Japan’s Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, has struck a licensing agreement with the French metallurgical firm Aubert & Duval related to metal powders used for additive manufacturing, or 3D Printing. The supply deal allows Mitsubishi to develop a 3D Printing base within its Hitachi Works in Ibaraki.
Gazprom says the global health and economic crisis in 2020 keeps a lid on high-cost shale gas production, with US LNG exports seen as “insufficiently competitive.” The current economic slowdown could create a niche especially in China and Europe, to be filled by cheaper Russian conventional gas.
Fast-start capability is vital for peaking plants and about a quarter of US power generation capacity can start up within one hour. Most hydroelectric turbines can go from cold start to full operations in less than 10 minutes, as can aero-derivative and some flexible combustion turbines.
GE Research has been awarded a $1.6 million project to develop refractory alloys, based on novel material that would enable turbine blades to operate at 1,700°Celsius, or 3,092°Fahrenheit. The aim is to develop niobium-based alloys to push combined-cycle gas turbine efficiency beyond 65%.
Japan’s largest power producer JERA is testing the data platform linked to its Battery Energy Storage System’s (BESS) until March 2021. Batteries are mostly installed for back-up energy, so they have surplus capacity at normal times which could be used for peakload-shifting.
Toshiba has developed an aqueous rechargeable lithium-ion battery in a bid to realise the world’s first large-scale battery that can operate at -30°C. The high durability battery has over 2,000 charge- and discharge-cycles and by using water as aqueous electrolyte, it is safe even if exposed to fire.
Nokia and the Austrian telecommunication provider A1 are looking to set up a private wireless network (VPN) to operate utility microgrids. The application will be tested at A1’s so-called campus solution, deployed at the company’s headquarters in Vienna.
The US government has started to call companies involved in the 27.5 Bcm/y Nord Stream 2 pipeline, threatening sanctions if they do not pull out. The Trump administration heavily opposes the Russian gas interconnector to Germany, but all five investors continue to support the project.
Pakistan’s Lucky Cement has ordered an additional three Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines to power new cement lines at its factory in Pezu. The onsite power plant is currently running with ten engines but that has not been enough for the enlarged cement production.
Germany’s federal state North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) has freed up €200,000 in funding to evaluate MAN ETES energy storage. The still-untested technology offers a CO2-free alternative to large-scale heat supply and the study is a prerequisite for building a pilot unit near Aachen in 2021.
Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC) is looking to hire new Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contractors to fast-track works on four gas power plants with 2,000 MW combined capacity. Situated in Alaoji, Egbema, Omoku and Gbarain the four plants are vital to avert looming power shortages.
Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water (MEW) has contracted Siemens Energy to maintain 116 high-voltage substations to keep the lights on in the Emirate. The 5-year service agreement covers preventive maintenance and emergency repair of the substations, including switchgears of different voltage levels, and power transformers.