Projects & Finance

On the Norwegian island of Senja, three Rolls-Royce mtu EnergyPacks will be used by the local utility Arva to research how to stabilize the public power grid and iron out voltage fluctuations. To that end, Rolls Royce will install three QL battery energy storage packs with an output of 4.25 MVA and 3.79 MWh in the fishing towns of Husøy and Senjahopen.

Works on the Lakdhanavi LNG-to-Power project in Kerawalapitiya, Sri Lanka, have started today, with the first construction phase due completed in 21 months. Once operational, the 350 MW combined-ccyle plant will provide cheaper electricity than diesel-fuelled gensets, saving of up to 15 Rupees (US$0.077) per unit.

Aggreko will help the Brazilian energy company EVA Energia install a 10 MW renewable power unit using landfill gas. The system will produce electricity from biogas derived from the Seropédica landfill near Rio de Janeiro and Mauá landfill near São Paulo, supplying energy to about 40,000 households.

US engineering company Black & Veatch has been selected by Long Ridge Energy Generation to retrofit its 485 MW combined-cycle power plant to run on a blend of natural gas and carbon-free hydrogen. Long Ridge has been working to reconfigure the plant’s GE H-class turbine to hydrogen co-firing right after it began commercial operations in August 2021.

German steel maker and industrial engineering conglomerate ThyssenKrupp will realise Canada’s first green hydrogen project under an EPC contract with Hydro-Québec. The project is based on an 88 MW water electrolysis plant and will produce 11,100 metric tons of green hydrogen annually. Commissioning is scheduled for late 2023.

Rolls-Royce’s MTU EnergyPack is at the center of a field test carried out by the German power grid operator Avacon in Niedersachsen. The project, named ‘energy platform Twistringen’, stimulates the functionality of a MTU battery with 1,000 kWh capacity and 800 kVA output in a local grid – run independently from Germany’s public utility power grid.

General Electric and CTCI Corp have commissioned Track 4A Power Plant, a 1,440 MW combined-cycle gas power plant on behalf of Southern Power Generation (SPG) in Pasir Gudang, Johor, Malaysia. The plant was built by CTCI and features GE’s first 9HA.02 in combined-cycle operation today.

Guangdong Energy Group has commissioned Siemens Energy to supply two SGT5-4000F gas turbine units for the Zhaoqing Dinghu Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project. Situated in Zhaoqing City in China’s southern Guangdong Province, the plant is scheduled to start operation in 2023.

Kraftwerke Mainz-Wiesbaden (KMW) in Germany relies on Wärtsilä’s newly completed combined heat and power (CHP) plant to reach its green energy goals. The CHP provides 100 MW of electricity and feeds the excess heat into the local district heating network - enough for 40,000 family homes.

The largest high-temperature Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system ever built will be installed at the GASCO Dahshour gas compressor station in Egypt. Turboden’s ORC unit (28 MWe) is coupled with two Siemens’ electric motor driven compressors (20 MWe) and by recovering the exhaust gas heat, it generates 192 GWh per year of fuel-free electricity.

Colorado Springs Utilities has ordered six of GE’s LM2500XPRESS aero-derivative gas turbines to bridge the supply gap as the Martin Drake coal-fired power plant needs to be retired by 2023. A new transmission line to power the downtown area of Colorado is due completed in 2025.

Germany’s chemical company BASF and Siemens Energy have teamed up to accelerate the industrial use of low-carbon technologies. Several projects at BASF’s Ludwigshafen site are planned, e.g. adding a proton exchange membrane electrolyser (50 MW) to produce hydrogen and a heat pump (50 MW) to generate process steam from waste heat.

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News in Brief

Growth in turbine air filtration tops 3%

July 22 – The turbine air filtration market is expected to grow 3.27% annually from $1.92 billion in 2020 to reach $2.29 billion in 2026. Demand from the oil & gas industry and electric utilities had plunged during the corona crisis and subsequent economic downturn, but the latest trend towards clean energy is driving robust growth for turbine air filtration which can be widely and easily applied in the power sector.

US oil exports stay high

July 21 – Despite volatile prices, U.S. crude oil exports reached a record high in 2020 and remained strong this year, averaging 3.51 million barrels per day (b/d). Expanded ports at Houston and Corpus Christi allow for oil to be exported from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Basin.

CVEC to be converted to hydrogen

July 20 – Cricket Valley Energy Center (CVEC) is taking steps to run the  combined-cycle plants on hydrogen. Works to convert the plant will be carried out by GE and are scheduled to start in late 2022. One of three GE 7F.05 gas turbines at CVEC will be introduced to a 5% hydrogen blend with natural gas.

