Turboden, part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has implemented the world's first Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC)-based heat recovery plant on an Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) at the Feralpi steel plant in Riesa, Germany.
Even if considerably more LNG would be exported from the U.S. than initially planned, domestic gas prices that impact the switch from coal to gas generation would increase only "modestly", the Energy Information Administration's (EIA) Administrator Adam Sieminski forecast, suggesting "there's simply a lot more gas."
Dominion Virginia Power, a unit of Dominion, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to approximately 1,600 megawatts of intermediate or baseload generation to begin delivery in the 2019/2020 timeframe.
In a bid to end its worst energy crisis in decades, the Egyptian government has signed financing agreements worth $350 million with Saudi Arabia in a bid to upgrade its electricity grid and securing imports of gas and petroleum products.
Power generation capacity in Kuwait will need to more than double from 61 terawatthours (Twh) last year to reach 142 Twh in 2024, if the emirate wants to reduce electricity imports. In 2013, Kuwait's total 15.7 GW of installed capacity generated electricity at a 44% capacity factor, which according to the Arab Union of Electricity resulted in an output of nearly 7 GW – not enough to meet peak demand of 12.1 GW.
In a stark warning on climate change, the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has claimed governments can keep emissions in check at manageable costs, e.g. through widespread deployment of carbon capture storage (CCS), but emissions need to be cut to zero by the end of the century to limit the risk of irreversible damage.
Sembcorp Industries has opened its second cogeneration plant on Singapore's Jurong Island at a cost of S$635 million along with a new technology and innovation centre. The start-up of this latest plant boosts Sembcorp's combined capacity in Singapore by 50% to 1,215 MW.
The outgoing EU Commission has managed to arrange a $4.6 billion winter package, agreed by Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz. The package covers the period from now until the end of March 2015, securing natural gas imports to Ukraine and transits to the European Union.
Gasification, a technology solution to harness coal's energy more cleanly, is eyed by China as a way to reduce hazardous air pollution. China's National Energy Administration aims to produce 50 Bcm of gas from coal by 2020, enough to dent 10% of the country's gas demand from industries and power producers.
The new centre-right government in Belgium is considering redesigning a capacity payment mechanism in consultation with neighbouring countries to comply with EU competition rules. Grid operator Elia warns Belgium faces the risk of power cuts this winter as the capacity reserve margin has fallen to a record low as three nuclear reactors are offline and several unprofitable CCGTs have been mothballed.
In a mammoth effort to reduce air pollution, the Chinese government has imposed stringent regulation to curb carbon intensity and aims to reduce its share of coal power from 68.2% to under 55% by 2025 by increasing the contribution from nuclear and combined-cycle gas turbine units.
"The government has set a target to cut carbon intensity by 40-45% from 2005 levels by 2030 and last year we've already achieved to reduce emissions by 28.8%, which is equivalent to a reduction of 2.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions, ...
A new 250 MW emergency reserve power plant will be inaugurated today near Kiisa in the outskirts of Tallinn, Estonia. The ceremony is hosted by the plant's owner Elering, the Estonian transmission system operator. Wärtsilä has been responsible for the EPC-delivery and project management.
The European Turbine Network (ETN) has completed the coordination of the H2-IGCC project, advancing the 'technology-readiness level' when burning hydrogen-rich syngas in gas turbines, including the development of combustion processes, materials, turbomachinery and plant optimisation. With a total budget of 17.8 million euro (EU-funding 11.3 million euro), the project was running from 2009 to 2014 with the participation of 24 partners from 10 countries.
In bid to appease critics, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking stakeholder comments on its proposed carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants. Some federal states and industry groups are adamantly opposing more stringent emission targets, claiming this could herald the end of coal power and would put energy security at risk.