U.S. equipment maker Chart Industries has acquired VRV Spa., a leading niche manufacturer of cryogenic equipment, to complement its offerings and extend its foothold in the European market. Integrating VRV’s business will complement Chart’s Distribution & Storage and Energy & Chemicals technologies.
DynaGridCenter, developed by Siemens and partners in industry and research, has been launched as a next-generation control system. Prof. Dr. Rainer Krebs, head of operation and protection of Power Grids at Siemens Energy said: "In the future, we'll need control centers that can independently regulate the highly dynamic power grid with an autopilot functionality and keep it stable." A dynamic control center is therefore an “indispensable part of a successful energy transition.”
Unlike other parts of the U.S., in the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) some coal-fired generators are operated similar to natural gas-fired units and are used to balance fluctuations in wind output throughout the day. The SPP covers all or part of fourteen Midwestern states and has some of the highest contribution of wind power supply.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the UK Labour Party, has set out plans to transform the British energy market and “kickstart a green jobs revolution” that is meant to create over 400,000 jobs. At his party’s annual conference, he also pledged to double the number of onshore wind farms, if Labour comes to power in case of a UK snap election.
ENGIE and Holyoke Gas & Electric have started operations at a 3 MW/6 MWh power storage system connected to a solar farm near Boston. Massachusetts has been one of the first U.S. states to enact an energy storage target, which helped renewables plus energy storage installations to spread and become increasingly cost competitive with fossil-fuelled power plants.
Egyptian Electricity Transmission Company (EETC) has selected ABB, in consortium with El Sewedy Electric, to help upgrade and digitalize the electrical grid in the Port Said region which includes the landmark Suez Canal. The region is bordering the Mediterranean coast and has a growing population of over 12 million people.
More shale gas produced in Texas is expected to soon cross the border to Mexico after the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) approved an application by Mexico Pacific Ltd (MPL) to export up to 1.7 Bcf/d to a planned liquefaction and export plant in the state of Sonora. MLP is developing a an LNG export facility of up to 12 mtpa in the Mexican state of Sonora, with the first phase planned to be in service in 2023.
Research by the International Energy Agency (IEA) has found 40 to 50% of current oil and gas related methane emissions could be avoided at no net cost. If implemented, the volume of methane abatement would be equivalent to shutting down every coal plant active in China today.
Turboden has been contracted by Brescia’s municipal dairy producer to install its first high-temperature cogeneration, Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbogenerator-based power plant in the world. With an efficiency of more than 90% and high prevalence of steam content, the steam & power ORC system has been developed especially for the manufacturing industry.
Wärtsilä has delivered and commissioned its first engine plus storage hybrid installation worldwide for Sinergy Kft, a subsidiary of ALTEO Group, in Budapest. Sinergy’s existing engine-driven plant is now optimized with a power storage solution that also incorporates GEMS, an energy management system from Greensmith Energy.
A reconciliation of interest agreement has been sealed by Siemens and the company’s Cental Works Council, detailing where the axe will fall to save up to €500 million at the Power and Gas Division (PG). Nearly €270 million of this amount is meant to be saved in Germany where the number of job cuts has been reduced from 3,400, as initially announced, to around 2,900.
Dominion Energy has agreed to sell its 100% interest in two combined-cycle gas power stations in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island to the private investment firm Starwood Energy for a cash consideration of about $1.23 billion. In addition, Dominion will get a further $700 from the divestment of 25% interest in a hydro power station in Louisiana.
Researchers at MIT have developed a new type of battery, based on electrodes made of sodium and nickel chloride and using a new type of metal mesh membrane. Costs of the battery are significantly lower than traditional lithium-ion counterparts, researchers say, pointing out the stronger and more flexible material can better withstand the rigors of use in industrial-scale energy storage systems.
Niu Power Ltd., operator of Port Moresby Power Station in Papua New Guinea, has signed a 5-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement with Wärtsilä. The 58-MW gas engine-powered Port Moresby plant will supply flexible base-load power once it starts operating in January 2019.
Initial water tests from Duke Energy's L.V. Sutton Plant in Wilmington confirm that discharges from the cooling lake to the Cape Fear River are not contaminating the water downstream. Flooding of the river, caused by Hurricane Florence had stirred up concerns over a potential coal ash contamination.