Press release – CORROSION expands offshore wind operations in the United Kingdom and South Korea

CORROSION has announced that it is bolstering its presence in key markets in the offshore wind energy sector with the appointment of dedicated agents to serve the United Kingdom and South Korean markets.

Both Patrick Rabindran and Stanley Seo are highly experienced and respected in the cathodic protection sector in the UK and South Korea respectively. Their appointments come at a time of rapid growth in the demand for sustainable energy from offshore wind farms, with these two markets already ranking among the world leaders.

“CORROSION is proud of its reputation as a partner with a truly global reach and local expertise,” said Bart Wessels, Chief Commercial Officer of CORROSION. “I’m delighted that Patrick and Stanley are joining our team to help further expand our operations in the United Kingdom and South Korea. Through their work, we will be able to help companies in these important markets become more eco-friendly thanks to our unique Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) systems.”

“The offshore wind farms of tomorrow are set to dwarf those of today,” said Patrick Rabindran. “I’m therefore excited to be working with CORROSION to support UK-based energy companies protect their vital infrastructure.”

“I’m very happy to be working with CORROSION’s wind team,” said Stanley Seo. “CORROSION’s ICCP solutions and service are unrivalled, and I look forward to helping to communicate CORROSION’s Steel Going Strong message to wind companies in South Korea.”

Iron Eating Bacteria

With great interest we followed the news that is currently being shared on various media platforms about ‘iron-eating’ bacteria found in the Gent-Terneuzen canal. The highly aggressive nature of this process, known as Microbiologically Influenced Corrosion (MIC), has attracted the attention of corrosion scientists and microbiologists around the world for decades.

This is something that CORROSION and in particular our in-house research laboratory are also aware of and have been investigating. In 2016, on behalf of Rijkswaterstaat and FL B.V., we completed a contracted study into accelerated corrosion on sheet piles, also in the Gent-Terneuzen canal. Our conclusions in 2016 similarly leaned towards the involvement of microbial processes in the accelerated corrosion found on these sheet piles, especially those at the Belgian/Dutch border.

While it is challenging to completely eliminate the problem, especially in open water, there are mitigating options available that can be beneficial to at least get it under control. We look forward to working with stakeholders to get to the root of this issue, but most importantly to find solutions to this problem, using our research capabilities and the many years of experience with corrosion protection methods.

The Matrix

Quite a surreal image. This is how the UV-C lamps as part of the UV-C Cooler look like underwater. The cooler is part of Evides Waterbedrijf‘ Bergsche Maas water inlet station. Four highly efficient coolers are protecting the electronics and pumps from overheating. Where the coolers are being protected from fouling with the UV-C light.

More information and downloads here

Power pod

The ICCP-POD is a sustainable alternative to diesel generators and sacrificial anodes during the construction phase of wind turbines, delivers substantial cost savings compared to a diesel generator. In addition, further savings can be realized in other ways. For instance, by installing uncoated foundations, foundations with a single base coat or utilizing less carbon steel (corrosion allowance), depending on customer needs and design boundaries.

For an overview of all the benefits and technical specifications, download the flyer here

 

UV-C Whitepaper

We’re excited to introduce the new whitepaper ‘UV-C and laid up vessels’. CORROSION has developed the first maritime cooling system that prevents marine growth, even when the ship is laid up. Rather than chemicals, it relies on the disinfecting power of a particularly energetic type of ultraviolet radiation called UV-C.

Box coolers, the most commonly used cooling systems for vessels up to 120 meters, rely on running engines to prevent marine growth on the tubing that releases engine heat to the surrounding water. When the vessel is laid-up, there’s a significant chance that, over time, an ecosystem of marine organisms will establish itself on the cooler. Removing it typically requires costly dry-dock maintenance, yet leaving it there at the very least decreases efficiency and, in the worst-case scenario, will cause major operational and safety issues down the line.

Read more about this solution in the whitepaper ‘UV-C and laid up vessels’. Now available for download here.

Press release – CORROSION USA launched to serve North American offshore wind market

CORROSION has officially launched CORROSION USA to support the rapidly expanding wind sector in North America.

Led by Harry L. Holtz III, who has been appointed in the newly established role of Director of CORROSION USA, the move underlines CORROSION’s commitment to serve the wind sector in North America by providing highly sophisticated cathodic protection solutions for both traditional wind turbine monopiles and floating foundations.

