Monthly Archives: June 2014

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Iberdrola Ingeniería and Oceantec held a demonstration on the results of the UHINDAR project, a flagship R&D initiative to create a generation system for harnessing energy from waves.
The presentation on this €8.5 million project included a comprehensive demonstration on the functioning of the new wave converter, which is based on an oscillating water column system and was exposed to waves of varying intensities.
The tests were performed on a 1:20 scale prototype, which is due to be tested off the Basque coast in the summer of 2015, at the BIMEP (Bilbao Marine Energy Platform) facilities. The entire development is geared towards the creation of new systems for offshore wave power farms.
The demonstration took place this morning at the facilities of the El Pardo Hydrodynamic Experimentation Canal (CEHIPAR) in Madrid. This centre of research seconded to the Spanish Ministry of Defence is one of the best equipped in Europe for simulating renewable infrastructure in extreme offshore conditions.


The event was attended by the Director of Innovation in IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA, Luis Malumbres; the Managing Director of OCEANTEC, José Luis Aguiriano; the Director of Technology at OCEANTEC, Martin Ojanguren, and the Director of the CEHIPAR centre, Emilio Fajardo.
The UHINDAR project is headed by IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA, with the participation of Basque firms Oceantec Energías Marinas, Ingeteam Power Technology, Itsaskorda, Jema Energy, Obeki Electric Machines, Vicinay Cadenas and Corporacion Zigor.
The initiative is partially funded by the Etorgai grant scheme launched by the Basque Country Government, via the SPRI Group (a company seconded to the Basque Department of Industry, Innovation, Trade and Tourism) to promote integrated industrial research projects.
Etorgai is enabling industrial projects in strategic sectors and boosting collaboration between the public and private sectors on research, technological development and innovation. The ultimate goal is to exert a pull effect on the economy of the Basque Country, by promoting the participation of SMEs and access to the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for R&D.
IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA is one of the most international companies in its sector, with operations in about thirty countries. The main activity of this subsidiary is the completion of turnkey projects, for other companies in the Group and for third parties, in the areas of generation, nuclear energy, networks and renewable energies. This subsidiary of IBERDROLA has already performed other tests at the CEHIPAR centre as part of various other research projects in which it is involved, such as Ocean Lider and Flottek.
OCEANTEC is a company that is entirely focused on creating its own proprietary technology for the purpose of harnessing wave power. It is now engaged in its second development, which is based on the concept of an oscillating water column for use in offshore applications. Oceantec was set up in the year 2006 as a spin-off based on a technological concept developed in Tecnalia. It was incorporated in 2008 with the support of the Perseo investment fund. In the year 2012 it was acknowledged as the most innovative project in the field of new technologies by the Cinco Días newspaper.

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Acciona and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. LP (together with its affiliates, “KKR”), a leading global investment firm, today announced a partnership to consolidate and develop one of the largest operating international renewable energy portfolios in the world.
Under the agreement, KKR will invest in ACCIONA Energía International (AEI), the international renewable energy generation business of ACCIONA Energía, the Spanish multinational’s energy division. KKR is making the investment from its global infrastructure fund.
KKR is acquiring a one-third stake in AEI at a price of €417m and will help to fund future growth of the renewables portfolio. ACCIONA Energía will retain the remaining two-thirds of AEI.


AEI will hold ACCIONA Energía’s operating renewable assets outside Spain, comprising 2.3 GW in 14 countries, including US, Mexico, Australia, Italy, Portugal and South Africa, that will generate an estimated cash flow of €120m distributable to the partners. Most of the portfolio is comprised of wind farms, with a small number of solar (photovoltaic and thermal) assets.
The investment gives an implied enterprise value to AEI of €2.6bn, including €1.3bn in equity and €1.3bn in net debt, making this one the world’s largest financial transactions in the renewable energy sector to date.
ACCIONA Energía will operate AEI’s assets for 20 years under a management agreement. ACCIONA Energía will also give AEI a Right of First Offer on future renewable energy projects it develops within AEI’s operational territory. ACCIONA Energía has a strong pipeline that can be accelerated through this partnership.
The agreement is expected to be closed before the end of the year.
The intention of both partners is to promote an international IPO through a YieldCo vehicle that will hold all or part of the assets of AEI. The agreement includes an earn-out consideration of an additional purchase price up to €50m based on the outcome of YieldCo’s public offering.

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Gamesa has reached a new agreement with the Uruguayan firm Astidey for the turnkey construction of a 50 MW wind farm in Uruguay.
Under the terms of the agreement, Gamesa will supply, transport, install and commission 25 G97-2.0 MW turbines at the Talas de Maciel I wind farm, located in the Department of Flores. The agreement also encompasses operation and maintenance of the facility for 20 years. The turbines are slated for delivery over the course of 2014 and the project is expected to be fully commissioned by mid next year. To date, Gamesa has installed 100 MW in Uruguay and, with this new contract, the company has agreements to supply another 150 MW.


