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FCC Medio Ambiente (the Spanish brand for FCC Environment) celebrates more than 40 years’ commitment to energy efficiency and the introduction of electric vehicles for the provision of environmental services. With more than 115 years’ history in providing urban services, FCC has been a pioneer in research into and the introduction of new sustainable and efficient technologies. In 1974 the company developed and put into service the first electric powered lorry to collect solid urban waste.

FCC Group’s environmental services area, known as FCC Medio Ambiente, currently has a fleet of nearly 12,000 urban service vehicles equipped with the most innovative systems on the market. 550 vehicles in this fleet are either electric, hybrid or self-recharging electric with exclusive FCC technology. It is the most advanced technology that exists for collection services, and is the result of research carried out over more than 40 years through its Machinery Department which has, since its origins, invested in projects designed to achieve more comfortable and sustainable cities.

The electric vehicle fleet provides a service with a lower environmental impact and achieves various fundamental advantages: it does not pollute, its emissions are zero referred to the energy consumed and sound emissions are within the lowest technically possible limit, especially during start-up, braking and in the use of the bodywork. FCC’s technology reaches these advantages without losing power or load capacity performance compared to a vehicle with a conventional diesel engine. It also delivers a much higher energy efficiency since it provides a substantial energy saving of between 70 and 80% compared to internal combustion engines, which in turn means lower operating costs and increased service life.

The most advanced technology for collecting waste in cities

Today, FCC Medio Ambiente is one of the world’s largest environmental services companies and has been undertaking its activity since 1911 when it was awarded the contract for cleaning and conserving the sewerage system in Barcelona, which it continues to provide. Since July 2016 in this contract, FCC has been using the first complete fleet of 100% electric vehicles with 13 sets of specialised machinery on heavy trucks, 28 sets of specialised machinery in vans, as well as an additional 15 vans. It is a clear practical case of eco-efficient engines, and an engineering project with electrical technology carrying the FCC stamp.

FCC’s research into electric vehicles is framed within the set of actions the Group has committed to in fighting climate change. These actions translated in 2016 into avoiding the emission of nearly 480,000 tonnes of CO2, increasing the use of alternative energies by 18% and generating 29% more energy from renewable fuels in its projects.

The challenge to FCC is to continually improve, to keep on reducing the environmental impact and to improve the public’s quality of life. The development and implementation of new technologies is increasingly important and this is why FCC Medio Ambiente continues, after more than a century, to invest and seek innovative solutions to the benefit of the environment and of society.

For nearly two years, SCHERM Group has used a 100-percent electric Terberg YT202-EV terminal tractor with an Allison fully automatic transmission to efficiently deliver materials to the local BMW Group plant.

“The electric truck has proved itself in city distribution and the just-in-time delivery for BMW is working fluently,” said Ulf Frenzel, fleet manager for SCHERM Group. “The Allison transmission makes it possible to specifically use the power of the electric motor in the best manner. And the e-truck can be maneuvered easily and is extremely easy to drive.”

The fully-electric tractor is equipped with a three-phase synchronous motor (614 V) with a maximum power rating of 138 kW (188 hp) and a fully automatic Allison 3000 Series™ transmission. The Allison Automatic is the key to the driveline: the truck has to launch with a gross combination weight (GCW) of up to 65 tons and achieve maximum speed as quickly as possible to meet the tight delivery schedule. This is made possible by the transmission’s torque converter that multiples engine torque during start-up and acceleration.

Additionally, the Allison transmission eliminates power interrupts for increased productivity – even with a smaller engine. Without the Allison, a direct drive with a larger and significantly more expensive engine would have been necessary. The transmission’s Power Take-Off (PTO) provision is used to drive the hydraulic pump, which saves an additional electric generator.

“The Allison transmission proves its reliability and ease of use in daily operation” said Frenzel. “In addition, we have shorter maintenance downtime than with a conventional diesel vehicle, better productivity and therefore we are much more efficient.”

The 65-ton electric vehicle commutes in two-shift operation eight times daily, five days a week, between the BMW plant in Munich and the SCHERM logistics center which is 3 km away. Since it was put into service in 2015, the vehicle has completed over 3,000 tours equal to approximately 17,000 km. Over the last two years, more than 8,000 liters of diesel have been saved – equivalent to 22 tons of carbon dioxide.

