Energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the United States have seen a steep 11% fall in 2020 primarily because of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and related restrictions. Within the US power sector, emissions from coal declined the most, at 19%, while gas-related emission rose by 3% amid a general trend towards more gas generation.
MAN Energy Solutions has awarded an order to Meggitt for the supply of Printed Circuit Heat Exchangers (PCHE). The devices will be used for the “first ever commercial application” of an electrothermal energy-storage system (ETES) that decarbonises the heat supply at the Danish port of Esbjerg.
Total and Siemens Energy have joint forces to study new technology to curb emissions at LNG facilities and associated power generators. The aim is to deliver industrial-size solution on combusting hydrogen in gas turbines, all-electrical liquefaction, and integrating renewables with LNG-fuelled power units.
McDermott’s CB&I Storage Solution and New Energy Development have completed engineering works for two modular plants, capable to produce nearly 24,000 kilograms per day of hydrogen. Each 50 MW unit uses renewable power for a series of electrolysers that split water into green hydrogen and oxygen.
EDF Energy has found a buyer for its only gas-fired power plant in the UK. The US investment firm EIG agreed to acquire the 1.332 MW West Burton B unit along with an integrated 49 MW energy storage. Both parties want to close the deal as soon as possible, EFD said, pending regulatory approvals.
Israel’s fuel cell manufacturer GenCell has raised $14.3 million in debt capital from a group of institutional investors. BNP Paribas Energy Transition Fund led the round with $8 million, followed by TDK Ventures who just entered a partnership with Gencell to develop green ammonia.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) has urged policy makers to help implement “massive improvements on efficiency” in the run up to the COP26 climate conference in November. The 2015 Paris Agreement pledges to mobilise $100 billion per year in investment for developing countries, but donor nations do not fully honour their commitments.
Senelec, Senegal’s state utility, has awarded an EPC contract to Wärtsilä to convert the Bel-Air power plant in Dakar to operate on LNG. Currently, the 90 MW fast-start plant is running on heavy fuel oil (HFO).The project will be the first ever power plant gas conversion in Senegal.
SSE, one of the UK’s Big Five energy companies, and Equinor of Norway have agreed to develop the world's first 100% hydrogen-fuelled power plant in Britain. The Keadby Hydrogen plant is designed to use up to 1,800 MW of hydrogen to generate 900 MW of carbon-neutral electricity.
Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) has invested in Starfire Energy, a Colorado-based developer of chemical plants for the production of hydrogen and green ammonia. MHI said it wants to scale up Starfire’s patented ammonia cracking and purification technology, with the aim of producing zero-carbon fuel for utility-scale gas turbines.
Sky Global's Power One peaking plant, run by six Jenbacher gas engines, has helped San Bernard Cooperative (SBEC) reestablish grid stability during a historic cold freeze in February. The engines ran in grid parallel mode, supplying localised power for several hours during a prolonged grid outage.
Carmakers in Germany cash in on the global shift to e-mobility. Though the production of battery cells is dominated by businesses in South Korea, Japan and China, German companies have caught up and reached a leading position on technologies like cell chemistry, cooling and control systems for car batteries and energy storage.