Monthly Archives: noviembre 2013

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Gas Natural Fenosa’s Managing Director of Energy for Retail Businesses, Daniel López Jordà, and the Vice-President of Governmental and institutional relations for SEAT and the Volkswagen Group in Spain, Ramón Paredes, signed a strategic deal to develop and strengthen the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in the automotive area in Spain, in the next few years.The agreement will enable both companies to confer value on their leadership in this sector, consolidate their respective positions in the Natural Gas Vehicle market and strengthen the use of CNG among companies and individuals as an alternative fuel in the mobility segment.
Among the initiatives agreed on, the companies will study taking part together in projects to do with promoting CNG in corporate vehicle fleets and private individuals. They will also work to use SEAT vehicles fuelled by CNG in Gas Natural Fenosa’s vehicle fleet, as well as those of the companies with which they work.
Furthermore, the energy and automotive companies will jointly analyse the installation of public access CNG charging points in those car dealerships they consider helpful in promoting this type of fuel.
Finally, both firms will work on research and development into sustainable sources of natural gas and into the technical implications that may arise in the car company’s engines.
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SEAT currently has two vehicles that are fuelled by compressed natural gas. The Mii Ecofuel, at 79 g/km is the mass produced vehicle with the lowest emissions in the history of the company and is beating sales forecasts in markets such as Italy, where CNG technology is well entrenched.
At the beginning of 2014, the new León 1.4 TGI arrives, Seat’s incursion into CNG. With very low consumption figures and the lower fuel price it is one of the cheapest vehicles on the market.

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Elecnor, through its Enerfín wind energy unit, has brought the L’Érable wind farm in Quebec (Canada) on stream after completing 100% of the infrastructure. For an investment of EUR 260 million, this is Elecnor’s first wind farm in Canada. More than 1,200 professionals worked on the various stages of construction.
Located between Montreal and Quebec, the wind farm has 100 MW of capacity through 50 wind turbine generators of 2 MW each. State-of-the-art Enercon technology increases the efficiency and useful life of the facilities, while reducing the environmental impact. The farm will power some 30,000 households and prevent the emission of 75,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.
The L‘Érable project was awarded by Hydro PPA Québec, a public energy generation and transmission company, with which it has signed a 20-year PPA. Enerfín is in charge of overall operation of the farm and maintenance of the wind turbine generators, while Hydro Québec will oversee distribution of the power produced.
Funding for L’Érable was completed in May last year through a syndicated loan subscribed in full by Canadian banks.
Early this year, the Euromoney Group’s Project Finance Magazine gave the L’Érable’s wind farm financing project the “North American Wind Deal of the Year” award. This international award recognises, inter alia, this project’s innovation, best practices, risk mitigation and value for money.

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RWE Innogy has reviewed the Atlantic Array Project and the Round 3 Bristol Channel Zone. In comparison with other opportunities in the UK offshore wind portfolio, and in light of the significant technical challenges specific to the zone, identified from intensive research, at the current time, it is not viable for RWE to continue with development in the Bristol Channel Zone.
As the offshore wind industry develops over the next decade and on the back of more viable technologies being demonstrated, expected innovation and cost reduction may in the future open up opportunities in the more challenging areas, such as in the Bristol Channel.
The Crown Estate has agreed to RWE Innogy’s request to terminate the agreement for the Bristol Channel Zone, allowing RWE Innogy to stop its development activities in the Zone, and to surrender the option for the Atlantic Array project, thereby removing RWE Innogy’s seabed rights.

Paul Cowling, Director of Offshore Wind at RWE Innogy, said: “This is not a decision we have taken lightly, however given the technological challenges and market conditions, now is not the right time for RWE to continue to progress with this project. We will continue to focus on the other less technically challenging offshore projects within our extensive offshore pipeline of up to 5.2GW. Offshore wind remains one of the strategic objectives for RWE and the UK has a major role to play within our portfolio. We are looking forward to the completion of Gwynt-Y-Mor next year. At 576 MW this will become the second largest operating offshore wind farm in the world.”
Speaking on behalf of The Crown Estate, Huub den Rooijen, Head of Offshore Wind said: “Now that the industry has been developing projects for a number of years, there is a much deeper understanding of the characteristics of successful projects and we will see further attrition in the time to come. Paradoxically, this is a positive development because it provides greater clarity to key stakeholders such as supply chain and consenting bodies, and brings greater focus to the investment opportunities.”
Paul Cowling added: “We are very grateful for the support we have received from the many interested parties involved in helping us to develop the Atlantic Array project, however the commercial reality means that in the current market conditions, overcoming the technical challenges within The Bristol Channel Zone would be uneconomic for RWE at this time.”

