Technological challenges are “taking root on the grid,” the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) said with reference to an array of battery storage projects and the first offshore wind project off Long Island. Looking ahead, NYISO expects both baseload and peakload power demand to fall by about 0.14% through to 2028, caused by a rising use of distributed power sources and energy efficiency measures.
Iquitos, a city in Peru’s jungle region, has a new source of baseload electricity supply following the commissioning of seven MAN 32/44R engines at a power plant, operated Telemenia and V-Power. Logistic for the project had been very demanding, due to remote location of the port city of Iquitos – a gateway to jungle lodges in the northern Amazon.
Crippling gas supply shortages will soon be a thing of the past in Bangladesh as the country is about to start importing LNG, with the first cargo scheduled to arrive by mid-April. Though LNG imports will bring some relief, increases in gas-fired power generation capacity are likely to be limited to 1.0 GW in 2018, and 1.4 GW in 2019.
Acceleration of Europe’s announced gas-fired power projects is likely after 2020, as many EU countries step up efforts to retire nuclear, lignite and hard coal-fired generation. According to Energy Aspects, there are 17 GW of proposed projects in the UK alone while across Europe that figure is 51 GW.
Feb 13 –Saudi Arabia-based Hail Cement Company hasrenewing the three-year asset management agreement with Wärtsilä and for a power plant in Turbah, Saudi Arabia. Under the agreement, Wärtsilä provides guarantees for the performance of the 53 MW base load plant, equipped with seven Wärtsilä 32 gas engines.
Finland’ technology group Wärtsilä has received full notice to proceed to deliver ten 50SG engines for two new power plants, under construction by an investor-owned utility in the United States. Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp (UMERC), a subsidiary of WEC Energy Group, will operate the two fast-ramp plants with a combined output of 188 MW.
Finland-based technology group Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply two more baseload power plants to Bangladesh. Orion Group, an industrial conglomerate, is developing two 110 MW units, each of which will operate on six Wärtsilä 50 engines running on heavy fuel oil.
Turning his back on former President Obama’s clean energy aspirations, the new FERC chairman Neil Chatterjee calls for coal to be “properly compensated” for baseload power and “recognized as an essential part of the fuel mix.” Asserting his commitment to the “resilience and reliability” of the US electric system, he said in a podcast released by FERC this week that ensuring security of supply would merit keeping even uneconomic coal and nuclear power plants operational. “These are essential to national security,” he claimed.
Falling costs for renewables and energy storage will squeeze out gas-fired generation in South Australia as early as 2025, Wood Mackenzie and GTM Research find. By then, wind, solar and battery costs are seen decline by 15%, 25% and 50% respectively – hence they offer a “lower cost alternative” to CCGTs, which cover the bulk of South Australia’s base load power today.
Future use of hybrid energy will lead to a consistent baseload, without the need for top-up via fossil fuels, anticipates Francesco Falco, chief commercial officer at GE Power Conversion.
"When using Silicon Carbide (SiC), – a diamond-like substance – instead of traditional silicon chips in a solar inverter, its high power density feature can reduce power losses by up to 50 percent," he explains.