect the environment
  • Reduces carbon footprint
  • Combats climate change
  • Wind turbine noise reduction due to unique blade design