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Renewable energy

Working with owners, lenders and contractors we develop cost-effective renewable energy projects.

Renewable energy doesn’t just mean solar, wind and hydro, it encompasses biomass, anaerobic digestion, hybrid systems, marine tidal and wave power. Every situation demands a different solution, whether concentrated power generation or dispersed small scale, whether feeding into major transmission, into distribution networks or microgrids.

Technical expertise

Our global reach and worldwide knowledge-sharing networks allows us to assist clients in understanding what solutions and technologies are most appropriate. We work with a wide client base from organisations with large property portfolios seeking solar PV through to investors looking to establish a wind farm. From due diligence to the role of lenders technical advisor, we’re able to work across renewable energy projects from conception to completion.

For example, we are owners engineer for Sibanye Gold's 200MW solar PV array in South Africa - one of the largest facilities in the southern hemisphere. We are also deploying rooftop solar PV on some of the world's largest manufacturing facilities from automotive to online retailers.

Improved storage and smarter power networks will further reinforce this trend, particularly in urban areas. We are supporting clients with innovative funding, procurement and smarter engineering solutions to further improve market competitiveness. Our advanced structural analytical diagnostics skills, coupled with load history data capture allows us to help clients track the value of their assets.

Our expertise started in the extreme conditions of offshore oil and gas, our skills and experience allowed for us to transfer our ideas into offshore marine projects such as the engineering of the Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon. Our understanding of microgrids and regulatory frameworks is also valuable in achieving viable renewables schemes. Arup undertook a study for a large transport organisation in Australia, using our advisory skills to assess the viability of renewable energy helping power transport links.

“The ‘stone age’ did not end because the world ran out of stone. It ended because better and more efficient ways were found to do things.”

As a leading renewable energy consultant in Africa, we’ve provided technical advice to lenders, acted as owners’ engineer on solar and wind renewables projects and provided transaction advice. We’ve worked on some of the largest solar PV projects in the world, such as the SCDA facility in South Africa for Solar Capital. In Europe we have advised on transactions covering up to 1GW of wind power whilst in Asia we’ve advised on solar, wind and the world’s largest sludge treatment facility. We use our advisory, systems and structures skills across a range of our renewable energy projects to ensure we find the right solutions for our clients, this has resulted in us reducing the time spent on projects as well as costs, like the Sibanye facility.

In such a fast-moving industry, it is essential to keep learning and evolving. We’re working with leading academic institutions on cutting edge research into topics such as network stability, energy storage and urban energy to ensure our clients get the most out of their projects.

Combining renewables with other energy sources

Sometimes our clients want to combine more than one energy source. We’ve worked on hybrid energy systems combining generators with solar PV and have worked with the City and County of San Francisco to create a system that combines energy storage, solar PV supported by a generator. We’re using our advisory and technical skills to assess various energy options for Kendall Square EcoDistrict, looking to improve urban energy through the use of renewable energy.

Our broader energy market offering

We support clients by bringing specific and cross-sector experience to challenging projects in energy, covering power, heat and transport. Whatever your needs in the complex energy market we are able to bring solutions through our service offerings.

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Global contact

  • Justin Wimbush
  • Global Renewable Energy Leader

Explore our work

Photo of the crystalline section of the Rosherville PV facility

Project: Rosherville PV

This research facility provides data to the South Africa energy utility and their grid managers.

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Photo of one of the Noblesfontein Wind facility wind turbines

Project: Nobelsfontein Wind

Wind facility comprising of 41 1.8 Vestas V100 wind turbines with a total capacity of 73.8MW

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Offshore power generation due diligence.

Project: Offshore power transmission due diligence (OFTO)

Assessment of tenders for UK offshore renewable energy transmission licences.

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Oyster wave energy converter.

Project: Oyster wave energy converter

Structural and foundation design for first-of-kind prototype device.

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