Highview Power in a joint venture with Enlasa, the largest backup power provider in Chile, is developing the country’s first liquid air energy storage project in the Atacama region. The 50 MW/ 50 MWh can supply emergency power for over 10 hours and will be paired with solar photovolatic.
Finish engine maker Wärtsilä, together with Soletair Power and Q Power, will showcase Power-to-X (P2X) technology at the upcoming World Expo in Dubai. A demo unit will capture CO2 from the air inside the Finnish pavilion and combine it with hydrogen split from water by electrolysis.
Hydrogen fuel cell technology is making in-roads at the Friedrichshafen plant of Rolls-Royce's Power Systems where a 250 kW demonstrator is being set up for testing. At the PowerLab, four low-temperature polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cells are ready, containerised with separate compartments for fuel cells and batteries.
Siemens Energy will build a remote-controlled, gas power plant in Leipheim, in Germany’s southern state of Bavaria. Owned by LEAG, the 300 MW plant will only be dispatched on request of the TSO Amprion to ensure grid stability in an emergency.
Energy investment rebounded 10% worldwide so far in 2021, making up most of what it lost last year due to the pandemic, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds. By the end of the 2020s, however, capital spending on clean energy projects needs to surge sevenfold to above $1 trillion to reach Net-Zero emissions by 2050.
To mitigate blackout risks, South Africa needs 4-6 GW installed power gen capacity and the government aims to add 20 GW in the long term. GE reckons renewables and LNG-fuelled power will be the country’s “fastest and most cost-effective pathway to decarbonisation.”
South Africa’s state utility Eskom needs to reconfigure its fleet given that 10,000 MW of thermal capacity will retire by 2030. Bhavtik Vallabhjee, Head of Power Utilities at Absa Bank pointed out a renewables rollout would still be cheaper than retrofitting ageing coal power plants to clean coal units.
Build-out of electolysers in Europe will rise 50-fold, consultancy Delta-EE finds, with EU markets on track for 2.7 GW operational hydrogen production capacity by 2025. Research shows Germany leads the market for now, with Spain, Netherlands and Denmark aiming towards the 100s MW in four years’ time.
Siemens Energy and Mitsubishi Electric jointly develop high-voltage switchgear that substitutes sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) with clean air for insulation. Research starts with a 245-kV dead-tank circuit breaker, but once developed, the two OEMs will manufacture and sell the switchgear independently.
Octávio Simões, Tellurian president and CEO, expects LNG demand will increase as the world electrifies and its population grows. To make the superchilled gas attractive, Tellurian offers volumes on JKM, TTF or blended price basis and has just sealed a 10-year supply deal with Vitol.
Zeeland Refinery, owned by Total and Lukoil, has contracted Air Liquide to install a carbon capture and liquefaction unit for its hydrogen production at the Vlissingen site. The ‘Cryocap FG’ (Flue Gas) plant will capture and liquefy over 90% of CO2 emissions for storage in the Dutch North Sea.
Industry, transport and the heating sector in Germany will need significantly more hydrogen than the current 57 Terrawatt-hours (TWh) per year, produced almost entirely from fossil fuels. Come 2030, the demand for green hydrogen and derivatives will be around 80 TWh and could surge to 300 TWh by 2040, the Fraunhofer institute forecasts.