Yearly Archives: 2017

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After the completion of the Camargo project in Mexico over a year ago, Gransolar (GRS) will be in charge of the construction of a new 35.47 MWp photovoltaic plant, in the municipality of Tlahualilo de Zaragoza (in the northeast of the country), for the Balam Fund company.

The Clean Energy installation of “La Laguna” will cover an area of more than 85 hectares and will consist of 107,260 polycrystalline photovoltaic modules, mounted on 98 single axis multi row trackers. The plant will generate more than 81 GWh in its first year of operation, equivalent to the annual electricity consumption of more than 20,260 homes, avoiding the emission into the atmosphere of more than 52,300 tons of CO2 per year approximately.

The Clean Energy project of “La Laguna”, that will connect in the substation owned by CFE El Pilar, will be executed under the self-supply modality and the energy generated by the plant will be purchased through a long-term PPA by one of the most important pharmaceutical groups in Mexico, Farmacias del Ahorro.

Clean Energy of “La Laguna” is the third investment of Balam Fund, together with the Camargo solar plant (in operation since April 2017) and Energía Eólica del Sur (50% controlled by Balam and the other 50% controlled by Mitsubishi Corporation), 396 MW wind plant in Oaxaca, which started construction in May 2017 and whose generated energy will supply Grupo FEMSA, Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma Heineken México and Crown México.

With the new headquarters of GRS in Mexico and this new project, Gransolar plans to continue growing and strengthening its presence in the country.

With Latin America’s emergence as the hottest region for solar development in recent years, Mexico has taken the lead with a dynamic energy transition that sets the stage for unprecedented solar growth. An abundance of solar resources, high power prices, falling technology costs, and an increasing need for resource diversification combine to place Mexico among the global leaders for PV development.

The country is set to double its distributed generation capacity this year, with more than 300 MW of new installations, after Mexico’s regulatory commission increased the upper limit for net metering plants to 500 kW. Authorities are working to foster DG as a slice of its 40 percent renewable energy target by 2035. For this to happen, the country will need to get around 18 percent of its generation from solar, compared to less than 1 percent at present.

At Solar Summit Mexico 2018 experts will discuss the massive opportunity that exists in this market and how to best take advantage of it.

This two-day event will leverage GTM Research’s regional expertise in Mexico to ensure your company is uniquely positioned to capture specific opportunities while appropriately managing regulatory, political, and market risks.

2018 conference themes will be:

  • Mexico PV on the global stage
  • Large-scale solar development in Mexico
  • The opportunities of distributed generation in the Mexican market
  • Bringing down the cost of PV
  • Tariffs, manufacturing, & distribution strategies
  • Financing: solar in Mexico

Everything you need to know about solar financing in Mexico

According to EY, only 15% of the Mexican electricity auctions have been project financed so far and mostly by multilateral development banks. Other than corporate finance, a lot of projects are still suffering to get to financial closing.

Investors all around the world are looking to Mexican PV and Solar Summit Mexico 2018 will dedicate a full day at to diving deep into solar finance. Those attending the event will hear about the various strategies being employed, new avenues on the buyer side of generation and the attractive prices and schemes. Take a look at the schedule at-a-glance:

Making large-scale projects a reality: Access to Solar Financing in Mexico
• Dino Barajas, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
• Carlos Carranza, Project Development Director, North American Development Bank
• Marian Aguirre Nienau, Head of Power Projects, Bancomext
• Adrián Katzew, CEO, Zuma Energía

Adapting Project Finance to the New Era of Distributed Energy Projects
• John Bates, CEO, Prana Power
• Franco Capurro, Founder & CEO, Caaapital
• Marco G. Monroy, Founder & CEO, MGM Innova Capital

Strategies for Developers to Leverage Specialized Financing
• Eduardo Reyes Bravo, Manager, PwC
• Carlos Isorna, Vice President, Macquarie Mexican Infrastructure Fund (“MMIF”)
• Patricia Tatto, Partner & Country Head, Mexico & Central America, Ata Renewables

How third parties are thriving in a deregulated landscape
• Rodrigo Esparza, Compliance Officer, CFE Calificados
• Juan B. Guichard, CEO, Ammper

Source: GTM Research

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE), has installed over 13 GW, has secured an order from Gas Natural Fenosa Renovables for the supply of 22 turbines to two wind farms being developed in Spain, with combined capacity of 64 MW. Both wind farms are the result of the renewable power capacity allocated to the energy company in the auction held by the Spanish government last May.

