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A Turboden 4 MW heat recovery ORC system will be installed in the 80 MW power station of Gibraltar, designed and supplied by Bouygues Energies & Services. This solution improves the power plant efficiency and reduces the overall life-cycle costs.

The Turboden 40 HRS ORC unit exploits the heat of exhaust gases coming from three MAN 14V51/60G gas engines (14.3 MW each), to generate 4 MW of gross electric power, achieving an overall combined cycle efficiency of 52%. Turboden will supply the ORC system including the three primary heat recovery exchangers for the direct heat transfer between the engines exhaust fumes and the ORC working fluid.

The ORC system start-up is expected in the first quarter of 2017. Once in operation, the heat recovery plant will lead to an annual saving of 42.000 Barrel of Oil Equivalent and will avoid the emission of 12.000 tons of CO2 equivalent each year.

Turboden has been developing direct heat exchange solutions for medium temperature hot gases (e.g. 600 °C) since 2009, when the first 500 kW direct exchange ORC unit was installed downstream a 7 MW diesel engine. In addition to the first unit, Turboden has supplied other 4 ORC units with direct exchange. The direct exchange solution allows avoiding the presence of intermediate circuits, leading to improved performances, lower investment cost and simpler schemes.

These applications represent an important technological innovation and provide several benefits and advantages compared to other solutions, as well as enhancing environmental sustainability, emissions reduction, industrial process efficiency and business performance. Turboden is committed to successfully deliver its ORC solutions worldwide, providing maximum quality service from commissioning to aftersales to achieve the expected performance results throughout the life of the plant” says Roberto Bini, Turboden Managing Director and R&D Manager.

In heat recovery applications, Turboden ORC units can be employed in combined cycles with reciprocating engines, with a net output increase of 8-12%, and with gas turbines, with a net output increase up to 25-45%, depending on the primary mover efficiency and on the fuel used. Turboden ORC modules can find an efficient use in these dry combined cycle projects, thanks to the good electrical efficiencies, minimum requests of operation and maintenance and simplicity of all start and stop procedures, which allow system management even by a non-licensed technician and permit operations in remote locations, with lack of water and extreme climates.

For medium temperature heat recovery (e.g. 300 °C), the ORC technology – compared to the traditional steam based solutions- leads to a relevant improvement of the net power output leveraging the perfect match between the heat source and the working fluid selected. Additionally, thanks to the characteristic of an organic compound as working fluid, the Direct Exchange ORC solution puts together the effectiveness of once-through type evaporators (high performances, fast response, low cost) to the ease of operation of the thermal media (no issue of corrosion, erosion, scaling, etc).

Turboden 35 years’ experience in the construction of ORC turbogenerators made possible the design, implementation and delivery of more than 300 power plants, with an overall power output of about 430 MWe, of which 10 units recover waste heat from internal combustion engines and from gas turbines, with a total power capacity of 13.5 MWe. The power of Turboden ORC turbogenerators in this application typically ranges between 500 kW and 15 MW electric.

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    From the wind turbine to the distribution grids: Siemens has fanned out its solutions for the wind power sector as broadly as the challenges facing the energy turnaround. Siemens presented its wind technology at the Husum Wind 2015 trade fair, ranging from generating electricity from wind and feeding power into the grid to solutions for distribution and energy storage. This year, Siemens focused primarily on cost-cutting and digitalization across the entire wind power value chain.

    Siemens showed its latest products and developments, starting with the Model SWT-3.3-130 wind turbine which, currently undergoing trial testing, is set to deliver the highest efficiency rate for sites offering low and medium wind speeds already in 2017. Load management systems and energy storage – battery storage systems as well as electrolysis systems – are aimed at lowering future costs of distributing and integrating wind power into the grids.

    Siemens also exhibited energy-efficient ways in which wind turbines are being automated: The multi-level Wind SCADA System is well suited for wind turbine manufacturers as well as forindependent service-providers.

    Unter dem Motto "WINDstärken: Mehr Wert für Ihre Windgeschäft" zeigt das Unternehmen auf 150 Quadratmetern Innovationen aus den Bereichen Windkraft, Energiesysteme, Produkt- und Systemlösungen sowie Anlagenwartung. Under the slogan of "WINDforce: Adding Value to Your Wind Business", Siemens is presenting its innovations in wind power, energy systems, product and system solutions and plant maintenance at its 150-square-meter stand.

