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The Gyle Premier Inn in Edinburgh is trialling a new 100kW lithium-ion battery supplied and installed by E.ON at its 200-room site in a bid to improve energy efficiency, secure power supply and enable onsite energy cost savings.

The battery is 3m3 in size and weighs approximately five tonnes. It can run the hotel – including powering meals cooked at its restaurant – for up to three hours. The battery takes two hours to fully charge and will be used for at least two-to-three hours per day, depending on the needs of the National Grid.

The China Energy Storage Market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $700 million to more than $6 billion by 2024; as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights.

China's energy storage market size is set to witness robust growth on account of a rapidly growing ancillary service industry coupled with ongoing investments towards smart-grid infrastructure development.

Furthermore, rising deployment of energy storage devices aimed at enhancing the grid stability as a countermeasure to the effects of extensive penetration of intermittent power from renewables will augment the industry size.

Cazacu George; Grupa 2201B; IECazacu George; Grupa 2201B; IE, 2019/01/10 17:27
  HomeMore Nuclear Industry NewsArgentina's Embalse Nuclear Plant back in Operation after two-year Upgrade

Argentina's Embalse Nuclear Plant back in Operation after two-year Upgrade 01/08/2019 By Rod Walton Content Manager Embalse Nuclear Power Plant

The Embalse nuclear power plant in Argentina is back in operation beginning this month.

Nucleoeléctrica Argentina reported that critical start was reached on the reactor January 4. It is licensed for a new 30-year cycle, according to reports.

In 2016, Embalse was shut down for maintenance refurbishing programs to position it for the next 30 years. The single-unit Candu-6 pressurized heavy water reactor began operation in 1984.

The nearly two-year upgrade will push Embalse’s power capacity to 683 MW, according to reports. The nuclear power plant is located in the Calamuchita Valley of central Argentina near Rio Tercero.

Embalse is one of three operating nuclear power plants in Argentina which generate about five percent of the nation's electricity output.

Toma Alina - grupa 2202 SAToma Alina - grupa 2202 SA, 2019/01/13 10:46

North America, western Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to account for nearly 90 percent of the new long-duration energy storage capacity installed globally over the next eight years.

A new report from Navigant Research found that most new projects being installed fall into the four-hour to eight-hour duration categories, with most of those served by lithium-ion batteries.

“This type of storage provides the necessary flexibility to manage dynamic resources effectively,” says Alex Eller, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Demand for long duration storage will continue to increase around the world as prices continue to decline and more ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reduction are implemented.”

On-site power generator Cummins announced that Pat Ward is retiring as its chief financial officer and will be replaced by Mark Smith. The move is effective March 21.

“Pat has had an extraordinary career at Cummins,” said Cummins Chairman and CEO Tom Linebarger. “He has worked in nearly every part of our company during his 31-year tenure. He has helped many business leaders, including me, figure out where the business needs improvement and what to focus on first. Pat has also coached and developed many of our financial leaders in the company, inspiring them to be the best that they can be.”

Ward has worked for Cummins 31 years. He was elevated to CFO in 2008.

“At different stages of my career, people took a chance on me, starting at my first job as a small plant controller, to being offered the role of Chief Financial Officer 20 years later,” Ward said. “I was also fortunate to find a company whose values mirror my own.”

Smith will succeed Ward as CFO. Smith brings more than two decades of financial expertise to the role, most recently serving as the Vice President of Financial Operations where he worked with finance controllers to ensure that the company met its operational and financial commitments.

In addition, Smith led the Investor Relations, Business Planning and Analysis, and Capital Management functions at Cummins. Prior to Smith’s 20 years with Cummins, he spent six years as a public accountant with Ernst & Young in the U.K.

“Mark’s global financial experience and knowledge of the company will serve Cummins and our stakeholders well, and we look forward to supporting him during the transition,” Bob Herdman, chairman of the Audit Committee, said.

Cummins products range from diesel and natural gas engines to hybrid and electric platforms, as well as related technologies, including battery systems, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (U.S.A.), since its founding in 1919, Cummins currently employs approximately 58,600 people and serves customers in about 190 countries.

Sandu Ionut Tudor 2202 SASandu Ionut Tudor 2202 SA, 2019/01/13 13:41

North America, western Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to account for nearly 90 percent of the new long-duration energy storage capacity installed globally over the next eight years.

A new report from Navigant Research found that most new projects being installed fall into the four-hour to eight-hour duration categories, with most of those served by lithium-ion batteries.

