Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, has asked Wärtsilä to deliver 100 MW energy storage for projects in Oxford and Kent by the end of December 2020. The two lithium-ion batteries will be Pivot’s first units as it aims to own and operated up to 2 GW grid-connected energy storage in the UK.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and Tesla have been given regulatory approval to build a 182.5 MW/730 MWh clean energy storage system that could eventually be boosted to 1.1 GWh at Moss Landing, California. Construction of the facility, based on 268 Tesla Megapack lithium-ion batteries, is due for completion by the end of 2020.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has started to monitor the usage of peaking power plants and energy storage more closely. Capacity factors are in focus to measure how intensively a unit runs, dependent on electricity demand and fuel costs.
With U.S. election looming large in November, analysts say it is unlikely that President Trump will facilitate real breakthroughs on trade with China. Russia’s Gazprom might turn out to be the ‘laughing third’ as it ramps up deliveries to China through the 38 Bcm/y Power of Siberia pipeline.
The first battery-assisted black start of a GE 7F.03 gas turbine has been completed at Entergy’s Perryville Power Station in Louisiana. The battery was used to re-bout the idle 150 MW open-cycle power plant, without support from the grid.
The first LNG cargo from the Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana, U.S., is scheduled to arrive in May, or early June, at the $4 billion LNG-to-Power project in Bac Lieu in southern Vietnam. Singapore-based Delta Offshore Energy in late January was handed an investment permit to develop a 3,200 MW combined-cycle power plant with adjacent regas terminal.
Europe’s largest coal-fired power plant Drax has decided to stop burning coal at the Selby site as of March 2021, well in advance of the UK’s 2024 deadline. The operator said coal generation has been “challenging” amid falling power prices and rising fuel competition from cheap natural gas.
Developers of the Magnolia LNG project in Louisiana have contracted Siemens to add another mixed refrigeration compressor and associated Siemens SGT-750 gas turbine. The aim is to increase refrigeration power and boost liquefaction capability.
Summer spot gas prices at the Dutch TTF trading hub are likely to plunge towards €9/MWh as the coronavirus outbreak in China effectively keeps displacing LNG cargoes to Europe. At these record low fuel prices, gas power plants with just 57 percent efficiency would be “in the money” for peakload power generation in most of 2020.
The Russian gas giant Gazprom plans to order Russian-manufactured LNG-powered trucks to transport liquid helium from the Amur Gas Processing Plant, where Russian gas gets treated prior to being fed into the ‘Power of Siberia’ pipeline to China. The first 18 trucks will go on the road in 2021.
Falling technology costs, policy incentives and clean energy targets are poised to propel up energy storage deployment from currently about 4 GW annually to more than 15 GW in 2024, Wood Mackenzie forecasts. Manufacturers, developers and investors are consolidating as they compete for their slice of this burgeoning industry.
Terna, operator of Italy’s high-voltage power transmission grid, has awarded a 70 million Euros order to Ansaldo Energia and ABB to improve the quality of grid services. Ansaldo will design, supply and install three synchronous condensers, each rated 250 MVAR, in central and southern Italy in 2022.