Growth rates of 5.9% through 2030 could help push the global market for lithium-ion phosphate batteries beyond US$9.9 billion by 2030, up from US$5.6 billion in 2020. Tesla’s Models 3 and Y, for instance, use such batteries but the high cost of lithium-iron phosphate remains “a restraining factor,” – as is the “high presence of alternatives [technologies]," ResearchandMarkets cautioned.
Lithium-ion based batteries are still dominating the stationary energy storage sector but a rising number of companies try to develop different technology types. Among the Li-ion batteries competitors, the Redox Flow Battery (RFB) system – based on flowing two liquids as electrolytes across the electrode – is seen as an attractive approach.
National Grid of the UK and Hitachi Energy are working on a pilot project in Kent, where they deploy a SF6-free alternative at Richborough substation. Sulphur hexafluoride (SF6) is commonly used to prevent short circuits but produces harmful emissions, hence it needs replacing with gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) and National Grid pledged to cut SF6 emissions by 50% by 2030.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) forecasts renewable energy additions will hit a new record in 2021, driven by solar PV. Almost 290 GW of new renewable power capacity will be commissioned this year – “that’s 3% higher than 2020’s already exceptional growth,” analysts said. And growth will accelerate, with renewables seen accounting for 95% of new-built capacity through 2026.
Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe (CELSE)’s Port of Sergipe I Complex has been providing uninterrupted electricity since July 2021. Powered by three 7HA.02 gas turbines, the 1,500 MW combined-cycle power plant is GE’s second H-class turnkey project in Brazil, covering up to 15% of regional electricity demand in the country’s northeast.
Jenbacher Type 4 gas engines can now run on up to 100% hydrogen, while INNIO's other engine types can be operated on up to 25% hydrogen. Most recently installed engines are "fuel flexible" and run on methane, biogas or hydrogen-rich fuels, and are available in a 200 kW to 10.4 MW range.
Acciona Energia is helping Stanwell Corp to develop a large green hydrogen plant in Queensland, Australia. The Central Queensland Hydrogen Project (CQH2) – a 3,000 MW electrolysis complex – is designed to produce 100 tons per day (tpd) of hydrogen by 2026, scaling up to 900 tpd by 2031.
ESG Clean Energy has applied for new patents on capturing CO2 from small-scale gensets while producing water or recycled plastic. The US-based company is about to complete its first 4.2 MW plant that utilizes these technologies to feed electricity into the local grid and provide distilled water from the carbon by-products.
Howden and Chart Industries have agreed to intensify their collaboration on hydrogen by incorporating Howden gas compression systems into Chart’s hydrogen offerings. The aim is to develop cost-effective solutions and provide customers with tailored aftermarket support.
Germany’s new government struggles to align the financial sector with more stringent emission reduction targets while adhering to European guidelines. The EU taxonomy on sustainable finance is meant to clarify investment standards but implementation is held up as Germany and France disagree of over the sustainability rating of natural gas and nuclear power.
Japan’s largest LNG importer and power producer JERA is forging ahead with the construction of three new LNG-fuelled units (600 MW each) at Anegasaki Power Station, in Ichihara City. They will replace the plant’s decommissioned steam power units 1-4 and are due to start up in 2023.
Guangdong Energy Group has ordered two 9HA.01 turbines – built by the GE Harbin Electric joint venture in China – for the Guangdong Huizhou combined-cycle plant. Designed run on 10% hydrogen blended with natural gas, the CCGT will deliver 1.34 GW electricity to the Greater Bay Area and process steam for Huizhou chemical complex, starting from 2023.
Germany’s new transport minister Volker Wissing (FDP) is hard pressed for time to enact “enormous changes” necessary to curb transports emission 40% by the end of 2030 – a vital step for the country to become climate-neutral by 2045. Support for electric cars and speed limits are under debate.
MAN Energy Solutions has won an award for its recently commissioned 200 MW dual-fuel power plant in Phnom Penh. Together with China National Heavy Machinery Corp,, MAN built the plant on behalf of Electricité du Cambodge (EDG) which dispatches it for peak shaving and backup power.