Specifically, the first order encompasses the installation of 15 of its G126-2.625 MW turbines, while the second covers the supply of seven of its G132-3.465 MW turbines, one of its newest models, which features 64.5m-long glass fibre blades. These orders mark the first time both models will be installed in commercial wind farms in Spain, the two prototypes having been validated and certified at the R&D wind farm located in the Alaiz mountain range (Navarra, Spain).

In both instances, most of the parts will be made in Spain: the blades will be manufactured at the Aoiz factory in Navarra and the nacelles will be produced at the Ágreda plant in Soria.
The wind turbines are scheduled for delivery during the third quarter of 2018, while the facilities are slated for commissioning towards the end of next year.

Siemens Gamesa’s relationship with Gas Natural dates back to 1997, since which time the company has supplied the Spanish power utility with over 700 MW, most of which in Spain and Mexico.

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The Nordex Group has been awarded contracts for the installation of two wind farms in Apulia. A total of 13 N131 turbines with 84 meter steel towers are to be supplied plus service for the turbines. Construction is to commence in the third quarter of 2018.

The order has been placed by an Italian project developer and independent power producer which primarily specialises in wind power. Both projects were awarded in a tender process held in 2016.

The Group has installed wind power capacity of more than 21 GW in over 25 markets, generating sales of EUR 3.4 billion in 2016. It currently has roughly 5,000 employees. The production network comprises plants in Germany, Spain, Brazil, the United States and India. The product range primarily concentrates on onshore turbines in the 1.5 – 4.5 MW class addressing the requirements of land constrained as well as grid constrained markets.

Source: Nordex

Scandinavia’s biggest urban development project is rising in Copenhagen. It’s a lab for future smart energy technologies and an opportunity for Danfoss to demonstrate the art of intelligent and climate-friendly heating and cooling.

During the next 50 years, the Nordhavn district, one of Europe’s largest metropolitan development districts, will host 40,000 new inhabitants as well as 40,000 jobs. Supporting the vision of Copenhagen to be the world’s first CO2 neutral capital, sustainable urban development is integrated into all aspects of the new city district.

The project called EnergyLab Nordhavn will develop and demonstrate energy solutions available for the future. It will show how electricity and heating, energy-efficient buildings and electric transport can be integrated into an intelligent, flexible and optimized energy system based on a large share of renewable energy.

Danfoss leads the way

Danfoss is leading the Nordhavn project about smart components in the integrated energy systems. The purpose is to demonstrate and analyze the technical and economic feasibilities of smart control of specific components and systems – with main functions to provide heat and cooling services in buildings.

The Danfoss technologies for Nordhavn deliver efficiency and flexibility in the energy system and include district heating substations based on ultra-low temperatures, remote-controlled radiator thermostats for the regulation of building space heating, and utilization of surplus heat from a supermarket’s refrigeration system.

Gold certificate

Nordhavn is unique. Due to the highest level of certification on sustainability at district and building level, it’s the only new urban development area to have received gold in the DGNB certification system.

EnergyLab Nordhavn is a key part in reaching Copenhagen’s overall goal of being CO2 neutral by 2025. The Copenhagen district heating system is already one of the world’s largest, oldest and most successful, supplying 98% of the city with clean, reliable and affordable heating.

Improvements in the heating sector in the Danish capital are important to reach vast energy savings and to meet the climate goal. In the past 40 years, energy consumption in Danish buildings has been reduced by 45% per square meter. But if the district heating unit in every property in Copenhagen was operated to its full potential, the city would still be able to use 10% less heat. And that would save the Copenhageners up to $70 m per year on heating bills.

As Greater Copenhagen accounts for 40% of Denmark’s population, solutions in Copenhagen like EnergyLab Nordhavn will contribute substantially to the national targets.

Source: Danfoss

Two international events to lead the global transition to a lower carbon economy by co-locating next year

Gastech, the leading global exhibition and conference for the international gas, LNG and energy industries, and GPEX (Global Power & Energy Exhibition), the new hub for the international power and energy community, will share the same location in Barcelona next year.

The co-location of the events, which will be held in adjoining halls in the Fira Gran Via from September 17-20, 2018, supports the public-private drive towards a lower carbon environment with the synergies between the two creating further opportunities for exhibitors, delegates and visitors.

