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JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar PV product value chain. As at 31 March 2017, the company had an integrated annual capacity of 5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 4 GW for solar cells and 6.5 GW for solar modules. According to the company’s Q1 2017 highlights, total solar PV module shipments were 2,068 MW, up 19.3% from 1,733 MW in Q4 2016 and an increase of 29.3% from 1,600 MW in Q1 2016.

These excellent results undoubtedly contribute to the company’s positive ranking in Latin America, a market in which JinkoSolar aims to achieve 2 GW installed by August 2017. To date, the company enjoys a market share of 41%, a quota that is expected to rise to 50% in 2018.

 

New projects in Mexico and Colombia

JinkoSolar has supplied its JKM315PP-72-V modules for a large, 35.46 MW solar PV project located in Camargo, Chihuahua (Mexico). A total of 112,885 panels were supplied to the Camargo Solar PV plant that entered into commercial operation last 6 April. The project was undertaken together with its customer Gransolar Desarrollo y Construcción S.L.

35,000 JinkoSolar modules arrived in Colombia for the country’s first PV plant. The owner of the 9.9 MW project is Celsia Solar Yumbo. The plant will be located in an area of 18 ha in the municipality of Yumbo, in the metropolitan area of the city of Cali. With a project investment of US$10.6m, the plant will generate an estimated 16 GW/year.

Aalborg CSP landed a new order to deliver an 8 MWth solar-thermal plant, which when completed will provide sustainable heating for 2,583 customers in the Copenhagen area. The solar field consisting of 11,312 m2 flat solar-thermal collectors will be the fifth green project that the company delivers in the country, thereby contributing to Denmark’s ambitious targets to become fossil fuel free by 2050.

Aalborg CSP received the order from the combined heat and power plant (Smørum Kraftvarmeværk A.m.b.A.) to deliver an 8 MWth solar heating plant that will reduce the facility’s natural gas dependency as well as stabilize energy prices. The 11,312 m2 solar field, which will be located in the town of Smørum, will consist of flat solar-thermal panels capable of producing 5,568 MWh heat annually. Aalborg CSP’s scope of supply also includes delivery of necessary technical installations and 2,2 km long piping for energy transmission.

 

Making renewable energy affordable

The solar heating plant is the fifth green project that the company builds in its home country that is known to be a pioneer in renewable energy solutions. Most recently, the company has completed a 16.6 MWth concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in Denmark. Currently the plant produces heat only, but when the second phase of the project (a biomass-Organic Rankine Cycle system) also goes online in 2018, it will be the first one in the world to demonstrate how CSP can optimize efficiency of ORC even in areas with less sunshine.

Rapid construction and installation

Shortly after signing the agreement with the Danish CHP plant, construction commenced in Smørum with expected handover taking place by the end of this year. Altogether 56 rows of flat panels will be installed with up to 20 collectors placed in one row. These 13,3 m2 optimized panels have shown the highest performance among all known mass-produced large-scale solar collectors on the international market. The same collector type was also used in another Danish district heating plant (Solrød Fjernvarme) where they performed beyond expectations during Spring and Summer of 2017.

The system is expected to harvest the first sunrays of 2018. Besides offering a cost competitive solution for heat production, the solar plant also avoids the emission of at least 1,100 tons of CO2 annually.

Source: Aalborg CSP

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India can raise its renewable energy use to meet a quarter of the country’s total final energy demand by 2030, according to the findings of a report presented by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). Renewable energy prospects for India, a study from IRENA’s REmap programme, outlines action areas that can unlock India’s vast renewable energy potential, ensure clean and sustainable energy for generations to come, and enable the country to fulfill its pledges under the Paris Climate Agreement.

Renewable energy prospects for India describes how solar energy will play a vital role representing the second largest source of renewable energy use with 16%, followed by wind at 14%, and hydropower at 7% of the country’s total final renewable energy use by 2030. Biofuels — which can be used across the end demand spectrum, such as for transport, electricity generation and heating — would account for 62%. The country could potentially increase its share of renewable power generation to over one-third by 2030.

