I thought this was very innovative and worth noting: a floating electricity-generating power plant, a “power ship” that can be parked by any shore and used to generate part of that country’s electricity needs. There is currently a Turkish “power ship”, the Fatmagül Sultan, parked off Beirut that is producing 188 MW of electricity daily, the equivalent of two extra hours of electricity for Lebanon, which has been plagued by outages, its system under increased strain with the addition of hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees. A second Turkish ship is on its way. The three-year deal will give Lebanon the breathing space to repair its own power plants and get them up to speed.
In an article in The Guardian, The owner of the Karadeniz energy company, Osman Karadeniz, said he got the idea in his travels in Africa where he noticed that lack of electricity meant that children in hospitals and clinics were dying unnecessarily and the local economy was unable to develop. Small generators were very expensive to use. He thought of the ‘power ship’ as a solution, but with no infrastructure and “not even a hardware store” in some of these areas, large power ships would be difficult to maintain. His company is now working on smaller versions for use in Africa. It is also interesting that the Turkish ambassador to Lebanon places this technical innovation in the context of Turkey’s reviving influence in former Ottoman lands.