Jenbacher Type 4 gas engines are now available as ‘Ready for H2’ engines, able to operate on up to 100% hydrogen. All other INNIO engine types can run on up to 25% hydrogen in pipeline gas and most currently installed Jenbacher gas engines can be converted to full hydrogen combustion.
Maxima-Flevo, a combined cycle plant owned by the French utility ENGIE, will get the world’s first MXL3 turbine upgrade by Ansaldo Energia in spring 2023. The current output of power unit-5 will be boosted by up to 35 MW, driven by the first F-class turbine in Europe to reach over 60% efficiency.
US oil giant ExxonMobil has agreed to participate in the Acorn CCS project, designed to capture and store 5-6 million tons of CO2 per year by 2030 from gas terminals at the St Fergus complex at Peterhead. In addition, ExxonMobil will help reduce industry emissions in Scotland.
Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, has contracted Wärtsilä to supply 100MW / 200MWh of energy storage systems on the outskirts of Birmingham to support the city’s network of electric vehicle chargers. Construction at the Sandwell site is due to start in the fourth quarter of this year, and at Coventry in the first quarter of 2022.
Despite early signs of a recovery, Wärtsilä has faced a 13% plunge in net sales to €2,078 million in the first half of this year as many investments in new power plant capacity continue to be postponed. The build-out of energy storage was “at a good level,” especially when linked to thermal balancing power units.
GE has implemented the first high-efficiency upgrade of a GT26 turbine at Uniper's Enfield Power Station in north London. The revamped turbine reaches nearly 60% combined-cycle efficiency and successful test runs brought GE contract-wins for similar upgrades in Argentina and Singapore.
Zukunftsenergie Nordostbayern (ZENOB) and Siemens Smart Infrastructure have signed a letter of intent (LoI) for the turnkey construction of a 100 MW battery storage unit in the German town of Wunsiedel. With 200 MWh storage capacity, the lithium-ion battery will use surplus renewable energy to balance demand peaks in the Bavarian power grid.
Three-quarters of lithium-ion batteries and half of the world’s electric vehicles are made in China, hence the People's Republic has entered a race for cobalt, nickel and lithium. These raw materials largely need to be imported and prices are rising fast as lithium demand is set to surge 510% by 2040.
Full-scale engine tests for hydrogen and ammonia co-firing are underway at Wärtsilä's laboratory in Vaasa, Finland, to assess the optimum parameters for combusting carbon-neutral fuels. The aim is to have an engine and power plant concept for pure hydrogen operation ready by 2025.
Grapeland compressor station in Texas was upgraded within a critical 10-month delivery window during the pandemic. Siemens Energy swiftly supplied and started up two SGT-400 mechanically driven RFBB20 compressors that boost throughput of the CJ Express pipeline, running from East Texas to the US Gulf Coast, by approximately 1 Bcf/d.
As the US West Coast is caught in a cycle of extreme heat, drought and fire, a utility in Washington State has urged GenCell to provide G5 hydrogen-fuelled alkaline fuel cells as a back-up power source. Douglas PUD will run the G5s on its own hydrogen, making the fuel cells cheaper than diesel generators.
Despite a rapid build-out, renewables cannot keep up with the pace of global electricity demand growth which requires more fossil generation. After falling by about 1% in 2020 due to the pandemic, demand is set to grow by nearly 5% in 2021 and 4% in 2022, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds.