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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.

News in Brief

German utilities invest record amounts

Jan 21 – Energy companies in Germany invested a record €20.5 billion in 2021, and the industry association BDEW expects capital expenditure will stay high throughout 2022. Out of the total sum, €4.3 billion were invested in electricity generation plants, €9.9 billion in transmission and distribution plants and €1.2 billion in other assets, such as metering points and information technology.

H2-powered plant for French Guiana

Jan 20 – Siemens Energy will set up a hybrid plant to supply stable baseload electricity to 10,000 households in French Guiana. An intelligent combination of 55 MW photovoltaics, an electrolyser to produce green hydrogen, fuel cells and energy storage is scheduled to be commissioned in the autumn of 2023.

Decarbonising UK homes

Jan 19 – Just 9 million hot water cylinders are currently installed in British homes, leaving a gap of 18 million homes whose heating would need to be decarbonised for the UK to meet Net Zero. According to the trade body HWA, the political focus of decarbonising heating has been solely on the heat source; such as boilers and heat pumps – while little to no focus has been on hot water cylinder. This gap in in government policy, which could result in unnecessary costs to consumers.

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 18 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop projects for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

GE to repower Long Lake plant

Jan 17 – GE will modernize four generors at the Long Lake hydropower plant in northwest US, operated by Avista Utilities. Once refurbished, the plant will have an installed capacity of more than 100 MW. The first modernized Long Lake unit is scheduled to go into operation at the end of 2024 and the last one in 2029

mtu to power Romania’s largest data center

Jan 14 – mtu Series 4000 gas generators will provide electricity heat and cooling for Romania’s largest data center. ClusterPower is building a 273,000-squaremetre technology campus near Craiova by 2025, where it will host five data centers with a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 1.1

Green hydrogen from Quebec

Jan 13 – Charbone has agreed to provide the US propane distributer Superior with green hydrogen from its Sorel-Tracy facility in Quebec, Canada, starting from the third quarter of 2022. The hydrogen will be delivered directly from Charbone’s H2 plant to Superior’s customers which include mining, power generation, transportation and industrial energy users. 

Cresta to fund Lapis Energy’s CCS projects

Jan 12 – Texas-based Cresta Fund Management has agreed to finance Lapis Energy’s CCS and clean hydrogen projects. The two partners are now looking to identify, design and develop project for the permanent sequestration of CO2, targeting customers within the heavy industry and petrochemical companies.

US rivals Australia as world’s largest LNG exporter

Jan 11 – Analysts at the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) are confident that the growth in US LNG exports could see America’s liquefaction and send-out capacity exceed that of Australia and Qatar – the world’s two largest LNG exporters. Looking ahead, the EIA expects US exports of the super-chilled gas will rise 17% from 2021 levels to average 11.1 Bcf/d from December through March.

Africa’s first FLNG plant arrives in Mozambique

Jan 10 – Coral Sul FLNG, Africa’s first-ever floating LNG facility has arrived in Mozambican waters. The plant is critical to develop the US$7 billion Coral South project, led by the Italian oil and gas company Eni. Some of the produced gas will be used for power generation in Mozambique, though most will be liquefied and sold to global markets.

GE snaps up Opus One Solutions

Dec 23 – GE Digital has agreed to acquire Opus One Solutions Energy Corp, a Californian software company that helps utilities integrate renewables and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) at scale across the electric grid. The transaction is expected to close within 30 days, GE stated without disclosing what price was paid for the takeover.

Qatar invests in Rolls-Royce’s nuclear power business

Dec 22 – Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, has agreed to invest £85 million in Rolls-Royce SMR, the company’s new technology for small-scale, low carbon nuclear power. UK business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng called the investment a “clear vote of confidence” in the UK’s nuclear innovation. It follows £210 million Qatari investment in the development in Small Modular Reactors. Now fully funded, Rolls-Royce SMR business also received £490 million through commercial equity and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) grant funding. 

JERA helps Japanese film producer curb emissions

Dec 20 – Toho, a Japanese film producer and entertainment company, will get support from the country’s largest power producer JERA to reduce CO2 emission from film production. To that end, JERA will supply zero-emissions energy to Toho and draw up a roadmap to decarbonise the media company as a whole.

Tractebel develop concept to store H2 offshore

Dec 17 – Tractebel Overdick and partners have developed an offshore infrastructure and processing facilities concept that relies on the storage of hydrogen (H2) in offshore caverns. The design study outlines a scalable offshore platform for the compression and storage of up to 1.2 million cubic meters of hydrogen.

Ethatec uses CO2-free power to produce ethanol

Dec 15 – ESG Clean Energy has signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Ethatec to use ESG’s patented CO2-free gensets to its ethanol production. Ethatec uses waste from bakeries and pizza factories which is being crushed and then mixed with water and enzymes and heated in a multi-stage mashing process to saccharify the starch. It is then cooled and fed into fermentation tanks, where yeast is added. for alcoholic fermentation of the sugar. After 72 hours, the mixture is fed to a distillation system where ethanol is obtained.

Anax helps Magellan mine bitcoin under US$12m deal

Dec 16 – Ohio-based Magellan Scientific has entered a long-term accord, worth US$12 million, with Anax Power to generate zero-emission electricity from natural gas flows for Magellan’s distributed data centres, using 500 kW Anax turboexpanders. This green power will be used to lower the carbon-intensity of bitcoin mining and help US interstate pipeline operators and utilities accelerate their net-zero emission goals.

Cryogenic insulation market to top $4.6m by 2026

Dec 14 – The global market for cryogenic insulation is forecast to reach $4,659.85 million by 2026, expanding at an annual rate of 8.76% over the next five years. According to ResearchandMarkets, companies need to keep investing in R&D to deliver more efficient products at a lower cost and improve product durability.