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The Union Cabinet in India has already approved the 100 smart city projects in India and the Indian Government has allocated INR 6000 crore for development of these smart cities with the intention to handle the raising challenges due to rapid urbanization. The concept of smart cities is at a nascent stage in India and there are no set standards or frameworks for the smart cities except for the guidelines. The definition of smart cities varies and depends on a lot of parameters like the cultural & regional background of the population, the physical and institutional infrastructure, the existing technology, and fundamentals of a city such as power and water supply, sewerage and waste management, education, healthcare, etc.

It is extremely essential for the government, the private sector and the citizens’ involvement to create a fool proof smart city model that elevates the quality of living. It is extremely essential for us to learn from the leaders who have succeeded after facing a series of challenges in executing the smart city model. Indian cities look at other smart cities like Amsterdam Smart City and Tel Aviv Smart City which has similar challenges as the Indian city to benchmark smart city practices.

Nispana brings case studies from International experts like Mr. Zohar Sharon, Chief Knowledge Officer – Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality which received the Worlds Smartest City award at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2014 and Mr. Frans Anton Vermast – Senior Strategy Officer – Amsterdam Smart City to present case-studies and share the best practices that will help in envisioning the opportunities, challenges and barriers in the Indian scenario at the “Sustainable Smart Cities India” Conference scheduled on 3rd & 4th of September 2015 at the Vivanta by Taj, M.G. Road, Bengaluru, India. This conference will also host a presentation from the “GIFT City”, India’s 1st and most ambitious smart city project.

This two day deliberation will focus on more sustainable and smart ways to develop urban mobility, traffic management, building, infrastructure development, renewable energy, waste management, e-governance, ICT connectivity, security, safety and more in order to meet India’s rapid urbanization. This conference is under the patronage of the Minister of Urban Development, Govt. of Karnataka with an official endorsement from the Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce (FKCCI) and the Smart Cities Foundation as supporting partners in association with the All India Association of Industries.

El consorcio AlstomSaft ha puesto en marcha, con éxito, su sistema de almacenamiento de energía con baterías inteligentes (BESS) en el laboratorio Concept Grid de EDF. El proyecto está liderado por la operadora eléctrica EDF. El objetivo es probar el almacenamiento en baterías en condiciones reales, gracias a la plataforma Concept Grid, con el objetivo de mejorar la regulación de frecuencia, la estabilización de la red y la prevención de apagones. El Concept Grid, ubicado en un centro de investigación de EDF de Les Renardières, al sur de Paris (región de Seine-et-Marne), es una red de distribución real diseñada para apoyar, probar y anticipar el desarrollo de sistemas eléctricos hacía redes más inteligentes.

El sistema aporta nuevas posibilidades a los productores de energía y los operadores de redes para la inyección o almacenamiento de energía en la red cuando existe un desequilibrio entre la producción y el consumo de energía. Es una solución más flexible comparada con la regulación de frecuencia a través de plantas de generación y permite la máxima optimización de las plantas valorizando su capacidad de reserva sin utilizar. Estos experimentos de EDF evaluarán la capacidad del sistema de almacenamiento para regular la frecuencia. Este sistema también puede abordar la integración de energías renovables y mantener la estabilidad de la red. El sistema de almacenamiento actúa dentro de unos pocos cientos de milisegundos, algo de gran valor para las redes pequeñas.

El contrato para la instalación del sistema de almacenamiento de energía con baterías inteligentes (BESS) con una capacidad de 1 MW cada 30 minutos se firmó el año pasado. El sistema comprende el convertidor inteligente MaxSineTM eStorage de Alstom y una batería de iones de litio Intensium® Max 20 de Saft. Convierte electricidad de corriente continua a corriente alterna que puede ser almacenada o introducida en la red. El software de gestión de almacenamiento de energía en tiempo real MaxSineTM eStorage de Alstom permite optimizar la producción de electricidad según las necesidades de la red. Se han implementado algoritmos específicos de EDF dentro del software de Alstom con el fin de desarrollar y probar la regulación de frecuencia dentro de un sistema de almacenamiento.

Aprovechar el potencial de las energías renovables

Las nuevas fuentes de energía, tales como la eólica y solar, están ayudando a cumplir con esa demanda en rápido aumento. Sin embargo, el viento y el sol no están siempre disponibles, y tampoco son predecibles: el sol brilla un cierto número de horas al día en el mejor de los casos y el viento se puede pronosticar con tan sólo unos días de antelación.

