“Green chemistry” is what Evonik and Siemens are envisaging by using electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to convert carbon dioxide into specialty chemicals. Based on €2.8 million funding from Germany's Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the two companies just launched a 2-year research project, called ‘Rheticus’, on electrolysis and fermentation processes.
Dominion Voltage Inc. (DVI), a subsidiary of Dominion Energy and leader in Volt/VAR optimization "VVO" solutions, will work with energy companies in Ontario, Canada, to help avoid energy losses in power distribution systems in line with the government's Long-Term Energy Plan. Navigant estimates the inclusion of front of the meter conservation (IFMC) will reduce annual power demand by 185-MW and save up to 1,130 gigawatt hours (GWh), once implemented.
As the use of 690 V energy efficient motors continues to grow within industrial applications, ABB has launched its new range of EQ A44 three phase 690 V high-functionality electricity meters, which deliver outstanding performance for the reliable metering of energy usage.The new meters are suitable for use in a wide range of applications including the processing industry, decentralized energy, mining, docks and harbours, wind turbines, water and waste water management.
Rapid changes in the energy landscape also drive businesses to adapt and update their existing trading platforms and systems. “We see a huge shift in digital innovation from aggregation of renewable generation, storage and emerging supply businesses that will significantly impact energy trading,“ said Tim Rogers, Contigo's head of sales and business development.Trayport affiliate Contigo, a vendor of Energy Trading and Risk Management (ERTM) software, will demonstrate its products at E-World, Essen in early February.
Energy storage technologies like batteries create an “unusual combination of cost and revenue streams,” according to EIA analysts, given that they can serve as both energy suppliers and consumers at different times. Thanks to their versatile functionality, about 700 MW of new utility-scale batteries has been added to the US power grid over the past three years.
Cooperative Energy, a member-owned electric cooperative based in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, has awarded a Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) contract to Wärtsilä to deliver a 22.7-MW power plant based on two gas-fired 31SG engines. With an output of 11,400-kW at 60Hz, the 20-cylinder Wärtsilä 31SG gas engines are one of the most efficient in its class.
Power-to-gas technology developed by the German equipment manufacturer Viessmann has the potential to significantly decarbonise the gas grid. “Our solution takes micro-organisms and CO2 - natural by-products of anaerobic digestion - and introduces them to hydrogen, converting it into synthetic methane which can in turn be injected into the natural gas grid,” explains Christian Engelke, technical director at the firm.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) has certified the Greensmith GEMS Site Controller as a Remote Intelligent Gateway (RIG) for direct telemetry of participating generators and loads within the CAISO balancing authority area. Metering and telemetry are mandatory tools used to ensure operational visibility and accurate revenue accounting for the grid operator.
Shifting focus on digitalization, Siemens has opened a new MindSphere Application Center for Power Generation Services in Berlin. With this new center, the German OEM seeks to set the stage for more co-creation in direct involvement with its energy customers. Featuring a broad portfolio of digital services and tools, the MindSphere centre allows customers, software engineers and Siemens experts to come together to explore the value-added by digital services tools and solutions.
Growing complexity and changing regulations within the Nordic energy market, has prompted Denmark’s largest utility HOFOR to replace its in-house trading system. Also known as Greater Copenhagen Utility, HOFOR selected Contigo’s enTrader for managing its energy portfolio, which includes Nordic power, coal, carbon emissions and FX.
A central bank in a major EU economy has installed ABB’s smart circuit breakers Emax 2 to upgrade the backup power at its headquarters, increasing security and system resilience. “From a power perspective, a bank is a plant that must never shut down,” commented Fabio Monachesi, global product manager at ABB’s Protection and Connection unit.
The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) has handed an Emerging Technology Award to Siemens for the first successfully 3D- printed and fully tested gas turbine blades. Vetting what they call “ascending technologies”, ASME said the award winning products and processes have “left the breakthrough stage, crossed the commercialization valley of death, and are poised to reshape the industries where they compete.”
What’s in your fuel, and how to get the most out of it? Gas Power Technology Journal visited Wärtsilä in Vaasa, Finland to talk with its specialist team, responsible for developing new systems and tools to analyse fuel composition and behaviour. Through careful analysis, Wartsila’s multi-disciplinary Fuel Laboratory Services team can adapt engines to run more efficiently on whatever fuel is available – from the most exotic biofuels to unpredictable mixes of different gases. The team makes a difference to thousands of gas and liquids-fuelled engines and this impact keeps growing the more fuels are tested and approved for usage.