“We are really satisfied with the e-truck,” said Frenzel. “We wanted to prove that electric mobility also works in freight transport, and we achieved our goal.”

Following SCHERM’s success, Elflein Spedition & Transport also began using a similar Allison-equipped electric truck for short-distance transports to the BMW Group plant in Leipzig in November 2016. Because of a higher annual driving performance compared with the vehicle in Munich, carbon dioxide savings of up to 21 tons are possible in Leipzig each year.

Orbis is introducing the first smart single-phase home charging stations VIARIS COMBI into the market. As standard, they are equipped with a charge modulator based on the home’s energy consumption, WIFI communications, time scheduling control to benefit from time-of-day electricity tariffs, and tactile activation sensor. VIARIS COMBI adapts the electric vehicle’s charging process to the home’s energy consumption in real time, so that it charges faster when the home’s demand is lower and vice versa.

In this way, VIARIS COMBI prevents the supply capacity being exceeded and the inconvenient power cuts due to power surges. In short, the highest charge is achieved in the least amount of time possible, without exceeding the supply capacity.

VIARIS COMBI is equipped with WIFI communications, so that the charging station’s consumption data and current status, the charging history and all the vehicle’s charging data can be displayed on your smartphone.

Additionally, this smart charger includes a time-of-day tariff control module. With this module you can programme the time slots when you prefer to charge your vehicle to benefit from the cheapest tariffs offered by your energy supplier. If required, you can override the programme at any moment to force an urgent charge.

Another interesting functionality offered by this charger is a smart home control input. VIARIS COMBI is equipped with an external control input that can be used to control the vehicle’s charging process. This function has been designed specifically to integrate the charger in a home automation system.
SUPPLEMENTARY TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION (ITC) BT-52 defines the protections that an electric vehicle charging station installation must include: differential circuit breakers and protections against overcurrents and temporary and transient overvoltages. VIARIS COMBI has been designed to house all these protections, without the need to install additional protection panels. In fact, there is an option to supply the charging station with all the protections defined in (ITC) BT-52 already installed.

In case of using schematic 2 of ITC-BT-52, where the charging station is directly connected to the utility’s meter, VIARIS COMBI can include an automatic reset device that enables the utility meter’s load limiter to be reset without having to disconnect the charging station, in the event of a limiter trip. When the supply is stable again, the charging station automatically connects to the grid and continues charging.

Available with one or two outlets, both for socket and hose connections. Thanks to its flexible configuration, VIARIS COMBIS can respond to all the specific needs of electric vehicle users.
When designing these devices, special attention has been paid to make them robust and easy to install and use. All these features, together with VIARIS COMBI ‘s attractive design, means that this charging station offers a a perfect blend of looks and efficiency.

Source: Orbis

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Electro Power Systems S.A. (“EPS”) announces the signing with Endesa of an EPC contract for the design, construction and commissioning of a 20 MW utility-scale storage system.

EPS will deliver a unique turnkey solution for serving Endesa’s thermoelectric plant Carboneras located in Almeria, Spain. The storage system will be the largest in Spain and will be composed by 24 inverters, 16 containers of which 8 for PCS and 8 for Li-ion storage, with a total installed capacity of 20 MW/11.7 MWh.


The installation of this utility-scale system aims to make the plant more flexible and improve its response to the load fluctuations in the current electricity system resulting from the intermittency caused by an increased penetration of renewables. The addition of storage is also expected to reduce maintenance costs for the plant’s main components and extend their useful life.

The project is part of the general evolution of the Carboneras coal plant to better serve the current electricity system. A significant penetration of intermittent renewable energies, mainly wind power, are forcing the plant to adjust its production and implement backup functions to meet electricity demand at all times.

The project is scheduled to enter into operation in June 2018.

Source: EPS

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Siemens is now offering its SGT-800 industrial gas turbine with a power output of 57 MW and an electrical efficiency of more than 40% in simple cycle application. In a combined cycle configuration the power output is 163 MW at a net efficiency of more than 58.5%. The SGT-800 is now available with power output from 47.5 MW to 57 MW thanks to this upgrade, which will be offered onto the market in addition to the current ratings.

