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.