Para aprovechar adecuadamente de todo el potencial de la energía renovable intermitente, es necesario encontrar una solución para asegurar que siempre está disponible la cantidad correcta de energía necesaria.

Los sistemas de almacenamiento con baterías permiten a los operadores de las redes “ahorrar” energía para cuando se necesite. Cuando existe un excedente de energía de fuentes renovables, se puede almacenar y distribuirla en momentos de alta demanda. El almacenamiento en baterías hace posible que las empresas productoras y de servicios puedan gestionar mejor el suministro y la demanda de energía.

The international company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainability in the energy and environment sectors has completed construction of its second hydrogen service station at the company’s facilities at the Torrecuéllar industrial estate in Seville.

The service station, which will supply fuel to hydrogen-powered vehicles, produces the gas insitu in a clean and sustainable way. Moreover, the use of hydrogen as a fuel for vehicles does not generate any atmospheric emissions or pollutant gases, which makes it a clean and sustainable energy source for transport.

In situ hydrogen production also means that it does not have to be transported and the process is free of CO2emissions.Furthermore, Abengoa is working to incorporate renewable electricity into the process, with a view to the overall sustainability of the process.
This is the second service station that Abengoa has constructed in Seville, which combines the processes for producing, storing and dispensing hydrogen all in one place.

The infrastructures for hydrogen service stations are necessary so that hydrogen-powered vehicles are able to penetrate the market. Various vehicle manufacturers, such as Hyundai and Toyota, are already mass producing and selling these types of vehicles

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Siemens has celebrated the official christenings of the offshore wind industry’s very first, purpose-built Service Operation Vessels (SOV). The christening events took place in cooperation with Esvagt A/S, owner of the two vessels, in Rostock, Germany, and Hamburg, Germany. The Esvagt Froude was the first to be formally christened on June 23 in Rostock and is supporting service and maintenance operations at EnBW’s Baltic II wind farm in the Baltic Sea. On June 25, the Esvagt Faraday was officially christened in Hamburg and will be deployed for service of wpd’s Butendiek wind farm in the North Sea.

Siemens is the first in the industry to design and commission this new type of vessel specifically engineered to service and maintain far shore wind farms. Working in concert with Siemens’ customer-tailored offshore logistics concept, advanced data analytics and predictive maintenance programs, the SOVs are designed to help Siemens’ customers secure more uptime and power production from their wind turbines, thereby helping lower the costs of wind energy.

Chartered by Siemens and designed in close collaboration with Siemens’ Maritime and Aviation Solutions department, the SOVs are revolutionizing offshore wind service by increasing productivity, accelerating response times, and implementing advanced safety mechanisms that will allow wind turbine access in significant wave heights of up to 2.5 m, higher than with traditional crew transfer vessels (CTV). As new generation of wind farms are located farther from shore, the need is growing for smart, predictive maintenance planning and new approaches for safely providing service and maintenance in more challenging weather conditions, especially in winter months when wind power yield can be high.

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One of the cornerstones of this approach is Siemens’ advanced remote diagnostics and monitoring, which can remotely solve up to 85% of alarms. When physical service is required, Siemens engineers are able to analyze the data gathered to accurately predict specific needed repairs before they become serious issues and proactively take action. This allows Siemens to employ the right resources to accurately and efficiently address service needs with the best combination of logistics and planning.

With a large onboard parts storage area and comfortable accommodations, as many as 40 Siemens’ technicians will live and work on the SOVs near the offshore wind farm for several weeks at a time, significantly reducing the time traveling to and from the wind turbines. This will help to increase the technician working hours in the turbine by as much as 50 percent over traditional CTVs. The motion-sensored Ampelmann hydraulic access system on the SOVs will contribute to increasing the working window impacted by weather by enabling technicians to safely “walk to work” in the turbines at higher wave heights. As the SOV can stay in the field for several weeks at a time, the vessel only needs to return to port for fueling and the replenishment of supplies and equipment.

In addition to being the end user of the SOV, Siemens also was a supplier to Esvagt A/S for two key systems aboard the vessel. The Siemens BlueDrive™ propulsion system helps reduce CO2 emissions and fuel consumption, and hydraulics are used in the Ampelmann active access gangway system.

Siemens has also signed a chartering agreement with ship owner, Bernhard Schulte, for two Ulstein SX175 SOVs to be purpose-built for the long-term service and maintenance operations of the Gemini and Sandbank/Dan Tysk offshore wind power plants in the North Sea.