MAN ETES labelled solar impulse efficient

July 16 – MAN Electro-Thermal Energy Storage (ETES) was attributed the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label by independent auditors. In January, the German manufacturer supplied to ETES heat pumps to DIN Forsyning for a heat and power plant in the Danish port city Esbjerg.

Electricity sales to US industry rebounds

July 14 – Economic recovery has caused a 5.1% rise electricity sales to US industry this year, dwarfing 2.8% more retail sales and a 2.1% rise in the commercial sector as many office workers continue working from home. The US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) acting administrator, Steve Nalley, called the rebound in electricity sales to industry a “strong sign of rising levels of economic output as the Covid-19 pandemic recedes.”

Solar PV to triple in Asia by 2030

July 13 – Asia Pacific solar photovoltaic capacity could triple to 1,500 gigawatts (GW) by 2030. According to Wood Mackenzie estimates, China will add 619 GW of mainly utility-scale capacity while most other nations in Asia prefers distributed solar due to land constraints. Solar PV tends to be backed up by flexible gas gensets and energy storage, forming hybrid power units.

Kinder Morgan closes on Stagecoach assets

July 12 – US energy infrastructure major Kinder Morgan has closed its acquisition of Stagecoach Gas Services. The deal include 4 gas storage facilities with a 41 bcf working gas capacity and a transmission network with multiple interconnects to major interstate pipelines, including Tennessee Gas Pipeline. The Stagecoach assets add to Kinder Morgan’s approximately 83,000 miles of pipelines and 144 terminals.

Dortmund cancels electrotechnik fair

July 9 – The elektrotechnik fair, planned for 29 September to 1 October 2021, will now not be taking place in Dortmund due to requests from the industry. The next trade fair for building, industrial, energy and lighting technology will now open its doors again in spring 2023.

Hitachi to change name of ABB Power Grids

July 7 – Hitachi ABB Power Grids will become Hitachi Energy in October. The Japanese manufacturer bought a controlling stake in ABB’s grid business a year ago and is about to fully take the name of the merged company while expanding its direction towards e-mobility and data centres.

Tapping wind energy for hydrogen

July 6 – Spanish utility Naturgy and the gas grid operator Enagás are evaluating the use of 350 MW offshore and onshore wind capacity to produce green hydrogen. The fuel will be used to decarbonise the steel industry and shipyard in northwest Spain.

EU seeks to expand Green Deal to Africa

July 5 – The European Green Deal should be expanded to also include African states as partners, the German development minister Gerd Müller said. Green hydrogen production in Africa, in his view, should be a “cornerstone for economic cooperation with the Europe.”

Decom Engineering updates PCR

July 2 – Northern Ireland-based Decom Engineering has invested more than £700,000 to develop tools for repurposing and clean decommissioning of energy infrastructure. Through updated Pipe Coating Removal (PCR) equipment, decommissioned or surplus pipelines can be cleaned of multiple coatings, so they can be repurposed for used on other projects.

Cummins buys half of Momentum Fuels

July 1 – Cummins has signed a letter of intent to acquire a 50% equity interest in Momentum Fuel Technologies from Rush Enterprises. The transaction is expected to close before year-end, and the combined venture will produce Cummins-branded natural gas fuel delivery systems for the commercial vehicle market in North America.

Gazprom evaluates cost of grey hydrogen

June 30 – Scientific studies by Gazprom and the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) seek to solve technical challenges in producing grey hydrogen through steam reforming in the most cost-efficient way, as well as transporting the fuel to end-users. The findings of the studies will be factored into Gazprom's sustainable development scenarios up to 2050.

Redox about to overtake Li-ion batteries

June 28 – Li-ion batteries have dominated the energy storage field, but are expected to lose their leading role in stationary applications. According to IDTechEx findings, Redox flow batteries are gaining traction and are likely to overtake the installed Li-ion battery energy capacity before the end of 2030.

B&W proceeds with waste-to-energy projects

June 25 – Babcock & Wilcox’s (B&W) renewable segment has received limited notice to proceed for a waste-to-energy project in Europe as it finalizes terms for a $24 million contract with the customer. Ohio-based B&W said it looks to capitalize on an estimated addressable market of more than $7 billion in Europe over the next three years.

Japan’s gas-burn on the rise

June 24 – LNG imports for power generation in Japan have rebounded with steady volumes from the Middle East and Australia and higher cargo numbers from Russia and the US, though LNG deliveries were outpaced by thermal coal shipments. The May 2021 LNG shipments amounted to 4.95 million tonnes, or around 73 cargoes, a 8.2% rise on volumes received in May 2020, according to trade figures by the Japanese finance ministry.

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