Renewables spur breakbulk transport

By: | Issue #648 | at 08:00 AM | Channel(s): Maritime  Breakbulk  Energy  Alternative  

Renewables spur breakbulk transport

Renewables is a sector on the rise and the demand for specialized logistics providers is booming.

Large-scale renewable energy is on the move. Last October, the country of Georgia marked the completion of its first ever wind farm, with ambitious plans for several more facilities to come. In South Africa, work is underway on a massive solar power project in the Northern Cape Province due for completion in the second half of 2018. And, in Indonesia, agreements were signed in March for an initial tidal power project in Lombok.

Meanwhile, wind blades get longer, turbines get heavier and locations get ever more challenging.

Renewable power supplies are increasing in prevalence, scope and reach. This, of course, has profound implications for global energy and climate change. The Global Wind Energy Council, for example, predicts installed wind energy will almost double to 800GW by the end of 2021, from 287GW installed by the end of last year.

This also has a notable impact on transport and logistics. Renewable energy, especially wind power, is an increasingly important component of project cargo. Renewable energy has become vital business for a number of logistics providers, who specialize in heavy-lift project cargo. It is seen as an opportunity for others who view renewables as a prime growth area. Ports are vying for renewable energy-related business, as are vessels, railroads and trucking firms.

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American Journal of Transportation