Daily News

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.

News in Brief

Rolls-Royce conducts laser field tests in the US

May 18 – Rolls-Royce has successfully conducted laser field tests to demonstrate ‘deep magazine’ power capability for directed applications in connection with Lockheed Martin’s layered laser defense project. Deep magazine power can be provided by a battery-only system, but the Rolls-Royce ColdFire system includes both battery-powered and near-continuous firing modes provided by M250 gas turbine engines.

Gas vs oil ratio increases in the Bakken

May 17 – The ratio of natural gas to crude oil production has risen in North Dakota’s Bakken region since 2008, and continues to accelerate. According to the US Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Drilling Productivity Report, annual gas gross withdrawals in the Bakken increased by 9% to an annual high of 2.97 Bcf/d in 2021, even though the region’s crude oil production fell by 6%.

Middle East shifts to gas power

May 16 – The Middle East, a region vulnerable to climate change, is undergoing a major shift from petroleum-based power plants towards gas-fired generation and renewable power sources. Capacity additions of over 185.46 GW are the pipeline, according to ResearchandMarkets, as the regions electricity demand for industry and residential cooling is set to grow. In fact, cooling already accounts for 70% of residential power demand.

Carbon utilisation in strong demand

May 13 – The market for carbon utilisation is forecast to grow rapidly from the 2030s onwards to surpass $285 billion by 2042, driven by rising climate commitments and a favourable regulatory framework. In its latest report IDTechEx also highlights the role of technology advances such as thermodynamics which help sequester CO2 permanently.

MTU gensets approved for biofuels

May 12 – Rolls-Royce has gained approval to use synthetic fuels in its MTU Series 4000 and Series 1600 diesel engines for power generation application. Field testing confirmed both engines can use a range of sustainable fuels including biomass-to-liquid, hydrotreated vegetable oil and power-to-liquid fuels such as e-diesel.

E.ON tells Germans how to save gas

May 11 – A large-scale switch to heat pumps, solar power and better demand-side management could help save Germany nearly 100 TWh of natural gas per year, E.ON has said, calling on households to contribute to Europe’s efforts to reduce reliance on Russian gas imports. “If 10% of the homes in Germany are equipped with solar PV installations, 20% of gas boilers are replaced by heat pumps, and the average temperature in all households is reduced by one degree Celsius on average, this would lead to natural gas savings of 103 TWh per year," E.ON Energy CEO Filip Thon said, noting this volume would equate to about 30% of Germany’s current gas imports from Russia.

Exelon Q1 earnings lower following Constellation cave-out

May 10 – Exelon has reported lower first quarter earnings and a higher operating revenue, having completed the separation of Constellation Energy – Excelon’s former power gen business. Focussing now solely on transmission and distribution, Exelon’s net income from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2022 decreased to $0.49 per share from $0.53 a share in pre-year period. In contrast, adjusted operating earnings notched up to $0.64 per share, primarily due to due to higher electric distribution earnings at ComEd from higher rate base and higher allowed electric distribution. Rate increases at Excelon’s group companies PECO, BGE, and PHI were partially offset by higher depreciation expenses at BGE and PHI.

South Africa to add 2.6 GW of new capacity

May 9 – South Africa’s Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, has just announced the REIPPPP BW6 Request for Proposals (RFP).  The bid round will add 2,600 MWs of new capacity to the energy mix. The ministry seeks to procure 11,813 MW of electricity from various power sources including renewable energy, storage, gas and coal.

GE Gas Power authorized as CVE Numbering Authority

May 6 – GE Gas Power’s increased focus on cybersecurity has been recognized by the Common Vulnerability and Exposures Programm as a ‘CVE Numbering Authority (CNA).  As such, GE Gas Power can now assign CVE identification numbers to newly discovered vulnerabilities potentially related to its products and allow GE Gas Power to directly publish new CVE Records and streamline the reporting process.

Heliogen gets nearly $90m in funding

May 5 – Heliogen has moved from design into testing and implementation of its supercritical CO2 power gen system that will be deployed for Woodside in California. The system consists of a 5 MWe sCO2 power block integrated with high temperature solid media thermal energy storage. The demonstration project is being funded with up to $50 million from Woodside, along with $39 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE).

Capstone to install microturbine in the Caribbean

May 4 – E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Mid-Atlantic, Southeastern United States and the Caribbean, has secured an order for two C1000S microturbines for a government water authority in the Caribbean. The 2 MW system will provide emergency standby power to several pumping stations throughout the remote island community and is scheduled to be commissioned towards the end of 2022.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 3 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Forecasting solar and energy storage in CAISO

May 2 – Marubeni has chosen Veritone’s AI-based distributed energy resource management solution (iDERMS) to provide price, demand and generation forecasts at their pilot project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) SP-15 region. In addition to day-ahead and real-time generation figures, Veritone will also forecast production and demand for the overall CAISO region.

Steam turbines in high demand

April 29 – The market for steam turbines for power generation will grow around 6.5% through to 2027, driven by the build-out of combined-cycle gas power plants – notably in Asia and the United States, ResearchAndMarkets finds. Coal power projects in China, India and Bangladesh also require significant numbers of steam turbines. “Many of the countries in Asia-Pacific cannot provide 24-hour electricity to its citizens, and the cheapest way to achieve the objective is to build thermal [coal power] plants and use steam turbines,” analysts commented.

LNG-fuelled power for Antigua

April 28 – Antigua Power Company Limited (APCL) has contracted Wärtsilä to supply and install a 46 MW dual-fuel power plant on the Caribbean island. The plant will operate primarily on regasified LNG, imported through a small-scale import terminal developed by U.S.-based Eagle LNG in partnership with APCL.

ION launches risk analyser

April 27 – ION Commodities has built a cloud-based solution – FEA Analyzer – to help energy and commodity firms transition to new renewable energy markets while simultaneously optimizing trading strategies and supply chains. The tool combines pre-trade analytics with risk management and asset optimization, all powered by predictive analytics and stochastic models. 

Capstone to service 600kV microturbine

April 26 – Capstone has landed a rental contract for a 600 kilowatt (kW) microturbine-based system with one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in North America. Due for commissioning in mid-May 2022, the plant will supply power to remote mid-stream operations along the customer's gas pipeline in Colorado.