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Rolls-Royce and ABB have announced a global partnership on microgrid technology and advanced automation. Together the two companies will offer an innovative, energy-efficient microgrid solution for utilities, commercial and industrial entities. A microgrid is a small scale electric grid that combines power from distributed energy generation sources such as combined heat and power plants, diesel- and gas-powered gensets and renewable sources with batteries. The microgrid provides the overall control to coordinate these resources to meet the requirements of industrial, residential or consumer loads. Microgrids can either function off-grid, or connected to the main power grid. The ability of microgrids to seamlessly separate themselves from the main grid, in the event of a potential grid fault or emergency, is an in-creasingly important feature.

Reliable power supply – even during harsh weather conditions and times of peak consumption – is critical for economic growth. Integrating renewable energy is a sustainable solution to support uninterrupted power as well as encourage clean energy use. Microgrid solutions benefit utilities, industries and commercial sites that are looking for reliable power supply as well as cost and carbon emission reduction.

Microgrids enable resilient power supply even with high penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar. Digital automation and control systems intelligently coordinate distributed energy resources and loads for the microgrid to function efficiently.

Rolls-Royce offers the MTU Onsite Energy brand power system solutions: from mission critical, standby and continuous power to combined generation of heat and power, and microgrids. “Due to the transformation towards decarbonization, customers need to pursue sustainable power options that also deliver utmost profitability. For this, we rely primarily on microgrids, which are autonomous energy supply systems that are efficient, reliable, and environmentally friendly,” said Andreas Schell, CEO, Rolls-Royce Power Systems.“Combining our integrated MTU diesel and gas genset system technology and our control solutions, with ABB’s modular microgrid solution, control capability and remote service, will offer customers the combined strengths of the two world leaders in technology.

ABB Ability™ e-mesh™ can ensure a stable power grid, even with a high share of renewable energy from various sources, working smoothly together with already installed gas or diesel engines,” said Massimo Danieli, head of ABB’s grid automation business line within the company’s Power Grids business. “ABB has a vast number of microgrid installations globally and through our partnership with Rolls-Royce Power Systems, we will further support the growing interest for microgrid solutions globally.

The ABB Ability™ e-mesh™ solution will provide power generation asset owners a vertically integrated, unified view of their distributed energy resources and renewable power generation that is quick to deploy and that reduce operational costs. Cloud operations, site and fleet optimization, weather and load forecast and machine learning algorithms offer infinite insights for decision-making, such as knowing where to increase investments on maintenance or how to increase revenue streams to operate assets more profitable.

Source: ABB y Rolls-Royce

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Asia-Pacific (APAC) is expected to remain the largest CHP market in the world due to an increase in capacity installations, led by countries such as China, India and Japan, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

The company’s latest report ‘Combined Heat and Power Market, Update 2019– Global Market Size, Segmentation, Regulations, and Key Country Analysis to 2025’ reveals that the global CHP capacity is estimated to grow significantly from 864.2 GW in 2018 to 1,050.5 GW in 2025, due to significant capacity additions by China and India.

Asia-Pacific (APAC) is the largest region in terms of both net capacity additions and cumulative CHP capacity in 2018. CHP capacity in China increased significantly at a CAGR of 13% from 79.8 GW in 2006 to 347.6 GW in 2018. The cumulative capacity increased especially during 2010–2013 and 2014–2017. More than 90% of the total installed capacity is fed by coal. During 2019–2025, the cumulative capacity of China is expected to increase from 363.3 GW to 434.4 GW at a CAGR of 3.0%. A specific rule calling for companies to switch off and replace coal-fired boilers prompted a number of companies to replace coal plants with gas-fired CHP systems. China also plans to add over 12 GW of biomass cogeneration capacity by 2020 and around 25 GW biomass CHP capacity by 2035.

Europe was the region with the highest installed CHP capacity until 2009, primarily due to early development of technology, carbon savings target and large capacity installations in major countries such as Russia, Netherlands, Germany and the UK. In 2010, the APAC region overtook Europe as it added capacities while Europe stagnated at its already high level. The governments in APAC are strongly committed towards having a cleaner energy mix and are supporting the evolution of such technologies through various policies and R&D initiatives.

Auction-based competitive bidding has become a popular mechanism in recent years to drive CHP in most of the key markets. Countries including the UK, Germany and France have auction mechanism for various technologies including CHP. Germany introduced its first regular CHP auction in December 2017, in which 82 MW capacity was awarded at an average price of $46.10/MWh. Apart from regular CHP auctions, Germany also introduced innovative tenders to determine the role of CHP plants in decarbonizing power and heat supply. The innovative tenders in Germany allocated 21 MW in June 2018 and attracted three bids of 13 MW in December 2018.

