Monthly Archives: enero 2015

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OHL Industrial and the engineering and SENER have come together as a consortium to sign a turnkey contract with CYDSA for the construction of a CHP plant in Mexico. It will be the second CHP plant that the consortium provides for this major Mexican business group, the same two companies having been awarded the construction contract for a similar plant as a consortium in 2012. This earlier plant was also a turnkey project, and the agreement was later extended to provide the facility with operation and maintenance services.

The new CHP plant will have a 60 MW capacity and will also be situated in the same precinct, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz. It will include a Rolls-Royce Trent 60 aeroderivative gas turbine and an HRSG to produce 65 t/h of steam. The execution period for the contract is thirteen months and the consortium estimates the creation of around 700 jobs during its construction phase.

As per the previous project, OHL Industrial and SENER will perform the basic and detailed engineering and will participate in the processes of procurement, construction and commissioning as far as the turnkey delivery to the client.

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Siemens has handed over the first North Sea HVDC grid connection, BorWin2, to its customer TenneT. The German-Dutch transmission grid operator has accepted the project following successful completion of test runs by Siemens. The grid connection is therefore now in commercial operation. The offshore platform of the BorWin2 grid connection is located around 100 km off the German coast, northwest of the island of Borkum. With this grid connection it is now possible to transmit 800 MW of clean electricity from wind power.

Siemens installed the platform at this 39-meter-deep North Sea location back in April 2014. The Global Tech 1 wind farm, with its 80 wind turbines, is linked to BorWin2. 50% of the grid connection capacity of BorWin2 is available for connection of a second wind farm.

The network operator TenneT contracted the consortium consisting of Siemens and the cable specialist Prysmian for the BorWin2 grid connection in 2010. Siemens is now implementing five North Sea grid connection projects for TenneT: HelWin1 (576 MW) and HelWin2 (690 MW), BorWin2 (800 MW) and BorWin3 (900 MW) and SylWin1 (864 MW). The connections Sylwin1, HelWin1 and HelWin2, are nearly completed and are scheduled to take up commercial operation in the first half of 2015. Siemens received its latest order for a grid connection in the North Sea, BorWin3, in a consortium with Petrofac in 2014. Commissioning of this fifth grid connection is scheduled for 2019. The grid connections implemented by Siemens for TenneT will have a total transmission capacity of more than 3.8 GW.

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The Port Westward Unit 2 power plant, supplied by Wärtsilä for Portland General Electric (PGE), reached commercial operation near Clatskanie, Oregon on December 30, 2014. The 220 MW Smart Power Generation plant is designed to balance wind and solar energy, as well as provide load-following and peaking services. The power station includes 12 Wärtsilä 50SG engines, running on natural gas. With an output of 18 MW, the Wärtsilä 50SG is the largest gas engine in the world. Wärtsilä’s contract with PGE includes a long-term maintenance agreement of ten years.

Central_Port_Westward_Unit 2FOTO: Engine room of the Port Westward Unit 2 power plant

Fast-reacting capacity is needed to balance sudden fluctuations in the renewable energy supply in real-time. Wärtsilä’s power plants have an extensive track record of such operation in Kansas, Colorado and Texas. Smart Power Generation technology helps utilities reach their targets for renewable energy. Agile generation not only supports, but enables more wind and solar power.

Port Westward Unit 2’s advanced technology and unique configuration allows PGE to ramp the plant up to full load in less than 10 minutes,” said Rick Tetzloff, PGE’s project manager for the new plant. “This flexibility allows us to adjust quickly when renewable energy – like wind and solar – rise and fall with natural variability. And it also means that on peak demand days, our customers benefit from increased reliability.”

PGE’s latest large-scale wind project went online in Washington State in December. The Tucannon River Wind farm consists of 116 wind turbines with capacity of 267 megawatts. The new wind farm helped PGE meet the 2015 goal for Oregon’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, which calls for PGE to supply 15 percent of the electricity used by its customers from qualified renewable resources by 2015 and 25 percent by 2025.