“This type of storage provides the necessary flexibility to manage dynamic resources effectively,” says Alex Eller, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Demand for long duration storage will continue to increase around the world as prices continue to decline and more ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reduction are implemented.”

Earlier this month, AES Corp. and Hawaiian utility Kaua’I Island Utility Cooperative completed their joint solar and storage project at Lāwa’I, calling it a record-breaking effort for photovoltaic peaker capacity. The Lāwa’I Solar and Energy Storage Project combines a 28-MW solar PV and 100-MWh five-hour duration energy storage system. The system can deliver approximately 11 percent of the Kaua’i island’s power needs.

This would make Kaua’i more than 50 percent powered by renewables, according to AES. Hawaii has a mandated goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2045.

Dima Bernard-MariusDima Bernard-Marius, 2019/01/13 21:39

North America, western Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to account for nearly 90 percent of the new long-duration energy storage capacity installed globally over the next eight years.

A new report from Navigant Research found that most new projects being installed fall into the four-hour to eight-hour duration categories, with most of those served by lithium-ion batteries.

“This type of storage provides the necessary flexibility to manage dynamic resources effectively,” says Alex Eller, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Demand for long duration storage will continue to increase around the world as prices continue to decline and more ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reduction are implemented.”

Lupoiu Teodor 2201 ie cLupoiu Teodor 2201 ie c, 2019/01/13 23:56

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/entergy-completes-sale-of-vermont-yankee-nuclear-site-for-decommissioning.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29 Entergy Corp. announced Friday it has completed the sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services, which will decommission the former nuclear power site.

The sale completion is a major step toward the safe, timely and efficient decommissioning of Vermont Yankee in Vernon, VT. The sale is a first-of-its-kind in the nuclear power industry – a permanent ownership and license transfer to a company that is slated to perform decommissioning and site restoration.

The NorthStar decommissioning team includes Orano USA (reactor vessel segmentation and used fuel management support), Waste Control Specialists (waste management, packaging, transport and disposal) and Burns & McDonnell (engineering and regulatory support).

Chirita Valentin-GabrielChirita Valentin-Gabriel, 2019/01/15 22:46

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/alliant-energy-says-first-turbines-revolving-at-english-farms-wind-project.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

The first turbines at Alliant Energy’s newest wind farm development in Iowa are up and generating electricity, the competitive generation power producer announced via social media Monday.

Work on the English Farms Wind farm, located in Poweshiek County, began in May 2018. The 69-turbine project, when completed in March, will generate enough energy for around 60,000 homes a year, Alliant Energy reported on its Twitter feed.

The 170-MW English Farms wind project is part of Alliant’s goal to add up to 1,200 MW of new wind generation by 2020. The company wants to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions output 40 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Tradewind Energy originally developed the English Farms project. Alliant announced its acquisition in December 2017.

Patranoiu Diana-Maria, 2205 BPatranoiu Diana-Maria, 2205 B, 2019/01/17 17:56

Black & Veatch announced the joint project with Shell in July 2017. The microgrid is using Black & Veatch’s ASSET360 data analytics platform, allowing scientists there to research how it performs.

“This project is an important step in Shell’s efforts to explore and develop new energy technologies as we work towards our goal to power progress together by providing more and cleaner energy solutions,” said Jon La Follett, Energy System Integration and Storage Program Lead in Shell’s New Energies Research and Technology Department. “Our New Energies business is working diligently to develop game-changing energy solutions, not just in urban areas like Houston, but in rural and remote areas around the world, from Asia to Africa.”

The system combines 300 kW of ground-mounted solar, a 127-kW natural gas generator, a 250-kW, 1.05 MWh lithium ion battery and a 250-kW load bank. Additional energy storage technology and electric vehicle chargers will be added early this year, according to reports.

The Shell technology Center sits on 200 acres and includes 44 buildings with more than 1.2 million square feet of laboratory and office space.

