Monthly Archives: mayo 2014

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Acciona se adjudica la central eléctrica de Baja California V

Acciona has been awarded a €77 million ($107 million) contract by Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to design, procure, build and commission a 46.8MW thermal power station in the state of Baja California Sur.
The plant, called Baja California V, will be located in La Paz, the state capital and will be brought into service in June 2016.

The thermal power plant will make use of residual fuel oil to generate electricity from internal combustion motors. The technology re-uses oil residues in order to optimize the crude oil cycle and minimize its environmental impact in a region of great ecological value like the Baja California peninsula.

The power plant will meet the state’s energy efficiency goals by complying with the World Bank’s international emissions standards. To contribute to this end, ACCIONA has designed and will install an innovative NOX (nitrogen oxide) Emissions Reduction System to mitigate the power plant’s impact on the environment.

The Baja California Sur thermal power complex already has four phases in operation. ACCIONA designed and built Phase III, which entered into operation at the end of 2012, and has now been awarded the contract for an additional 46:8MW of power in Phase V. The new plant will supply electricity to La Paz and nearby tourist resorts. Its output will be sufficient to meet the demand of 200,000 people. ACCIONA has a strong track record in building energy infrastructure to meet Mexico’s growing demand.

In addition to the two thermal power stations in Baja California Sur, ACCIONA is the largest producer of renewable energy in Mexico with 556.5MW, or 28% of the total installed wind capacity in the country at the end of 2013. ACCIONA recently won a contract to build two wind farms totaling 252MW, which will be supplied with ACCIONA Windpower turbines, in the state of Nuevo Leon. The wind farms are for a group of investors led by Blackstone, the US investment group, and Cemex, the largest cement producer in the Americas.ACCIONA also installed a state-of-the-art 135 MW Natural Gas Turbine Plant for the CFE in January 2014, which is now in operation.

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Inversores de Ingeteam en una instalación híbrida diésel-FV en las islas Galápagos

Ingeteam’s photovoltaic inverters have now been installed in the power supply system for the airport at Baltra, one of the Galapagos islands in Ecuador. Until now, the electricity supply to the main airport for the Ecuadorian archipelago was exclusively from two diesel generators, which generated 1200 GWh/year. The solar plant has now been operating since 13th October 2013.

Thanks to this PV system, more than 141 GWh/year of renewable solar energy is produced, thereby considerably reducing fuel consumption and achieving savings of up to 12% on fuel expenditure.

The 18 kWp PV system is equipped with 352 solar panels and three INGECON SUN 25 U Ingeteam inverters. These inverters have been specifically designed to comply with the American UL1741 regulations, are suitable for outdoor installation (NEMA 3R/IP54) and achieve a maximum efficiency of 96.1%, despite having a galvanic isolation transformer.

To date, Ingeteam has supplied more than 27.5 GW in power converters in the global market for renewable energies.

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Iberdrola Ingeniería y Vattenfall ponen la primera piedra de la central de ciclo combinado de Lichterfelde

Iberdrola Engineering and Swedish company Vattenfall held the groundbreaking ceremony of the new Lichterfelde combined cycle plant in Berlin.The new generation facility will provide electricity, hot water and heating to the city of Berlin and will boast 300 megawatts (MW) of electric power and 225 MW of thermal power.

The event, which was held at the construction site, was attended by the CEO of Iberdrola Engineering, Federico de la Hoz, the Vattenfall vice-chairman for the Continental Region and the United Kingdom, Tuomo Hatakka, and the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit.

Lichterfelde, a project commissioned by Vattenfall, involves the construction of a state-of-the-art combined cycle plant to replace a thermal plant existing at the same site that has been operating since 1974 and has now reached the end of its life-time.

The new generation facility will provide electricity, hot water and heating to the city of Berlin and will boast 300 megawatts (MW) of electric power and 225 MW of thermal power.

Iberdrola Engineering is building this German power plant under a turnkey contract after being awarded a project worth several hundred million euros.

Lichterfelde will be located south of Berlin and the Iberdrola Group subsidiary will be in charge of the entire project, including the design, purchase of equipment, construction and assembly of the plant. The Company has already begun pile work and installed its temporary site offices with the deployment of staff in charge of construction.

This initiative is the result of the agreement reached by the city of Berlin and Vattenfall to upgrade the company’s plants in the German capital, using state-of-the-arts technology to reduce emissions.

The award of this infrastructure underlines Iberdrola Engineering’s leadership in energy generation projects, in the most demanding markets and in competition with other top-level European companies, and consolidates its position as one of the leading energy engineering company with operations in more than 30 countries.

The Company, which in recent years has built combined cycle plants in countries as diverse as Spain, Algeria, Qatar and Mexico, specialises in the execution of turnkey projects for other Iberdrola Group companies and also for third parties in the generation, nuclear power, energy networks and renewable energy areas.

