Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) announced a JAC-series gas turbine, using enhanced air cooling, has surpassed 8,000 cumulative hours of combined-cycle operation at the Takasago power plant in Japan. Exceeding this mark is taken as an industry benchmark for demonstrating a turbine's reliability.
Agreements reached by EU Institutions over the past fortnight on energy efficiency, energy governance and renewables “fall well short of a comprehensive approach,” according to COGEN Europe. The headline target of 32.5% energy efficiency by 2030 will be missed, the lobby group warns, in the absence of an “actionable framework”.
Following the release of three kidnapped Turkish workers on Sunday, the CEO of the General Electricity Company of Libya (GECOL) Ali Sassi is in talks with Turkey’s largest construction company ENKA about when to resume construction of the 660 MW Ubari gas power project. Sassi also reached out to South Korean EPC firms to return to work on suspended power plants in Tripoli.
The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) no longer warns of an imminent gas shortage in southern and eastern Australia after government pressure has made LNG exporters commit to divert some cargoes to the local market. "No supply gaps are forecast before 2030,” AEMO said when releasing its annual gas outlook – a stark contrast to the body’s earlier concerns about shortages starting from mid-2018.
Vattenfall Wärme Berlin, district heating provider and part of the Swedish utility Vattenfall, is utilizing the world’s first MXL2 upgrade for GE’s GT13E2 gas turbines that uses components manufactured through additive technology. The first-stage turbine vanes and heat shields are 3D-printed in GE facilities in Birr, Switzerland, and Greenville, South Carolina.
Cheap gas supply spurs construction of new gas power stations in the United States, with CCGT additions anticipated to reach 9% after topping 8.8% last year. According to EIA figures, over 7.5 GW came of new gas generating capacity went online last year as planned, and 2.6 GW were delayed until 2018.
Flexible gas-fired “peaker” plants, together with energy storage, will bolster the intermittency of solar and wind power for years to come, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). Battery storage is forecast to see surge in capacity by a factor of more than 160 times by 2050.
Following substantial investment in new capacity, Gazprom’s power generation strategy through to 2027 is focussing on upgrades as well as decommissioning on economically unviable capacity. Construction of the Grozny thermal power plant is slated to be finished before the end of 2019.
Eager to advance energy savings, U.S. electric utilities have spent over $3.6 billion on energy efficiency customer incentives in 2016, or an average of $24 per customer. According to an EIA survey, the top spent on efficiency savings was in Massachusetts, with $128 per customer.
Come June 26, General Electric will lose its listing in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after more than a century, reflecting GE’s difficulties to win new business and a slump in the company’s share price. GE executives said drooping out of the Dow would not change the company’s commitment to create a “stronger, simpler” enterprise.
Only large scale and intelligent energy storage can solve the issue of variable renewable electricity generation. There is little political will for a fresh wave of subsidies for storage – as there was for renewables – hence a carefully crafted market design is needed to incentivises flexibility and storage, says Patrick Clerens, Secretary General at the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE).
Finland’s technology group Wärtsilä has launched an integrated solar PV and energy storage to deliver a true “renewables as baseload” solution that increases resilience and efficiencies. The adaptable Wärtsilä Hybrid Solar can be supported by a power producer’s existing grid infrastructure.
French utility Engie has sold its shareholding in Thailand’s Glow Energy to the PTT unit Global Power Synergy for net proceeds of €2.6 billion. With the disposal, Engie will no longer operate any coal-fired assets in Asia-Pacific and reduces its installed coal power capacity by 14% globally.
Dismissing news about a possible sale of Siemens Power&Gas (PG) business unit, CEO Joe Kaeser said he wanted to improve the unit’s performance although this doesn’t exclude the possibility of outsourcing, or sale, at a later stage. A Siemens employee familiar with the matter told Gas to Power Journal there are some strategic considerations about how to slowly dismantle the group.
First fire of Toshiba’s 50 MW(th) commercial-scale combustor has been carried out at NET Power’s oxy-combustion CO2 power-cycle demonstration plant in La Porte, Texas. Testing uses CO2 working fluid to produce low-cost electricity while virtually eliminating emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) and other pollutants.