The regulatory framework and policy structure supporting CHP in various regions and countries have led to significant development in the global CHP industry and have driven the leading CHP nations in growth trajectories. In the wake of growing energy security and environmental concerns, most countries are expected to strengthen their CHP support mechanisms, which will help the global CHP industry to maintain growth in the coming years.

Source: GlobalData

FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

2018 culminates with the approval of Royal Decree 20/2018 which incorporates measures for high efficiency CHP that exceed their service life after 1 January 2018, extending it by two years, a right that will be terminated when a new regulatory system is implemented. This is undoubtedly good news for us members of ACOGEN, as it responds to a demand for which we have been repeatedly calling for months…By Antonio Pérez Palacio, Chairman of ACOGEN, the Spanish CHP Association.

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FuturENERGY October 18

Since last winter, Forces Elèctriques d’Andorra (FEDA) has been providing electricity, heating and hot water to a dozen clients in the town of Soldeu and its surrounding area, including several local hotels, thanks to the first district heating and CHP project to be undertaken in the country: the FEDAECOTERM plant in Soldeu. In addition to supplying DHW, the plant has increased the electricity produced in Andorra by more than 10%. At the heart of this CHP plant is a latest generation 4,000 kW Unimat UT-L boiler from Bosch that guarantees the required hot water production.

FuturENERGY October 18

These are new times in the energy sector and we must be capable of adapting to them. When the energy reform started with Royal Decree 1/2012 a few years ago, placing every renewable technology, cogeneration and waste recovery under a moratorium, no-one expected that these would hold the keys to the future. At that time, the clock stopped as regards its development in Spain, not at global level, and that moratorium has only been gradually lifted on some of them…By Julio Artiñaño, Chairman of COGEN España.

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MAN Energy Solutions has won the contract to provide a new combined-heat-and-power (CHP) solution for Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel. As the future main energy source, a dual-fuel engine MAN 9L51/60DF will supply the airport with 9.2 MW of electrical energy. The engine will primarily run off a domestic natural-gas supply with plant hand-over – upon its construction by Israeli company, Telemenia – planned for the end of 2019.

The power-plant engine will not only generate electricity, but will also contribute to the airport’s air-conditioning system through combined-heat-and-power generation. Instead of a conventional, compression chiller powered by electricity, the air-conditioning system will exploit heat generated by the engine to provide cooling.

The cogeneration solution not only increases the plant’s efficiency to over 70%, but the airport will also save on the electricity that would otherwise have been required to operate the chiller.

An indispensible solution

With more than 16.5 million passengers a year, Ben Gurion Airport is the largest and most important airport in Israel, making a reliable energy supply indispensable. The operation of the new facility will mean that the airport will no longer draw its energy from the national grid but, rather, will operate independently of the public power supply.

In order to meet high safety standards, the airport’s energy supply must be assured in the event of any crisis. Accordingly, the reliability of the technology used is of great importance. Thanks to its dual-fuel capability, the MAN 9L51/60DF engine will remain fully operational, even during any disruption to its gas supply.


Special report focusing on CHP, published as a separate issue to the October 2018 edition of FuturENERGY for special distribution at the XIV Annual Congress of COGEN España, an event that ran on October, 23 in Madrid and at which FuturENERGY has an active presence as media partner.

This special report includes the following:

CHP: the change has begun…but it is not enough
Calculation and geographical distribution of thermal demand in mexico: the Heat Map
Study on the impact of cleaning biogas on the performance of CHP systems
Highly efficient energy production and management at a brewery facility
New range of powerful medium speed V-engines
Sustainable energy for a campsite in a protected natural environment: the Island of Ons

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MAN Energy Solutions has won an EPC-contract to set up a highly efficient, combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant for Progressive Energy, the energy arm of the ElcaTex Group in Choloma, Honduras. The plant will be powered by 3 × MAN 18V51/60 engines with an overall capacity of 54.8 MW, generating power and steam for a nearby textile factory.

MAN Energy Solutions will take an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) role in the project and will be responsible for the construction of the entire plant.

For textile manufacturing, steam is as important as power, which is why Elcatex Group were looking for a solution to efficiently produce electricity as well as steam to drive its manufacturing footprint. Thanks to the new plant, the company will be able to increase its energy efficiency while becoming more autonomous in its steam supply chain.

While the MAN 51/60 engines will operate on heavy fuel oil (HFO) once the new plant opens, Progressive Energy plans to convert them to gas operation as soon as a secure supply of LNG (Liquid Natural Gas, LNG) becomes available. The switch to gas will reduce the plant’s emissions even further.

