Technology & Innovation

GE’s H-class gas turbine has reached a milestone of accumulating more than 1,000,000 commercial operating hours. The heavy duty turbine was ordered by 50 customers to date and generated over 26 GW electricity.

Industrial gas company Air Products will convert its global fleet of 2,000 trucks to run on hydrogen fuel cells. Cummins will provide the electric powertrains that will be integrated into the trucks starting from 2022 in a bid to decarbonise the transport sector.

By 2030, Rolls-Royce Power System seeks to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 35% compared to 2019 through zero carbon technologies. MTU engines will be certified to run on sustainable fuels from 2023, and the manufacturer also works on CO2-free fuel cells for balancing power.

Two Wärtsilä engines, running on hydrogen blends, will back up the electricity supply at Keppel Offshore & Marine so-called ‘Floating Living Lab (FLL)’. Singapore’s first offshore floating testbed for LNG bunkering needs an uninterrupted supply of electricity, ensured by Wärtsilä 34SG engines.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MAN Energy Solutions will supply turbomachinery for liquid-air, energy-storage (LAES) to Highview Power’s CRYOBattery facility in Britain. Highview is building a 50 MW liquid-air, energy-storage facility – with a minimum of 250 MWh – at Carrington Village, Greater Manchester. The project is seen as “a litmus test for the future of zero-carbon storage technology.”

German carmaker Porsche, together with Siemens Energy, is developing the world’s first industry-scale synthetic fuels plant in Chile. The ‘Haru Oni’ pilot project uses wind farms around the city of Puntas Arenas to generate green hydrogen, which is then combined with CO2 filtered from the air in MAN Energy Solutions’ methanol reactor to produce methanol.

Ansaldo Energia will carry out the first installation of an MXL3 upgrade for GT26 gas turbines at Maxima-Flevo combined-cycle power plant in the Netherland in spring 2023. The upgraded CCGT, owned by the French utility ENGIE, will deliver 25 MW more output and achieve a 1.5% higher efficiency.

Royal Dutch Shell has just launched Europe’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolyser – called Refhyne – at its refinery in Rheinland, Germany, and already plans to scale up the 10 MW facility to 100 MW. At the Wesseling site of the refinery, Shell also aims to produce aviation fuel from renewables as well as bio-LNG.

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News in Brief

CCUS market to reach nearly $3bn in 2025

Oct 25 – The global carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) market will grow from $1.30 billion in 2020 to $1.46 billion in 2021, according to ResearchAndMarket estimates. The rebound comes as companies return to normal operations and sales, after a pandemic-related slowdown. Analysts expect the market will keep growing at a rate of nearly 20% annually to reach $2.97 billion by 2025.

SDG&E accelerates drive towards Net Zero by 2045

Oct 20 – San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) has set a new sustainability strategy, outlining new and accelerated goals to help meet its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045. SDG&E it now seeks to operate a 100% zero emissions vehicle fleet by 2035 – five years earlier than planned.

B&W develops biomass-to-hydrogen plant in Australia

Oct 19 – B&W's Renewable segment and Port Anthony Renewables Ltd have started to develop a biomass-to-hydrogen energy project in Victoria, Australia, based on B&W’s BrightLoop technology. When completed, the plant is expected to be part of the largest green hydrogen hub in south-eastern Australia.

LNG prices rise faster than oil

Oct 18 – Liquefied natural gas and pipeline supplies have experienced an even sharper increase in prices in 2021 than oil, driven by a combination of circumstances that included a strong recovery in demand in North Asia, southeast Asia and Europe, unseasonal weather and planned and unplanned capacity outages.

Wärtsilä shaft gensets to power two LNG carriers

Oct 14 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded a contract to supply four shaft generators to provide electricity take-off from the main engines of two LNG carriers. The ships are being built at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Korea on behalf of the Capital Gas Ship Management of Greece.

