Distributed generation is growing as utilities increasingly rely on wind and solar power installations, backed up by flexible gas- or diesel-fuelled generator sets. Remote monitoring of such decentralized assets – through the newly launched CAT Connect – moves beyond Caterpillar's SCADA system of supervisory control and data acquisition.
Italgas, Europe’s third largest gas distributor, has contracted Turboden to install 650 kWe gas expanders to increase the efficiency of gas pressure reduction stations at Rome’s main pipeline network. The expanders produce electricity from the pressure differentials between mainline and transmission pipelines.
Utilities, particularly in China and Europe, are retrofitting their gas turbines with combustor enhancements to make assets more cost-effective. To support this market, Ansaldo Energia affiliate PSM developed a Low Emission Combustor (LEC-III) and new FlameSheet combustor retrofit for B, E and F-class gas turbines.
Global energy utilities are facing a growing risk of cyberattacks with potentially severe financial damage. A survey by Siemens and the Ponemon Institute finds that 54% of utility respondents fear an attack on critical infrastructure in the next 12 months. To mitigate this risk, utilities need to improve the interface between Operational Technology (OT) and IT systems.