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Energy capacity cost of utility-scale battery storage in the United States has rapidly decreased from $2,152 per kilowatthour (kWh) on average in 2015 to below $625/kWh in 2018, falling further since. Long-duration batteries are less expensive, and costs vary greatly by region, coming in at just $947/kWh in Hawaii.

Marubeni has started trial runs on ammonia co-firing, making use of stored hydrogen at low cost. The Marubeni-led technical study – running through to the end for February 2021 – entails a series of trials for direct usage of ammonia as a fuel in JERA’s thermal power plants.

Mitsubishi Power has received an order to supply the first Solid Oxide Fuel Cell (SOFC) in Europe. The hybrid system will be put into operation at the Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen (GWI) in Essen by March 2022 to research the use of hydrogen as a fuel gas.

Developers of LNG-to-Power projects are advised to secure flexible gas delivery terms through an aggregator before the market flips again and demand outstrips supply. According to Watson Farley & Williams, this is likely to happen by 2022 or 2023 as current Capex cuts delay new liquefaction projects.

US oil major ExxonMobil has agreed with Japan’s largest LNG importer JERA to evaluate the joint development of regas facilities and gas-fired power plants. The aim is to build an integrated LNG-to-Power project in the port city of Hai Phong in northern Vietnam.

Spanish utility Naturgy has extended its LNG supply to the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) until 2032. The contract covers annual supplies of 2 Bcm and could reach 3 Bcm, depending on the country's gas needs for power generation. The price is indexed to Henry Hub.

GE shares surged more than 9% today in early trading after the US manufacturer posted a surprise rise in third-quarter profit and free cash flow. “Our transformation of GE is accelerating,” CEO Larry Culp said, as industrial free cash flow for the quarter was a positive $514 million.

Singapore has awarded a grant to an Envison-led consortium to pilot lithium-ion battery energy storage on a ‘floating living lab’, using seawater for cooling. The 7.5 MW/7.5MWh storage is part of a $10 million partnership between the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Keppel O&M.

Maxim Power has turned to GE to help convert its Milner II coal-fired power plant to run on natural gas. GE re-powered the plant with one of its 7F.05 gas turbines, turning Milner II into the largest open-cycle gas power unit in the Canadian province of Alberta.

Sunseap Energy Ventures has contracted Wärtsilä to supply energy storage as a test-bed, supported by Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) and SP Group. The 2.4 MW/2.4 MWh system will be the first utility-scale energy storage installed in the Asian city state.

The Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has pledged to reduce the country’s emissions to net-zero by 2050. Power generators, car makers and steel mills will have to comply with stricter emission limits, but critics say Japan will not become carbon neutral without phasing out all coal power units.

Houston-based Eagle LNG will supply a full turn-key solution to the Barbuda Ocean Club, including a regas and storage unit, to allow the holiday resort switch to gas-fired power generation. The fuel switch will save the club millions of dollars in fuel relative to its existing petroleum-based power unit.

News in Brief

Germany ups support for CO2 conversion in industry

Oct 30 – Industries in Germany will enjoy a further 75 million in funding to convert carbon dioxide emissions in heavy industry into useful chemical products. Thyssen-Krupp is already testing the process of converting CO2 emissions into substances like ammonia and methanol. The steel industry alone accounts for 6% of global CO2 emissions.

Operating assets ‘from anywhere’

Oct 29 – GE Digital’s latest software gives electric utilities remote and mobile control over their power stations for remote start-up, external monitoring and operational fine-tuning. The goal is to safe cost through autonomous operation from any location.

Enlit Europe goes digital

Oct 28 – In face of the second wave of the pandemic, Enlit Europe has decided to move its Milan trade show online. A virtual keynote will be held on Thursday, October 29, starting from 9:30 CET.

Singapore sets aside $36m for low-carbon tech

Oct 27 – The Singapore government is supporting low carbon tech by setting aside SG$49 million ($36m) for research into hydrogen, carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and energy storage. Testbeds for blending of low-carbon hydrogen with natural gas in combined cycle gas turbines, will yield insights into low-carbon tech and facilitate future deployment, said Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

Researchers develop lightweight battery

Oct 26 – Scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability (LBF) have developed a lightweight battery pack to reduce the overall weight of e-car batteries. The new pack holding the battery cells is made of fibre-plastic composites, reducing the weight by 40 percent compared to a casing made of aluminium. The new battery is hoped to drive the upward trend for e-car registrations in Germany and help lower emissions in the transport sector.