 

With one of the world’s largest and most ambitious renewable energy programmes, India is taking a leading role in the energy transformation both regionally and globally,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “India possesses a wealth of renewable resources, particularly for solar and bioenergy development, which can help meet growing energy demand, power economic growth and improve energy access, as well as boost overall energy security.

Increasing renewable energy deployment could save the economy twelve times more than its costs by the year 2030, creating jobs, reducing carbon dioxide emissions, and ensuring cleaner air and water, with savings on health-related costs. Furthermore, the renewable energy technologies identified in the report would lower the demand for coal and oil products between 17% and 23% by 2030, compared to a business as usual scenario.

Meeting India’s electricity demand, which has grown by 10% a year over the past decade, and attaining the country’s economic growth targets will require significant investments in power-generation capacity and related infrastructure, and in transport, buildings and industry sectors, creating important opportunities for renewable energy deployment. IRENA’s report shows that investments in renewable energy capacity must more than double to make the most of India’s potential. Mobilising affordable financing and adapting new business models will be essential to achieve this. India will also need to accelerate the transformation of its power system to integrate higher shares of renewables by strengthening transmission grids, reducing grid losses, and in general improving the resilience of the power system by investing in more flexible system that values demand-response, interconnectors and storage, as well as greater transport and power-sector synergies.

India’s population and economic growth, combined with accelerating urbanisation, is expected to increase the number of people living in cities and towns from approximately 435 million in 2015 to 600 million by 2030. In addition, estimates suggest that 80 million households — roughly 300 million people — have limited or no access to electricity. Renewables can improve energy access for poor communities and bolster energy security through diversified, and largely indigenous, sources of supply.

Renewable energy prospects: India REmap analysis is part of IRENA’s renewable energy roadmap programme, REmap, which determines the potential for countries, regions and the world to scale up renewables to ensure an affordable and sustainable energy future. The roadmap focuses on renewable power technologies and technology options in heating, cooling and transport. The India study is the latest in the series of country-level REmap analyses, which includes countries such as China, Germany, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia and the United States.

Source: IRENA

Siemens continues to be on a successful course with its energy business in Argentina: the company has secured orders to supply a total of four turnkey industrial power plants to the country. Six SGT-A65 TR (former Industrial Trent 60) gas turbines will form the heart of two plants in the cities of Luján and Matheu in Buenos Aires Province in eastern Argentina. Siemens has also been awarded a contract to supply six industrial gas turbines of type SGT-800 for two power plants in Las Palmas and San Pedro in the cities of San Pedro and Zarate. Siemens’ customers are the two Canadian private equity companies Stoneway Capital and Araucaria Energy led by Roger Nores. They will operate the plants as independent power producers with the support of Siemens. The total order volume for Siemens is approximately USD 570 million. Siemens has also committed a USD 115 million loan to support the power plants’ construction.

These orders mark another major success for Siemens in Argentina,” explains José Aparicio, Vice President for the Sales Region Latin America in Siemens’ Power and Gas Division. “This is the first time we have sold a turnkey industrial power plant equipped with aeroderivative gas turbines, as well as long-term service. What’s more, these four power plants will help to alleviate the power shortages in Argentina and increase the security of power supplies“.

 

Siemens has also signed long-term service agreements for the four sites. These contracts include operation maintenance (OM) and long-term agreements for each location for a period of ten years and include operation and maintenance staff, remote monitoring, 24/7 helpdesk, overhauls, spare parts for stock and reliability guarantees. Siemens service and maintenance is centered on the company’s Digital Services for Energy portfolio, combining advanced data analytics with Siemens’ proven expertise to help customers fully realize the full potential of their power assets for improved reliability and profitability.

With an electrical generating capacity of 127 MW, the plant in Luján will be fitted with two SGT-A65 TR gas turbines and with two SGen5-100A-series electrical generators. The four model SGT-A65 TR turbines destined for the power plant in Matheu will provide a total electrical generating capacity of 254 megawatts (MW). The Las Palmas site will be equipped with four SGT-800 gas turbines with an electrical generating capacity of 202 MW. The other two SGT-800 gas turbines destined for the power plant in San Pedro will generate a total electrical output of 104 MW; commissioning for the four sites is scheduled for the end of 2017.