The most powerful SGT-800 to date is aimed primarily at industrial power producers and oil and gas companies that have a particularly high energy demand.


The 57 MW upgrade follows the design philosophy of taking small evolutionary fine tuning steps, while staying close to the commercially proven and reliable design of the SGT-800 industrial gas turbine. Only improvements of gas turbine parts using Siemens existing and mature core engine technologies have been made. The improved performance of the 57 MW rating has also been achieved through improved gear box and outlet casing/diffuser efficiencies. A reduced footprint of the gas turbine package has been achieved thanks to a shorter design, as well as a higher degree of preassembly for shorter installation time at site.

To date, more than 325 SGT-800 turbines have been sold worldwide. The Asia Pacific region is an especially important market for the machine, with more than 100 units sold, 71 of them in Thailand alone. Over the last five years the SGT-800 has been the market-leading gas turbine for combined cycle applications in its power range. The installed SGT-800 fleet has currently reached more than five million operating hours. The turbine, which was originally known under the product name GTX100, began development in 1994 and was launched in 1997.

Source: Siemens

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Group ACS, through Dragados Offshore, has been awarded with the development, construction and supply of the HVDC electric power converter platform for Dolwin 6 project in the North Sea. This project will be developed in partnership with Siemens, and it will be able to transmit enough electricity to initially supply one million German homes.

The system with 900 megawatts of power consists of a HVDC offshore converter platform in the German North Sea and an onshore HVDC substation, in Emden area.


Particularly, Dragados Offshore will be in charge of the design, supply, construction, transportation and installation of the platform, while Siemens will cope with the design and supply of HVDC equipment for both substations, and the development of the onshore substation. They will together commission the facilities so as to test them and put them to work.

The offshore conversion platform transforms the electrical energy of incoming wind turbines by high-voltage 155 kV AC power cables to high voltage direct current of 320 kV, exporting it to the ground substation. The platform will be connected to the existing Dolwin Beta platform.

The contract is considered as an important milestone for ACS, and subsequently for Dragados Offshore, as it strength’s their activities in the providing of platforms for the offshore wind industry by building a state-of-the-art megaproject in its sector, consolidating it in a Leading position in the offshore market.

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Forecasts for the Kingdom of Morocco indicate that the country’s energy demand will rise continuously in the coming years. The country has abundant renewable energy resources – including solar, wind and hydropower – and has set a 52% renewable target by 2030 while reducing its current dependency on imported fossil fuels. The government is focused on developing its electrical infrastructure to integrate renewable energy, with targets to generate more power from wind and other renewable energy sources.

ABB is working with Energie Eolienne du Maroc, one of the leaders in Morocco’s energy sector, to build a new hybrid substation in southern Morocco that will connect to the country’s national grid. It will be the first hybrid substation in Morocco and is being designed to withstand the challenging weather conditions of the desert and the marine air conditions. During the 22nd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change event, hosted in Marrakech at the end of 2016, Nareva’s new wind farm received a COP 22 label.


The hybrid substation will have a capacity of 225/33 kilovolts (kV) and will be flexible and scalable, with the ability to be upgraded up to 400 kV or the wind farm upgraded to 300 MW. Nareva is involved in several wind farm developments across Morocco.

The company was seeking strong customer support from its potential supplier. ABB teams from Spain, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland and Sweden worked together to provide technical seminars, and various lifecycle cost analytics. The hybrid substation will include the latest ABB technology of PASS, ZS2 MV switchgear, 150 MW of power transformers, instrument transformers, surge arresters, substation automation system as well as protection and control. The new substation enhances ABB presence in Africa and ABB Power Grid’s goal to enable a stronger, smarter and greener grid for its customers.

Source: ABB

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Fotowatio Renewable Ventures has been awarded a 300 MW solar project in the second electricity market auction, conducted by the National Energy Control Center (CENACE) of Mexico. With this agreement, FRV extends its global footprint into the Mexican market at very a competitive rate of US$ 26.99/MWh.

The construction of the plant will begin in mid-2018 and will become operational in mid-2019, and will create approximately 250 local jobs as part of the construction phase and a further 20 jobs during operations. The plant will also generate enough green electricity to supply approximately 76,100 homes, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 97.7 million tons of CO2.