Parque_eólico_Tucannon_RiverFOTO: The Tucannon River Wind Farm

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At this year’s Ecobuild, mounting systems manufacturer Renusol is set to present the world’s first universal clamp for mounting photovoltaic (PV) panels which can be used as either mid or end clamp. In order to switch between the mid and end clamp function, the clamp head is simply turned by 90 degrees. Since only one component is needed instead of two, planning, ordering materials and mounting are all made noticeably easier for installers – saving time and money. The new RS1 clamp is height adjustable, making it suitable for all standard framed solar photovoltaic panels.

The RS1 universal clamp is suitable for use with all PV panel frame heights between 30 and 50 mm. The clamp can be positioned, adjusted and fixed in the mounting rail with one hand, which is a big advantage for installers, particularly on steep pitched roofs. The RS1 clamp also saves on warehouse costs, since wholesalers and project planners need to stock one type of clamp only, that always fits regardless of the solar panels, project or system design.

The RS1 clamp has already received TÜV and MCS certification and will be presented to the public for the first time at Ecobuild in London from 3–5 March, 2015.

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Acciona Windpower (AWP), the Acciona Group subsidiary that designs, manufactures and sells wind turbines, ended the 2014 financial year with 2,088 MW of accumulated sales of its AW3000 wind turbine, following the signature of a supply contract for 117 MW with the Brazilian company Rio Energy. Global sales of Acciona Windpower 3 MW wind turbines reached 861 MW in 2014, i.e. 41% of the aggregate sales of this wind turbine.

The contract with Rio Energy is for the supply of thirty-nine 3 MW wind turbines for the Itarema IV, VI, VII, VIII and IX wind power complex planned in the state of Ceará. This level of production was awarded to the company in the A-3 auction in 2014. Thirty-eight of the wind turbines will have a 125-mr rotor diameter while the other one will have a 116-m rotor. The wind turbines will be installed on concrete towers with a hub height of 120 and 100 m, as required. The supply of turbines for these wind farms will begin in July 2015.
The order is the second one Acciona Windpower has signed with Rio Energy. It had previously signed a contract for the sale of thirty AW3000 wind turbines (90 MW) with the same company for the Itarema I, II, III and V wind farms, awarded in the Leilao A-3 auction in 2013.

The new agreement, signed in December 2014, takes Acciona Windpower’s sales in Brazil to 825 MW, almost 40% of the overall sales of its AW3000 wind turbine. Acciona Windpower already has a nacelle assembly facility and a hub production plant in Brazil, in the state of Bahia, and a concrete tower production plant in Rio Grande do Norte. It also purchases other main wind turbine components in the country.

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Gamesa has secured a new order from Força Eólica do Brasil (FEB), a consortium made up of Iberdrola and Neoenergia, for the supply of 42 of its G114-2.0 MW wind turbines (84 MW) at three wind farms located in Rio Grande do Norte, in north-eastern Brazil.

Gamesa will supply, transport, install and commission 15 G114-2.0 MW wind turbines at the Santana 1 wind farm, 15 wind turbines of the same make at the Calango 6 facility and another 12 at the Santana 2 complex. These 42 wind turbines, which will be made at Gamesa’s factory in Camaçari (Brazil), are due for delivery during the third quarter of 2016, while the wind farms are slated for commissioning the following quarter.

The G114-2.0 MW is a new wind turbine model designed to yield more power at lower cost at low and medium wind speed sites, which is particularly suitable for the high-wind and low-turbulence conditions encountered in Brazil. The order backlog for this product stands at over 800 MW to date.

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Ingeteam Power Technology – Power Plants, has been awarded a Basic Engineering contract by CGN Delingha Solar Energy Co Ltd, a company owned by CGN Solar Energy Development Co Ltd, in turn owned by China General Nuclear Power Group.

Ingeteam Power Technology – Power Plants will carry out the basic design of CGN – Delingha solar thermal parabolic trough power plant project with thermal storage, located in Qinghai. This power plant is the China´s first commercial scale Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) project, with high annual capacity factor and particular environmental conditions.