Gamesa is also present in other Latin American markets, including Mexico, Honduras, Argentina and Costa Rica, where it has installed more than 1,900 MW of turbines. The region accounted for 49% of total the company’s 2013 revenue.
Funded by Export-Import Bank of the US
Financing for the project is sponsored by the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States. Gamesa has a strong track record of Latin American projects that involve Ex-Im Bank financing, having supplied and constructed multiple projects in this region.
This year, Gamesa was named exporter of the year in the renewable energy category by Ex-Im Bank. This is the second time the company has received this award, having won it in for the first time in 2011.

Leonardo Rodríguez Beltrán, Assistant Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition within the Ministry of Energy (SENER), announced that with the support of the World Bank (WB), diagnoses will be made ​​in one city in each state of the Republic of Mexico. This will provide opportunities to harness the energy in a sustainable manner in areas such as public lighting, pumping equipment in water systems and sanitation and municipal buildings, above all.
Undersecretary Beltrán explained that these studies were conducted through the TRACE programme, a tool developed by the WB’s Assistance Programme for Energy Sector Management (ESMAP) to help cities to quickly identify energy efficiency opportunities.


TRACE includes a module for benchmarking energy, based on 28 performance indicators covering six knowledge areas: public lighting, water and sanitation, municipal buildings, transport, waste management, as well as electricity and heating, which compares a city ​​with other similar ones, plus a module that identifies priority sectors with the greatest potential for energy efficiency, and a module that provides recommendations for specific action in the field.
For his part, the Director General of Energy Efficiency and Technological Innovation in SENER and the Chairman of the Policy Committee for the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation 2014-2016, Santiaga Creuheras, said that like other countries, Mexico has great potential for innovative measures to achieve more rational use of the energy they consume, as well as diversifying primary sources.

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East Anglia One Offshore Wind, a 50-50 joint venture between Iberdrola’s subsidiary ScottishPower Renewables and Vattenfall, has received consent from the UK Department for Energy & Climate Change.
With 1,200 MW capacity, the project will be located off the coast of East Anglia (in the waters of North Sea) and will become one of the world’s largest.
The development is Iberdrola’s most ambitious renewable energy project thus far and is also the first in England and Wales to be approved from the Crown Estate’s Round Three Process.
The planning consent allows for the installation of up to 240 wind turbines across an area of 300km2 in the southern North Sea.


The project contemplates construction of five offshore substations to collect the electricity from the turbines and transfer to the shore via four seabed export cables, each around 73km in length. A new onshore converter station adjacent to the existing substation at Bramford, Suffolk, will be built to connect the offshore wind farm to the National Grid.
The project could power the annual electricity demands of around 820,000 homes and during its construction phase it could support up to 2,700 jobs across the UK, of which 1,600 jobs will be in the East Anglia region alone, adding over £500m to the regional economy.
Following a final investment decision, it is anticipated that onshore construction could begin in 2017, with offshore work starting in 2018 and first power generation achieved in 2019.
For three years, Iberdrola and Vattenfall have been working with stakeholders and East Anglian communities to realise the full potential of the project.

Mexico is to hold the Chair of the Policy Committee within the International Partnership for Energy Efficiency Cooperation (IPEEC) from 2014 to 2016, after being elected unanimously.
The IPEEC is an autonomous intergovernmental organization that works through working parties to design and implement technical programmes. The Working Parties and related initiatives aim to facilitate the adoption of policies and practices that enable energy saving in the member countries and are funded directly by them. It also supports them in sharing innovative practices in the field, so that decision-making has more information behind it.


On the renewal of the Committee held in Mexico City, the Mexican delegation, composed of the Secretary for Energy (SENER) and the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE), took over responsibility from the previous Canadian presidency, along with the following Vice presidents: China, United States, India, Italy and Japan, whose leadership in this area internationally was underlined.
The Chair of the IPEEC Committee will be held by SENER’s Director General of Energy Efficiency and Technological Innovation, Santiago Creuheras Diaz.
The Assistant Secretary for Energy Planning and Transition, Leonardo Beltran Rodriguez, acknowledged the work of this organization, emphasizing that energy transition was a priority in Mexico. He also thanked the participating countries for their support and commitment to saving energy. Kicking off events for this presidency, the International Conference on Energy Efficiency in Cities was held, at the same time announcing the programme to assess energy use in one city in each Mexican state.

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Our special report focusing on Energy Efficiency in the Hotel Sector, is published as a Special Edition of FuturENERGY in June 2014.

It was distributed to speakers and attendees at eeST 2014, I Congress on efficiency and sustanainability in the tourism sector (Palma de Mallorca, 17-18 June), and at one conference of the conference cycle, organised by ITH, I Conference on Energy Efficiency in Tourism Establishments (Vigo, Pontevedra, 12 June).

