RENEWABLE ENERGY LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT SPECIALISTS
Renewable energy cargo can be bulky and in the majority of cases requires door-to-door transportation of a large number of containers from one continent to another or urgent air freight delivery. On average, such projects take a year and a half to come to fruition due to the socioeconomic, environmental and governmental factors involved.
90% of shipments are DAP and require door-to-door service with efficient handling at all stages of the project, from collection at the factory, through to warehousing and ultimately, delivery at the farm or power station, taking into account the most appropriate methods of transport at all times. This means that most cases require specialist project cargo handling.
We have expert staff dedicated to handling these types of projects, in addition to our Project Cargo division, which specialises in the transport of industrial projects involving oversized and heavy cargo.
LOGISTICS SOLUTIONS FOR THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY
Shipping is the main method of transport used when a renewable energy plant needs to be set up and maintained due to the large amount of equipment involved, its size and the distances covered.
Urgent shipments to send replacement components and maintain the plants. Air freight is the fastest way to cover long distances between suppliers and the site or plant.
If your materials come from different suppliers, multi-supplier consolidation is the best logistics solution for the renewable energy industry. We group the goods from your various suppliers together so that containers are transported carrying only your cargo. This leads to significant savings of time and money given that once the containers have arrived in port they are transferred directly to your warehouse, thus reducing destination handling costs.
We offer advice on documentation, customs processes and procedures as well as on any potential tax and customs advantages available.
For example, the owner of a renewable energy plant could be entitled to preferential customs tariffs set out by the country of destination under a special customs scheme for imports of material as capital goods or fixed assets.
SOME EXAMPLES OF OUR PROJECTS
- TRANSPORTING A WIND TURBINE NACELLE FROM JAPAN TO NAVARREWe resolved the complex problem of how to transport a wind turbine nacelle in a convoy the size of a football pitch.
- TWO SOLAR FARMS IN CHILE (160MW AND 90MW)At the request of an international Italian manufacturer of inverters, transformers and string boxes we transported over 400 TEUs, both SOC and COC, door to door from Italy to the site in Chile between June 2015 and March 2016. Containers left from the ports of Antofagasta and Angamos and were transported to the commune of María Elena in the Tocopilla province in the northern region of Antofagasta (II) and to Carrera Pinto in the commune of Copiapó in the Atacama region (III), Chile.
- SOLAR FARM IN CHILE (62MW)For this project, an EPC firm from Greece hired us for the door-to-door transportation of transformers from Turkey, cable from Italy and machinery from Spain, making up a total of approximately 150 TEUs in special equipment (open-top containers for out-of-gauge (OOG) loads), dry cargo containers and Ro-ro cargo to the Sierra Gorda commune.
- SOLAR FARM IN MEXICO (580MW)A project for a Spanish EPC firm in which we carried out a door-to-door service from Spain to Mexico, including customs clearance in both countries, to transport a total of 800 TEUs of cable, corrugated tubes and fencing for a solar farm, which will be the biggest in Latin America.
THE RENEWABLE ENERGY INDUSTRY
Spain was one of the pioneers in generating renewable energy. Being at the forefront of building wind and solar farms meant that many companies specialised in this sector and today this experience continues to bear fruit. Spain remains one of the main suppliers of materials and human resources to the industry and is a benchmark when it comes to finalising these types of projects.
The figure of 10GW refers to projects averaging 100MW, though there are many much smaller projects of between 2-3MW which are difficult to quantify.
A year ago, Law 27.191 was passed in Argentina stipulating that as of 31st December 2017 renewable energy shall contribute up to 8% of national electricity needs, and that this figure should rise to 20% by 31st December 2025.
Furthermore, any consumer using more than 300KW shall be obliged to generate 8% of the power they use by means of renewable energy. This implies the construction of 2.6GW in small projects in the sector. In 2016, there were two invitations to tender for a total of approximately 2GW. These projects should be constructed and up and running by the end of 2017 or early 2018.
Mexico also predicts growth in the sector. Current figures show that only 1% of Mexico’s energy is renewable. However, it plans to increase this figure to 20% in 2018 and to 35% in 2024.
Colombia currently has few farms under construction and those that are under construction are small, however the country does offer potential for the future.
As can be seen in the picture, the main suppliers of materials and the largest builders of renewable energy plants are often located on different continents.
China, Germany, the United States and Spain are among the main material manufacturers, in addition to other EU countries, such as France and Italy.
Chile was one of the renewable energy pioneers in Latin America, leading the boom in terms of developing wind and solar farms. It continues to be committed to renewable energy with both large and small projects planned from now until 2019.
We are an efficient logistics operator for the renewable energy industry. We have offices on four continents, with Betalink branches in the USA and China, and TIBA branches in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Panama, Guatemala, El Salvador, Portugal, Mozambique and Angola. We have an extensive network of specialist agents allowing us to offer a comprehensive end-to-end service.
TYPES OF RENEWABLE ENERGY
The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) defines renewable energy as energy which is sourced in nature and is continuous and “virtually inexhaustible”. It is able to regenerate so long as it is not disproportionately exploited and it has the time to do so, and this is why it is seen to be “virtually inexhaustible”.