Gastech is regarded as the most significant meeting place for upstream, midstream and downstream gas and LNG professionals to convene and do business, and for more than 45 years it has been at the forefront of the international gas and LNG markets. The 2018 edition will see bigger, bolder and more innovative conference themes, ensuring the event remains at the forefront of the ever-evolving gas industry.

The GPEX exhibition and conference will focus on the transition of the electricity network, looking at the changing utility business model, as new technologies disrupt the centralised approach to power generation, transmission and distribution, with residential consumers and industrial and commercial energy users taking more control of their own energy production and consumption.

It will bring together the global power and energy community including governments, commercial and industrial power users, integrated energy companies, power producers and distributors, energy retailers and renewables, providing solutions for businesses adapting to the energy transition.

Gastech governing body and programme director Gavin Sutcliffe said: “As the international energy focus moves towards lower carbon energy we are seeing a greater alignment between the gas and power industries. Gastech has a tradition of being the place where gas conversations are made, and the co-location of GPEX with Gastech facilitates an extension of that important energy transition debate.

“Holding both events at the same location will allow 30,000 global energy professionals to access both Gastech and GPEX. This will bring together the gas and power communities who form the central core of the energy transition.”

Stewart Bundock, GPEX event director, added: “Building a resilient and integrated energy market across Europe and beyond is a priority for energy producers and distributors. Natural gas and renewables will be the winners in power generation and GPEX 2018, co-located with Gastech, will join the two communities under one roof to enhance the integrated energy dialogue and promote collaborative opportunities across the energy value chain.

A call for papers is currently underway for both events and industry professionals who are interested in speaking at the Gastech 2018 or GPEX 2018 conferences can submit their abstracts online.

Call for papers Gastech

Call for papers GPEX

Source: dmg events

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The government of the Spanish region of Aragón announced it will fast-track the development of a 549 MW PV project that Spain’s industrial conglomerate ACS hopes to build in an area located between the municipalities of Escatrón and Chiprana.

The Government Council has decided to classify the investment “of public interest for the region”, in order to halve the usual administrative procedures for the project’s authorization.

The €330 million plant will consist of 12 sub-stations. They will be owned by special purpose vehicles under the control of Cobras Concesiones SL, a unit of Cobra, which is itself the renewable energy arm of the group ACS. The company has already submitted approval requests to the relevant environmental authorities of the region for all the project’s units, the local government said.

When completed, Cobra’s project will be Europe’s largest solar power plant. Currently, the Old Continent’s biggest solar park is a 300 MW solar plant located in Cestas, in France’s Bordeaux region.

The project was selected by Spain’s Ministry of Ministry of Energy, Tourism and the Digital Agenda in this year’s second renewable energy auction held in July, in which 3.9 GW of solar capacity was allocated. In the auction, the ACS group had the largest share of solar projects with around 1.55 GW of assigned capacity. The PV projects selected in the contest must start delivering power in 2020.

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Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with Tuinbouwbedrijf Marc Pittoors (T.B.M.P) BVBA, for the supply of a 7 MWe combined heat and power plant (CHP). The plant will be powered by two gas-fired gensets based on the new medium-speed Bergen B36:45L6 engine and will provide heat and power to a new tomato greenhouse in Belgium. The contract also includes a service agreement for 10 years. The gensets are scheduled to go into operation early November 2018.

Marc Pittoors will use the generated electricity to power the greenhouse artificial lighting and the heat extracted from exhaust gases and engine cooling systems to heat up the facility. In addition, cleaned engine exhaust gases will be injected into the greenhouse to increase the level of CO2 and boost plant growth.

For the tomato producing company, three factors were crucial in taking this decision: electrical efficiency (best in the current market), expertise (Rolls-Royce developed a gas engine in the early 90s and was the pioneer in lean-burn technology) and optimum heat balance (5 hectares of greenhouse space are illuminated and 3.5 hectares are not).

Rolls-Royce will be supplying the complete CHP plant for this greenhouse, consisting of the power generator sets, the exhaust gas systems including a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system and heat exchangers, and the electronic control system. In total, the technology achieves efficiency rates of more than 96%. Rolls-Royce has many years of experience with CHP plants and has since 2005 delivered 52 CHP plants with a total installed capacity of 270 MWe for greenhouses in Holland, Belgium, Russia and the UK.

