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Striving to eliminate greenhouse gases from power transmission, Siemens Energy is investing over €60 million in a new factory, where vacuum interrupters without fluorinated gases – especially sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) – will be manufactured within the company’s switchgear plant. The new facility is scheduled start producing in 2023.

German state-owned railway company Netinera has contracted Rolls-Royce to overhaul up to 180 PowerPacks, based on mtu Series 183 engines. Netinera uses these PowerPacks in its regional trains of the type Siemens Desiro. The contract follows a similar deal for Alstom Lint trains.

Hyosung Heavy Industries (Hyosung) has ordered H2-ready Jenbacher engines from INNIO for the first pilot power plant project in Asia Pacific to be 100% fuelled by hydrogen. The pilot unit will be built at the Hyosung Chemical Yongyeon Plant in the city of Ulsan, South Korea, and is due to start commercial operations in the third quarter of 2022.

Investment in solid state batteries is surging with technologies close to mass production and IDTechEx forecasts the overall market may well grow to over $8 billion by 2031. Replacing liquid electrolytes with solid-state counterparts pushes the energy density beyond 1,000 Watt-hours per litre (Wh/L), while enhancing operational safety and durability.

‘Spirit of Innovation’, developed by Rolls-Royce, is claimed to be “the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft” with a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over 3 kilometres. Electric flight, if adopted at scale, can help significantly decarbonise the aviation sector and Rolls-Royce says all its new products will be compatible with net zero operation by 2030. 

Germany will not be able to import enough renewable hydrogen to reach the targeted 76 - 96 TWh by 2030, as laid out in the national hydrogen strategy. "The problem is that expansion of renewable energies in countries like Chile, Morocco, Spain and the Netherlands is progressing only slowly," said Malte Küper, analyst at the German Economic Institute (IW).

Wärtsilä will supply three power plants (150 MW combined) under a contract awarded by the Brazilian energy minister in a reserve capacity auction. The orders were placed in the fourth quarter by companies held by BTG Pactual Asset Management, and Wärtsilä said the engineers of the gas-fuelled plants are scheduled to start operations in April 2022.

Improving its servicing capabilities, GE has delivered the first repaired HA component from its recently opened Advanced Manufacturing & Repair Technology Centre (AMRT) in Singapore. The new hub reduces repair-time for H-Class turbines in wider Asia – where GE has over 90% in-region self-sufficiency for turbine repair and a growing installed base.

Business development specialist NOF has partnered with 8 Rivers Capital and Sembcorp to develop the UK’s first Net Zero emissions power plant on Teesside in northeast England. The 300 MW plant, named Whitetail Clean Energy, could be commissioned as early as 2025 at Sembcorp Energy UK’s site at Wilton International.

Ansaldo Energy has published its first sustainability report in what it calls an “important step in the direction of transparency.” The report’s statistics show Ansaldo managed to reduce greenhouse gas reductions by -280.6 tCO2e to date (-1,563.8 of induced emissions) while using less water per hour worked. Going forward, the focus is on green energy and digital transition. 

Benchmark European gas prices surged and are forecast to stay high well into 2022 after the German energy regulator (BNetzA) suspended the certification procedure for Nord Stream 2. The watchdog said the process was halted because the Swiss-based consortium behind the Gazprom-led pipeline first needs to set up a German subsidiary to secure an operating license.

German classification society TÜV SÜD has tested and certified Siemens Energy’s ‘H2-Ready’ power plant concept, increasing investment security for utilities. Firing combined-cycle gas power plants partially or fully on hydrogen significantly lowers the plant’s carbon footprint. Some single-cycle plants are already being sold as ‘H2-Ready’ today.

Russia’s Gazprom has increased pipeline gas supplies to Germany by 19.6 % from January in 2021 through November 15 in an effort to outcompete Norwegian gas and LNG. Supplies of Russian gas to Turkey's Botas soared 98.1% since the start of the winter season – just when Europe had been at the brink of serious supply shortages as storage levels were at historic lows.

H2 Green, a Getech business, will develop a clean energy hub – hydrogen, integrated with onshore wind and solar power – at Shoreham Port in Suffolk, UK. The clean energy hub will remove emissions from the port operator’s fleet of trucks and heavy good vehicles, and could supply hydrogen as a feedstock for gas-fired power stations nearby.

News in Brief

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.

Industry wary about new German energy policy

 Dec 13 – The German industry is closely watching how the new coalition government will implement its clean energy policies.  Security of supply is a major issue given that the coal exit date has been pushed forward by eight years to 2030, while electrification of transport and hard to abate industries is set to push up demand substantially. To decarbonise traffic, over 15 million electric cars are meant to be on the roads by the end of this decade.

ADNOC awards FEED contract to Technip

Dec 10 – Technip Energies has been awarded a Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) contract to integrate carbon capture technology to ADNOC’s Ghasha mega project in Abu Dhabi. The Ghasha Concession is the world’s largest offshore sour gas development, where ADNOC together with Eni, Wintershall Dea, OMV and Lukoil aim to develop up to 1.5 billion cubic feet per day (bcf/d) of natural gas, as well as condensate and oil.