All the sites have the option to be retrofitted as combined cycle power plants in the near future. The SGT-A65 TR gas turbines are being manufactured as fast-track units at Siemens’ production locations in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in the United States, and in Montreal, Canada. The corresponding generators will be provided by the Siemens’ manufacturing facility in Erfurt, Germany. The SGT-800 gas turbines will be manufactured in Finspang, Sweden.

Central America’s vast geothermal potential could be a key tool in low-carbon economic development according to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), if regional governments can adopt the policy and regulatory frameworks necessary to support its deployment. Central American countries, which currently rank among the world’s top countries in terms of the share of installed geothermal energy, have the potential for 20 times the currently installed capacity.

A workshop in El Salvador, organised by IRENA and LaGeo, El Salvador’s state-owned generator of electricity from geothermal resources, and in association with Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeitis (GIZ), sought to identify the measures that may unlock the region’s vast geothermal potential.

 

Central America holds some of the world’s most promising geothermal resources, that if utilised can help the region secure and deliver, inexpensive electricity while stimulating low-carbon economic growth,” said Gurbuz Gonul, Acting Director of Country, Support and Partnerships at IRENA. “Through the sharing of knowledge, experience and lessons learned from the leading geothermal countries in Central America, this workshop will help establish the building blocks for the stable, long-term policy framework needed to overcome barriers in geothermal development,” added Mr. Gonul.

The region’s leading countries with the highest geothermal capacity are Costa Rica – 207 MW, El Salvador – 204 MW and Nicaragua – 55 MW. Geothermal power could satisfy nearly double the region’s predicted electricity demand through 2020. Expansion of geothermal in the region is hampered by several barriers, including a lack of adequate policies and regulations for the use and development of geothermal resources.

Geothermal energy has proven to provide stable and affordable electricity, and offers flexibility through the direct use of geothermal heat in domestic, commercial and industrial sectors,” added Mr. Gonul of IRENA.

IRENA started implementing a regional capacity building program in Central America under the Global Geothermal Alliance, a multistakeholder initiative aiming to increase the share of geothermal energy in the global energy mix. The capacity building program is supporting the development of capabilities of various stakeholders along the geothermal value chain in Central American countries. This workshop constitutes part of this programme, strengthening the institutional and human capacities of the region, in the areas of geothermal technology, policy, regulation and finance.

Source: IRENA

Zuma Energía has placed a firm and unconditional order for the Parque Eólico Reynosa project in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, which will be one of the largest wind power projects in Latin America.  Established in 2014, Zuma Energía is a leading Mexican player within renewable energy financially backed by Actis and Mesoamerica, which both have a successful track record of building large renewable energy operations across the Americas and Europe.

The order includes supply and installation of the wind turbines as well as a 15-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service contract. Delivery of the wind turbines is expected to begin late 2017, with commissioning expected in 2018.

 

Tamaulipas has a leading position in the country within wind energy and we are proud to be part of this by installing the Reynosa project. The blades for V136-3.45 MW projects in Latin America will be produced in Mexico which underlines our long-term localisation strategy in Mexico and Vestas’ strong commitment to support Mexico´s renewable target of 35 percent of clean energy by 2024”, says Angélica Ruiz Celis, Vestas’ Managing Director for Mexico and northern Latin America.

Marco Graziano, President of Vestas Mediterranean, comments “During the auction, we mobilised our teams in Mexico City, Madrid and Copenhagen in order to put all of our expertise, market-leading product portfolio and service offerings at Zuma’s disposal. Our ability to do so was key to helping Zuma build a compelling, profitable and sustainable business case, showcasing Vestas’ expertise in auctions”.

Vestas pioneered the Mexican wind energy market back in 1994 when it installed the first commercial wind turbine in the country. With this new order, Vestas has more than 1.5 GW of wind turbines either installed or under construction in Mexico.

