Uniper, Europe’s largest utility based on sales, is decarbonising its gas-fired power plants in the Netherlands and the UK with the help of GE technology. The two partners agreed to focus on converting units to hydrogen co-firing, and will set out a detailed decarbonisation roadmap by early 2021.
Duke Energy, a U.S. utility servicing 7.4 million customers, has announced the operational start-up of its $817 million Asheville combined-cycle power station. The 560 MW plant consists of two blocks and replaces a 1906s-ear coal unit at the same site in Arden, North Carolina.
Latest ‘Future Energy Scenarios’ (FES 2020), published by UK’s National Grid strike a more confident tone that enough fossil and new technologies can be deployed to achieve the Government’s Net Zero by 2050 targets. At least two of four scenarios show pathways to accomplish this.
Chiahui Power, a Taiwanese independent power producer (IPP), and GE have won an occupational safety award, signalling out the 500 MW expansion of the Chia Hui combined-cycle power plant as a ‘model site’. GE is delivering the turnkey plant expansion, powered by a 7HA.02 gas turbine, with operations due to start in 2021.
Producing electricity from gas, coal or wind sees substantial amounts of input energy lost during the generating process. In 2019, U.S. utility-scale power plants consumed 38 quadrillion British thermal units (quads) of energy to provide 14 quads of electricity, with over 60% input energy lost.
MHI Compressor International (MCO-I) has launched a test stand for API617 centrifugal compressors in Houston. The investment turned MCO-I into the only compressor maker at the U.S. Gulf Coast which can carry out PTC 10 Type 2 performance tests as well as mechanical running tests.
Siemens Financial Services (SFS) is set to become a major shareholder in Berkeley Energy Commercial Industrial Solutions (BECIS). Targeting Asia Pacific, the two partners said they want to give customers access to distributed energy via a flexible ‘Energy as a Service’ (EaaS) model.
MAN Energy Solutions is restructuring. Plans are to cost cuts of 450 million Euros, partly through layoffs, with the aim of improving the OEM’s cash position and liquidity, and achieve a 9% operating margin by 2023. Steam turbine production in Hamburg will come to an end, and MAN also considers closing its production in Berlin.
UK-based smart battery company Moixa has secured £4.6 million ($5.8m) in ‘bridge funding’ though a convertible loan, largely financed by Itochu Corp. Moixa said it aims to secure a further £10 million ($12.5m) by the end of the year as it wants to advance the rollout of its GridShare software in Japan.
EnBW, the regional utility in Baden-Württemberg, has awarded a 100 million contract to Ansaldo Energia to design, supply, install and service a 300 MW open-cycle power plant (OCGT) in the southern German city of Marbach. The peaking power plant is due operational by October 2022.
Rolls-Royce is to supply its very first series production MTU PowerPacks to the Irish national rail operator Iarnród Éireann, which ordered 41 units. Fitted with MTU 6H 1800 R86 engines, the PowerPacks each deliver 375 kW from the diesel engine as well as 150 kW from the electrical machine.
Three main players – PowerSecure, Enchanted Rock and The American Red Cross – have installed over two-thirds of all microgrids added in the United States over the past 10 months. A total of 546 microgrids were installed in 2019 alone, more than in any previous year.