Source: MAN Energy Solutions

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Rolls-Royce has signed a contract with EPC contractor Energyco for the supply of four gensets to a cogeneration plant in Kosice, Slovakia. Based on the medium speed gas engine B35:40V20AG2, the plant will generate a total of 37 MWe heat and power for the district heating company Teplaren Kosice a.s. The contract will also include a service agreement for 5 years. The engines are produced at Bergen Engines AS, which is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

One of the critical parameters required by TEKO was 3 minutes start to full load to comply with Slovakian grid support service.

The medium speed engines from Rolls-Royce are flexibly designed for different operating modes, and can be used to generate base-load, peak power or operate in combined cycle. Already three minutes from start, the engines can operate with 100 per cent load to the rated speed of 750 rpm, and are in this aspect well suited to balance changes in the grid parameters. Furthermore, by utilizing hot water from the engines, the plant will be used for district heating for the region. Heat from the engines can also be used to generate steam in the heat recovery steam generators, to supply industrial customers.

Cogeneration plants based on our medium speed gas engines are a reliable alternative to coal-based plants and significantly more environmentally friendly. In addition, the engines’ flexibility will enable Teplaren Kosice to operate efficiently, both in terms of cost and time”, said Jeff Elliott, Managing Director of Bergen Engines.

This will be Rolls-Royces first delivery of medium speed reciprocating engines to Slovakia, complimenting the installed base of 96 MWe in central Europe. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned early 2019.

Source: Rolls Royce

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Acciona Green Energy Developments, a subsidiary of the Acciona Group, was the biggest retailer of 100% renewable electricity in Spain last year, according to data published by the Spanish National Commission on Markets and Competition (CNMC) on the System to Guarantee the Origin and Labelling of Electricity for 2017.

Act 3/2013 attributes the management of the Guarantee of Origin Regime (GdO) to the CNMC. It is a voluntary mechanism that certifies, following a request by an interested party, that a certain amount of electricity has been obtained from renewable energy sources or high-efficiency cogeneration, similarly to the Renewable Energy Certificates in other European countries.

The report approved by the Regulatory Oversight Chamber of the CNMC last April 5th certified, for yet another year, that the origin of all the energy supplied by Acciona Green to its customers is 100% renewable as it has sufficient guarantees of origin. Furthermore, the energy is generated by the Group’s own renewables facilities.

According to this report, Acciona Green provided its customers in Spain with Guarantees of Origin for a total of 5,309 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of electric power, free of charge. This figure represents 16.4% of the electricity with this kind of guarantee supplied to customers in Spain.

It also transferred another 964 GWh under the Guarantee of Origin Regime to energy retailers in other Member States of the European Union, a possibility envisaged in the legislation.

“Corporate clients increasingly demand energy of certified renewable origin to comply with their sustainability policies and reduce their carbon footprint, which gives us a competitive advantage in a market that is ever more sensitive to the fight against climate change”, says Acciona Green Director Santiago Gómez Ramos. “Our position is clear in this respect: we only generate and sell renewable energy, both in Spain and in 13 other countries around the world”.

Unique on the Ibex-35

Acciona is the only company listed on the Ibex-35, the reference stock market index in Spain, that only generates and markets energy of renewable origin. This means that the CNMC is able to grant it an ‘A’ grading every year, indicating the lowest environmental impact on a scale from A to G, because its electricity generation does not produce CO2 emissions or radioactive waste.

The report by the CNMC states that the Guarantee of Origin Regime represented 30.4% of total national electricity production in 2017, and 70.7% of the amount generated from renewable sources and cogeneration.

The Guarantee of Origin Regime has seen exponential growth in Spain. In 2010, three years after it was set up, the number of electricity generation plants within it was 7,644 (according to figure from the CNMC), while in 2017 it reached 36,659, almost five times more. The number of consumers has undergone a similar evolution (calculated on the number of supply points), going from 393,000 in 2010 to 1,909,872 last year.

The CNMC’s report shows a reduction in the contribution of renewables in the Spanish electric power mix against the previous year from 39.8% to 32%, mainly due to lower inputs from hydropower stations, a higher participation of fossil-fuel technologies (coal and gas) and, to a lesser extent, nuclear power. The result was an increase in CO2 emissions, from 0.25 kg/kWh in 2016 to 0.31 kg/MWh in 2017. The generation of high-level radioactive waste also increased, from 0.51 mg/kWh in 2016 to 0.54 mg/kWh last year.