Monthly Archives: junio 2016

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Wärtsilä has signed a major contract to supply a 161 MW Flexicycle (combined cycle) power plant to Yamama Cement Company in Saudi Arabia. Wärtsilä will deliver a full EPC (Engineering, Procurement & Construction) project. In addition to the EPC contract, a 5-year operation and maintenance management agreement and a 10-year spare parts supply agreement have also been signed.

The power plant includes ten 18-cylinder Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines and a steam turbine. The value of the order is approximately EUR 115 million. The contract was included in Wärtsilä’s order book in the first quarter of 2016. The contract announcement was delayed until June 2016 due to the finalisation of techno-commercial details and the operation and maintenance management agreement. The power plant will be delivered in four phases. The first part is estimated to be delivered by the end of 2017 and the complete plant is scheduled to be handed over during the second quarter of 2019. The delivery is aligned with the construction schedule of a new Yamama cement plant.

This is a dual-fuel power plant operating primarily on natural gas with light fuel oil and crude oil as back up fuels. This will be Wärtsilä’s first gas fired Flexicycle power plant in Saudi Arabia. The plant will provide power to run the Yamama facility, which has a daily production capacity of 20,000 tonnes of cement. Because of the plants’ remote locations, most of the cement industry in Saudi Arabia is powered by captive power plants such as this one.


Source: Wärtsilä

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Enerray, subsidiary of SECI Energia, subholding of Maccaferri Group, just attended the Mexico Power Finance and Investment Summit, scheduled for June 28-30, at Affinia Hotel, Manhattan, New York City: main topic of this 3-days-long summit was the pivotal time of Mexico’s electricity market.

Within the end of 2016, Enerray will have 1 GWp of solar capacity installed globally, distributed across 12 countries, as well as an equivalent amount of O&M contracts. Thanks to these figures, Enerray is among leading solar installer in several countries, demonstrating its expertise in solar development: indeed, Enerray is building a 254 MWp solar farm in Brasil, the biggest in Latam, and additional over 100 MWp are under design.

Mexico is now at the beginning of a brand-new wholesale power market paradigm: the senate approved that by 2018 Mexico must generate 25% of its power from clean sources and in this way, Mexico plans 24 transmission and distribution projects and further 25.000 km of transmission lines over the next 15 years for a total investment amount of USD$ 13.4 billion. On January 2016 the operations of a new market era officially begun and this has been followed by the launch of the first-ever long-term electricity contract auctions.

Enerray established a complete Mexican structure for its commercialization, distribution, and technical operations in Mexico in 2014 also investing US$500,000 in a solar rooftop installation for its offices in Queretaro, which represents its first step as an EPC company in Mexico. Rooftop projects in commercial and industrial facilities currently dominate Enerray’s core business in the country also offering services for utility-scale solar parks.

In Mexico, part of its strategy consists in approaching international power producers that are willing to enter the market, offering them its EPC services: an almost 100 MWp’s MOU has been signed and the construction is scheduled by December 2016. In Mexico, Enerray has developed several projects, which are already running successfully: among others there is the solar installation developed for Cinépolis, one of the largest cinema chains in Mexico.

This project was particularly intensive and required a highly-complex engineering proposal: 300 KWp with a production capacity of 526 MWh of clean energy per year, avoiding carbon emissions of 296 tons/year. This project, meaningful in terms of savings related to electric power, can be replied in other cinemas and entertainment structures as well.

Considering the new regulations and new opportunities, Mexico is surely an interesting market for any player in the industry and for investors as well.


Source: Enerray

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Senvion, a leading global manufacturer of wind turbines, has closed a long-term support and cooperation framework agreement for four wind farms in Germany with Prokon for a total capacity of 100 MW.

From the framework agreement, Senvion has already signed a conditional contract for 69 MW which includes the delivery and commissioning of the turbines, as well as a service agreement.

In the first batch, four individual wind projects will be equipped with 21 turbines from the Senvion 3-MW portfolio, including the Senvion 3.4M140 for low-wind sites that Senvion launched last September.

The four projects will be built utilizing one Senvion 3.2M122, five Senvion 3.0M122, eight Senvion 3.4M114 and also include seven Senvion 3.4M140. This turbine with a new pitch system and sound optimized serrations on its blades is particularly suitable for low-wind locations as well as forested and mountainous areas.

The 21 turbines will produce approximately 173,000,000 kilowatt-hours each year, enough electricity to power more than 45,000 German households each year.


Source: Senvion

SunPower has signed a power purchase agreement for the supply of 300 gigawatt hours per year of clean solar energy to Metro of Santiago, Chile. With this agreement, Metro of Santiago will become the first public transportation system in the world to run mostly on solar energy. Metro of Santiago currently serves 2.2 million passengers per day.

The power will be generated from the El Pelícano Solar Project, a 100-megawatt (AC) project near the municipalities of La Higuera (Coquimbo Region) and Vallenar (Atacama Region). Construction of the solar power plant will begin this year, with expected operation by the end of 2017.

SunPower, a leading global solar technology company and an affiliate of Total, will design and build the project and provide operations and maintenance once it is operational. The company will construct a SunPower® Oasis® power plant system at the site. The Oasis system is a fully-integrated, modular solar power block that is engineered for rapid and cost-effective deployment of utility-scale solar projects while optimizing land use. The technology includes robotic solar panel cleaning capability that uses 75 percent less water than traditional cleaning methods and can help improve system performance by up to 15 percent.


Source: Sunpower

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Gamesa continues to make inroads with its business strategy in Europe, having received its first order from French wind power developer Valorem for the supply of 36 MW at three wind farms.

Specifically, the company will supply and install eight G114-2.5 MW turbines at the Santerre wind farm, located in the department of Somme, in northern France, five G87-2.0 MW turbines at the Soulanes wind farm and three G87-2.0 MW turbines at the Albine facility, the last two located in the department of Tarn, in the south.

These turbines will be delivered during the fourth quarter of this year and these facilities will be commissioned from March 2017. The company will also provide these facilities’ operation and maintenance (O&M) services during the next ten years.

It is worth noting that these three wind farms will have enough capacity to meet the demand for electricity of around 35,000 French households and will prevent emissions equivalent to those generated by 18,000 cars in one year.

This agreement not only marks the start of business dealings with Valorem but also reinforces Gamesa’s strategy in France, a market it first entered back in 2000.

Since then, the company has emerged as a benchmark industrial group, having installed 790 MW. In addition to turbine manufacture and the development of wind farms, the company’s vertically-integrated strategy in this market extends to the provision of O&M services under value-added programmes designed to maximise power output, increase facility availability and reduce maintenance costs, all with the overriding goal of rationalising its customers’ cost of energy (CoE).


Source: Gamesa

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The new Cap des Biches power plant was inaugurated in Senegal on 13 June. The 53 MW Flexicycle plant comprises three Wärtsilä 46 internal combustion engines and a combined cycle heat recovery system. The ceremony was hosted by the owner of the plant, ContourGlobal, and the official inauguration of the plant was performed by the President of Senegal, Mr. Macky Sall.

“The Cap des Biches power plant proceeded from concept to the live generation of electricity in just 14 months – twice as fast as similar projects. ”

The power plant will feed electricity to the national grid under a 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) between ContourGlobal and Senelec, the national electricity company of Senegal. The project is financed by International Finance Corporation (IFC), a subsidiary of the World Bank Group, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC). The project is part of the U.S. Government’s Power for Africa initiative, which aims to add 30 000 MW of new power generation capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Wärtsilä and ContourGlobal have already signed a contract to expand the power plant with two additional Wärtsilä 46 engines having a combined capacity of 34 MW. Once completed, the 87 MW power plant will provide a 10 percent increase to Senegal’s current total generation capacity of 860 MW, making it critical covering the growing electricity demand in Senegal. The parties have also signed a five-year maintenance and spare part agreement.

The project is designed so that the plant can quickly be converted to natural gas as soon as it becomes available. Senelec has announced plans to invest in a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal. This will improve Senegal’s fuel security, reduce carbon emissions, and lower the cost of electricity to the consumer.

With the Cap des Biches extension project completed, Wärtsilä’s installed capacity in Senegal will reach 465 MW, some 55 percent of the country’s total capacity. In all of Africa, Wärtsilä has delivered approximately 6500 MW of power plant capacity in 46 countries. Globally, Wärtsilä’s installed base is 58 GW in 175 countries.


Source: Wärtsilä

The EU’s renewable energy target – 20% of total consumption by 2020 – has already been hit by many EU member states. But others lag behind and must do more, MEPs urge in a resolution, voted on Thursday, on the EU Commission’s “renewables progress report.” To achieve the EU’s energy efficiency target – a 20% gain by 2020 – member states need to implement EU legislation faster, and in full, says a second resolution, also voted on Thursday.

“Our concern is that we deal with a lot of overlapping EU legislation and obstacles due to national energy policies. As a result, more and more burdens fall heavily on energy consumers. Therefore, we need a much better coordination within the European Commission and with national energy policies. We ask the Commission to ensure that European and national renewable development objectives do not hinder each other”, said rapporteur Markus Pieper (EPP, DE).

“The EU must stay at the forefront of renewables development. This means that member states must step up their efforts towards 2020, and that we must take 30% renewables consumption as the minimum goal for 2030, also at national level”, said rapporteur for renewable energy Paloma López Bermejo (GUE/NGL, ES).

Increasing renewable energy share beyond 2020

Using all existing funding schemes effectively, to ensure access to capital, is crucial to achieving the current 20% renewables target by 2020, say MEPs in their non-legislative resolution. The text also reiterates Parliament’s call for binding targets to ensure that renewables account for at least 30% of total energy consumption by 2030.