    Busbar trunking systems and transformers as well as medium- and low-voltage switchgear equipment specially designed for use in wind farms ensure safe, reliable and efficient power distribution and feed into the grid. At Husum Siemens also presented integrated and harmonized protection, switching, measuring and monitoring devices that provide efficient distribution. Remote maintenance and modern service concepts help to lower operating costs.

    Siemens furthermore showed how technical solutions enable sensible further development of established marketing models – from electricity trading to operating reserve. Digitalization offers a wide range of control options with which Siemens is shaping its responses to the challenges of the energy transition.

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    It has opened a sales office in Mainz and is currently taking part in Husum Wind 2015, the German trade fair for the wind power industry.

    Acciona Windpower, an Acciona Group subsidiary that designs and manufactures wind turbines, has opened a sales office in Mainz (Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany) as a first step towards introducing its products into one of the main European wind power markets.

    Another example of Acciona Windpower’s interest in the German market is its presence, with its own stand, in the Husum Wind 2015 fair, held in the German town of the same name from 15-18 December.

    The company’s sales office in Germany joins twelve others worldwide and will be the fifth in Europe, where it already has offices in Spain, Italy, Poland and Turkey, and in other continents in the USA, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, China, India and South Africa.


    The AW3000, a 3-MW rated power machine, is a robust and reliable turbine that optimizes the power generated to reduce the cost of energy throughout its working life. It is achieving notable success in emerging markets such as Brazil, where its sales have exceeded 1,100 MW, together with Mexico, South Africa, Chile, Turkey and Poland, plus sales in mature markets such as the USA, Canada and Spain, where the company has its headquarters.

    Designed as an evolution of the AW1500 platform, the AW3000 has configurations adapted to all kinds of winds. It is available with four rotor diameters (100 m, 116 m, 125 m and 132 m) and six tower heights, either in steel (84 m, 87.5 m y 92 m) or concrete (100 m, 120 m y 137.5 m).

    Among the turbine’s competitive advantages, we would highlight the mounting on a double bearing on the slow speed shaft (a feature that gives it great robustness), generation at medium voltage (12 kV), which enables savings of up to 50% in energy capture infrastructure, an average availability of over 98% and a very low incident rate in the main components.

    Acciona Windpower has nacelle manufacturing plants in Spain, the USA and Brazil, plus facilities to produce blades in Spain and concrete towers in a number of countries close to projects currently being constructed.

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    Gamesa, a global technology leader in wind energy, has signed new contracts to supply 72.5 MW in three countries, expanding its geographic diversification to 54 countries, and its presence in spot markets, which represent 25% of the MW installed by the company.

    More specifically, Gamesa has signed contracts in Turkey (52.5 MW), Cyprus (10 MW) and Kuwait (10 MW).
    In Turkey the company will supply, install and commission 40 MW for Ado Enerji at the Akyurt (seven G114-2.0 MW turbines), Konakpinari (seven G114-2.0 MW turbines) and Karaçayir (six G114-2.0 MW turbines) wind farms.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Gamesa will also provide the operations and maintenance (O&M) services for five years.

    The turbines will be equipped with Gamesa’s MaxPower technology, which increases their nominal capacity from 2.0 MW to 2.1 MW, boosting these turbines’ output to 42 MW. The turbines are slated for supply during the second quarter of 2016, while the facility is scheduled for completion during the third quarter of next year.

    Gamesa has also been mandated to supply 12.5 MW of its G114-2.5 MW model to Kazanci Holding. These turbines are scheduled for delivery to the Datça wind farm during the second quarter of 2016; this facility is also due to start up during the third quarter. This order will mark the introduction of Gamesa’s G114-2.5 MW turbine into this market.

    In Cyprus, Aeoliki Akti, a local conglomerate, has ordered 10 MW (five G114-2.0 MW turbines) for the Sanida Kelaki wind farm. These turbines are due for delivery in spring 2016 and the facility is scheduled for completion by the third quarter of next year.

    In Kuwait, Gamesa has landed its first order in this market, specifically a contract for the supply and installation of 10 MW (five G97-2.0 MW turbines) for Kuwait’s début wind farm, which is being developed by a joint venture formed by Elecnor and local partner Alghanim. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned by 2016.

