Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has deployed a “linear generator” – a mobile genset running on natural gas and biogas to displace diesel generators – at its Angwin microgrid in Napa County, California. Working with the local utilities Mainspring and NextEra Energy, PG&E installed the linear gensets for emergency power supply during winter storms.
Russia’s Gazprom has posted a 60% rise in net gas sales to 272.3 billion cubic metres for the six month ending June. Income from net sales doubled to 1.4 trillion Roubles ($19.8 billion), mainly due to the rise in average gas prices denominated in Rouble and higher volumes sold to Europe and China.
Mitsubishi Power, part of MHI Group, is developing combustion burners that can use ammonia (NH3) as zero-emission fuel in thermal power plants. Tests have been conducted with basic combustion furnaces to compile data on ammonia and coal co-firing and ammonia-exclusive firing, though the by-product nitrogen oxide (NOx) is still of some concern.
Japan’s largest LNG importer JERA has started a demonstration project for hydrogen co-firing at an LNG- fuelled power plant. Hydrogen does not emit CO2 when burnt; hence JERA is looking to co-fire its large-scale LNG thermal power plants in Japan with hydrogen or ammonia to achieve its zero-emission target.
Hurricane Ida made landfall at Port Fourchon, Louisiana, late Sunday, with 150 mph winds, devastating key energy infrastructure. Though the centre of the storm stayed some 45 miles southwest of New Orleans, the city experienced widespread power outages that accumulated to a full blown blackout.
British chemical company INEOS has dismissed the UK hydrogen strategy as “massively lagging behind Europe.” Whitehall said it would reach its 5 GW hydrogen target by 2030 by including hydrogen produced from natural gas through steam reforming, while the EU clearly favours ‘green’ hydrogen.
Researchers have measured the effect of microbes eating away some of the hydrogen stored in subsurface porous rocks. Though the majority of sites – 37 out of the 42 examined – are at risk of microbial effects, the actual hydrogen consumption is likely to be “negligible to small.”
Innowatts’ Core Analytics help power generators turn customer demand date into actionable insight. Analysis of smart meter data reduces forecasting errors by 20-40% which empowers the US retailer Direct Energy and the Colombian utility Celsia to tailor power plant dispatch, reduce the need to buy balancing energy and lower hedging costs.
TAQA Power, the Cairo-based subsidiary of TAQA Arabia, will set up a pilot project to locally produce green hydrogen in cooperation with MAN Energy Solutions. The German manufacturer will provide electrolysis technology for a hydrogen plant, due to run until autumn 2022.
Germany’s energy ministry (BWMi) has put forward rules to select areas for offshore wind farms in the North and Baltic Sea. In contrast to grid-connected wind farms which are chosen according to their guaranteed feed-in-tariff, the new offshore projects will generate green hydrogen directly at sea that is then brought ashore by ship or via pipelines.
The cost of producing hydrogen gas from renewables is forecast to fall sharply over the next decade, providing an affordable fuel to decarbonise the energy and transport sectors. In Germany and Texas, RES hydrogen costs could fall to $1.40 a kilogram by 2030 from the current range of $2.50 to $6.80, according to research published in Nature Energy.
Daroga Power, an investor and developer of distributed generation energy assets, has closed an infrastructure portfolio fund to deploy 32.85 MW of Bloom Energy solid oxide fuel cells. Approximately 6 MW of fuel cells in the portfolio are already operational, and the additional ones will be deployed through the end of 2022.
Inventories of natural gas in the US will reach 3,592 billion cubic feet (Bcf) by November 1, the start of the winter heating season – nearly 160 Bcf less than usual. High withdrawals in winter 2020/21 were not replenished this summer as dry gas production stayed flat while US LNG exports keep rising, leaving little for storage.
Rolls-Royce has invested over $600 million to revitalize manufacturing capabilities at its Indianapolis Operations Center. The upgraded facilities include digital engineering and robotics with a view to improving the company’s competitiveness in an increasingly contested marketplace for propulsion and power solutions.