Siemens Energy has secured a turnkey contract to build GNA II, a 1.7 GW integrated LNG-to-Power plant at Port of Açu, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. Customer is Gás Natural Açu for whom Siemens commissioned the equally-sized GNA I complex in summer 2021 – at an overall project value of more than €1 billion.

Hyosung Heavy Industries (Hyosung) has ordered H2-ready Jenbacher engines from INNIO for the first pilot power plant project in Asia Pacific to be 100% fuelled by hydrogen. The pilot unit will be built at the Hyosung Chemical Yongyeon Plant in the city of Ulsan, South Korea, and is due to start commercial operations in the third quarter of 2022.

Germany will not be able to import enough renewable hydrogen to reach the targeted 76 - 96 TWh by 2030, as laid out in the national hydrogen strategy. "The problem is that expansion of renewable energies in countries like Chile, Morocco, Spain and the Netherlands is progressing only slowly," said Malte Küper, analyst at the German Economic Institute (IW).

H2 Green, a Getech business, will develop a clean energy hub – hydrogen, integrated with onshore wind and solar power – at Shoreham Port in Suffolk, UK. The clean energy hub will remove emissions from the port operator’s fleet of trucks and heavy good vehicles, and could supply hydrogen as a feedstock for gas-fired power stations nearby.

Rolls-Royce’s power systems unit MTU has teamed up with cellcentric – a joint venture set up by Daimler Truck and Volvo – to develop hydrogen fuel cells based on cellcentrics modules that emit nothing other than vapour. The solution can be used to generate emergency power for data centres.

Israel-based fuel cell maker GenCell has deployed a test unit of its A5 off-grid power solution to energise the Emergency Communications System (ECS) station in Reykjavik. Small-scale, sector-specific hydrogen projects are “cheaper and quicker to deploy,” GenCell CEO Rami Reshef said as they provide “an opportunity to trial and ultimately, scale solutions.”

MAN Energy Solutions has managed to get its gas-powered, four-stroke engines 'H2-ready' and operable with a hydrogen content of up to 25% by volume in a gas-fuel mix. MAN 35/44G TS, 51/60G and 51/60G TS stationary gas engines now meet Level B requirements of the European Engine Power Plants Association’s (EUGINE) H2-readiness standard.

Mitsubishi Power Americas has teamed up with Detroit-based DT Midstream to develop clean hydrogen energy projects across the United States. The technology will be based on Mitsubishi’s Hydaptive package which integrates renewables, gas turbines, hydrogen and energy storage while DT Midsteam will leverage its gas pipelines and storage network.

Pre-FEED (Front End Engineering and Design) study contracts have been awarded by Equinor for the H2H Saltend hydrogen production plant (600 MW) in the UK. The study also underpins plans to scale up the Saltend plant to another 1,200 MW hydrogen output for use at Keadby power station – the world’s first 100% hydrogen-fuelled generator.

The world’s largest hydrogen fuel cell (78.96 MW) has started operation near an LNG-fuelled power plant run by KOSPO in Incheon, South Korea. The fuel cell gensets were supplied by POSCO Energy and Doosan Fuel Cell, and project cost came to 340 billion won ($292 million).

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News in Brief

Rolls-Royce conducts laser field tests in the US

May 18 – Rolls-Royce has successfully conducted laser field tests to demonstrate ‘deep magazine’ power capability for directed applications in connection with Lockheed Martin’s layered laser defense project. Deep magazine power can be provided by a battery-only system, but the Rolls-Royce ColdFire system includes both battery-powered and near-continuous firing modes provided by M250 gas turbine engines.

Gas vs oil ratio increases in the Bakken

May 17 – The ratio of natural gas to crude oil production has risen in North Dakota’s Bakken region since 2008, and continues to accelerate. According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report, annual gas gross withdrawals in the Bakken increased by 9% to an annual high of 2.97 Bcf/d in 2021, even though the region’s crude oil production fell by 6%.

Middle East shifts to gas power

May 16 – The Middle East, a region vulnerable to climate change, is undergoing a major shift from petroleum-based power plants towards gas-fired generation and renewable power sources. Capacity additions of over 185.46 GW are the pipeline, according to ResearchandMarkets, as the regions electricity demand for industry and residential cooling is set to grow. In fact, cooling already accounts for 70% of residential power demand.

Carbon utilisation in strong demand

May 13 – The market for carbon utilisation is forecast to grow rapidly from the 2030s onwards to surpass $285 billion by 2042, driven by rising climate commitments and a favourable regulatory framework. In its latest report IDTechEx also highlights the role of technology advances such as thermodynamics which help sequester CO2 permanently.

MTU gensets approved for biofuels

May 12 – Rolls-Royce has gained approval to use synthetic fuels in its MTU Series 4000 and Series 1600 diesel engines for power generation application. Field testing confirmed both engines can use a range of sustainable fuels including biomass-to-liquid, hydrotreated vegetable oil and power-to-liquid fuels such as e-diesel.

E.ON tells Germans how to save gas

May 11 – A large-scale switch to heat pumps, solar power and better demand-side management could help save Germany nearly 100 TWh of natural gas per year, E.ON has said, calling on households to contribute to Europe’s efforts to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports. “If 10% of the homes in Germany are equipped with solar PV installations, 20% of gas boilers are replaced by heat pumps, and the average temperature in all households is reduced by one degree Celsius on average, this would lead to natural gas savings of 103 TWh per year," E.ON Energy CEO Filip Thon said, noting this volume would equate to about 30% of Germany’s current gas imports from Russia.

Exelon Q1 earnings lower following Constellation cave-out

May 10 – Exelon has reported lower first quarter earnings and a higher operating revenue, having completed the separation of Constellation Energy – Excelon’s former power gen business. Focussing now solely on transmission and distribution, Exelon’s net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2022 decreased to $0.49 per share from $0.53 a share in pre-year period. In contrast, adjusted operating earnings notched up to $0.64 per share, primarily due to due to higher electric distribution earnings at ComEd from higher rate base and higher allowed electric distribution. Rate increases at Excelon’s group companies PECO, BGE, and PHI were partially offset by higher depreciation expenses at BGE and PHI.

South Africa to add 2.6 GW of new capacity

May 9 – South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, has just announced the REIPPPP BW6 Request for Proposals (RFP).  The bid round will add 2,600 MWs of new capacity to the energy mix. The ministry seeks to procure 11,813 MW of electricity from various power sources including renewable energy, storage, gas and coal.

GE Gas Power authorized as CVE Numbering Authority

May 6 – GE Gas Power’s increased focus on cybersecurity has been recognized by the Common Vulnerability and Exposures Programm as a ‘CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).  As such, GE Gas Power can now assign CVE identification numbers to newly discovered vulnerabilities potentially related to its products and allow GE Gas Power to directly publish new CVE Records and streamline the reporting process.

Heliogen gets nearly $90m in funding

May 5 – Heliogen has moved from design into testing and implementation of its supercritical CO2 power gen system that will be deployed for Woodside in California. The system consists of a 5 MWe sCO2 power block integrated with high temperature solid media thermal energy storage. The demonstration project is being funded with up to $50 million from Woodside, along with $39 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Capstone to install microturbine in the Caribbean

May 4 – E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, has secured an order for two C1000S microturbines for a government water authority in the Caribbean. The 2 MW system will provide emergency standby power to several pumping stations throughout the remote island community and is scheduled to be commissioned towards the end of 2022.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 3 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 2 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Steam turbines in high demand

April 29 – The market for steam turbines for power generation will grow around 6.5% through to 2027, driven by the build-out of combined-cycle gas power plants – notably in Asia and the United States, ResearchAndMarkets finds. Coal power projects in China, India and Bangladesh also require significant numbers of steam turbines. “Many of the countries in Asia-Pacific cannot provide 24-hour electricity to its citizens, and the cheapest way to achieve the objective is to build thermal [coal power] plants and use steam turbines,” analysts commented.

LNG-fuelled power for Antigua

April 28 – Antigua Power Company Limited (APCL) has contracted Wärtsilä to supply and install a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant on the Caribbean island. The plant will operate primarily on regasified LNG, imported through a small-scale import terminal developed by U.S.-based Eagle LNG in partnership with APCL.

ION launches risk analyser

April 27 – ION Commodities has built a cloud-based solution – FEA Analyzer – to help energy and commodity firms transition to new renewable energy markets while simultaneously optimizing trading strategies and supply chains. The tool combines pre-trade analytics with risk management and asset optimization, all powered by predictive analytics and stochastic models. 

Capstone to service 600kV microturbine

April 26 – Capstone has landed a rental contract for a 600 kilowatt (kW) microturbine-based system with one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Due for commissioning in mid-May 2022, the plant will supply power to remote mid-stream operations along the customer's gas pipeline in Colorado.