Siemens Smart Grid will supply Mark-E with a virtual power plant (VPP) hosted IT solution that will allow the energy service provider to connect and bundle distributed power sources to offer balancing energy via online trading platforms.
U.S. energy firm GE is to build a manufacturing plant for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells (SOFC) in upstate New York. Running on natural gas, the new design of SOFC will have lower cost and reach up to 95% efficiency, GE said but it did not disclose investment and start-up date of the plant.
UK engineering firms and universities are set to spend £30 million to jointly research advanced technology for use in gas turbines. The funding will include £8 million from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) with the remaining amount contributed by over 50 private companies and universities.
The Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (CFE) has announced it will tender $2.8 billion worth of projects to develop gas-fired power plants, grids and pipelines in the country before the end of this year. The tenders included two combined-cycle plants – the 928 MW North Central III and the 714 MW Central Guaymas II.
Brazilian construction group Grupo Bolognesi is to realise a 1,200 MW gas-fired plant that will rely on LNG from a planned regas terminal at port of Suape in northern Brazil. The power plant is estimated to cost $1.6bn and will be complete by 2019.
A new generation of gas-powered fuel cells may soon be developed that operate at temperatures less than 500°C, following the award of a $1 million grant to the Georgia Tech Research Corporation by the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE). “The conventional process of converting natural gas to electricity has several drawbacks. Intermediate-temperature fuel cells (ITFCs) have potential to be twice as efficient as today's gas-fired and coal-fired power plants, potentially reducing CO2 emission by 50%,” Meilin Liu, lead researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.
The unfolding political clash between Russia and the Ukraine threatens to impact European Union policy frameworks and long term plans to replace coal with cleaner burning gas power plants, according to the Oxford Institute of Energy Studies.
Gas supply infrastructure for the 120 MW Musandam power plant in Oman is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of this year. Once fully operational, it will be the state's first gas-fired power plant.
The new infrastructure is part of final construction works on the nearby Musandam gas processing plant, with total costs estimated to come in at $600 million.
Laser repair for gas turbine components may soon be a commercial reality thanks to research from the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). “Potential savings include the reduction of maintenance cost, shortening repair cycles and extending component life,” Xue Lijue, lead researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.
Construction of the long-anticipated 200 MW Delimara gas power plant and LNG terminal in Malta has started with initial drilling work taking place this week, according to the island's Energy Minister Konrad Mizzi.
Israel's Public Utilities Authority (PUA) has issued new guidelines for power generators of how to handle domestic gas supply shortages. In such circumstances, private power producers will take priority as state-owned utility Israel Electric Corp (IEC) can switch to alternative fuels, such as gasoil or fuel oil.