Technology & Innovation

Mitsubishi Power has inaugurated its M701JAC gas turbine at a combined-cycle power plant in Thailand. The turbine powers one of eight CCGT units at two equally sized plants with a combined output of 3,500 MW, built by Gulf Energy Development and Mitsui & Co.

Mercedes-Benz has contracted Siemens to advance the digitalization and automation of its manufacturing processes, both for petrol-based cars and electric vehicles. At Mercedes’ Marienfelde site, near Berlin, the car maker plans to implement the Mercedes-Benz Cars ecosystem MO360 and digitalize the assembly of e-mobility components.

Norwegian classification society DNV has released a new service specification document for Additive Manufacturing (AM), which uses 3D model data to fabricate parts in a shorter time and at a lower cost than traditional engineering practices. The new service specification, DNVGL-SE-0568, is meant to build trust in 3D-printed parts.

Mitsubishi, part of the Zero Carbon Humber (ZCH) Partnership, has won a £75 million ($103 million) government contract to help decarbonise the region by 2040. Locally produced hydrogen will be distributed by a shared pipeline network, carrying green hydrogen to industrial customers, electric utilities and to Centrica's gas storage facility at Easington.

Reactive power compensation helps Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) integrate renewable energy into the grid. A reactive power plant, supplied by Siemens Energy, combines static synchronous compensation (STATCOM) technology and a modular multilevel converter (MMC) to enhance the functionality of Barren Ridge Switching Station.

London-based Lloyd’s Register, classification society for ships as well as oil and gas infrastructure, has created a new tool for its users to track non-conforming oil and gas assets through to resolution. The tool not only identifies events but ensures that action is taken before issues become a tangible environmental, economic or safety threat.

The UK government has committed to invest £3 million to kick-start the development of a hydrogen transport hub in Tees Valley – a process that could create up to 5,000 new jobs in the North East. If all goes to plan, the hub could be fully operational by 2025.

Israel-based GenCell has designed a non-metal based catalyst, following 6 years of research to reduce cost. In the process, GenCell removed the noble metal platinum from its nickel-based catalyst compound, CEO Rami Reshef explained. Instead, it developed a cracker that extracts hydrogen from liquid ammonia to generate electricity by means of alkaline fuel cells.

Cummins and Cummins Westport have launched the ISX12N+Endurant HD N powertrain for heavy-duty customers, combining a near-zero emissions gas engine and the Endurant HD N 12-speed automated transmission from Eaton Cummins. The solution is designed for lower emissions of regional haul fleets.

MAN Energy Solutions aims for climate-neutral fuels such as e-methane to replace marine diesel and natural gas or coal used for power generation. “By 2030, sustainable technologies should make up the majority of our company's business,” CEO Uwe Lauber said, though a global CO2 price is vital for the marine and transport sectors to truly embrace green fuels.

The Finish energy and marine technology group Wärtsilä has agreed to provide another €1 million in seed funding to Soletair Power Oy, a Finish start-up focussed on Power-to-X. Soletair developed a new concept to capture CO2 from the air and convert it into a synthetic renewable fuel that can be used for power generation.

From today through March 23, Mitsubishi Power will take part in the “Virtual Japan Pavilion: Innovation for 2050 net-zero,” an online exhibition organised by Japan’s environment ministry. Mitsubishi Power will showcase its hydrogen gas turbines, R&D on producing carbon-free hydrogen and ammonia, as well as capturing CO2 and converting it to synthetic fuels.

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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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