Source: Vestas

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Siemens is paving the way for the next level of efficiency with the development of its HL-class. In June 2017, Siemens announced the company will validate the technologies of its HL-class at Duke Energy’s Lincoln County site in North Carolina. Siemens is developing this class in an evolutionary development step derived from its proven SGT-8000H technology. The advanced Siemens HL-class gas turbines combine a series of new but already tested technologies and design features with the best of past experience – resulting in a technology carrier to the next level of efficiency and performance. The HL-class is clearing the way to efficiency levels beyond 63% with a mid-term goal to reach 65%.

Furthermore, Siemens is gaining speed to drive technological upgrades and competitiveness by transferring newly developed key technologies to its entire gas turbine portfolio. In the near future, all customers will benefit from further efficiency and performance increases. This approach is part of a series of activities to help Siemens’ customers compete in a rapidly changing market – working to significantly reduce lead and construction times through standardization and modularization.
The new Siemens HL-class consists of three engines: SGT5-9000HL, SGT6-9000HL and SGT5-8000HL. In simple-cycle operation the air-cooled SGT-9000HL gas turbine will provide a capacity of 545 MW for the 50-Hertz market and 374 MW in the 60-Hertz version. SGT5-8000HL will provide 453 MW in simple-cycle operation. All engines reach more than 63% combined cycle efficiency.

To achieve top performance, the turbines operate at high combustion temperatures. For this purpose, Siemens’ specialists have developed advanced combustion technologies, innovative multi-layer coatings, super-efficient internal cooling features as well as an optimized water-steam cycle. Furthermore, optimized sealings minimize cooling and air leakage. At the same time, evolutionary 3D-blading is enabling higher aero-efficiency for the compressor. Predefined and prefabricated solution elements as well as pre-selected vendors and products allow a significantly reduced construction time and a fast start for projects. The turbines are designed to plug in to Siemens’ digital offering for plant operators and utilities alike, incorporating connectivity to MindSphere, the cloud-based Siemens operating system for the Internet of Things. MindSphere offers access to powerful analytics from Siemens and its partners – using intuitive insights in engine operation and decision support to deliver benefits to customers.

Driven by digitalization, speed in technology development is rapidly gaining momentum in the power generation arena,” said Willi Meixner, CEO of the Siemens Power and Gas Division. “It took us 10 years from 2000 to 2010 to increase the efficiency of our combined cycle power plants from 58 to 60%, a further six years to reach 61.5% in 2016 and now we are taking the next step to 63% and beyond. That’s amazing. But we know that speed and efficiency alone are not sufficient – reliability and cost effectiveness of our solutions as well as partnership, support in financing and insurability are also key to our customers,” said Meixner.

To minimize customer risk, Siemens is following an extensive and thorough validation and testing approach. After component testing and prototype testing in Siemens-owned facilities, the company is now pursuing validation under real field conditions. “With the new HL-class our customers will be prepared for whatever digitalization brings in the future,” Meixner added.

Worldwide we see renewables are growing rapidly, but gas-fired power plants will still play a vital role in the energy mix for the next decades,” said Meixner. “With the growing share of fluctuation power from renewables, flexibility will be a key feature of gas turbines. Our HL-class offers a simple-cycle ramp-up of 85 MW per minute. Therefore, highly efficient and flexible gas turbines like our HL-class are the perfect fit to energy systems with a rapidly increasing share of fluctuating renewables,” said Meixner.

Source: Siemens

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Siemens Gamesa has set a new record in Asia by installing this year the tallest wind turbines on the continent. The wind turbines are equipped with 153-m tall towers, and with the 56-m blades, they reach a total height of 210 m.

The project -owned by Thai engineering company Gunkul and being built by developer PowerChina ZhongNan- has total capacity of 67.5 MW; i.e. 33 units of the G114-2.0 and G114-2.1 MW models.

 

Siemens Gamesa has already installed these 33 turbines in the Sarahnlom wind farm in the Nakhon Ratchasima province in central Thailand, while commissioning is scheduled for this year. The company will also be in charge of the plant’s operation and maintenance for the next 10 years.