MAN to maintain power plant in Benin

Oct 23 – PrimeServ, the after-sales brand of MAN Energy Solutions, has signed a service agreement with BWSC for the Maria Gleta power plant near the city of Cotonou, Benin. The 127 MW plant is powered by seven MAN 18V51/60DF engines. The ten-year contract covers the supply of spare parts and the provision of technical services for scheduled maintenance.

Gas saves Virginia over $14bn

Oct 22 – Virginia’s businesses and families saved more than $14.2 billion between 2008 and 2018 thanks to low-cost natural gas and expanded energy infrastructure, according to a new Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) report. Almost 60% of power generation relies on natural gas and a third of its households use gas for home heating.

Energy storage for LNG-powered vessels

Oct 21 – Louisiana-based Harvey Gulf has asked Wärtsilä to retrofit its energy storage system (ESS) on four LNG-fuelled platform support vessels. Once upgraded in early 2022, all vessels will be of full tri-fuel operation.

Mott McDonald starts construction on ALCP6

Oct 20 – US construction firm Mott McDonald has started building the ALCP6 waste to energy project in Krabi province, southern Thailand. The plant will incinerate 144,000 tonnes per year of municipal solid waste, and the heat obtained will be converted into 6 MW of electricity to be exported to the Thai national grid.

Brace for EU sustainable finance rules

Oct 19 – Sustainable finance practices, drawn up by the European Commission, could create a "bureaucratic monster" that smaller companies and energy investors would find overbearing, the Munich-based Institute for Economic Research (ifo) warned. The regulation should hence prioritise closer scrutiny of large and listed companies.

UK could become net power exporter

Oct 16 – Increased interconnection could provide a route for excess offshore wind power in Britain to be consumed elsewhere in Europe. National Grid Interconnector Register shows up to 16 GW of interconnection could be operational by 2025 and up to 25.4 GW by 2030.

Wärtsilä to deploy GridSolv in US city

Oct 15 – AEP OnSite Partners has contracted Wärtsilä to deploy its GridSolv Quantum energy storage in the city of Martinsville, Virginia. The system includes an UL9540A limiting 2-hour battery firewall and will help lower the city’s energy costs.

Rolls-Royce spends $13.9m in Mankato

Oct 14 – Britain’s engine maker Rolls-Royce has decided to invest nearly $14 million in its Power System business to build a new R&D centre at its MTU manufacturing plant in Mankato, Minnesota, US. The expansion will see 28,000 square foot added to the facility’s existing hall, making room for the production of high-power MTU gas gensets, enhanced product testing and the creation of 20 new manufacturing positions.

Clarke commissions Vitalait power unit in Tunisia

Oct 13 – Clarke Energy and INNIO Jenbacher have completed the commissioning of an onsite power plant of a milk producer in Tunisia. The installation of another Jenbacher gas engine has increased the plant’s output to 4 MW of electricity as well as 1,100 kW of hot water and 800 kW of steam.

Secondary battery market to top $55bn

Oct 12 – Technavio expects the secondary battery market to grow by $55.62 billion through 2024, rising at an 11% rate over the forecast period. Falling costs for lithium-ion batteries as well as growing demand in Asia Pacific allowed the market to grow 2.01% this year, despite adverse effects of the pandemic. Top battery suppliers are Tesla, Clarious, Exide, LG Chem, GS Yuasa and Samsung.

Shift to sustainable tech

Oct 9 – Three quarters of utilities, surveyed by EIT InnoEnergy, are considering adopting sustainable technology over the next 12-18 months. However, over one third of the respondents found it hard to recruit the skills they need.

Generator rentals slow

Oct 8 – The rental market for power generators has slowed down due to the pandemic, with genset rentals from the oil and gas industry forecast to grow by just $153.87 million this year. However, Technavio expects the market will return to a 3% annual growth rate by 2024.

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