VoltH2 gets green light for large hydrogen plant

Oct 13 – Vision Hydrogen Corp has announced that its affiliate VoltHe has received building and environmental permits to realise its first large-scale hydrogen plant at the Dutch North Sea Port of Vlissingen. The 5 MW hydrogen plant is located near existing high voltage power and gas infrastructure as well as large wind power assets. Once operational, it will produce around 3,500 tons of green hydrogen per year and will be scalable to 100 MW or 14,000 tons.

Tesla overtakes German e-cars

Oct 12 – Sales of Tesla in Germany has overtaken that of leading German carmakers. In September, more electric Tesla Model 3s were registered in the country than leading domestic models, such as the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class combined.

EnerMech spends £500k on crane training tech

Oct 11 – EnerMech has invested £500,000 in new crane simulator training systems at its Luanda (Angola), Doha (Qatar) and Great Yarmouth (UK) facilities. The British company recently formed a joint venture with 3t Energy Group to bring the KraneSIM-6000 equipment to both Qatar and Angola and offer in-country training across client organisations globally.  

Germany finances green hydrogen projects abroad

Oct 8 – The German government has agreed to support green hydrogen projects in other countries with up to €350 million by 2024, the economy ministry said when publishing a directive with relevant guidelines. Moreover, financial support is given to projects that produce and process green hydrogen for storage, transport and use in countries outside the EU through investment grants worth up to €15 million each.

UK e-car sales surge 186%

Oct 6 – Sales electric cars in the UK have surged 186% to a total of 108,000 in 2020 during the pandemic, up from just 38,000 in the previous year. Latest statistics show there were nearly 300,000 pure-electric cars on UK roads at the end of August 2021, and more than 600,000 plug-in models if including plug-in hybrids (PHEVs).

FogHorn deploys AI software at Chugoku Electric Power in Japan

Oct 4 – FogHorn, developer of Edge AI software, has deployed its Internet of Things (IoT) software at the Chugoku Electric Power hydroelectric power plant. The AI solutions will make the power gen process more efficient and enhances workplace safety. Chugoku Electric Power employs nearly 9,200 workers across 114 power units in the western part of Honshū, the largest island of Japan.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines for ferry propulsion

Oct 1 – Rolls-Royce's new MT engines, automation system, and MTU Go! tool for remote service have future-proofed the high-speed catamaran Avemar Dos, run by the Spanish operator Balearia. Four MTU 20V1163 M84 units replaced the previous 1163 units, taking the vessel to a "new level of ecological soundness," the manufacturer says.

GES appoints former Puma Energy Chairman as NED

Sept 30 – Global Energy Storage (GES) has appointed the former Puma Energy Chairman, Graham Sharp, as an NED. Graham will support GES on its ‘new energies’ strategy for the energy transition, focusing on hydrogen fuels and hydrogen carriers space.

Aggreko reaches 2 GW of live power gen capacity

Sept 29 – Aggreko has today announced it has reached 2GW of live global gas power capacity and growth in flare gas to power and stranded gas projects. This new record follows a milestone of exceeding 1GW of delivered flare gas power projects in 2020.

Wärtislä renews O&M agreement with Lafarge Africa

Sept 28 – The Finish technology group Wärtsilä has renewed a long-term Operation & Maintenance (O&M) agreement with Lafarge Africa, a large producer of building materials in Nigeria. The agreement covers the 100 MW Lafarge Ewekoro power plant, which provides a dedicated supply of electricity to the company’s concrete and cement manufacturing processes.

Rolls-Royce supplies MTU engines to Sanlorenzo

Sept 27 – Rolls-Royce business unit Power Systems will become one of the leading engine suppliers for Sanlorenzo, delivering MTU 10V, 12V and 16V 2000 yacht engines with a compact IMO 3 solution. A framework contract from 2022 through 2024 has been signed at the Monaco Yacht Show.

Shell exits Permian Basin

Sept 24 – Royal Dutch Shell has sold all its upstream interested in US Permian Basin to ConocoPhillips for $9.5 billion in cash. Shell’s assets in the Permian include around 225,000 net acres with a current production of around 175,000 barrels per day equivalent.

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