Energy Storage

Finish technology group Wärtsilä has won an energy storage system order, totalling 90 MW/ 90 MWh, from an Asian customer. GridSolv Max will integrate intermittent wind and solar power sources, helping the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) meet is 23% renewable energy target by 2025.

Eos Energy Storage has agreed to supply Znyth zinc hybrid cathodes, the core of its Aurora batteries, to Verdant’s California-based microgrids. Materials of the Znyth battery are derived from non-rare earth and feature a 100% depth of discharge as well as wide operating temperature range.

Intermittency issues of wind and solar power supply are feared to jeopardize the stability of the U.S. power grid. To remedy this issue scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed an “air-breathing” battery storage that, at the cheapest, run about $100/kWh and functions only in certain locations.

Royal Dutch Shell is gearing up to become Germany’s leading provider of green hydrogen for industrial and transport clients. The British-Dutch oil major is planning to build 1,000 fast charging stations for electric vehicles at its petrol stations by 2030, and is looking to acquire green energy start-ups.

Enschede-based Lithium Werks has started to sell Nanophosphate cathode powder to lithium battery producers. Developed by MIT, the novel technology not only eliminates cobalt, but also heavy metal nickel. The material was first commericalised by A123 Systems and later acquired by Lithium Werks.

Technology companies in Europe and China have embarked on a race to develop and commercialise electrolysers to produce hydrogen as a fuel for industry and power generation. Though China can make the cheapest electrolysers, Europe leads on lean hydrogen technologies. Competition is rife, and set to improve project economics.

Xodus Group has been selected by Infinite Blue Energy (IBE) to carry out phase one work for the $300 million Arrowsmith Hydrogen Project, Australia’s first large-scale 100% green hydrogen plant. Situated 320km north of Perth, the 152 MW plant will produce 25,866 kg of hydrogen a day once operational in 2022.

Investment in the power generation sector in Asia Pacific will amount to over $1.5 trillion over the coming decade, Wood Mackenzie forecasts. Wind and solar are seen account for up 66% or $1 trillion of that investment, with just $500 billion spent on new gas- and coal-fired power projects.

Energy storage markets in the United States staged a staggering 72% growth in the second quarter, with 168 MW new-built capacity. That's the highest quarterly total on record, according to the U.S. Energy Storage Association (ESA), falling just behind Q4-2019 when 186.4 MW were added.

Able Grid, developer of U.S. battery energy storage projects, is forging ahead with works on the Chisholm Grid battery energy storage system in Fort Worth, Texas. Chisholm Grid will initially have 100 MWac of rated capacity and is scheduled to begin commercial operations in mid-2021.

The number of battery storage systems in the United States has more than doubled from 49 to 125 within just three years, pushing up available capacity for storing electricity from 351 MW to over 869 MW. Analysts expect growth to continue once the U.S. comes out of the Covid-19-related recession.

Hanwha Energy has announced completion of the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell power plant that generates electricity from waste hydrogen. Built at a cost of $212.4 million, the 50 MW power plant makes use of waste hydrogen left over from the Daesan petrochemical complex to generate 400,000 megawatt-hours of electricity.

Gold Fields, operator of Agnew Gold Mine in Western Australia, has contracted Cummins to install QSV91G generators as part of Australia’s largest hybrid renewable energy microgrid. The system consists of a 23 MW off-grid power station, plus 18 MW wind power, and a 13 MW battery.

Industrial gas company Linde has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Beijing Green Hydrogen Technology Development, part of China Power, to promote the use of hydrogen in China. Green hydrogen mobility solutions are to be in place before China hosts of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

AEG Power Solutions has installed Convert SC Flex storage converters to help run Africa’s largest off-grid solar hybrid power plant at Bayero University Kano in Nigeria. The 7.1 MW micro-grid combines 3.5 MW solar photovoltaic, a 2.4 MW gas genset and 8.1 MW battery storage.

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News in Brief

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.

GE upgrades Italian CHP

Oct 7 – GE has completed an axial fuel staging upgrade on its 9E gas turbine at an onsite combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Milazzo refinery in Sicily. The entire electricity needs of the refinery, over 780 GWh in 2019, will soon be supplied by the upgraded and more flexible gas turbine.

Operating assets ‘from anywhere’

Oct 6 – 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.

Chart wins order from New Fortress Energy

Oct 5 – Chart Industries has secured a second leasing order, worth $7.7 million, for ISO containers for LNG applications from New Fortress Energy for a project in the Caribbean. The US equipment maker sees double digit near-term growth in its repair, service and leasing business, notably from growing demand for LNG equipment for infrastructure.

Siemens energises Togo

Oct 2 – Siemens Energy has delivered a SGT-800 gas turbine and other components for the Kékéli Efficient Power plant project. Located in the Togolese capital Lomé, the 65 MW plant will cover almost 40% of country’s expected electricity demand.

Batteries get cheaper

Oct 1 – Cost for battery production is falling rapidly as manufacturers bring large Gigafactories on-line. By 2030, Bloomberg New Energy Finance anticipates battery pack prices to drop to $73 per kilowatt-hour, down from a current volume-weighted average of below $270/kWh.

Barclays may help fund Rolls-Royce

Sept 30 – UK’s prime engine maker Rolls-Royce is understood to be close to getting fresh financing from Barclays Bank. The Derby-based company, however, insists no final decision has been taken on the precise amount that may be raised or any allotment of shares to any investor.