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The Secretary of Energy and Chairman of the Board of the CFE, Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, and its Chief Executive, Enrique Ochoa Reza, have announced the start of the tender processes for 24 electric and natural gas infrastructure projects with a total estimated investment of US$9.836bn. These involve eight natural gas pipeline projects; four power plants; three transmission line and substation projects; and nine power distribution projects. These projects will add 2,385 km to the gas pipeline network, 1,442 MW to the installed capacity of the National Electrical System, 122 km to the transmission grid and 2,962 to the distribution network.

Transparencia Mexicana will accompany the bidding processes of the eight gas pipelines, the geothermal plant and the fifth phase of the losses reduction project. The other projects will have benefit from a social witness appointed by Mexico’s Civil Service Secretariat. And this is despite the costs involved as the CFE is not required to involve this entity in the process.

At the event organised to present these tenders, the CFE’s Chief Executive commented that thanks to the Energy Reform, the Federal Electricity Commission has entered a new phase as the State power utility with the primary objective of offering a better quality and more environmentally-friendly energy service at lower cost. He added that to achieve this goal, it is essential to have a modern energy generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure in addition to sufficient gas pipelines to transmit natural gas.

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Dr. Ochoa Reza explained that these gas pipelines, together with the 11 that are already under construction and undergoing the tender process, the CFE in conjunction with PEMEX, coordinated by the Energy Secretariat, will comply with the target established by the National Infrastructure Programme to increase the National Gas Pipelines System by 75% during the term of office of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

The Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell added that the new gas pipelines will cover the energy needs of the central, eastern and western regions of the country.
He highlighted that this gas pipeline grid will connect the main industrial and commercial areas of the Republic, thus resulting in a costs reduction. According to the Secretary, this will make businesses more competitive and the country as a whole more attractive for the location of new factories.
The event, that was held in the Auditorium at CFE, was also attended by Emilio Lozoya Austin, CEO of Pemex; César Emiliano Hernández Ochoa, Under-Secretary of Electricity; and David Suárez, Director General of CENAGAS, the National Control Center for National Gas.

The details of the project tenders are as follows:

Gas pipelines

Tula – Villa de Reyes Gas Pipeline. 280 km long. Capacity 550 MCF/D. Investment US$420m. Prebases publication June 2015; commercial operation December 2017.
Villa of Reyes – Aguascalientes – Guadalajara Gas Pipeline. 355 km long. Capacity 1 BCF/D. Investment US$555m. Prebases publication July 2015; commercial operation December 2017.
Sur de Texas – Tuxpan Gas Pipeline (Offshore). This will transmit natural gas via an underwater route through the Gulf of Mexico, from the south of the state of Texas in the US to Tuxpan in Veracruz State, Mexico. 800 km long. Capacity 2.6 BCF/D. Investment US$3.1bn. Prebases publication July 2015; commercial operation June 2018.
Nueces – Brownsville Gas Pipeline. Will transmit natural gas originating in the south of the US and will supply natural gas to the offshore gas pipeline. 250 km long. Capacity 2.6 BCF/D. Investment US$1.55Bn. Publication of the Draft Application July 2015; commercial operation June 2018.
La Laguna – Aguascalientes Gas Pipeline. 600 km long with 1.15 BCF/D capacity. Estimated investment US$1bn. Prebases publication July 2015, commercial operation December 2017.
Empalme Branch.20 km long. Capacity 236 MCF/D. Investment US$35m. Prebases publication August 2015; commercial operation April 2017.
Hermosillo Branch. 48 km long, it will transmit natural gas from the Sásabe – Guaymas pipeline to the Hermosillo CCP plant (Sonora). Capacity 100 MCF/D. Investment US$68m. Prebases publication August 2015; commercial operation June 2017.
Topolobampo Branch. This will transmit 248 MCF/D of natural gas from the El Encino – Topolobampo gas pipeline to the North-Eastern (Topolobampo II) and Topolobampo III CCPs, in Sinaloa. 32 km long. Investment US$55m. Prebases publication October 2015; commercial operation March 2018.

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Power plants

Los Azufres III, Phase II, Geothermal Plant. Hidalgo and Zinapécuaro, Michoacán. This involves the construction of a geothermal 25 MW plant. Prebases publication May 19; conditions July 2015 and commercial operation June 2018. Investment US$63m.
Internal Combustion Plant (Dual), Baja California Sur VI. La Paz, Baja California Sur. This involves the construction of a 42 MW internal combustion plant with a dual fuel oil-natural gas powered engine. Investment US$105m. Prebases publication July 2015; commercial operation May 2018.
San Luis Potosí Combined-Cycle Plant. Villa de Reyes, San Luis Potosí. This concerns the construction of a 790 MW CCP with an investment of US$864m. Prebases publication July 2015; entry into commercial operation April 2019.
Eólica Sureste II and III Plant. The project is located in the municipality of Ixtepec, Oaxaca. This will comprise two modules with a total capacity of 585 MW. Investment US$1.079bn. Prebases publication July 2015 and operational start-up December 2017.