Catalin-Claudiu Pitu 2205BCatalin-Claudiu Pitu 2205B, 2019/01/16 17:01

The facility is a pilot project comprising energy storage and solar PV integrated with a microgrid. It is operated by CMI Energy at the company’s international headquarters in Seraing. CMI makes industrial boilers, steam generators and HRSGs for concentrated solar power with thermal storage and the MiRIS (Micro Réseau Intégré Seraing) storage facility will help power the company’s headquarters, which currently consumes 1.3 GW a year. CMI said that the plant is also intended “to demonstrate advanced integration of intermittent renewable energy resources with battery-based energy storage to produce a fully dispatchable renewable energy resource”. CMI Energy president Jean-Michel Gheeraerdts said: “We now have ways to use green energy sources that eradicate their major flaw: intermittent production. Energy storage and management can be applied in a number of fields as an alternative to diesel generators for unconnected regions, as a way of deferring investment in parts of the network, as a means of optimizing existing photovoltaic or wind systems, and as an enabler of participation in the primary or secondary reserve markets.” MiRIS consists of a 2 MW photovoltaic system with 6500 rooftop and carport panels, plus 4.2 MW of energy storage comprising a lithium-ion battery system and two different flow battery systems. The technology showcase interconnects with the building’s electrical network and its DSO 15kV distribution service connection. Gheeraerdts said that MiRIS “will facilitate investigation of the interoperability of renewables and different energy storage technologies for a variety of user energy profiles, particularly with respect to renewable energy time shifting and energy resale to the grid. MiRIS will also enable evaluation of microgrid ‘islanding’ operation, potential grid ancillary service opportunities, and the influence of user demand response.” Energy storage will be debated in detail at European Utility Week in Vienna next week, where there is also a major focus on commercial and industrial energy users. And don't miss the new Knowledge Hub called Energy Storage and Integration Challenges at POWERGEN International in December.

Isac Gabriel, 2201SA-CIsac Gabriel, 2201SA-C, 2019/01/16 18:11

A new story in the Australian Financial Review reports that a decline in natural gas for power generation there could imperil grid resiliency and force some older power plants to close.

Higher gas prices on Australia’s east coast has cut into power plant profits. Use of gas for electricity generation in that region declined 42 percent in December compared to the same period in 2017, according to the article by Angela McDonald-Smith.

Industry insiders worry that the gas crunch could impact resiliency in an era when renewables are surging. Click here for more on the Financial Review piece.

Clocotici Corina Grupa 2201BClocotici Corina Grupa 2201B, 2019/01/16 18:28

NuScale Power has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission to evaluate the company’s SMR nuclear power plant plans for use there. NuScale and the JAEC will partner on a feasibility study looking at including the SMRs in the nation’s plans for future deployment of nuclear energy.

“As Jordan considers its energy future, I’m confident that the unmatched resiliency and safety features of NuScale’s SMR technology make us the ideal partner on the Kingdom’s nuclear power goals,” said John Hopkins, NuScale Power Chairman and CEO. “We look forward to using the agreement to showcase our SMR’s unique capabilities, cost benefits, and flexibility, all which demonstrate what a game-changer this technology will be for Jordan.”

Jordan imports about its 95 percent of its energy needs, so it is looking to bolster its energy security and lower prices, according to the World Nuclear Association. It hoped to have two 1,000-MW reactors in place by 2025, but also has a significant water deficit and now is considering small modular reactors instead.

“We look forward to this collaboration to assess the viability and potential for deployment of NuScale SMR Technology in Jordan,” said Khaled Toukan, JAEC chairman.

Jordan's 2007 national energy strategy estimated a energy mix of 29 percent natural gas, 14 percent oil shale, 10 percent renewables and 6 percent nuclear by 2020, according to the WNA.

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/jordan-nuscale-partnering-on-smr-nuclear-feasibility-study.html

Ionut Ghiordunescu 2204BIonut Ghiordunescu 2204B, 2019/01/16 18:41

The first turbines at Alliant Energy’s newest wind farm development in Iowa are up and generating electricity, the competitive generation power producer announced via social media Monday.

Work on the English Farms Wind farm, located in Poweshiek County, began in May 2018. The 69-turbine project, when completed in March, will generate enough energy for around 60,000 homes a year, Alliant Energy reported on its Twitter feed.

The 170-MW English Farms wind project is part of Alliant’s goal to add up to 1,200 MW of new wind generation by 2020. The company wants to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions output 40 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Tradewind Energy originally developed the English Farms project. Alliant announced its acquisition in December 2017.

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/alliant-energy-says-first-turbines-revolving-at-english-farms-wind-project.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Ionut Ghiordunescu 2204BIonut Ghiordunescu 2204B, 2019/01/16 18:42

A new story in the Australian Financial Review reports that a decline in natural gas for power generation there could imperil grid resiliency and force some older power plants to close.