Ingeteam Power Technology – Power Plants is an Engineering dedicated to provide Engineering services and supply of renewable power Plants, seeking dispatch ability, affordable cost and high local content of plants. Ingeteam is a market leader specializing in the development of electrical equipment, motors, generators, frequency converters and power generation plants

Ingeteam is established in 14 countries, being present in China since 1994 through Ingeteam Shanghai Co Ltd.

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With the aim of taking advantage of the huge untapped potential of solar power existing in the north of the country, Chilean company Valhalla Energía has submitted the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its Cielos de Tarapacá project that will supply the SING, the Large Northern Interconnected System. This project will also complement the innovative Espejo de Tarapacá initiative that was submitted to the SEA, Environmental Assessment System in August 2014.
Cielos de Tarapacá consists of the construction and operation of the largest solar PV facility in Latin America, and will be located around 75 km to the south-east of Iquique, in the district of Pozo Almonte. The project involves an estimated investment of US$1Bn.

The solar farm will cover a total area of 1,650 hectares and could inject around 1800GWh per year into the SING. The project has recently applied for environmental permits and with the required eligibility already having been approved, it is now pending the Environmental Classification Decision by the end of 2015.
According to Juan Andrés Camus, Managing Director of Valhalla Energía, “the Tarapacá region offers enormous potential as regards renewable energy and this is why we are now in a position to promote initiatives such as Cielos de Tarapacá. This project will become one of the largest solar farms in the world, supplying clean and highly competitive energy compared to other pollutant sources”.
Cielos de Tarapacá is the second project from Valhalla Energía being assessed by the SEA. These two initiatives share the common aim to become the cleanest contributors to the energy grid, taking advantages of the unique conditions offered by Chile to develop Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Sources.

On 22 January, the metropolitan municipal districts were informed by AMB regarding the procedure for joining the Metropolitan Programme of Measures to combat Energy Poverty, a fund set up by the AMB last December that aims to avoid cuts in energy and water supplies due to a lack of economic resources and the consequent situations arising as a result.
The programme that has provisions of 5 M€ is structured around voluntary adhesion agreements with the metropolitan city halls and the service-providing companies, and is expected to come into effect over the coming days.

The meeting highlighted the cohesion and coordination of the municipalities that comprise the metropolis to tackle a common problem and was attended by the local councillors and technicians responsible for social services at the metropolitan city halls. “The city halls and companies are willing to adapt their internal procedures, to implement it as quickly as possible to reach out to the population in need”, indicated AMB sources, stating that cases of energy poverty have increased within the metropolitan area over recent years as a direct consequence of the economic crisis.

In parallel, over the past days, the AMB has been in talks with the management of the main utilities that operate in the metropolitan area (for water, Agbar; for gas, Gas Natural Fenosa; for electricity, Endesa). These utilities cover approximately 90% of all the consumption in the metropolitan area and all have demonstrated their willingness to adhere to the programme and to put it into effect it as soon as possible.

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Along with the 5 M€ fund, that will remain in force until its economic provision has been completely used up, the AMB will create a documented information and training programme designed for people in the situation or at risk of energy poverty. This programme will handle the invoices, tariffs, options and resources offered by the public healthcare systems and the in-home service systems for the supply of water, gas and electricity. It will also include information and services regarding energy efficiency studies for the home and proposals for measures for intervention and refurbishment.

Support for social municipal policies

As part of the scope of the Metropolitan Action Plan (PAM) 2011-2015, this new energy poverty programme is one further action forming part of the Metropolitan Support Programme for Municipal Social Policies that between 2012 and 2015 has managed to create more than 3,000 jobs in the metropolitan area. It also compliments the Metropolitan Buildings Refurbishment and District Improvement Programme which, with an investment of 30 M€, opens the door to citizens to apply for subsidies, among other measures, to insulate homes and reduce costs.