Mexico has set a target to generate 35% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2024, making it a strategic market for FRV and attracting a number of international investors. Through this round of auctions, México plans to build more than 15,000 MW of new installed capacity of renewable energy.

FRV has had presence in Latin America since 2013. In July 2015, FRV´s ‘La Jacinta’ solar plant commenced operations, making Uruguay home to one of the largest solar photovoltaics (PV) projects in Latin America.

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In addition, the company has renewed its operations and maintenance service agreement covering 286 turbines at several facilities in Spain and Portugal

Gamesa has concluded implementation of its Energy Thrust programme for a French utility at 28 wind farms located in Spain, Portugal, France and Poland.

This upgrade suite, which boosts average turbine output by up to 5%, has been installed in Gamesa-made turbines from its 850 kW and 2 MW platforms with total capacity of 872 MW.


Gamesa developed Energy Thrust to make its 660 kW, 850 kW and 2.0 MW platforms more efficient. Thanks to this system, endorsed by the independent assurance provider DNV-GL and already installed in 1,967 turbines (3,445 MW) in operation in 14 countries, turbine output is increased by up to 5% on average. Energy Thrust enables adaptation of wind turbines to specific site conditions, boosting the volume of power delivered to the grid in all wind conditions, improving the efficiency and performance of Gamesa’s entire fleet in the process.

305 MW maintenance agreement

In tandem, Gamesa has entered into an agreement with a power utility for the renewal of its operations and maintenance services covering 305 MW of installed capacity. As a result, the company will continue to service 286 turbines from its 850 kW and 2 MW platforms located in several wind farms in Spain and Portugal.

Gamesa’s end-to-end proposition in the wind power industry is rounded out by its operations and maintenance (O&M) services area which maintains over 22,300 MW in some 35 countries.

Source: Gamesa

The second electricity auction has resulted in a total of 23 companies from 11 countries, including Mexico, investing $4bn over the next three years in 2,871 MW of new installed renewable power. 57 bidders took part in this auction, held on 22 September, with 23 successful companies being awarded a total of 56 contracts for solar PV, wind power and other clean energies.

The average price per MWh and Clean Energy Certificate (CEL) package in this auction was $33.47, in other words, 30% lower than the price obtained in the first auction. Moreover, efficient product purchase objectives have been achieved, by awarding 80.5% of the capacity, 83.82% of the power and 87.26% of the CELs tendered, with savings of 44.2% for clean energy and 64.1% for power, compared to the maximum prices submitted by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).


The big winners of this auction were once again wind and PV. Wind power was allocated 128 MW and almost 4,000,000 MWh, representing 11% and 43% respectively of the capacity and energy auctioned. Also worth mention is the allocation of 25 MW of geothermal power as well as the results for PV which are detailed below.


At the presentation of the results, Secretary of Energy, Pedro Joaquín Coldwell highlighted that as a result of the two electricity auctions held to date in Mexico, the country is approaching its target of 35% originating from renewables by 2024. He also indicated that 34 renewable generation companies will as a result establish in Mexico, bringing a combined investment of $600m and adding some 5,000 MW of new renewable capacity.


Solar power consolidates as the main driver for growth in Mexico’s electricity sector

Following this auction, Asolmex, Mexico’s Solar Power Association, has identified the positive outcome for PV, with 16 projects awarded accounting for a capacity of 1,823 MW, 54% of the total energy auctioned. Solar power has consolidated as the most competitive technology, with prices lower than natural gas combined-cycle generation. With an average price of 31.7 $/MWh, the competitiveness of solar power has improved by 42% compared to the average price of the first auction (44.9 $/MWh), confirming it as the cheapest energy in the CFE’s generation portfolio, even lower than conventional energy.

Both auctions together have allocated a total of 28 PV projects with an output of 3,619 MW, equivalent to an estimated investment of $4.5bn. These projects will enter into commercial operation during 2018 and 2019. Some of the project developers are Acciona, Aleph Capital, Alten, Canadian Solar, Enel Green Power, Engie, FRV, Grenergy, Hanwha Q-Cells, IEnova, Jinko Solar, OPDE, Solar Century, Sunpower, Thermion, Tuto Energy, X-Elio and Zuma Energía, all of which are members of Asolmex.

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