Higher gas prices on Australia’s east coast has cut into power plant profits. Use of gas for electricity generation in that region declined 42 percent in December compared to the same period in 2017, according to the article by Angela McDonald-Smith.

Industry insiders worry that the gas crunch could impact resiliency in an era when renewables are surging. Click here for more on the Financial Review piece https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/natural-gas-crunch-imperils-power-resiliency-in-australia.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Ionut Ghiordunescu 2204BIonut Ghiordunescu 2204B, 2019/01/16 18:44

Entergy Corp. announced Friday it has completed the sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee to subsidiaries of NorthStar Group Services, which will decommission the former nuclear power site.

The sale completion is a major step toward the safe, timely and efficient decommissioning of Vermont Yankee in Vernon, VT. The sale is a first-of-its-kind in the nuclear power industry – a permanent ownership and license transfer to a company that is slated to perform decommissioning and site restoration.

The NorthStar decommissioning team includes Orano USA (reactor vessel segmentation and used fuel management support), Waste Control Specialists (waste management, packaging, transport and disposal) and Burns & McDonnell (engineering and regulatory support).

Entergy and NorthStar announced the sale agreement in November 2016. The Vermont Public Utility Commission on Dec. 6, 2018 issued an order approving the sale of Entergy Nuclear Vermont Yankee and an amended Certificate of Public Good that authorizes NorthStar to own, possess the licenses for, and decommission Vermont Yankee. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Oct. 11, 2018 approved the transfer of Vermont Yankee’s operating licenses to NorthStar.

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/entergy-completes-sale-of-vermont-yankee-nuclear-site-for-decommissioning.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Ionut Ghiordunescu 2204BIonut Ghiordunescu 2204B, 2019/01/16 18:46

Despite President Trump’s vow to revive the coal industry, more coal-fired power plants have been retired in his first two years in office than in all of former President Obama’s first four-year term a decade ago.

Reports by Reuters, S&P Market Intelligence and others indicated that the pace of coal-fired closures has doubled in the past few years. In many cases, the decisions were made to close these plants before Trump took office.

Nonethless, the figures show an accelerating pace of closures despite Trump’s campaign promises to end the “Obama-era war on coal.” His administration’s Energy Department did attempt to get FERC to approve rulemaking on pricing supports for power generation with on-site fuel storage, which is basically coal and nuclear, but the regulators rejected the call.

Overall, more than 23,400 MW of coal-fired generation was shut in for the two years ending 2018, compared with 14,900 MW from 2009 to 2012, according to data from Reuters and the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

S&P Global analysis indicates that another 22.9 GW of coal-plant retirements are planned from this year through 2024.

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/pace-of-coal-fired-plant-closures-doubling-in-trump-era.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Ionut Ghiordunescu 2204BIonut Ghiordunescu 2204B, 2019/01/16 18:48

The steam unit of a combined cycle plant in Iran went online Sunday, helping pushing the facility’s overall electricity output.

The Kashan power plant is operational, with the steam unit working alongside two gas-fired units with a total capacity of 324 MW, according to reports. The steam turbine will up production capacity to as much as 484 MW.

Construction on the steam unit began in 2015 and cost about 16,500 billion rials (approximately $387 million).

Iran is working to supply more electricity within its borders but also to other countries. It currently supplies about 1,000 MW in power to Iraq, Afghistan and Pakistan, according to the Iran Daily.

The nation’s energy ministry hopes to boost overall output to 5,000 MW by this summer.

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/steam-unit-now-online-at-iranian-gtcc-plant.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Ionut Ghiordunescu 2204BIonut Ghiordunescu 2204B, 2019/01/16 18:49

The Copenhagen Wind Project is commercially operational and producing electricity under a 15-year power purchase agreement with Narragansett Electric Co.

EDF Renewables North American owns and operates the 80-MW facility in Lewis and Lewis counties of upstate New York. The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of up to 35,000 average homes.

“Through Copenhagen Wind, which was developed under a model of true local partnership, we also cemented a long-term relationship with National Grid (Narranansett’s parent firm) to supply affordable, reliable wind power to its Rhode Island customers,” Jacob Susman, vice president and head of origination at EDF Renewables, said in a statement. “The Project is yet another great example of how wind power provides an economic boost not just in the Wind Belt, but also on the coasts, through the creation of local jobs, tax revenue, and recurring landowner lease payments.”

Copenhagen Wind Project has 40 2-MW turbines manufactured by Vestas Wind Systems. Renewable Energy Systems handled the balance of plant construction, starting work in August 2017.