Implementing energy efficiency legislation

On the other hand, the overall 20% efficiency improvement target is at risk if member states do not implement existing EU legislation in full, says Parliament’s assessment of member states’ progress in improving energy efficiency.

MEPs reiterated their previous calls “for a 40% energy efficiency target for 2030”, considering that “binding requirements are vital in order to achieve a maximum degree of ambition and effort” from the member states.

MEPs want a better deal for consumers

Self-generation and self-consumption are “basic rights”, and the upcoming review of the Renewable Energy Directive should foresee measures to promote and encourage investments in these areas, say MEPs, stressing that a more integrated market is essential to the development of renewables and to reducing energy costs.

MEPs call on the EU to invest more in information and support programmes in the member states that could help to raise participation in current local energy efficiency schemes, and to promote new technical developments in areas such as refrigerants, lighting, insulation, etc.

Consumers should play a more decisive role in achieving energy efficiency targets, e.g. by refurbishing buildings and through district heating and cooling schemes, say MEPs, noting that energy-efficient renovation of existing buildings should be a priority to help energy-poor residents. They advocate setting specific energy efficiency targets for residential buildings.

The resolution on energy efficiency was passed by 253 votes to 193, with 4 abstentions, whereas that on renewable energy was passed by 444 votes to 103, with 23 abstentions.

Next steps

These recommendations will feed into upcoming legislative proposals on the EU energy union.


Source: Parlamento Europeo

Special report focusing on wind power, published in advanced, as a separate issue to the June 2016 edition of FuturENERGY, for special distribution at II Spanish Wind Power Congress, an event that has ran from 28 to 29 June in Madrid and at which FuturENERGY has an active presence with a special distribution of this separate issue.

This special report includes the following:

Vestas. Global wind power leader tests a multi-rotor concept turbine

Wind power in 2015. A record year for installations and investment
Wind power in Mexico. Industry outlook

Drone-based predictive wind power maintenance. The importance of correct data processing
New lease of life for old wind farms and increased efficiency for the new

Design, validation and manufacture of a prototype for the development of a new coating for the leading edge of turbine blades

GES. Objective: to continue to be a pioneer in construction and services for the renewables sector

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Bookport concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in South Africa, built by Sener, Acciona and TSK, has set a new African record for the continuous, round-the-clock supply of electricity. Within the first month of commercial operation, the newly-inaugurated 50 MW Bokpoort CSP plant, produced electricity for a continuous period of 161 hours, equivalent to almost six days of continuous, full-load electricity – an African record.

CSP technology is considered an intermittent source of power which supplies electricity during daylight hours, when demand is highest. Nevertheless, Bokpoort’s design enables it to continue supplying electricity long after the sun has set thanks to a molten salt energy storage facility that can accumulate 9.3 hours of electricity production, the highest power storage facility on the African continent.

The Bokpoort CSP plant in the Northern Cape Province was built by a joint venture between Sener, Acciona, TSK and South Africa’s Crowie. They were awarded the EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) project by the Saudi group ACWA Power, the plant’s owner and operator.

Round the clock electricity supply from a solar power plant is a significant milestone for South Africa and for the renewable industry as a whole, as it allows CSP technology to approximate the continuous power supply of conventional technologies such as hydroelectric, thermal or gas-fired power plants.Planta-Bokpoort2

In South Africa the country’s daily evening peak demand is from 5 pm to 9 pm and the newly introduced CSP Peak tariff means that developers are encouraged to have thermal storage capacity.

Bokpoort CSP has shown that due to the good design of the plant and the solar radiation available at the site, its 9.3 hours of thermal storage can easily be extended to allow round-the-clock continuous operations.

Nandu Bhula, CEO of Bokpoort CSP plant, declared: “Globally the biggest challenge of CSP has been its ability to produce energy consistently long after sunset. The performance of this plant is a clear indication that CSP technology can be used as a base-load capacity option in the same way as conventional power plants.”


Source: Sener


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Ingeteam has been awarded a pioneering contract in the wind sector for the monitoring of vibrations, supervision and status diagnostics of over 550 MW distributed in wind farms worldwide. This solution will be undertaken with a tool called Ingesys CMS, created by the company, which makes it possible to foresee potential problems which may be detected in the wind turbine (gearbox failures, problems in the bearings, etc.).

The service includes the predictive analysis, supply, installation and commissioning of over 280 Ingesys CMS devices in technologies such as Vestas, General Electric, Alstom and Repower, amongst others, distributed in wind farms worldwide, mainly in Italy, Mexico, Bulgaria, Greece and the USA.

The supervision processes and status diagnostics of the wind turbines will be performed in Albacete (Spain) by ISO 18436-2-certified, category III vibration analysis engineers with over 9 years’ experience in predictive maintenance.


Source: Ingeteam

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