Corvus Energy has announced it has been selected by National Oilwell Varco (NOV) to supply the Energy Storage System (ESS) for another PowerBlade installation. PowerBlade is an innovative energy storing unit developed by NOV that receives and provides energy based on operational needs onboard offshore drilling units.
PowerBlade is used in two ways to move towards a cleaner and more efficient future for offshore drilling: energy regeneration and peak shaving.
Operations involving frequent and cyclic hoisting of heavy loads require high levels of energy from power systems to lift the loads. Until now, drilling units have not typically been able to make use of the regenerated energy created when lowering a load.
“Offshore drilling units perform advanced operations in uniquely challenging environments that involve waves, winds, and currents. Capitalising on energy regenerated during heave compensation or tripping operations on offshore drilling units can be challenging,” said Oddbjørn Øye, Product Responsible Energy Recovery Systems – Robotic Control Drive Tech & Winch at NOV.
PowerBlade works by absorbing the braking energy emitted when a drill string is lowered, storing it in the ESS, and then reusing that energy for the next hoist of the drill string. An energy storage system can reduce power consumption by the draw works onboard a rig by up to 80% in active heave compensation mode compared to traditional design.
On an offshore rig, the drilling draw works places the heaviest burden on the rig’s energy supply by causing a wide variation in energy consumption over large power peaks. “Typically, six to eight large diesel generators account for the rig’s total energy supply. An energy storage system smooths the load, levels out the power peaks of the lifting system, and provides the generator system a uniform load, improving equipment performance, enabling the generators to run at optimal load, and reducing wear and tear. By enabling some of the generators to shut down and run the remaining in high load, the ESS increases fuel efficiency and reduces emissions. A generator set running on high load consumes approximately 15% less energy compared to two generator sets when producing an equivalent total power. PowerBlade enables the operator to rely on a higher, optimum sustained generator load,” explainws Øye.
The impressive savings were shown in a study of the PowerBlade installation and other energy optimisation projects onboard the drilling rig Deepsea Atlantic. Estimated savings on this specific drilling rig for the entire project, including the PowerBlade installation, were 6.5 tonnes of diesel, 20 tonnes of CO2, and 300 kg of NOx per day compared to log data prior to the project.
“We are proud to support the oil and gas industry in their increasing commitment to investing in the green technologies that will help reduce the carbon footprint of their operations,” said Efraim Kanestrøm, VP Sales Oil, Gas & Renewables at Corvus Energy. “Corvus batteries combined with NOV’s flywheel technology gives a robust and efficient solution for reducing emissions and the cost of drilling rig topside operations. In light of the impressive results of the first NOV installation on the Deepsea Atlantic, we expect a large increase in offshore drilling rigs using energy storage technology for energy optimization in the future.”