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With this acquisition TSK strengthens its technological leadership at a global level in the solar thermal sector, in an area that Flagsol has pioneered in the design and construction of these type of plants, having since its inception been at the forefront of this technology and an international benchmark in this sector.
The projects carried out by Flagsol. in combination with those which have been executed by TSK and with the addition of those which it is currently building in Morocco and South Africa, of 160 MW and 50 MW respectively, transform the Gijon based company into the global leader in this type of technology.

It is likewise important to highlight that Flagsol has developed the first hybrid plant in the world which combines solar energy with a natural gas powered combined cycle. The Kuraymat power plant in Egypt has a total power output of 150 megawatts, which are generated by the hybridization of solar radiation and natural gas. The hybrid plant can operate without interruption, enabling the supply of electric power to be maintained for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The first facility of this type in Egypt demonstrates that more and more countries outside of Europe are committed to a supply of renewable energy. Thanks to its elevated levels of solar radiation, the MENA region (Mediterranean and North Africa) is ideal for solar thermal power plants and it is clearly currently becoming an area of rich potential for this technology. In addition to Egypt, Morocco and Algeria both possess operational hybrid power plants.
With this operation TSK positions itself in an enviable position in order to compete in the ambitious solar power plans announced by countries such as Saudi Arabia, which intends to construct 30,000 MW by the year 2030, or those of Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, among others, who are also making a firm commitment to solar power.
Flagsol is not the first German technology firm to be acquired by TSK, as in 1995 it acquired PHB Weserhütte, another German company with proprietary technology in the design and supply of facilities for the handling of minerals.

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Alstom has just completed this week-end the at sea installation of its new-generation offshore wind turbine, the 6-MW Haliade™ 150, off Ostend harbour at the Belwind offshore wind farm in Belgium. This is the largest offshore wind turbine ever installed in sea waters. Thanks to its 150-metre rotor (with blades stretching 73.50 metre), the wind turbine is more efficient since its yield is 15% better than existing offshore turbines, enabling it to supply power to the equivalent of about 5,000 households.
Following successful tests performed on the first Haliade 150 commissioned in March 2012 at Le Carnet site in France, which successfully obtained in May 2013 the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) power performance measurement (power curve[1]), this installation will help in confirming how the machine behaves within the offshore environment for which it was specifically designed and developed.
The 61-metre jacket has been set on top of pillars which have been sunk to a depth exceeding 60 metres. Then the 3 elements of the 78-metre tower were gradually assembled on the jacket. In all, the nacelle towers at a height of over 100 metres above sea level. The overall weight of the turbine and its structure totals 1,500 tonnes.
This new-generation wind turbine operates without a gearbox (using direct drive). Thanks to a permanent-magnet generator, there are less mechanical parts inside the device, making it more reliable and thus helping to reduce operating and maintenance costs. Lastly, the Haliade 150 features Alstom’s PURE TORQUE® design, which protects the generator by diverting unwanted mechanical stress towards the tower, thereby optimising performance.
Now that it has installed this wind turbine in sea waters, Alstom has reached an important milestone in the industrialisation process of its 6-MW turbine. For its part, the Carnet wind turbine should be securing its final certification during the first half of 2014. The construction of the two factories in Saint-Nazaire (nacelles and generator) is well underway, and will end around summer 2014. The construction of the two Cherbourg factories (blades and towers) will follow.

Responding to the current climate and economic challenges, the Bulgarian capital Sofia will host again the 10th edition of the Exhibition and Forum on Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Smart Citiesfor South-East Europe from 5th to 7th March 2014.
The event will boost the business between international and local industry players, as well as will underline the significant role of renewables in energy independence and CO2 reduction. How will the countries from the Region develop their utilization in order to meet the tomorrow’s commitments? They started the process of diversification of the energy mix,update their national legislationand invest in intelligent urban infrastructure.