    On 23 September, Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto, inaugurated Phase I of the Los Azufres III geothermal power plant in Michoacán. Forming part of the Los Azufres Geothermal Field, operated by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), falling within the National Infrastructure Plan 2014-2018 and commissioned in February 2015, this complex adds some 50 MW of clean energy to Mexico’s electrical system, generating net earnings for the CFE of 41 million pesos per year.

    The inaugural event was well-represented by the government, as apart from the President himself, it was attended by Enrique Ochoa Meza, Managing Director of the CFE; Francisco Medina Chávez, Managing Director of Grupo FAME; Salvador Jara Guerrero, Governor of Michoacán; Jaime Esparza Cortina, Secretary of the Government of Michoacán; Pedro Joaquín Coldwell, Secretary for Energy; Rafael Pacchiano Alamán, Secretary for the Environment and Natural Resources; Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary for Communications and Transportation; the mayoress of Zinapécuaro, María del Refugio Silva Durán, in addition to state, federal and municipal civil servants, senators and military commanders.

    With an investment of 968 million pesos, the first phase of Azufres III has a 53 MW capacity and, as already mentioned, it will generate clean energy at national level equivalent to supplying electricity to a population of some 195,000 inhabitants while occupying a surface area of just 1.5 hectares. Thanks to its clean technology, it will avoid the emission into the atmosphere of more than 177,500 t/year of CO2.

    The new plant will increase the total installed capacity of the Los Azufres Geothermal Field by 17%, going from 192 MW to 225 MW, thereby adding around 404 GWh of clean energy to Mexico’s electrical system. In other words, enough energy to service a population of 800,000 inhabitants. The CFE is planning the construction of another geothermal plant in this same area, namely Los Azufres III Phase II that will have a capacity of 25 MW. The project conditions were published on 8 July, the deadline for submission of proposals ends on 30 October and adjudication will take place on 25 November this year. The CFE is currently promoting the implementation of 14 renewable energy generation projects, six of which are geothermal, with an approximate investment of US$4.4Bn.

    Mexico is the first country in Latin America and the fourth largest worldwide in terms of total installed geothermal energy generation capacity after the USA, the Philippines and Indonesia. Specifically, in the state of Michoacán, 100% of the electrical power produced comes from renewable sources with 90% from hydroelectric and 10% from the Los Azufres Geothermal Field, accounting for 25% of Mexico’s installed geothermal capacity.

    ‘Smart Connection’ , which is specifically designed for SMEs, provides a whole new platform of services aimed at optimising conditions for the supply, management and consumption of energy. It takes into account a range of factors such as price, type of contract, savings, consumption control, energy efficiency and responsibility towards the environment.

    The goal is to provide the employer with the tools needed to boost their competitiveness through the smart management of their energy use.

    The ‘smart’ concept has been establishing itself strongly in almost all areas of information and technology, and particularly in industrial and business sectors as well as in energy, because customers have become increasingly focused on implementing measures to promote savings, efficiency and stewardship of an asset constituting a key component of their financial results.

    Based on its in-depth understanding of the market and the latest technological tools, Axpo Iberia has fully developed the business strategy called ‘The Smart Connection’, specifically geared towards SMEs with the aim of providing employers with the keys to manage and control their energy consumption.

    Although the factors that determine the competitiveness of a company may vary depending on the sector where it operates, in the majority of cases energy consumption is configured as a key element in ensuring its sustainability in the medium and long term.

    The ‘Smart Connection’ concept of Axpo encompasses a whole range of services oriented towards optimising conditions for the supply, management and consumption of energy. It takes into account a number of factors such as price (how can we bring down energy bills), type of contract (fixed price, indexed, custom formulae), savings (energy efficiency), consumption control (management tools and telemetry) and responsibility towards the environment (100% renewable origin certification).

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    The PV Mobile Lab, the mobile testing solution of Enertis has carried out on-site testing of solar projects totaling 300 MW of installed capacity in the first six months of the year. The projects are distributed across more than 20 plants and about 2,000 modules analyzed. This figure contributes towards more than 6,000 inspected panels since the PV Mobile Lab’s launch in 2013.