Iberdrola Ingeniería está llevando a cabo esta central alemana a través de un contrato llave en mano, tras resultar ganadora de un concurso internacional valorado en varios cientos de millones de euros.

Lichterfelde se ubicará en el sur de Berlín y la filial del Grupo Iberdrola se hará cargo de todo el desarrollo del proyecto, lo que incluye el diseño, compra de equipos, construcción y montaje de la planta. En estos momentos, la Compañía ya ha comenzado los trabajos de pilotaje y ha instalado sus oficinas temporales, desplazando al personal encargado de la construcción.

Esta iniciativa surge del acuerdo alcanzado entre la ciudad de Berlín y Vattenfall para impulsar la modernización de las plantas que esta empresa tiene en la capital germana, sustituyéndolas por otras de última generación, con el principal objetivo de reducir las emisiones al medio ambiente.

La adjudicación de esta infraestructura pone de manifiesto el liderazgo de Iberdrola Ingeniería en proyectos de generación, incluso en mercados tan exigentes como el alemán y en competencia con otras empresas europeas de primer nivel, y le consolida como una de las compañías con mayor presencia internacional de su sector, con actividad en más de 30 países.

La Compañía, que ha construido en los últimos años centrales de ciclo combinado en países tan distintos como España, Argelia, Catar o México, se centra en realizar trabajos llave en mano, tanto para otras sociedades del Grupo Iberdrola como para terceros, en las áreas de generación, nuclear, redes y energías renovables.

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On Thursday 15 May 2014, the ground-breaking ceremony for the onshore converter station takes place at the Dörpen West site in Heede, Germany, with representatives of Transmission System Operator TenneT, contractor Alstom and the mayors of the joint municipalities of Dörpen and Heede taking part, together with local and regional politicians and public figures.

The onshore station is a key part of the 900 MW High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission grid connection; it will link major wind farms in the south west of the German North Sea to the onshore transmission grid. The connection is scheduled to be completed by 2017.

“DolWin3 is pivotal to offshore wind energy, and will contribute significantly to the future of energy supply”,says TenneT’s Offshore Managing Director, Wilfried Breuer. “We are happy that we can once again use combined European expertise for the implementation of clean energy generation offshore”.

“As general contractor, Alstom will build the complete infrastructure to transport offshore wind power via HVDC technology to the onshore grid, with low electric losses. Alstom has over 50 years of experience in HVDC technology and this project showcases our latest innovation in transmission. At the same time we are proud to contribute to Germany’s energy transition” said Gerhard Seyrling, Alstom Grid’s Vice President for Central & Eastern Europe and Russia.

The DolWin3 project is the third connection in the offshore DolWin wind farm cluster in the German North Sea. It will use Direct Current (DC) technology with voltage source converters (VSC) to deliver the energy generated at sea through an 83 kilometres (km) sea cable to the mainland. From the coast, the wind power will then be transported another 79 km via an underground cable to the Dörpen West converter station.

DC links are particularly suitable for transmitting electricity over long distances at high power levels, and the best way to link to large offshore wind farms where the power flow is intermittent and needs to be captured when it is available.

The DolWin3 grid connection ensures that TenneT meets its obligations under the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG), guaranteeing the reliable transport of offshore wind power on land. The energy generated offshore will be transported via the Dörpen West substation towards the major consumption areas located in the west and south of Germany.

About TenneT

TenneT is the first cross-border transmission grid operator for electricity in Europe. With around 21,000 of high-voltage and extra-high-voltage lines and 36 million end users in the Netherlands and Germany we are one of the top-5 grid operators in Europe. Our focus is on the development of the energy market in north-western Europe and on the integration of renewable energy sources.

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Enel Green Power has begun construction on two photovoltaic plants (Lalackama and Chañares) located in northern Chile.
Lalackama, with an installed capacity of 60 MW, is expected to be the Group’s largest photovoltaic plant. Once built and fully operational, the plant will be capable of generating up to 160 GWh per year, equivalent to the electricity needs of about 90 thousand Chilean households, and will avoid the emission of over 100 thousand tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. The new plant is expected to require around 110 million US dollars to build.
The Chañares plant is located next to the Diego de Almagro solar farm (36 MW), the Company’s first solar farm in Chile, on which construction is nearly complete.
The plant, with an installed capacity of 40 MW, will be capable of generating up to 94 GWh once fully up and running. This is equivalent to the electricity needs of about 53 thousand Chilean households and will avoid the emission of over 59 thousand tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere. It is expected to come on line sometime in late 2014 or early 2015, and the new plant is expected to require around 70 million US dollars to build.
Both projects have power supply contracts to sell the electricity generated on the regulated market. These contracts were awarded in November 2013 via a tender held by 26 distributors for Chile’s Central Interconnected System.