Source: Rolls-Royce

Schneider Electric has committed to sourcing 100% renewable electricity and is throwing light on the doubling of its energy productivity. The company strongly believes it cannot go renewable without ensuring optimization of its energy system first. This commitments are yet another step-in Schneider Electric’s journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. Aligned with these commitments, Schneider Electric decided to join two global, collaborative initiatives, led by The Climate Group and bringing together influential businesses committed to accelerating climate action:

RE100: to use 100% renewable electricity by 2030 with an intermediary objective of 80% by 2020
EP100: to double energy productivity by 2030, against a 2005 baseline, setting an ambitious target to doubling the economic output from every unit of energy consumed

Schneider Electric strives to answer the world’s new energy challenge by boosting energy efficiency
everywhere: in homes, buildings and cities, industry, the grid, and throughout remote community. In a world more decarbonized, more digitized, more decentralized, energy use needs to be more productive. In order to deliver on its new promises and its sustained energy efficiency efforts, Schneider Electric will leverage its own technical solutions (EcoStruxure Power, EcoStruxure Grid). Using these solutions, the Group has been able to reduce its energy consumption by 10% every 3 years for the past 10 years. More specifically, Schneider Electric has reduced consumption by 6 between 2008 and 2017 at its headquarters in France, The Hive. These commitments will cover more than 1,000 electricity consuming sites around the globe, including 200 factories. Schneider Electric will leverage a broad range of renewable energy sources, including but not limited to solar, wind, geothermal and biomass.

Schneider Electric will drive its transition to 100% renewable electricity through three levers, with an interim goal of achieving 80% renewable electricity use by 2020 to 100% in 2030:

On-site projects at Schneider Electric facilities around the world: with renewable energy initiatives, already in place at some Schneider Electric locations, such as a solar rooftop at its sites in Vadodara (India), Bangpoo (Thailand), or geothermal energy and a solar rooftop at its flagship office “The Hive”, France, among multiple others. Schneider Electric will install on-site renewable energy projects to help achieve its 2030 target. While on-site projects are expected to deliver a portion of Schneider Electric’s renewable electricity needs only, they will add to the company’s renewable energy capabilities, and act as a showcase for other organizations contemplating such options, together with energy efficiency enabling technologies.
Offsite long-term procurement through Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs): a PPA is a longterm (12-20 year) contract between a renewable energy developer and a dedicated, creditworthy
buyer. PPAs enable developers to secure financing for new wind, solar or other renewable electricity
projects and allow buyers to enjoy predictable pricing from clean energy sources.
Energy Attribute Certificates (EACs) and green tariffs: an EAC is a free market instrument which verifies that one megawatt hour of renewable electricity was generated and added to the grid from a green power source. Schneider Electric will use EACs as a flexible and fast way to acquire and track renewable electricity.

Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President at Schneider Electric said: “We are in a new world of energy that is becoming more electric, more decarbonized, more decentralized, and more digital. Our mission at Schneider Electric is to supply the technologies that permit, drive and catalyze the transition to a new world of energy. The commitments we have made today in joining RE100 and EP100 to source 100% renewable electricity and reflect on the doubling of our energy productivity are a demonstration of how consumers and business can be empowered to ensure the affordability, resilience, sustainability, and security of the energy that they consume.

Helen Clarkson, Chief Executive Officer at The Climate Group said: “Already a leader in the energy space, joining RE100 and EP100 represents a smart business decision for Schneider Electric. These commitments will help the company to deliver on its wider climate ambitionto become carbon neutral by 2030. Doubling energy productivity will help it to use energy as economically as possible while making the transition to renewables, which are themselves cost-competitive in many markets. I welcome the powerful signal Schneider Electric is sending to peers, investors and governments, to accelerate the transition to a zero-emissions economy.

At COP21 in Paris in 2015, Schneider Electric announced 10 Commitments for Sustainability. The
commitments were aligned with the Planet & Society Barometer, Schneider Electric’s sustainability scorecard to measure its ambitious commitment to sustainable development on a quarterly basis and contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. These commitments support the company’s objectives to make its plants and sites carbon neutral by 2030, in a coherent industry ecosystem encompassing both suppliers and clients.