EDF Renewables now has 15 gigawatts of wind, solar, storage, projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. It is a division of French-based energy firm EDF.

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/edf-80-mw-wind-farm-operational-in-upstate-new-york.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+power-engineering-latest-news-rss+%28PE+-+Power+Engineering+Latest+News%29

Constantin Melania Grupa 2201BConstantin Melania Grupa 2201B, 2019/01/16 19:54

The first turbines at Alliant Energy’s newest wind farm development in Iowa are up and generating electricity, the competitive generation power producer announced via social media Monday.

Work on the English Farms Wind farm, located in Poweshiek County, began in May 2018. The 69-turbine project, when completed in March, will generate enough energy for around 60,000 homes a year, Alliant Energy reported on its Twitter feed. https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2019/01/alliant-energy-says-first-turbines-revolving-at-english-farms-wind-project.html

Cărpenaru Florin Grupa 2201BCărpenaru Florin Grupa 2201B, 2019/01/16 21:00

Microsoft co-founder and multi-billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, like many celebrities, is all about cleaning up the power generation sector to reduce carbon emissions. However, he doesn’t believe that renewables alone are the best or only way to get there.

In his annual year-end blog, Gates promised to spend more time in 2019 speaking out on the virtues of nuclear energy. He is chair of TerraPower LLC, a 10-year-old venture focused on developing new technologies to make carbon-free nuclear more economical and viable in the marketplace.

“Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change,” Gates wrote. The problems with today’s reactors, such as the risk of accidents, can be solved through innovation. The United States is uniquely suited to create these advances with its world-class scientists, entrepreneurs and investment capital.”

https://www.power-eng.com/articles/2018/12/bill-gates-champions-nuclear-energy-investment-in-year-end-blog.html

Iamandei Iulia,2203BIamandei Iulia,2203B, 2019/01/17 01:57

North America, western Europe and Asia Pacific are expected to account for nearly 90 percent of the new long-duration energy storage capacity installed globally over the next eight years.

A new report from Navigant Research found that most new projects being installed fall into the four-hour to eight-hour duration categories, with most of those served by lithium-ion batteries.

“This type of storage provides the necessary flexibility to manage dynamic resources effectively,” says Alex Eller, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Demand for long duration storage will continue to increase around the world as prices continue to decline and more ambitious targets for greenhouse gas reduction are implemented.”

Student EGStudent EG, 2019/01/17 09:20

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest electric utility says it will not disconnect the power of federal employees who are behind on their bills.

Public Service Co. of New Mexico made the announcement Thursday as the partial government shutdown continued.

The vice president of PNM customer service operations, Becky Teague, says the utility believes it's important to help federal employees during what she called an uncertain time.

Employees who are behind on their electricity bills just need to provide PNM with a copy of their furlough letter. Those who aren't behind but still need assistance are urged to call the utility to find out what help might be available.

Federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of Energy and the Interior Department employ many workers in New Mexico.

Student EGStudent EG, 2019/01/17 09:23

Microsoft co-founder and multi-billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, like many celebrities, is all about cleaning up the power generation sector to reduce carbon emissions. However, he doesn’t believe that renewables alone are the best or only way to get there.

In his annual year-end blog, Gates promised to spend more time in 2019 speaking out on the virtues of nuclear energy. He is chair of TerraPower LLC, a 10-year-old venture focused on developing new technologies to make carbon-free nuclear more economical and viable in the marketplace.

“Nuclear is ideal for dealing with climate change,” Gates wrote. The problems with today’s reactors, such as the risk of accidents, can be solved through innovation. The United States is uniquely suited to create these advances with its world-class scientists, entrepreneurs and investment capital.”

Student EGStudent EG, 2019/01/17 09:23

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. installed a carbon dioxide capture unit at Nippon Ekitan Corporation's Mizushima Plant in Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture in Japan.

The new unit offers a recovery capacity of 283 metric tons per day. It will capture CO2 from Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation's Mizushima Plant and feed it to Nippon Ekitan's new liquefied carbonic acid gas production facility.

MHI licensed its CO2 capture technology to Mitsubishi Chemical Engineering Corporation, which handles engineering, procurement and construction of the new liquefied carbonic acid gas production facilities. MHI oversaw the basic design of the CO2 capture unit and supplied its core components.