This special report includes the following:

Sustainable hotels: the client factor
Energy efficiency in the spanish hotel sector
Energy efficiency project financing in the hotel sector
Products
Case studies

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As part of a Department of Energy Smart Grid Demonstration Project, Alstom has been awarded a contract to deliver Demand Response Management System (DRMS) to Con Edison. Con Edison provides electric service to 3.3 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. Alstom’s DRMS, based on its e-terraDRBizNet 3.0 technology, will allow Con Edison to efficiently use consumer loads to manage energy supply and demand, with incentives offered to electricity customers to reduce consumption during periods of peak distribution system demand – such as hot summer days, or to alleviate stress on the distribution system. This demand response management system optimizes existing energy available and paves the way to a reliable grid.
In 2013, with more than 8,300,000 square feet of office space under construction, New York City was one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. Con Edison has 94,000 miles of underground electric cables, plus another 34,000 miles of overhead wires to serve its customers. As utilities strive to minimize the ongoing extension of infrastructure and optimize existing assets, Alstom’s e-terraDRBizNet 3.0 provides the digital intelligence to make fast decisions to compensate energy flow.


“Con Edison needed a robust, open, comprehensive and scalable solution to manage our growing Demand Response activities and data within a single platform. Alstom’s DRMS will help streamline our business processes, and efficiently manage and optimize our growing Demand Response portfolio,” said Andre Wellington, Project Manager from Con Edison.
“Alstom’s DRMS manages the largest demand response portfolio in the world. Today, our e-terraDRBizNet solution enables more than 10,000 MW of demand response, representing over 1,000,000 end-use residential customers and over 10,000 commercial and industrial customers. We welcome Con Edison to our expanding and diverse customer base of utilities, aggregators and Regional Transmission Operators around the world,” said Karim El Naggar, Vice President of Alstom Grid’s Network Management Solutions.
Alstom’s DRMS is a system that integrates residential, commercial and industrial Demand Response programs and device technologies; it can be used from small pilot deployments, such as handling new, initial automated demand response programs, to large industrial-grade DRMS needs, such as efficiently calling on a large complex portfolio of energy resources to address surging demand. The DRMS forecasts available load curtailment capacity. In some utility installations it has been deployed with the capability to send signals for automatic load control to aggregators or directly to devices such as air conditioners or water heaters, thus optimizing the use of electricity. It then calculates customers’ normal electricity usage as a baseline, and then compares actual reduced usage to measure performance.

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Siemens Energy and its consortium partner Samsung C&T have successfully designed, erected and commissioned the PLP combined-cycle power plant (CCPP) on Jurong Island in Singapore on a full turnkey basis within contractual conditions. Owner of the plant is Pacific Light Power Pte. Ltd. (PLP). With an installed electrical generating capacity of approximately 800 megawatts, an efficiency of over 58 percent (based on site conditions), and great flexibility, the two new power plant units will make an ecofriendly contribution toward meeting the country’s significant rise in demand for reliable power. PLP’s new plant is one of the most efficient operating units in the Singapore power market today, and the first in Singapore to be completely fuelled by liquefied natural gas from the new terminal. The units can also be operated with piped natural gas and fuel oil as back-up.


Siemens and its consortium partner were responsible for full erection and commissioning the power plant. This power plant topped the contractually guaranteed figures for power output, NOx and CO2 emissions. The execution also set a new benchmark in Singapore in terms of health and safety, and consequently has received the SHARP Award from Singapore’s Workplace Safety and Health Council (WSH).
“PLP is delighted to announce the successful completion of its facility on Jurong Island. This significant milestone was achieved through the partnership we have with our contractor Siemens/Samsung and the strong support from the banking community and various government agencies,” commented Yu Tat Ming, CEO of PacificLight Power.

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The walls of Tesla patents have been removed, in the spirit of the open source movement, for the advancement of electric vehicle technology.
Tesla CEO, Elon Musk said: “Tesla Motors was created to accelerate the advent of sustainable transport. If we clear a path to the creation of compelling electric vehicles, but then lay intellectual property landmines behind us to inhibit others, we are acting in a manner contrary to that goal. Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology”.
“When I started out with my first company, Zip2, I thought patents were a good thing and worked hard to obtain them. And maybe they were good long ago, but too often these days they serve merely to stifle progress, entrench the positions of giant corporations and enrich those in the legal profession, rather than the actual inventors. After Zip2, when I realized that receiving a patent really just meant that you bought a lottery ticket to a lawsuit, I avoided them whenever possible”.


They felt compelled to create patents out of concern that the big car companies would copy their technology and then use their massive manufacturing, sales and marketing power to overwhelm Tesla, but they realized that reality was the opposite: electric car programs (or programs for any vehicle that doesn’t burn hydrocarbons) at the major manufacturers are small to non-existent, constituting an average of far less than 1% of their total vehicle sales.
Given that annual new vehicle production is approaching 100 million per year and the global fleet is approximately 2 billion cars, it is impossible for Tesla to build electric cars fast enough to address the carbon crisis. By the same token, it means the market is enormous. They consider that their true competition is not the small trickle of non-Tesla electric cars being produced, but rather the enormous flood of gasoline cars pouring out of the world’s factories every day.
“We believe that Tesla, other companies making electric cars, and the world would all benefit from a common, rapidly-evolving technology platform”, affirmed Musk.

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