CINK Hydro, Global Hydro Energy, Landis+Gyr, CPM Europe BV, International Power Supply, Costruzioni Nazzareno, Polytechnik, Elprom Trafo CH, Clicko and Leader Light are among the exhibitors.
The 2014 highlights are the Austrian Pavilion and the Austria Showcase where the national know-how will be promoted.
The lineup of highly accomplished speakers from the European Renewable Energies Federation, Euroheat & Power, World Alliance for Decentralized Energy, Buildings Performance Institute Europe, etc. will provide the attendees with key updates on related legislative and technology issues.
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At the Annual Assembly of the Spanish Cogeneration Association, ACOGEN, its Chair José Manuel Collados stated: “industry cannot be ignored in energy policy, because the competitivity of a thousand Spanish industries which manufacture their products using CHP depend to a large degree on their energy costs; these are manufacturing industries which export, generate wealth and support jobs, which must be considered when developing the electricity reform. Industry is the real economy; you must keep that top of mind”.
The Managing Director, Javier Rodríguez, reiterated this idea, pointing out that “Acogen expects the developments of the reform to restore the future of CHP and succeed in turning round the borderline situation in which many industries in strategic sectors find themselves”.

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Agder Energi has awarded Alstom a contract worth 18 million euros to extend the Iveland hydropower plant in Norway. The contract includes the project engineering, supply and installation of main inlet valves, a vertical Francis turbine, alternator, control systems and other equipment..
Through this project, the Iveland II plant (in the municipality of Iveland, in southern Norway) will receive 50 MW of additional power, generating approximately 150 GWh, equivalent to the amount of energy needed to supply a population of 30,000.
The Alstom Hydro facilities in Galindo (Vizcaya, Spain) and Cornella (Barcelona, Spain) will be in charge of the engineering as well as the supply of the generation equipment. In recent years, Alstom in Spain has participated in the construction of more than 9 hydropower plants in Norway, thus providing generation equipment for a total installed capacity of nearly 300 MW.
For the Alstom Hydro teams in Spain, this is the sixth international contract awarded so far this year. In recent months the Alstom factories dedicated to hydropower in Spain have taken on the engineering and supply of equipment for three other plants in Turkey, two in Albania and this one in Norway.
Specialized in small to medium output size power hydroelectric projects, the Spanish Alstom Hydro facilities destined 90% of production to export projects, mainly in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. With over 100 years of experience, Alstom is the world’s leading equipment manufacturer for hydro power plants. Globally, one in four hydroelectric power stations is equipped with Alstom’s technology.
In Spain, the first reference dates back to 1906 with the commissioning of the Zumarresta Dam, owned by Iberdrola. Since then, Alstom has installed in Spain, 300 hydroelectric turbines and 2,000 generators with a total installed capacity of 7 GW, 40% of the total Spanish hydropower capacity.

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Alstom Grid displays its latest generation of T155 gas-insulated substation (GIS) at the 2013 GCC Power in Abu Dhabi, taking place from 18 to 20 November. The T155 is designed to meet the future challenges of electrical grids up to 420 kV, 63 kA, 5000/6300A. All applications are ideally covered: power generation, transmission and heavy industry.
The substation, which is 40% more compact than its previous version, has a reduced footprint, and is easier to access at ground level. The reduced size is mainly due to the single-chamber circuit-breaker that requires less energy to operate, reliably provided by a pure spring drive. The bays are assembled and tested in factory for the most stringent quality checks, easier transport and erection times are reduced by 30%.

With this product, Alstom sets the world benchmark in digital substations. Embedded digital monitoring and control functions communicate via the IEC 61850 protocol, making the solutions fully digital with all the benefits that this entails: interoperability, ease of configuration, reliability, availability, real-time operation, enhanced communications capabilities and reduced costs of ownership. All the asset health data is collected through the monitoring and can be compiled and analysed becoming a key part of the decision making when maintaining or replacing equipment.

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Alstom has recently joined the Smart City Council (SCC) based in the United States, as Lead Partner. As a worldwide market leader in IT systems and solutions for energy management, Alstom brings its expertise to accelerate the transition to smart and sustainable cities. Smart City Council is an advisor and market accelerator, promoting the move to smart, sustainable cities. The smart city market prospective has significant growth in the short term. A forecast by ABI Research predicts the market to reach at least $39.5 billion by 2018. Pike Research, on the other hand, forecasts that investment in this key technology infrastructure could total up to $108 billion between 2010 and 2020.

SCC has just released the Readiness Guide at the Smart Cities Exhibition (SMART CITY EXPO 2013) in Barcelona. This guide is the first comprehensive vendor-neutral smart city handbook for city leaders and planners, designed with input from leading smart city and urban planning experts. The guide covers economic development, energy, telecommunications, transportation, public safety, and water and wastewater barriers.

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