Jenbach-based INNIO has published its inaugural Sustainability Report, outlining its environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance in 2020. In focus are digitalization and hydrogen technologies, as showcased in INNIO’s recently commissioned first engine in the 1 MW-range that runs on a variety of hydrogen-natural gas mixtures, or on 100% green hydrogen.
Ansaldo Energia has joined the European Union’s ‘Digital Volunteer Program’, aimed at bridging the digital skills gap in small and medium-sized industries. As part of this project, Ansaldo is mentoring the Italian manufacturer ATLA to develop a new procedure for inspecting hot gas components from turbines.
Hydrogenious Technologies, a spinoff of FAU University Erlangen, has raised €50 million to scale up and commercialise its LOHC (liquid organic hydrogen carrier) technology. Liquid hydrogen is an efficient way to store and transport the increasingly popular fuel. The funding round was led by JERA Americas, investing €15 million, along with Temasek, Chevron and Pavilion Capital.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems and its affiliate MTU showcase microgrids for mining companies that supply decentralized power while reducing emissions by up to 30% at the MINExpo, held in Las Vegas this week. The system connects diesel and/or gas-fuelled generator sets, MTU’s EnergyPack battery system as well fuel cells into one microgrid.
Toray Industries and Siemens Energy were chosen to partake in Japan’s Green Innovation Funding Program to promote multi megawatt class PEM (Polymer Electrolyte Membrane) electrolysis in Japan. Together with Tokyo Electric, the two manufacturers will install a demo plant based on Toray's proprietary hydrocarbon electrolyte membranes.
Software-as-a-service provider Innowatts has developed a cloud-based solution by using the agility of Amazon Web Services (AWS) to process 4.3 billion data points per hour. By combining Innowatts AI data-analysis tool with AWS’s scalability and pay-as-you-go model, utilities can adapt their operations to customer needs and more volatile energy markets.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS), alongside with electrification could substantially decarbonise LNG projects. More than 25% of overall emissions could be removed depending on the technology adopted, Wood Mackenzie says, with capturing reservoir CO2 found to be much cheaper than post-combustion capture.
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.
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.
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.
ExxonMobil and Global Thermostat, an R&D firm, have been testing an agile solution of soaking up carbon dioxide emissions from the air – notably from industrial facilities and power stations – at a pilot plant in California. Once economically viable, the solution could help meet the world’s climate goals.