Nippon Ekitan mainly purchases high-concentration carbonic acid gas from petrochemical firms, ammonia manufacturers, and other producers, liquefies and refines it, and then markets it as liquefied carbonic acid gas and dry ice.

This new liquefied carbonic acid gas production facility uses an absorption solvent to separate and capture CO2 from low-concentration carbonic acid gas from Mitsubishi Chemical's Mizushima Plant, where Nippon Ekitan's Mizushima Plant is located, to produce high-quality liquefied carbonic acid gas.

MHI's CO2 capture technology, which utilizes the KM CDR Process, uses an advanced absorption solvent jointly developed with Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. to achieve significant reductions in energy consumption compared with earlier methods. Since 1999 this technology has been adopted at 12 plants worldwide, capturing CO2 from the flue gas of boilers fired by coal or natural gas.

In addition to the production of liquefied carbonic acid gas and dry ice, MHI's CO2 capture technology can be employed for a wide range of uses, including chemical applications such as production of urea, methanol and dimethyl ether, capture and storage of CO2 emitted by thermal power plants and other facilities, and enhanced oil recovery, a method of increasing crude oil production by injecting CO2 into oil reservoirs.

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Student EGStudent EG, 2019/01/17 09:25

Federal officials such as President Trump and Energy Secretary Rick Perry have brought up fuel security as a key issue for the nation’s power grid, though perhaps for political reasons.

The nation’s system operators, however, are tasked with the real job of keeping the grid humming even under extreme circumstances and with whatever fuel mix available to them. The challenge is different for each independent system operator and regional transmission operator, depending on those variables.

The PJM Interconnection, which handles electricity flow for much of the eastern U.S. grid, released its findings on a stress test looking five years into the future. The what it’s included extreme weather for an extended period, delivery disruptions and plant retirements for such generation resources as coal and nuclear

Pace of Coal-Fired Plant Closures Doubling in Trump Era Despite President Trump’s vow to revive the coal industry, more coal-fired power plants have been retired in his first two years in office than in all of former President Obama’s first four-year term a decade ago.

Reports by Reuters, S&P Market Intelligence and others indicated that the pace of coal-fired closures has doubled in the past few years. In many cases, the decisions were made to close these plants before Trump took office.

Nonethless, the figures show an accelerating pace of closures despite Trump’s campaign promises to end the “Obama-era war on coal.” His administration’s Energy Department did attempt to get FERC to approve rulemaking on pricing supports for power generation with on-site fuel storage, which is basically coal and nuclear, but the regulators rejected the call.

Overall, more than 23,400 MW of coal-fired generation was shut in for the two years ending 2018, compared with 14,900 MW from 2009 to 2012, according to data from Reuters and the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

S&P Global analysis indicates that another 22.9 GW of coal-plant retirements are planned from this year through 2024.

Ferecatu Andrei 2204BFerecatu Andrei 2204B, 2019/01/17 16:19

World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine Prototype To Be Installed In Rotterdam

The turbine is designed to capture offshore wind and turn it into electricity, however, the Haliade-X 12 MW prototype will be installed onshore to facilitate access for testing. During the initial period of operations, it will allow GE to collect data needed to obtain a Type Certificate, a key step in commercializing the product in 2021, said the company.

The prototype is part of the $400 (€320) million investment in the Haliade-X development announced by GE last March. The company aims to help reduce offshore wind's cost of energy in order to make it a more competitive source of clean, renewable energy.

Site preparation has begun in Rotterdam. The nacelle of the Haliade-X 12MW prototype will be assembled in Saint-Nazaire (France), while the three 107 meter-long LM Wind Power blades will be manufactured in Cherbourg (France), and the tower sections will be produced in Seville (Spain). All components will be shipped to Rotterdam, where pre-assembly work and installation will take place.

Serban Denisa-AndreeaSerban Denisa-Andreea, 2019/01/17 17:58

Nonethless, the figures show an accelerating pace of closures despite Trump’s campaign promises to end the “Obama-era war on coal.” His administration’s Energy Department did attempt to get FERC to approve rulemaking on pricing supports for power generation with on-site fuel storage, which is basically coal and nuclear, but the regulators rejected the call.

http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/power-engineering-latest-news-rss/~3/Tfu4Z4G1sic/psc-of-new-mexico-won-t-shut-off-power-on-federal-workers-during-shutdown.html The vice president of PNM customer service operations, Becky Teague, says the utility believes it's important to help federal employees during what she called an uncertain time.

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