    The work performed by the PV Mobile Lab has allowed the technical assessment of PV modules throughout the sale process of large solar installations, to verify and validate the quality of the modules prior to shipment of supplies from factories. Furthermore, it helps detect and diagnose degradation problems with the modules after the first months of operation. For example, thanks to PV Mobile Lab, Enertis has been able to analyze and diagnose cases of Potential Induced Degradation (PID) at several photovoltaic plants in France and England, estimating with high accuracy the degree of evolution of the issue. In addition, this tool has been used to evaluate, thanks to its Class A+A+A+ solar simulator (IEC 60904), the incidence of different visual defects (“snail trails”, yellowing, etc.) in the capacity of the photovoltaic modules installed to produce energy.

    Quality control on-site

    In the first six months of 2015, the PV Mobile Lab has conducted quality controls and tests of projects for most of the major investors, developers and builders of photovoltaic solar plants worldwide such as SunEdison, Lightsource RE, Conergy and Next Energy Capital.

    The PV Mobile Lab’s flexibility accompanies Enertis in its international expansion. Since its launch the PV Mobile Lab has been operating in many European countries such as Spain, France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, in addition to the United States, where Enertis also possesses one mobile laboratory unit.

    Furthermore, Enertis is currently developing additional units which, with strategic partners, will allow the company to provide similar on-site services in several important markets such as Japan, China, Brazil, Chile and India.

    Enertis helps developers, engineering firms and financial institutions, among other players of this industry, to ensure the profitability of investments in photovoltaic projects, checking the status of the modules and their ability to ensure electricity production during their lifespan, and minimizing the risk of loss of productivity resulting from failure.

    PV Mobile Lab

    The PV Mobile Lab, designed and developed by Enertis, is the first mobile unit planned to perform on-site quality control of the significant component of photovoltaic plants, the solar module, avoiding its transport to conventional fixed laboratories and significantly reducing the period of time during which the panels are uninstalled to undergo technical inspections and performance tests. This is an important tool when accepting large batches of modules and inspecting for impairments, among other applications, thanks to the measurement of maximum power of the modules under Standard Test Conditions (STC, 25 °C, spectrum AM1.5G and 1,000 W/m2 irradiance), with a low margin of uncertainty.

    The laboratory is equipped with a class A+A+A+ solar simulator tunnel type and is able to control environmental conditions. Those are very important features, which ensure that results that results from the measurements obtained have a small margin of error.

    The PV Mobile Lab equipment allows performing the following non-destructive testing on the PV modules on-site: Electroluminescence, Thermographic Inspection, Visual Inspection, Maximum Power Measurement and Electrical Insulation. The last three tests are performed following the Conditions Measure standard set in the IEC 61215:2005, whose implementation is accredited according to international standards ISO/IEC 17025: 2005.

    In addition to the photovoltaic modules testing, the PV Mobile Lab comes with other necessary equipment to conduct a comprehensive diagnosis of the status of the plant both before and during its implementation.

    The PV Mobile Lab has been funded by the Comunidad de Madrid, through aid managed by Madrid Network, an organization created to promote regional industry R&D promoted by the Consejería de Economía, Empleo y Hacienda.


    The first edition of the Nissan Sustainable Mobility Forum took place on 21 September 2015 in Madrid, an event that forms part of the European Mobility Week and that aims to define the keys to deploy the electric vehicle and promote sustainable mobility models in Spain.

    FuturENERGY was there for the inauguration of an event that was also attended by Begoña Cristeto Blasco from the General Secretariat of Industry and SMEs of the Spanish Government’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism who announced new details on Spain’s strategy for alternative energy vehicles: “to stimulate demand for vehicles powered by alternative energies in Spain that include 100% electric models, by the end of 2015, we will have launched the Movea programme, the programme for Financial Aid for Alternative Energy Vehicles. This programme will integrate current purchasing subsidies in addition to adding funding for the installation of charging points. The Movea programme forms part of the general budgets for 2016 and, if approved, will enjoy a total investment of 17 million euros. This significant increase in investment, substantially more than the €7m of the previous programme, demonstrates the high level of commitment that the Government has to promote more sustainable mobility models”.


    The Minister for the Environment, Local Administration and Land Planning of the Autonomous Community of Madrid, Jaime González Taboada, emphasised the commitment and work promoted by the Madrid government to boost e-technology and other alternative energies on Spain’s roads: “European Mobility Week invites us to reflect on today’s mobility model, as well as on the role that it has to play in public transport and alternative energies. The Autonomous Community of Madrid approves the Azul+ programme that aims to reduce the environmental impact of transport and that will, among other measures, includes financial aid for purchasing”.

