General Electric, together with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Xerox-held PARC, has been awarded a $1.3 million project to reduce the timeline for designing and validating 3D-printed components by as much as 65 percent. The technique is vital to swiftly design complex gas turbine parts.
Aksa Energji, a Turkish Independent Power Producer (IPP), has asked regulators to temporarily close a gas-fired power plant (147 MW) in the southeast province of Şanlıurfa. “It has become less possible to produce electricity at a competitive price,” Aksa said in a filing to the Istanbul Stock Exchange.
Dirty king coal is seen to shed 13 percent market share, accounting for just 22 percent of the global power mix in 2050 amid a massive build-out of renewables and some gas-fired backup power units. According to U.S. government analysis, wind and solar will rise 20 percent by mid-century and provide nearly half of the world’s electricity needs.
The Chinese government has approved Beijing Gas’ plans to build a 5 mtpa LNG import terminal near Tianjin City by 2022 to help boost regional gas imports. The economically thriving Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region, home to some 113 million people, is at the heart of China’s ‘Blue Skies’ policy aimed at accelerating a coal-to-gas switch in the power sector to improve air quality.
Importers of LNG to India strive to lower the per-unit-costs of natural gas to unlock the huge demand potential from fuel switching in the power sector. In eastern India, however, a severe lack of pipeline capacity hampers the distribution of regasified LNG, though works on the 2,655km Pradhan Mantri Urja Ganga (PMGU) pipeline are due completed by year-end.
Transforming India to a “gas-based economy” has been President Narendra Modi’s vision for years but the country can ill afford subsidizing LNG imports to reduce fuel costs for power plants. Banks invested some Rs50,000 crores ($7.18bn) in these projects – many unable to repay their debt, leaving Indian public money at risk.
The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has signed an EPC contract for a new 100 MW/100 MWh energy storage project in South East Asia. The facility, including GEMS and the GridSolv solution, will be used for grid balancing purposes. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed to meeting 23 percent of its energy needs from renewables by 2025.
Singapore-based Delta Offshore Energy has been handed an investment permit to develop a $4 billion LNG-to-Power project in Vietnam’s southern province of Bac Lieu. Fuel for the 3,200 MW combined-cycle power plant will be shipped from the Magnolia LNG export plant in Louisiana, U.S.
The Argentine President Alberto Fernandez is preparing a bill to encourage more hydraulic fracking in the Vaca Muerta shale with a view to boosting domestic gas production for the power sector. Excess supply is sold via YPF’s small-scale liquefaction plant ‘Tango FLNG’ and plans for a larger, onshore LNG export plants are already in the making.
China’s hunger for gas surpasses initial estimates, hence Gazprom is evaluating a second interconnector in the Far East. With the launch of the landmark ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline, Gazprom’s focus shifted to its Chinese offtaker CNPC who agreed to import 38 Bcm annually over the next 30 years, under a deal worth some $400 billion.
The German renewables energy surcharge (EEG) has swept a record payout into the coffers of wind, solar, biomass and hydropower producers. Proceeds totaled 27.5 billion Euros 2019, triple the amount paid in the previous year which sparked anger amongst end-users who have to pay the EEG surcharge with their electricity bills.
The Japanese trading house Marubeni has agreed to help transform the United Arab Emirates (UAE) into a “hydrogen-based society.” The aim is to use green hydrogen, produced from renewable energy, to help dent Abu Dhabi’s growing energy needs in a sustainable way.
Scaling up battery storage significantly to solely balance renewable power supply is not feasible, the London-based flexible power provider Statera said. Though Britain aspires to become carbon-neutral by 2050, the industry cautions this will prove impossible without gas gensets as backup.
In the first seven weeks of operation, Stadtwerke Kiel’s new gas-fuelled combined heat and power plant (CHP) has set “new standards in terms of flexibility, efficiency and sustainability,” the operator said. Powered by 20 Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engines, Kiel’s new coastal power plant provides 190 MW electricity and 192 MW thermal energy.
On-site power provider Cummins and researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego are reusing and repurposing electric vehicle (EV) batteries for energy storage. The focus lies on lithium-ion batteries, which are currently recycled at a rate of less than 5% in the American market.