The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged industry and private households to do more to expand the renewable energy rollout, especially in the heating sector where most energy is still produced from fossil fuels. Speaking at a VKU event, she called the 46% renewables share in the power sector “remarkable” but looking at 2030 this was “not yet enough.”
Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), part of the Philippine energy company Aboitiz Power, has ordered a barge-mounted 54 MW/32 MWh energy storage system to be delivered by Wärtsilä on an EPC basis. The barge will be placed next to TMI’s existing 100 MW thermal power barge in the municipality of Maco, with delivery due in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Cummins and Cummins Westport have launched the ISX12N+Endurant HD N powertrain for heavy-duty customers, combining a near-zero emissions gas engine and the Endurant HD N 12-speed automated transmission from Eaton Cummins. The solution is designed for lower emissions of regional haul fleets.
Marubeni Corp has invested an undisclosed amount in Skeleton Technologies Group, an Estonian developer of ultracapacitators for energy storage. The move is in line with Japan’s 2050 net zero emissions by target, whereby energy storage will be used to power electric vehicles and stabilize the grid when linked up with hydrogen-based generators or fuel cells.
Cyprian construction company Cyfield has selected Siemens Energy to supply three SGT-800 gas turbines for the Mari combined-cycle power plant. Start-up of the upgraded CCGT is scheduled for 2023 – in time for the arrival of first LNG at Cyprus regas terminal, currently under construction.
On the Norwegian island of Senja, three Rolls-Royce mtu EnergyPacks will be used by the local utility Arva to research how to stabilize the public power grid and iron out voltage fluctuations. To that end, Rolls Royce will install three QL battery energy storage packs with an output of 4.25 MVA and 3.79 MWh in the fishing towns of Husøy and Senjahopen.
Russia’s Gazprom is adding an auxiliary power plant to expand the output from its Chayandinskoye oil, gas and condensate field, put into operation in December 2019. Igor Krutikov, Director General of Gazprom Dobycha Noyabrsk announced the 72 MW auxiliary power plant is “ready for launch” and will help achieve “energy independence” for upstream operations.
Black Bear Transmission, headquartered in Houston, has completed the sale of gas gathering assets owned by BBT Alabama to an undisclosed buyer. The divesture comes just month after Black Bear bought NGT Assets from Third Coast Midstream in September 2020, in a move to streamline its business structure and save cost.
Works on the Lakdhanavi LNG-to-Power project in Kerawalapitiya, Sri Lanka, have started today, with the first construction phase due completed in 21 months. Once operational, the 350 MW combined-ccyle plant will provide cheaper electricity than diesel-fuelled gensets, saving of up to 15 Rupees (US$0.077) per unit.
Risks of large-scale UK power generation units not being operational next winter have substantially increased National Grid’s procurement target in the latest capacity market auction. This, in turn, pushed up the clearing price in the T-1 auction Round 6 for deliver year 2021-22 to a record price of £45 per kW.
A sudden and critical drop in electrical frequency brought the EU power grid at the brink of collapse on January 8, 2021, when grid operators had to split up the integrated power system to avert blackouts. 4,000 fast-start Jenbacher gas engines helped TSOs to regain grid frequency within a few minutes.
Aggreko will help the Brazilian energy company EVA Energia install a 10 MW renewable power unit using landfill gas. The system will produce electricity from biogas derived from the Seropédica landfill near Rio de Janeiro and Mauá landfill near São Paulo, supplying energy to about 40,000 households.