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Transmission lines and electrical substations

1902 North-East Substations and Compensation (3rd phase). Sinaloa. It comprises five transmission lines of 400 and 115 kV, 74 km long. It will include two 500 MVA substations and eight feeders of 400 and 115 kV. The project will be executed performed under the Financed Public Works format. Investment US$35m. Prebases and conditions published in April and May 2015; commercial operation March 2017.
1302 North-East Transformation. Coahuila. This comprises five 115 kV transmission lines, 25 km long. It will include a 500 MVA substation and eight feeders of 400 and 115 kV. Investment US$37m. Prebases and conditions published in April and May 2015; commercial operation March 2017.
Baja California Transmission and Transformation (5th phase). Baja California. It comprises two transmission lines, 230 and 161 kV respectively, and a total length of 23 km. It will include three substations with two 230 kV feeders and two at 161 kV. Investment US$19m. Prebases publication June 2015; commercial operation January 2017.

Power distribution

Substations and Distribution Lines 1920 (6th phase). Hermosillo, Sonora. It comprises an electric substation with a capacity of 30 MVA and 2 115 kV feeders and six at 13.8 kV. Investment US$6m. Prebases and conditions published in May and June; commercial operation October 2016.
2021 Project: Reduction in energy distribution losses (8 phases). 44 projects divided into eight phases. Its objective is to reduce energy losses in Campeche, Chiapas, Mexico City, Mexico State, Morelos, Quintana Roo, Sinaloa, Tabasco and Veracruz. It includes 1,217,399 meters; 36,612 distribution transformers and 2,962 km of transmission lines.
Reduction in energy distribution losses 2021 (1st phase). Morelos. Supply and installation of 16,048 measurers, 957 distribution transformers and a 37 km line. Investment US$14m. Prebases and conditions published in May and June; commercial operation October 2016.
Reduction in energy distribution losses 2021 (2nd phase). Sinaloa. Supply and installation of 5,727 meters. Investment US$5m. Conditions June 2015; commercial operation October 2016.
Reduction in energy distribution losses 2021 (3rd phase). Veracruz. Supply and installation of 20,456 meters. Investment US$8m. Prebases and conditions published in April and June; commercial operation September 2016.

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Gamesa has received another order from Areaflin, a corporate enterprise currently owned by Uruguay’s state utility, UTE, for the turnkey construction of a 70-MW wind farm in Uruguay.

Under the scope of the agreement, the company will supply, install and commission 35 G114-2.0 MW turbines at the Valentines wind farm located in the departments of Florida and Treinta y Tres, as well as handling the civil works and electrical installations needed to set up and operate this development. The facility is expected to be commissioned during the third quarter of 2016.

In addition, Gamesa will operate and maintain the wind complex for its first 15 years in operation.
To date, Gamesa has installed 150 MW in Uruguay and, with this new order, has secured contracts and agreements for the supply of another 170 MW. According to consultancy BTM, Uruguay is expected to register triple-digit growth in new capacity additions to bring total installed capacity to 1.4 GW in 2016.

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One of the largest, most environmentally-friendly, battery-based energy storage systems in the US will be installed at the University of California, San Diego. The 2.5 MW (5 MWh) system (enough to power 2,500 homes) will be integrated into the university’s microgrid, which generates 92% of the electricity used on campus annually and is considered one of the world’s most advanced microgrids.

UC San Diego awarded GES the design-build. The project includes the site development, installation and commissioning of a 2.5 MW, 2 hour grid tied energy storage system, that will be located at the East Campus Utility Plant (ECUP) site.

The 2.5 MW, 5 MWh energy storage system is the latest addition to UC San Diego’s portfolio of energy storage devices, one of the most diverse energy storage portfolios of any university in the world.

The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW.eu) that took place in Brussels from June 15-19 provided an open learning and exchange forum for energy savers from all over Europe motivated in taking an active part in shaping the Energy Union.

