Apr 17 – In California's central valley, Con Edison Development (CED) will install an 8 MWh battery energy storage, able to provide 2 MW of electricity over a four hour period. The GE storage solution will be utilising Mark VIe-based plant control, Brilliance MW Inverters, and packaged lithium ion batteries.
NamPower aims to commission and start up a 250 MW gas power plant, located some 12 km from Walvis Bay port, by August 2016. Costs of the project are estimated at over N$7.6 billion ($629m) which includes a power station, floating storage and re-gasification terminal.
China's 'Go West strategy', the coastal-to-inland flow of capital and people, is likely to lead to the formation of 'commodity superhighways' via new Silk Road routes. "The plan is already underway and is often touted as China's silver bullet to ensure long-term GDP growth as the economically dominant coastal region approaches maturity," said Wood Mackenzie's Asia economist, Cynthia Lim.
Proton OnSite, leading developer of Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers, will deliver its technology to the first power to gas (P2G) project in the U.S. Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) will run the demonstration plant that will test the dynamics of two electrolysers, nominally rated for 7 kW as well as 60 kW of input power.
The 184 MW Moa power plant was recently inaugurated some 900 kilometres southeast of the Cuban capital Havana. The plant uses ten gen-sets powered by MAN 18V 48/60B engines rated at 18.4 MW each, running parallel to the grid in base-load mode under normal operation.
General Electric sees continued interest in HA gas turbines, having secured a total of 16 HA orders – one more than at the end of 2014. HA technology selections, deemed the first steps in developing a new power plant, increased from 45 at the end of 2014 to 53 today.
PW Power Systems (PWPS), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has won a contract from Miami Capital Holding to provide three MOBILEPAC units for installation in Conakry, Guinea. Core components of the first unit have already been flown to Guinea by an Antonov cargo transport airplane.
With Gazprom planning to stop gas exports via Ukraine from 2019, the EU energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said European buyers are "on the hunt for non-Russian gas". High-level talks are held with a range of alternative supply nations, including the U.S., and the Commission is even considering buying gas from Iran "one day".
Limak Holding, a Turkish conglomerate focussing on construction, energy and cement, confirmed it plans to invest $1 billion this year to step up power generation capacity from its current 3,000 MW to more than 5,000 MW over the coming five years.
Fuel cells that run on natural gas are making inroads into the data centre market: CenturyLink has deployed a 500 kW on-site generator plant from Bloom Energy to power an expansion of its data center in Southern California. Commissioning is due before the end of April.
The latest BDEW list of German power plants, presented at the Hanover Fair 2015, shows that around 53%, or 39 of the power plants planned for construction lack a concrete decision to invest. "If current energy policies continue, Europe's largest economy will see no new modern power plants," BDEW head Hildegard Müller warned.
With electricity demand forecast to grow around 3.1% a year, the Malaysian government is aiming to bring new gas, coal and hydro power plants with a combined capacity of 11,461 MW in the coming six years. The reserve margin was still at 25% last year but is dropping fast as operating concessions from existing power plants expire.
National Grid analysts anticipate electricity demand will peak at 37.5 GW this summer – the lowest level ever forecast, as more households turn to generating solar power. Photovoltaic capacity in Britain almost doubled year-on-year from 2.4 GW to 4.4 GW by February, and the TSO expects this form of decentralised power generation to rise further to 5.5 GW by early 2016.
Finnish engine manufacturer Wärtsilä announced it has signed a contract worth €120 million to supply power generation capacity for an unnamed European customer. The order includes Wärtsilä 50 platform gensets and auxiliary equipment.