This milestone showcases the company’s R&D prowess” said Álvaro Bilbao, CEO of Siemens Gamesa for Asia-Pacific. “We are demonstrating once again our ability to respond to what the market needs and the versatility of our turbines“, he added.

In addition to Thailand, Siemens Gamesa’s Asian footprint includes Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, China and India, having installed more than 11,000 MW in these markets.

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Four new onshore wind power projects with a combined rating of more than 84 MW will extend
Siemens Gamesa’s fleet of direct-drive wind turbines with a further 27 units. Customer GETEC green
energy AG has ordered nine SWT-3.2-113 wind turbines for the Energiepark Profen project located in
Saxony-Anhalt. An additional five units of the same model will be installed at PNE WIND’s Bederkesa-
Alfstedt wind farm near Bremerhaven. 11 SWT-3.0-113 wind turbines will be installed at the
Straubenhardt project in Baden-Württemberg developed by WIRSOL. Finally, two Siemens Gamesa
direct drive wind turbines, one SWT-3.15-142 and one SWT-3.2-113 will be installed near the town of
Vetschau in Brandenburg. The installation at the VentusVentures project marks the German debut of
the company’s low-wind turbine with 142-meter rotor.

For decades, the Profen community in Saxony-Anhalt was characterized by surface mining of lignite.
GETEC green energy AG, based in Magdeburg, has begun to establish a modern energy park at the
former mining area, with a 28.8 MW wind farm at its center. GETEC selected Siemens
Gamesa direct-drive wind turbines for the Profen site following a successful collaboration on Zerbst
project. By late 2017, nine units of the SWT-3.2-113 are planned to be grid-connected. The wind
turbines will be installed on steel towers at hub heights of 115 meters. In addition, GETEC has signed
an O&M contract with Siemens Gamesa including full service for 20 years.

 

Cuxhaven-based PNE WIND AG is another Siemens Gamesa customer who has selected the proven
gearless technology. For its Bederkesa-Alfstedt wind power plant, PNE WIND AG has ordered turbines
with tall towers: Siemens Gamesa will install five SWT-3.2-113 wind turbines on the site in the
Geestland-area close to Bremerhaven on 115 meter tall steel towers. The installation is scheduled to
be completed in autumn 2017, and commissioning is planned for late 2017. A 15-year service contract
is also included.

The Straubenhardt project located close to the corresponding community near the city of Pforzheim in
Baden-Württemberg will also be equipped with SWT-3.0-113 wind turbines. The 11 units will reach a
total capacity of 33 MW. Siemens Gamesa will install the turbines on hybrid-towers combining
concrete and steel at hub heights of 142.5 meters. Customer WIRSOL Windpark Straubenhardt GmbH
& Co.KG will also include local content in the project. The installation will start in late summer 2017 with commissioning by beginning of 2018. Siemens Gamesa has also been awarded a 15-year service
and maintenance contract for the wind farm.

The Vetschau wind farm in the Spreewald-region in Brandenburg will feature the German debut
of Siemens Gamesa’s direct-drive low-wind turbine with a 142 meter rotor. The existing wind farm will be extended by 6.4 MW with the first German installation of a SWT-3.15-142 wind
turbine, and one SWT-3.2-113 wind turbine. Both units will be installed in late summer of 2017 on steel
towers with hub heights of 129 and 127.5 m. Commissioning is expected for autumn 2017.
Customer VentusVentures has also ordered full service over a period of 20 years. All four projects
have been already booked by the end of the third quarter of Siemens Gamesa’s FY 2016/17.
Siemens Gamesa’s German wind fleet installed over the last years sums up to more than 2,500
onshore wind turbines with a combined rating of more than 5,8 GW (as of the end of June 2017).

In order to allow for practical safety-trainings in Germany – covering even the latest generation of wind turbines – the company amplified its collaboration with the Schleswig-Holstein-based provider OffTECBase in 2016. At the Enge-Sande training center, two SWT-3.6-130 wind turbines have recently been
commissioned. These turbines are now available for various technician trainings.

Source: Siemens Gamesa

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