“North America is a hugely important market for wind energy and is only set to continue growing,” said Bart Wessels, Chief Commercial Officer of CORROSION. “As a world leader in Impressed Current Cathodic Protection (ICCP) systems, we are proud that by strengthening our North American presence, we will be able to help many more companies become eco-friendly thanks to our truly sustainable solutions.”

Commenting on the appointment of Harry L. Holtz III, Bart Wessels said: “We’re very pleased to have Harry onboard as Director of our US operations. He has a wealth of experience – from engineering and manufacturing to new-market expansion – and knows our sector inside out. What’s more, his appointment underlines our global ambition to serve customers in the most important markets in the world.

“I’m delighted to have joined CORROSION at such an exciting time for both the company and for the wind sector”, said Harry L. Holtz III. “At a time of such rapid growth, the international renewable energy market has never been more important. I look forward to working with CORROSION’s Offshore Wind USA team to engage with leading industry players and outline the many benefits of CORROSION’s unique ICCP solutions”. Press release CORROSION USA

CORROSION and Amphibious Energy join forces

CORROSION and Amphibious Energy today announced the launch of the new ICCP-POD, an environmentally friendly alternative to using diesel generators to supply energy during the construction phase of wind turbines, and sacrificial anodes to protect turbine foundations against corrosion.

The ICCP-POD combines two advanced technologies. The EnergyPod, developed by Amphibious Energy, is an easy-to-transport autonomous energy plant that uses sun, wind, batteries and intelligent electronics to provide sustainable energy during the 18-month construction of wind turbines, meaning that costly and environmentally unfriendly diesel generators are no longer required.

To protect against corrosion during this construction phrase, CORROSION developed compact ICCP (Impressed Current Cathodic Protection) units. By using an electronic current supplied by the EnergyPod, these represent an innovative eco-friendly alternative to sacrificial anodes, which discharge large quantities of metals and heavy metals into the water. When the wind turbines are installed and grid-connected, the energy supply for the ICCP system is switched from the EnergyPod to the wind turbine itself.

“CORROSION was the first company in the world to develop a cost-effective, easy-to-maintain and environmentally friendly anti-corrosion solution for wind turbines foundations,” said Niels Ros, Manager Offshore Wind at CORROSION. “We are delighted that through this partnership with Amphibious Energy, we are also able to offer the same sustainable protection solutions during the construction phase of wind turbines.”

“By partnering with CORROSION, we are able to bring two unique technologies together, which will drive down the costs for the offshore industry to protect their installations from corrosion in a 100% green way. This represents a big step forward in achieving net-zero operations for the offshore industry,” said Willem van der Merwe, Director at Amphibious Energy.

The ICCP-POD delivers substantial cost savings compared to a diesel generator. In addition, further savings can be realized in other ways. For instance, by installing uncoated foundations, foundations with a single base coat or utilizing less carbon steel (corrosion allowance), depending on customer needs and design boundaries.

In terms of environmental performance, CORROSION’s ICCP unit provides major benefits. Over a 25-year period, CORROSION’s systems discharge approximately 1.5 million times less aluminum into the sea that traditional sacrificial anodes. Furthermore, the EnergyPod is also completely recyclable and can be re-used several times over a period of 5 to 10 years, so that the costs will decrease even further.

For more information about the EnergyPod visit: www.offshore.amphibiousenergy.com/energy-pod/ 
For more information about ICCP Offshore Wind visit: www.corrosion.nl/wind/iccp-offshore-wind/ 

Light in the darkness

These are still challenging times for the maritime industry. As the coronavirus is disrupting trade all over the world, many shipping companies have no other option than to lay-up (some of) their vessels and wait for better times. CORROSION can at least help prevent a second problem from occurring and that is cooler fouling. Our UV-C Cooler protects against fouling even when the vessel is laid up.
Read more or download our UV-C brochure here.

GACP vs ICCP

The use of sacrificial anodes leads to the release of heavy metals and metals such as zinc and aluminum into the marine environment. The result? Over the 25-year lifetime of a wind farm, literally millions of kilograms of metal alloys can be discharged into the seawater. What’s more, the sourcing, transportation and maintenance of the metals used in sacrificial anodes, also comes with a significant carbon footprint. Thankfully this is not a problem without a solution. Find out how: https://www.corrosion.nl/gacp-vs-iccp/