General Electric has completed an upgrade at ELPEDISON’s Thessaloniki Power Plant in Greece. The modernization consists of a GE 9F.03 gas turbine, along with a Franco Tosi-supplied steam turbine, which together boost the plant’s output by 20 MW and reduce start-up costs by 10%.
Google has announced it will invest approximately €1 billion in digital infrastructure and clean energy in Germany. The US technology company signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the French utility ENIGIE to run its data centers in Germany at nearly 80% carbon-free energy on an hourly basis starting from 2022.
Production of associated gas from crude oil wells in the Permian shale has fallen after three years of steady growth as the Covid 19 pandemic depressed oil demand and production. Since 2020, the share of associated gas in all five US onshore crude oil-producing regions dropped 1.5% to just 37.7% of overall gas output.
West Burton Energy has been launched as a new independent power producer in the UK after the institutional investor EIG completed its acquisition of power gen assets from the French utility EDF Energy. The transaction includes West Burton B, a 1,332 MW combined-cycle gas turbine power station, and a 49 MW battery in Nottinghamshire, England.
Though massive efforts are underway globally to electrify industry and transport, this will not be enough to meet the Paris Agreement’s net zero emission goals, the classification society DNV warns. Scaling of hydrogen could take 20 years and is expected to “arrive too late to have the impact needed today.”
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has deployed a “linear generator” – a mobile genset running on natural gas and biogas to displace diesel generators – at its Angwin microgrid in Napa County, California. Working with the local utilities Mainspring and NextEra Energy, PG&E installed the linear gensets for emergency power supply during winter storms.
Russia’s Gazprom has posted a 60% rise in net gas sales to 272.3 billion cubic metres for the six month ending June. Income from net sales doubled to 1.4 trillion Roubles ($19.8 billion), mainly due to the rise in average gas prices denominated in Rouble and higher volumes sold to Europe and China.
Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, is developing combustion burners that can use ammonia (NH3) as zero-emission fuel in thermal power plants. Tests have been conducted with basic combustion furnaces to compile data on ammonia and coal co-firing and ammonia-exclusive firing, though the by-product nitrogen oxide (NOx) is still of some concern.
Japan’s largest LNG importer JERA has started a demonstration project for hydrogen co-firing at an LNG- fuelled power plant. Hydrogen does not emit CO2 when burnt; hence JERA is looking to co-fire its large-scale LNG thermal power plants in Japan with hydrogen or ammonia to achieve its zero-emission target.
Hurricane Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, late Sunday, with 150 mph winds, devastating key energy infrastructure. Though the centre of the storm stayed some 45 miles southwest of New Orleans, the city experienced widespread power outages that accumulated to a full blown blackout.
British chemical company INEOS has dismissed the UK hydrogen strategy as “massively lagging behind Europe.” Whitehall said it would reach its 5 GW hydrogen target by 2030 by including hydrogen produced from natural gas through steam reforming, while the EU clearly favours ‘green’ hydrogen.
Researchers have measured the effect of microbes eating away some of the hydrogen stored in subsurface porous rocks. Though the majority of sites – 37 out of the 42 examined – are at risk of microbial effects, the actual hydrogen consumption is likely to be “negligible to small.”
Innowatts’ Core Analytics help power generators turn customer demand date into actionable insight. Analysis of smart meter data reduces forecasting errors by 20-40% which empowers the US retailer Direct Energy and the Colombian utility Celsia to tailor power plant dispatch, reduce the need to buy balancing energy and lower hedging costs.
TAQA Power, the Cairo-based subsidiary of TAQA Arabia, will set up a pilot project to locally produce green hydrogen in cooperation with MAN Energy Solutions. The German manufacturer will provide electrolysis technology for a hydrogen plant, due to run until autumn 2022.