Four 9F gas turbines at EGA’s Al Taweelah power plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be modernised with GE’s Advanced Gas Path technology. The AGP upgrade is meant to boost the plant’s output by up to 72 MW for the same amount of fuel consumed from previously 920 MW installed capacity, while reducing emissions by up to 74 tonnes.
JERA, Japan’s largest LNG importer, together with Chiyoda and researchers at RITE have started a demonstration project whereby solid sorbent material is used to separate CO2 from the exhaust of a gas-fired power station. Domestically available sorbent material is used to keep down the costs and the research is funded by Japan’s Green Innovation Fund.
Mining companies, industry and small-scale electric utilities can benefit from Wärtsilä’s modelling and optimisation tool to ensure power availability with the lowest levelized electricity cost while reducing emissions. The Finish manufacturer said its customers in the mining and industrial sectors have an estimated carbon reduction potential of 460,000 tonnes per annum.
The world’s largest flywheel – manufactured at Siemens Energy’s factory in Muelheim – has arrived at Moneypoint power station in southwest Ireland. The 177 tons heavy device completes the synchronous condenser at a grid stabilisation plant, built on behalf of the Irish utility ESB at the site of the Moneypoint coal-fired plant to help transform it into a green energy hub.
NGK Insulators has started a trial project in April together with Ricoh to track the charging and discharging of surplus renewable energy in batteries. The tracking system will be tested at Japan’s regional utility Ena Electric Power with the aim of building a system that allows for solar power to be shared, stored and traded.
National Grid, the UK power system operator, has deployed GE’s inertia metering solution to enhance grid stability. Inertia is crucial to keeps a grid running when a generator suddenly disconnects, buying time for other power plants to ramp-up. But with the shift to renewable energy sources, grid inertia is falling hence TSO emulate it through supercapacitators.
Capturing CO2 directly from the air will be scaled up rapidly amid falling technology costs, the International Energy Agency (IEA) finds. In places with high renewable energy potential like the Middle East and China, and using best available technologies for electricity and heat generation, the cost for direct air capture could fall below $100/tCO2 by 2030.
INNIO’s Jenbacher J420 gas engine has performed well in operation since 2019 when technology improvements helped increase its power output by 60 kW and efficiency by up to 1%. Since then, 16 engines were installed which accumulated 120,000 operating hours and the fuel flexible J420 D/E types can be converted to run fully on hydrogen.
Babcock & Wilcox, together with Kiewit, will deliver a carbon net-negative biomass power plant at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The 200 MW pant will power Fidelis’ 73,000-barrel-per-day Grön Fuels facility, which will produce aviation fuel, diesel, hydrogen, and bio-plastic feedstock – all with a net-negative CO2 footprint.