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Alexei Miller, Chairman of the Company’s Management Committee and Zhou Jiping, Chairman of China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) signed a contract to supply pipeline gas from Russia to China via the eastern route. The parties signed the document in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Shanghai.
The 30-year contract stipulates that 38 billion cubic meters of gas will be annually supplied to China. The mutually beneficial contract contains such major provisions as the price formula linked to oil prices and the ‘take-or-pay’ clause.
“Russia and China have signed the biggest contract in the entire history of the USSR and Gazprom – over 1 trillion cubic meters of gas will be supplied during a whole contractual period. Russian gas will be sold at a brand new market with a huge potential.
The arrangement of Russian pipeline gas supplies is the biggest investment project on a global scale. USD 55 billion will be invested in the construction of production and transmission facilities in Russia. An extensive gas infrastructure network will be set up in Russia’s East, which will drive the local economy forward. Great impetus will be given to entire economic sectors, namely metallurgy, pipe and machine building,” said Alexey Miller.

Nehogar: prototype of a nearly zero energy detached house


Our special report focusing on Energy Efficiency in the Residential Sector, is published as part of the May 2014 issue of FuturENERGY and also as a separate report.

It was distributed to exhibitors and visitors at: 2014 (Madrid, 6-8 May), green cities & sostenibilidad 2014 (Málaga, 2-3 October), Smart City Expo World Congress (Barcelona, 19-21 November).

This special report includes the following:

The Autonomous Office: a sustainable office building, self-sufficient in energy
What will it be like to live in a zero emission house?
MicroLed Plus. The new generation of led technology
Renewing electricity monitoring and protection devices: an unavoidable step in building refurbishment
New smart window device with controlled light transmission
Individual heating measurement reaches house owners’ associations
DHW producer: a grey water re-user with hvac application
Nehogar: prototype of a nearly zero energy detached house

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DNV GL studies suggest there are opportunities for a new generation of autonomous injection systems used to increase the reservoir pressure. There are clear indications that such a wind-powered water injection system could reduce both CAPEX and OPEX and drive innovation of new technology. It could be installed without costly retro-fittings on the platform, provide access to systems normally located subsea, increase the flexibility of injection location and reduce the installation time. The system would also be possible easy to move and use at new locations after the closure of a well or field. “We want to take this concept further together with both the wind energy and O&G industries and invite them to participate in a Joint Industry Project (JIP) to carry out an in-depth study — ‘WIN WIN – WINd powered Water Injection’. The combination of the two technologies can open up an era of synergies and mutual benefit for both industries”, said Johan Sandberg, Service Line Leader – Offshore Renewable Energy at DNV GL.
DNV GL’s concept intends to integrate the compressor and water treatment equipment into the sub-structure of a floating wind turbine. Wind power can be used with a variety of water injection technologies, ranging from raw seawater injection as the simplest to LowSal water injection (low salinity water from a reverse osmosis process) as the most complex.
“Our studies show that such a stand-alone system can quickly become cost competitive to traditional solutions for injection wells far from the platform, and even more when one considers the retrofitting water injection equipment into an existing facility and cope with the disruptions that this modification can have on production. Operators can obtain a new and cost-efficient way to develop marginal reservoirs and enhance production in mature fields. Traditional injection systems normally have a significant CAPEX investment, CO2 tax, and exposure to fuel costs, and hence provide a substantial incentive for assessing alternative solutions,” said Christian Markussen, Subsea Business Development Leader at DNV GL – Oil & Gas.

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The Spanish Wind Power Business Association (AEE in its Spanish acronym) has decided to give its Annual Award to U.S. President Barack Obama, for his strong commitment to wind power, which has brought a fourfold increase in the country’s installed capacity during his presidency, with a major role for Spanish companies. For this reason, the U.S. ambassador in Spain, James Costos, will deliver the Opening Conference at the 2014 Wind Power Convention on 10th June. The award will be presented that evening at the Annual Wind Power Sector Dinner. Of the 61,110 MW of wind power which the United States had in late 2013 – second only to China – 72.6 % was installed during the Obama presidency. Although he has often met with opposition from both the House of Representatives and the Senate, the President has struggled over the past six years to extend the policy of tax exemptions on wind power and has set ambitious goals. The result is that today there are 80,700 U.S. employees working directly or indirectly in the sector, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Three power plants to supply an area of more than 15,000,000 m2

Barcelona, a cosmopolitan and dynamic city, is also the precursor in Spain of a still emerging market: DHC networks. In 2006, an amendment to the Metropolitan General Plan was approved for urban conversion in the neighbourhood of La Marina through a DHC network, intended to reconcile residential use with businesses.

At that time, the L’Hospitalet and Barcelona town councils agreed to extend the service to Plaza Europa, the Gran Vía de L’Hospitalet, the port and the free zone. This agreement has resulted in the construction of a DHC network which, through three plants and a network of pipes, supply heat to customers in the residential, industrial and tertiary sector (hospitals, offices, sports centres, shopping centres, schools etc.).