Energy Storage

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.

Shell says its REFHYNE hydrogen electrolyser project, based on proton exchange membrane (PEM) technology, will be supported by the European Commission’s new hydrogen strategy. The policy sets out pathways how clean hydrogen can help the EU reach is 2050 net-zero emissions target.

Europe’s largest power producer E.ON and the German steelmaker thyssenkrupp have teamed up to produce hydrogen by linking large-scale electrolysis units, built by the latter, with E.ON’s virtual power plants (VPPs). That way, industrial hydrogen can help integrate green energy into the grid.

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News in Brief

Enel’s Q1 investment up 8.8%

May 7 – Italy’s state-dominated utility Enel has stepped up investment in renewables and power transmission grids in the first quarter by 8.8% to €2,035 million in a further shift to green energy. Revenues fell by -14.4% to €17,107 million over the same period, largely due to losses in thermal generation and trading activities in Italy and Spain as well as lower volumes of electricity sold into the Spanish end-user market.

Germany advances Net Zero target to 2045

May 6 – The German government has pulled forward the date for Net Zero emissions to 2045 in a move designed to accelerate and intensify efforts to reduce emissions from the transport and power sector. The new target is to curb emissions by 65% by 2030 (up from the previous 55% goal) and reach a 88% reduction by 2040, followed by Net Zero five years later.

Cummins Q1 revenues up 22%

May 5 – Cummins today posed a 22% rise in first quarter revenues to $6.1 billion. Sales in North America increased 7% while international revenues surged 45% largely due to strong new product sales in China and India.  Based on latest developments, Cummins raised its full year 2021 revenue guidance to 20-24%, a considerable rise from previous 8 - 12% forecasts.

Actis vows to help Egypt divest Siemens-built CCGT

May 4 – Egypt’s sovereign wealth fund is cooperating with the private equity firm Actis to sell a 25-year concession to operate three 4.8 GW combined-cycle power plants built by Siemens under a €6 billion contract. The three CCGTs are owned by the Egyptian Electricity Holding, and Actis CEO Ayman Soliman promised to help selling one of the three plants.

RIX launches mobile hydrogen system

April 30 – California-based RIX Industries has launched an industry-first mobile hydrogen generation unit, part of its M2H2-Series of scalable Methanol-to-Hydrogen systems. Able to generate hydrogen onboard and on demand, the system is applicable for ships and remote small-scale production of the green fuel with the aim of replacing diesel for power generation. The M2H2 systems, combined with fuel cells, can produce electricity without any NOx, SOx, or particulate matter and Net Zero CO2 emission with renewable methanol.

US gas future hit 7-year high

April 28 – US natural gas futures have increased over 2% to a seven-week high as LNG exports go from strength to strength, while domestic production eased off slightly. Moreover, a return of colder-than-average weather has pushed up gas demand for heating significantly so that utilities had to withdraw gas from storage, which is rather unusual in April.

Zhongyu Gas bucks the trend

April 27 – Zhongyu Gas, a pioneer in the Chinese gas industry, has achieved remarkable growth during the pandemic. The Hong-Kong headquartered TSO recorded a turnover of approximately HK $8,544 million in 2020, up 4.9% year-on year, while profit attributable to owners of the group was HK $1,057 million, a staggering 145.7%. At the end of 2020, the turnover of Zhongyu’s value-added gas services segment recorded HK $636 million, a year-on-year increase of 54.2%. To date, Zhongyu Gas has 18,777 industrial customers and 3.96 million residential users.

Germany agrees higher renewable goals for 2022

April 26 – The German parliament has voted in favour of higher tender volumes for next year’s wind and solar PV installations. However, parliamentarians did not yet agree on a new renewable target for 2030, even though this has become necessary after the EU raises its overall emission reduction target to 55%.