Indra will start deploying this year in Barcelona the two demonstrators that comprise the Smart Energy pilot for project Arrowhead. Arrowhead is the biggest European R+D+i initiative with the aim of developing technologies for providing advanced services in future cities (Smart Cities). In collaboration with Barcelona’s city council, Indra has chosen Centro Cívico de la Sagrada Familia and Jardines de Antoni Puigverd for the monitoring and on-site testing stages of the Smart Building (energy efficiency for buildings) and Smart Urban Lighting solutions, respectively.

The consulting and technology multinational has just completed the first phase of the project, i.e. lab design and development (web prototype) of the demonstrators. Additionally, the initial integration of both pilots has been accomplished by means of the Arrowhead framework (technological architecture). This framework makes it possible to communicate and exchange information among the services, and is based on previous ARTEMIS projects such as SOFIA (Smart Objects For Intelligent Applications), which Indra participated actively in. After deployment, both pilots are expected to be operational in September 2015.

Arrowhead is co-funded by the European Union and the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism in the context of the Artemis joint undertaking (Seventh Framework Program); this eighty million euro project involves 78 organizations from 11 countries. Its purpose is to increase energy efficiency and ensure flexible energy use through collaborative automation in buildings, public infrastructures, industrial processes and the energy sector. This will be achieved through embedded technology.

Led by the University of Lulea (Sweden), this project was launched in March 2013 and is expected to last four years. Among its participants are companies such as Acciona, Tekniker, Ford, Schneider, Honeywell and several universities and research centers. It comprises 12 work packages; the first five focus on developing pilots or demonstrators. In this context, Indra will design, implement and deploy the Smart Energy demonstrator in Barcelona, which can be integrated with all other services developed by European partners through the Arrowhead framework.

Intelligent control of energy use

Specifically, the Smart Building pilot aims to develop a real-time intelligent sensing, monitoring and control system for energy use. Its end objective is to reduce the energy footprint significantly and to help to create energy saving patterns in buildings. This pilot will gather information by deploying different sensors for recording energy, dampness and the presence of people on the various floors of Centro Cívico de la Sagrada Familia.

The Smart Urban Lighting pilot involves installing lighting in Jardines de Antoni Puigverd with sensors that monitor environmental information (e.g. light intensity), energy use and mobility. This lighting equipment will integrate LED technology so as to control light intensity depending on the information gathered.

Information generated by the two demonstrators will be available on a web portal or by means of mobile devices for monitoring and inquiries. For instance, for Smart Building, it will be possible to identify alarms due to excess use or device deactivation, activate energy efficiency services and compare the parameters from different areas. For Smart Urban Lighting, lighting will be set up depending on, for instance, whether there are people in the room or how much light there is in nearby buildings.

Extensive experience in managing infrastructure and energy technologies for future cities

Thanks to its vast experience in providing urban technology services, Indra can offer an integrated and integral solution for smart cities, which has been successfully implemented across the world. In relation to managing urban infrastructures (such as urban lighting), Indra offers the tools for increasing efficiency in the management of these services, by adjusting the resources to the exact needs of each area, ensuring fulfillment of the established quality levels and fast, agile, secure and efficient service operation. Indra leads benchmark projects for improving urban infrastructure and service management, by integrating different city services through its iSMOV solution.

With regard to energy, Indra’s global strategy aims to develop new technologies and solutions for energy efficiency and sustainability, for areas encompassing generation, transmission and distribution, as well as for industrial, residential and transportation energy use. The company works on a number of new smart infrastructure projects (Smart Grids) that guarantee sustainable, secure and economical development, while it also works as an advisor to the Spanish Energy Committee in matters of smart grids.

Indra has been involved in R+D+i projects such as Ciudad 2020, which aims to develop and provide integrated management of new smart technologies for mobility, energy and environment. Together with Gas Natural Fenosa, Indra has also led the R+D+i project Energos, whose purpose is to develop methods and technologies for future grids. The company has also co-led the ZIGAMET project, which aims to use the meter remote management infrastructure (currently being deployed) to offer home users integrated management services. Additionally, Indra has worked on a number of projects for developing new energy efficiency computer systems (grid model, real-time integration platforms and bidirectional communication solutions).

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