    To conclude, González stressed the need to be able to rely on the commitment of every resident of Madrid, both private and public transport users, commenting that: “by 2020 we would like the entire Madrid taxi fleet to include ecological vehicles and we are also going to work towards installing more fast charging points in the capital. The best strategy for economic growth is to look after our environment”.

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    Rolls-Royce suministrará ocho grupos electrógenos a gas que generarán 50 MW de energía eléctrica para satisfacer la demanda de diferentes fábricas de de acero del grupo Abul Khair en Bangladesh, que está en plena expansión. Esta será la mayor fábrica de fundición de acero del país, una vez que se complete la expansión. Los grupos electrógenos se basan en el motor de gas de velocidad media de 20 cilindros B35 40V20AG2 de Bergen Engines, que forma parte de Rolls-Royce Power Systems dentro de la División Land & Sea de Rolls-Royce.

    Con base en Chittagong, en el sureste de Bangladesh, Abul Khair va a ampliar sus instalaciones de fabricación de laminados de chapa de acero bobinados en frío y bobinas galvanizadas. La potencia eléctrica producida por la planta de energía en el sitio con motores Rolls-Royce se requiere para su uso interno funcionando en sincronización con la red. Grupo Abul Khair también planea utilizar en el futuro los gases de escape para la producción de vapor.

    Aparte del contrato de suministro de equipos, Rolls-Royce y Abul Khair Steel & Power, una filial de grupo Abul Khair, también han firmado un acuerdo de servicio de supervisión de la operación de dos años de duración, que incluye el suministro de piezas de repuesto. Los motores están programados para ser puestos en marcha en el primer semestre de 2016.

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    Saudi Arabia represents one of Himoinsa’s main Middle East markets. According to recent reports published by TechSci Research, the diesel generator set market in Saudi Arabia will reach $709 million by 2020. In addition to these positive market forecasts are the recent sales figures for the company in Saudi Arabia. In the past 19 months, Himoinsa generator sets represent a 7% share of the total market for generator sets in Saudi Arabia.

    Construction on the bridge linking Bahrain with Saudi Arabia, as well as the construction of the Makkah-Medina high speed railway, have employed Himoinsa generator sets. Most of the generators sold in Saudi Arabia have been distributed to rental companies, as well as lighting towers, increasingly requested by rental firms. In the past two years, Himoinsa Middle East has sold more than 600 lighting towers in the region; 30% of them in Saudi Arabia.

    Himoinsa works in the region through its distributor FAMCO, which began to made significant inroads into the Saudi Arabia market in 2013. “In the past 19 months, 33% of sales of Himoinsa generator sets in the Middle East correspond to Saudi Arabia”, says Guillermo Elum, Sales and Marketing Director in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Europe, who describes Saudi Arabia as “one of our major markets in the region.” While the construction sector has been one of the most important for Himoinsa, the company is now focusing its attention on the telecommunications, residential and industrial sectors. Areas for which the company offers innovative energy solutions.

    The figures speak for themselves. By 2020 it is expected that 429 billion kW will be generated in Saudi Arabia. During 2014, the residential sector alone represented 30% of the market of diesel generator sets in Saudi Arabia, according to TechSci Research, in its report which highlights the North, Centre and West areas of Saudi Arabia as those with the greatest demand for generator sets. These areas alone represented 56% of the diesel generators market in Saudi Arabia in 2014.

    Himoinsa Executive Director, Lydia Gracia, stated that the key to the success of the company in Saudi Arabia lies in the flexibility of the company when it comes to adapting the product to the needs of a special market, among others, due to its extreme weather conditions. “We are prepared to work in extreme conditions, withstanding temperatures of 50 ºC. Desert areas require special working conditions, as at certain times of the day it can be humid but always dusty, factors that could damage the genset’s filters and therefore affect its operation.

    Himoinsa generator sets headed for desert climates are designed with tropicalized radiators with double varnish and anti-condensation resistance. The alternator air filters are specially treated to prevent dust from entering and to ensure uninterrupted power supply.

    SAJ Electric