Rolls-Royce to deliver 16V 8000 engines to Taiwan

April 23 – British engineering giant Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 16-cylinder engines of the MTU Series 8000 to a customer in Taiwan. The shipyard CSBC will install the two engines, capable to deliver 7,280 kilowatts of power each, in new patrol vessels for the Taiwanese Coast Guard. The 16V engines‘ „big brother“ - 20V 8000 has been the best-selling engine in its power class since its introduction around 20 years ago, Rolls-Royce noted.

Rolls-Royce to deliver 16V 8000 engines to Taiwan

April 23 – British engineering giant Rolls-Royce has delivered the first 16-cylinder engines of the MTU Series 8000 to a customer in Taiwan. The shipyard CSBC will install the two engines, capable to deliver 7,280 kilowatts of power each, in new patrol vessels for the Taiwanese Coast Guard. The 16V engines‘ „big brother“ - 20V 8000 has been the best-selling engine in its power class since its introduction around 20 years ago, Rolls-Royce noted.

GE to equip Verbund’s pump storage power plant

April 22 – GE Power Conversion has been selected to equip Verbund’s new fully-fed pump storage power plant  Reißeck II+ in Kärnten, Austria. For the new 45 MW unit, GE will supply three MV7616 converters which are water cooled fully fed converters with an electrical voltage of 6.6kV each. In the wider Kärnten area, Verbund operates a total of 1,460 MW of hydropower plants that are often used for pump-water energy storage.

Fluxys takes stake in Brazilian TSO

April 21 – Belgian gas company Fluxyis, the operator of the Zeebrugge LNG import terminal and stakeholder in Dunkirk LNG and the TAP pipeline, has bought a minority stake in a Brazilian gas transmission system operator. The deal is for a stake in Transportadora Brasileira Gasoduto Bolívia-Brasil (TBG), the owner and operator of a 2,600-kilometres pipeline system that links the southern part of Brazil with neighbouring Bolivia. Fluxyis said the equity transfer was made via the US investment fund, EIG Global Energy Partners.

MHI launches 90MPa hydrogen booster pump

April 20 – Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has developed an ultra-high pressure liquid hydrogen booster pump for hydrogen fuelling stations. With 90 megapascal (MPa), the new unit achieves considerably higher pressure than the earlier 40 MPa unit. It is located at MHI’s research & innovation center in Nagasaki District, Japan.

New EU target may force Germany to achieve 68% emissions cut

April 19 – European Union leaders’ decision to raise the bloc’s 2030 target for cutting emissions by “at least 55%” means that Germany needs to step up its efforts and may have to cut emissions by 62% to 68% over 1990 levels, researchers say. Policymakers in Berlin initially aimed for a 55% reduction by 2030 but this is now no longer enough to comply with stricter rules.

Trafigura co-sponsors MAN’s ammonia engine

April 16 – Trafigura, a global commodity trading house, has agreed to co-sponsor the development of MAN Energy Solutions ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels. The ammonia engine is expected to be commercially available for large-scale ocean-going ships by 2024, followed by a retrofit package for existing maritime vessels by 2025. In the future, ammonia-fuelled engine are also meant to be used for power generation.

Tula dDSF helps curb NOx emissions by 74%

April 15 – Tula Technologies, a leader in propulsion technology, and Cummins have showcased the results of a study on the effectiveness of Tula’s diesel Dynamic Skip Fire (dDSF) in reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) by 74% and carbon dioxide emissions by 5% on a Cummins X15 HD Efficiency Series diesel engine. In comparison with current engine technologies and modifications to the thermal management techniques, use of the dDSF system saved 20% in fuel and related costs.

Marubeni starts EPC works for Rabigh IPP

April 14 – Japan’s Marubeni Corp has been granted limited-recourse financing for the 300 MW Rabigh solar IPP project in Saudi Arabia’s Makkah Province. The loan was granted by Mizuho Bank, Al Rajhi Banking and Investment and Japan’s Bank for International Cooperation. EPC work on the project is scheduled to start in early May. All electricity from the Rabigh IPP will be sold to the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) for 25 years starting with the plant’s commissioning.

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