Dispatchable power generation capacity is shifting from flexible gas gensets to wind and solar technologies paired with energy storage. Excellent solar resources in the U.S. state of Arizona make First Solar confident that its 65MW solar farm and a 50MW/135MWh battery storage facility will outcompete gas peaking plants in terms of supplying electricity into the evening peak.
Perth-based Global Energy Ventures (GEV) is seeking to step up shipments of compressed natural gas (CNG) to the Indian subcontinent. “They’ve got major issues in terms of fuel supply,” GEV chief executive Maurice Brand said but cautioned “it's easier to just supply the fuel than build a power plant.
Feb 15 – Off-grid, decentralized power supply will help avert electricity shortages in Iran’s northern provinces of Mazandaran and Golestan. To that end, the Iranian energy ministry launched a plan to build 40 small-scale power plants across with a combined capacity of 1,000 MW over the two provinces over the coming six years.
Kosmos Energy, co-developer of a West African FLNG project together with BP, confirmed today the signing of an intergovernmental accord between Senegal and Mauritius will speed up the development of the cross-border Tortue gas field and adjacent floating LNG export project. Kosmos now plans to take a final investment decision (FID) around the end of 2018, and aims for first gas in 2021.
Feb 7 – Rolls-Royce has run a demonstrator engine featuring ALECSys (Advanced Low Emissions Combustion System) for the first time on a testbed in Derby, UK. Designed for future jet engine programmes, ALECSys may be adapted for the power generation segment at a later stage.
Though California has reauthorized its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%, it extended the compliance timeframe until 2030 – ten years longer than the initial 2020 deadline. An executive order from California’s governor Jerry Brown targets an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050.
Feb 5 – Kosmos Energy has completed drilling the Requin Tigre-1 exploration well in Senegal’s Saint Louis Offshore Profond block. Exploration of the deepwater Cretaceous petroleum systems offshore Mauritania and Senegal are part of Kosmos’ efforts to source more feedgas for a FLNG project, though some of the gas find will be reserved by local governments for power generation.
Expanding at an annual rate of 6.07%, the global market for hydrogen generation is expected to reach $154.74 billion by 2022, up from currently $115.25 billion. According to MarketsandMarkets analysis, the merchant segment will grow at the fastest rate due to the rising need for hydrogen for desulfurization of petroleum products.
A firing test, using a 30% hydrogen fuel mix, has been successfully passed by one of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System’s (MHPS) large-scale gas turbines. Test conditions called for a turbine inlet temperature of 1,600℃, equivalent to 700-MW of output, using the premix combustor of J-Series gas turbines.
General Electric is bracing for 2018 to be another challenging period for its beleaguered power business. "We said '17 issues would carry over into '18 in power, but it's still a good franchise in power and we're going to make the most out of that," GE CEO John Flannery told investors on a conference call.