According to the EU2020 Strategy the shift towards a low-carbon economy shall be caracterized by smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Smart growth is to be achieved through effective investment in education, research and innovation actions, deployment of ITC, and improving competitiveness of SMEs. Sustainable growth will be achieved thanks to adaptation to climate change and strenghtening of environmental protection. Job creation and alleviation of fuel poverty shall make this growth more inclusive.

In order to deliver this strategy, policy actions between EU and Member State levels need to be coordinated, and energy efficiency has to be integrated more effectively in buildings, transport, industry. Among the many EU enabling tools two that are of particular importance have been highlighted during EUSEW 2015. Firstly, granting priority to energy efficiency (“Energy efficiency first”) and secondly aggregating projects from different regional and local levels for upscaling through replication of good practice examples.

Nowadays EU funding for energy efficiency clearly is targeted and limited to projects that trigger mobilization of private investment. Because ad hoc approaches are not efficient enough, standardisation and capacity building need to be fostered massively such as underlined not only by the Commission itself, but also by EEFIG , eu.esco , EFIEES and coordinators of several EU-funded projects such as TRANSPARENSE , EESI2020 and ICP Europe .

With regard to the difficulties encountered while implementing the Energy Efficiency Directive 2012/27/EU, notably article 8 about energy audits, several suggestions were submitted to the Commission with view to improving the text at the occasion of its revision. For example, replacing the criteria for classifying companies according to their SME status/number of employees by the energy use criterion. Indeed the number of employees and anual turnover of a company are not necessarily correlated with high energy consumption.

Furthermore, industry representatives called for a practical implementation guide that serves as a handbook for effective compliance. The current lack of standardization bears the risk of leading large enterprises to carry out these audits as fast as possible before the deadline of 5 December 2015 in every entity located on EU territory just to comply, missing the benefits of a systematic approach. Indeed, for energy performance data to be reliable and comparable common standards need to govern the energy audit process, and the professional qualification of energy auditors.

Where Member States fail to do so, it is up to industry players hand in hand with civil society actors to fill that gap. In this line of action the Spanish Association of Energy Auditors and Certifiers ENACE contributes to ensure within Spain and the EU internal market the availability of a sufficient number of building technicians that are adequately prepared for carrying out high-quality energy audits that are cost-effective .

Central America is rich in natural resources and boasts some of the highest penetrations of renewable energy in the world. To date hydropower has dominated the landscape for renewable generation, but as countries look for power sources that don’t come with a high environmental and social price tag, the development of geothermal, wind, solar and biomass have become regional priorities. Factor in a regional transmission line that can carry clean energy across borders, and it is increasingly clear that the Central American market is poised for the next wave of clean energy investment.

Against this backdrop New Energy Events, in close collaboration with the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), will convene the Central American Renewables Investment Summit (CAMRIS), a new annual event that will gather key regional and international stakeholders to catalyze investment in Central American renewables. In a highly granular fashion the Summit will examine opportunities for development and investment on a market-by-market basis, promote the deployment of capital, and enable the relationships across the region which will define the future of renewables in Central America.

Event at a Glance
• Two day event exploring renewable energy investment opportunities across the region
• A single place to meet the key stakeholders driving the development of Central American renewables: government officials, utilities, regulators, multilaterals, providers of capital and technology
• In-depth Country Investment Roadshows hosted by regional governments and utilities
• Examination of implications of SIEPAC on the economics of renewables development
• Granular financing workshop exploring public and private sector multilateral and bilateral lending programs
• Private Equity/Project Match-Making Program Faciliated by the Inter-American Development Bank

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Spanish company, Grupo Clavijo is playing an active role in the supply of solar trackers and assemblies for a range of projects worldwide. It has already concluded works for a 68 MW fixed assembly installation at La Jacinta (Uruguay), 35 MW in axis trackers at Calama (Chile), 40 MW in Chañares (Chile) and 1.4 MW in El Salvador. In addition, other projects are being developed in Honduras, Uruguay, Panama (the Divisa Solar Project with the company EcoSolar) and North America.

Grupo Clavijo’s 1 horizontal axis solar trackers have become a benchmark for EPC contractors, developers and installers, thanks to their excellent features whose main characteristics are as follows:

  • Adaptable to all types of land.
  •  Compatible with the majority of PV module brands on the market.
  •  Multiple configurations.
  •  Excellent investment/productivity ratio.
  •  Resistance.
  •  Extensive monitoring options.

The manufacturing quality of the Grupo Clavijo trackers and assemblies, its perfect logistical organisation for transportation to the installation point and compliance with deadlines are the keys to the success of the organisation that collaborates with leading international firms to promote and develop large photovoltaic projects.

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