In addition, to become a carbon neutral company by 2030, recent initiatives from Schneider Electric include:

Climate Leadership Council: at the beginning of 2017, Schneider Electric became a founding
member of the Climate Leadership Council in the U.S., to support a new market-based climate solution
that is both pro-growth and pro-environment.
Global Footprint Network: in summer 2017, Schneider Electric signed a partnership with the Global
Footprint Network, an international non-profit organization, to enable a sustainable future where all
people have the opportunity to thrive within the means of one planet.
Launch of EcoStruxure™: 12 months ago, in November 2016, Schneider Electric launched the next generation of EcoStruxure, its IoT-enabled, plug-and-pay, open architecture that delivers end-to-end solutions in six domains of expertise – Power, IT, Building, Machine, Plant and Grid – for four end markets: Building, Data Center, Industry and Infrastructure.
Livelihoods Carbon Fund: Together with Crédit Agricole, Danone, Firmenich, Hermès, Michelin, SAP, and Voyageurs du Monde, Schneider Electric has launched a new impact investment fund, with a target of 100 million euros. The fund aims to improve the lives of 2 million people and avoid the emission of up to 25 million tons of CO2 over a 20-year span.

Source: Schneider Electric

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Bloomberg New Energy Finance has published a new report on the global storage market. 2017 Global Energy Storage Forecast reveals that this market will grow to a cumulative 125 GW/305 GWh by 2030, attracting US$103 billion in investment over this period. Although this will represent a fraction of total installed generation capacity, the electricity system will look fundamentally different. Utility-scale storage becomes a practical alternative to new-build generation or network reinforcement, especially for underutilised assets in some markets. Behind-the-meter storage will increasingly be used to provide system services, such as peaking capacity, on top of customer applications.

The global energy storage market will double six times between 2016 and 2030, rising to a total of 125 GW/305 GWh. This is a similar trajectory to the remarkable expansion that the solar industry went through from 2000 to 2015, in which the share of photovoltaic as a percentage of total generation doubled seven times.

Regionally, energy storage build will be roughly equally spread across APAC, EMEA and the AMER. In the earlier years, between 2017 and 2020, APAC will represent almost half of the total installed capacity as South Korea, Japan, Australia and China have supported earlier build in these markets. Eight countries will lead the market, with 70% of capacity to be installed in the US, China, Japan, India, Germany, the UK, Australia and South Korea by 2030.

Energy storage, both utility-scale and behind-the-meter, will be a crucial source of flexibility throughout this period and essential to integrating increasing levels of renewable energy.

In the near term, utility-scale storage is built to provide system-level applications, but aggregating behind-the-meter (BTM) energy storage becomes a viable alternative as the market for customer-sited storage grows. By 2030, BTM projects will represent just over half of total installed capacity.

Today, short-duration balancing and renewable energy integration are key applications for energy storage. Although energy storage continues to be used for short-duration balancing over the forecast period, ancillary services are a relatively shallow opportunity and the share of this application will fall over this period, especially in terms of energy capacity.

Opportunities emerge for renewable energy integration. A number of markets, such as Japan, Chile and Mexico, have begun requiring new renewable energy build to be co-located with energy storage. Meanwhile, South Korea is offering generous subsidy multipliers for energy dispatched from renewable energy+storage projects.
The residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) markets become dominant. By 2030, BENF expects 69 GW/157 GWh to be behind-the-meter, making up over 50% of total capacity. This is a major shift from today, where BTM is the smaller of the two segments. This is driven by retail tariff offset economics, demand charges and aggregation opportunities.

Energy storage is a potential alternative to traditional ‘poles and wires’ investments at transmission and distribution level. 8% of total storage build by 2030 based on power output will be located at the distribution level. Although distribution-level storage projects already exist, driven by utilities in the US and UK, more comprehensive regulatory reform will be required before energy storage for network deferral becomes commonplace. Aggregation, or greater control, of BTM resources could reduce the need for new grid investments. Transmission-level deployments will account for less than 2% of total storage build by 2030, as market operators focus on the distribution level.

In total, energy storage is a US$103 billion investment opportunity spread across multiple geographies. Energy storage project development will require significant investment to grow the market from 2.8 GW/4.9 GWh in 2016 to 125 GW/305 GWh in 2030.

Lithium demand will increase from 200 mt to 7,845 mt between 2016 and 2030. Demand for other key materials such as nickel, manganese and cobalt will also increase significantly over this period.

Average lithium-ion battery prices fell 73% from 2010 to 2016. The latest BNEF’s analysis indicates that average battery pack prices (cells+packs) will reach around US$73/kWh by 2030. Cell prices alone will be much lower. This is significantly below its previous estimate of US$120/kWh in the 2016 outlook and is based on a more detailed analysis of the lithium-ion battery experience curve and on its proprietary bottom-up cost model for lithium-ion batteries. This equates to an annual rate of cost reduction of around 10% from now to 2020, falling to around 7% annually by 2030.

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