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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.

News in Brief

Decarbonising UK homes

Jan 19 – Just 9 million hot water cylinders are currently installed in British homes, leaving a gap of 18 million homes whose heating would need to be decarbonised for the UK to meet Net Zero. According to the trade body HWA, the political focus of decarbonising heating has been solely on the heat source; such as boilers and heat pumps – while little to no focus has been on hot water cylinder. This gap in in government policy, which could result in unnecessary costs to consumers.

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 18 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop projects for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

GE to repower Long Lake plant

Jan 17 – GE will modernize four generors at the Long Lake hydropower plant in northwest US, operated by Avista Utilities. Once refurbished, the plant will have an installed capacity of more than 100 MW. The first modernized Long Lake unit is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2024 and the last one in 2029

mtu to power Romania’s largest data center

Jan 14 – mtu Series 4000 gas generators will provide electricity heat and cooling for Romania’s largest data center. ClusterPower is building a 273,000-squaremetre technology campus near Craiova by 2025, where it will host five data centers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1

Green hydrogen from Quebec

Jan 13 – Charbone has agreed to provide the US propane distributer Superior with green hydrogen from its Sorel-Tracy facility in Quebec, Canada, starting from the third quarter of 2022. The hydrogen will be delivered directly from Charbone’s H2 plant to Superior’s customers which include mining, power generation, transportation and industrial energy users. 

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 12 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop project for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

US rivals Australia as world’s largest LNG exporter

Jan 11 – Analysts at the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are confident that the growth in US LNG exports could see America’s liquefaction and send-out capacity exceed that of Australia and Qatar – the world’s two largest LNG exporters. Looking ahead, the EIA expects US exports of the super-chilled gas will rise 17% from 2021 levels to average 11.1 Bcf/d from December through March.

Africa’s first FLNG plant arrives in Mozambique

Jan 10 – Coral Sul FLNG, Africa’s first-ever floating LNG facility has arrived in Mozambican waters. The plant is critical to develop the US$7 billion Coral South project, led by the Italian oil and gas company Eni. Some of the produced gas will be used for power generation in Mozambique, though most will be liquefied and sold to global markets.

GE snaps up Opus One Solutions

Dec 23 – GE Digital has agreed to acquire Opus One Solutions Energy Corp, a Californian software company that helps utilities integrate renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) at scale across the electric grid. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, GE stated without disclosing what price was paid for the takeover.

Qatar invests in Rolls-Royce’s nuclear power business

Dec 22 – Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest £85 million in Rolls-Royce SMR, the company’s new technology for small-scale, low carbon nuclear power. UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the investment a “clear vote of confidence” in the UK’s nuclear innovation. It follows £210 million Qatari investment in the development in Small Modular Reactors. Now fully funded, Rolls-Royce SMR business also received £490 million through commercial equity and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant funding. 

JERA helps Japanese film producer curb emissions

Dec 20 – Toho, a Japanese film producer and entertainment company, will get support from the country’s largest power producer JERA to reduce CO2 emission from film production. To that end, JERA will supply zero-emissions energy to Toho and draw up a roadmap to decarbonise the media company as a whole.

Tractebel develop concept to store H2 offshore

Dec 17 – Tractebel Overdick and partners have developed an offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept that relies on the storage of hydrogen (H2) in offshore caverns. The design study outlines a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million cubic meters of hydrogen.

Ethatec uses CO2-free power to produce ethanol

Dec 15 – ESG Clean Energy has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec to use ESG’s patented CO2-free gensets to its ethanol production. Ethatec uses waste from bakeries and pizza factories which is being crushed and then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks, where yeast is added. for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar. After 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained.

Anax helps Magellan mine bitcoin under US$12m deal

Dec 16 – Ohio-based Magellan Scientific has entered a long-term accord, worth US$12 million, with Anax Power to generate zero-emission electricity from natural gas flows for Magellan’s distributed data centres, using 500 kW Anax turboexpanders. This green power will be used to lower the carbon-intensity of bitcoin mining and help US interstate pipeline operators and utilities accelerate their net-zero emission goals.

Cryogenic insulation market to top $4.6m by 2026

Dec 14 – The global market for cryogenic insulation is forecast to reach $4,659.85 million by 2026, expanding at an annual rate of 8.76% over the next five years. According to ResearchandMarkets, companies need to keep investing in R&D to deliver more efficient products at a lower cost and improve product durability.

Industry wary about new German energy policy

 Dec 13 – The German industry is closely watching how the new coalition government will implement its clean energy policies.  Security of supply is a major issue given that the coal exit date has been pushed forward by eight years to 2030, while electrification of transport and hard to abate industries is set to push up demand substantially. To decarbonise traffic, over 15 million electric cars are meant to be on the roads by the end of this decade.

ADNOC awards FEED contract to Technip

Dec 10 – Technip Energies has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract to integrate carbon capture technology to ADNOC’s Ghasha mega project in Abu Dhabi. The Ghasha Concession is the world’s largest offshore sour gas development, where ADNOC together with Eni, Wintershall Dea, OMV and Lukoil aim to develop up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas, as well as condensate and oil.