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The range of Eiffage Energía’s activities outside Spain started when it began the process of internationalisation of its business lines in 2008, with the construction in Amareleja (Portugal) of the most innovative, ever growing, photovoltaic solar plant so far.

Currently, Eiffage has subsidiaries in Mexico and Chile and its presence on the European continent is still unstoppable. Now, it has also just completed its first project in a new continent: Africais now on the map of its activities, a milestone within its electrical infrastructure works demonstrating the company’s good health.

Thus, Eiffage Energía has successfully tackled its first job on African soil in an overseas department belonging to France and located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar: Reunion Island: There it has carried out the expansion of the electricity transmission network of the island through a 66 kV double circuit Simplex line and approximately 44 km of extension.

The implementation of the work entrusted to the company Électricité De France (EDF), was divided into three sections of line that will connect the substation of Saint-Paul and the factory Gol in Saint Louis . The third of these sections, which comprises the Saint-Leu terminal and the factory Gol in Saint Louis, was finally isla-reunion-2awarded to Eiffage Energie Transport et Distribution, its commissioning taking place last Saturday 28 May. Meanwhile, Eiffage Travaux Publics, another of the subsidiaries of the Eiffage Group, has been responsible for all the necessary civil works in the project.

Eiffage Energía’s participation in the expansion of Reunion Island’s electricity network has been the assembling and hoisting with cranes of 45 supports, and by helicopter, the laying of optic fibre and conductors in a total of 12.58 km, for which it has counted on the specialised work and experience of a team of 25 people.

 

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For more than six months, the SCHERM Group has been using a 100-percent electric Terberg YT202-EV terminal tractor with an Allison 3000 Series™ fully automatic transmission for the BMW Group’s material transports. As compared to a diesel truck, the YT202-EV saves nearly 12 tons of carbon dioxide from being released into the environment annually.

According to Rainer Zoellner, e-truck project manager at the SCHERM Group, if the electric truck continues to prove itself through the end of its one-year pilot program, project expansion is likely. The BMW and SCHERM groups have a six-figure investment in the pilot project. Thanks to the electric drive, the vehicle generates almost no fine particle pollution and operates very quietly. In addition, the Allison-equipped truck delivers advantages as drivers negotiate Munich’s dense traffic and narrow streets. The 40-ton automatic truck shuttles between SCHERMS’s logistics center and BMW’s plant about 3 km (1.86 miles) away eight times daily during the work week.

The YT202-EV transports components for BMW automobiles, such as shock absorbers, springs and steering systems in two shifts, from 6 a.m. to midnight. The short, repetitive duty cycles are well-suited to the electric truck. With a range of up to 100 km when the battery is fully charged, it can complete the 48 km route per day without pausing to be charged. At night, the batteries are charged for three to four hours with 100-percent green electricity at SCHERM’s own charging station.Allison-3000-Series

Electric motor and Allison – an ideal combination

The heart of the fully-electric YT202-EV terminal tractor is the Siemens liquid-cooled, three-phase synchronous motor (614 V) with a maximum power rating of 138 kilowatts (188 hp). According to Erik-Wim Vos, electric vehicle manager at Terberg Benschop in the Netherlands, the Allison 3000 Series fully automatic transmission is the key to this driveline. “The electric truck should launch with a gross combination weight of up to 65 tons and must achieve maximum speed as quickly as possible,” he said. “In this circumstance, the Allison fully automatic transmission with torque multiplication and full power shifts makes the difference. Moreover we use the live Power Take-Off (PTO) provision to drive the hydraulic pump, which saves an additional electric generator.”

In other words, without an Allison transmission, a direct drive with a larger and significantly more expensive engine would have been required for the YT202-EV. The Allison 3000 Series is also the exclusive transmission solution used in conventional YT towing tractors.Terberg-Electric-Truck_1

Electric truck spreads in Europe

To date, twenty YT202-EV terminal tractors are in operation throughout Europe, including Denmark, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands, with additional vehicles due for delivery this year. Since July 2014, logistics service provider Berliner Hafen- und Lagergesellschaft mbH (BEHALA) has used a YT202-EV to transport containers from Berlin’s Westhafen (Western Harbor) to destinations across the city. However, the electric trucks in other countries are used primarily by food companies, including Migros, Ferrero and Bakker Barendrecht (Univeg).

Erik-Wim Vos estimates future interest in the electric terminal tractor will be very high.

 

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Correos has added to its fleet 100 electric scooters Scutum S02, manufactured by Scutum, which will be added to all new sustainable vehicles of the postal company.

The delivery ceremony of the Scutum motorcycles was held this morning at the Campus Repsol of Madrid, with the participation of its President, Antonio Brufau, who opened the meeting, with the President of Correos , Javier Cuesta; Scutum CEO, Carlos Sotelo; the Director General of Caixa Capital Risc, Carlos Trenchs; President of the CDTI, Maria Luisa Poncela, and the CEO of TAC, Jorge Magaña.

The S02 model Scutum, company owned by Repsol, “la Caixa” through Caixa Capital Risc, and the CDTI, meets all the needs of postal staff. It reaches a speed of 80 km/h and supports up to 175 kg of cargo, with a range of 100 kilometers. It features LED lighting, reverse function and 3 different driving modes: City, Sport and Eco, which saves 500 euros more than 10,000 kiómetros.

Correos  has managed to reduce CO2 emissions by more than 30% in recent years. With this incorporation of sustainable vehicles, the company goes one step further in its process of renewal and expansion of its fleet of electric vehicles, achieving a considerable reduction in emissions, commitment shared with Scutum.

“Continuing the commitment to sustainability of the postal company which I chair, we have taken the renewal of the fleet, to launch a new project under the Action Plan 100-300-1.500 to manage the electric vehicle as a whole” said Javier Cuesta, President of Correos , who supports the initiatives of companies, organizations and citizens to promote the transition to a low carbon economy.motos-Scutum-en-Campus-Repsol

Correos fleet currently consists of more than 12,600 vehicles, of which about 9,000 are motorcycles, which cover more than 60 million kilometers per year to distribute 3,600 million shipments annually, approximately.

Carlos Sotelo, CEO of Scutum, says that “the delivery of these 100 electric scooters for Correos  is a big boost for us. We are pioneers in the field and after five years of research, development, rigor and commitment, we can say that we now have the best electric bike designed to fleets, being sales leaders in the electric motorcycle Spanish market. Correos  is a forerunner of change and hope to continue working together towards more sustainable mobility. ”

Manufactured entirely in Spain, Scutum S02 scooter have been specially designed for the city and to facilitate the day-to-day work.

Scutum scooters offer high customization possibilities. The electric scooters incorporated by the POST OFFICE, added to the standard model, a hand brake and the entity’s box. The design of the fairing is in corporate yellow with company logo and side green, highlighting their sustainable quality.

The 100 Scutum will be divided in different post offices in different parts of the country: 25 in Madrid, 25 in Barcelona, ​​15 in Valencia, 12 in Málaga, 8 in Zaragoza, 8 in Sevilla and 7 in Vizcaya.

 

Siemens has been commissioned to provide the complete electro-technical solution for Finland’s first battery-powered car ferry. The Finnish shipping company FinFerries has ordered the newbuilding from the Polish shipyard CRIST S.A. The environmentally-friendly ferry will improve the transport options between Nauvo and Parainen in the Turku Archipelago. It will be approximately 90 meters long by 16 meters wide with capacity for a maximum of 90 cars. Operation on the 1.6 kilometer-long route will begin in summer 2017.

The ferry will be equipped with the Siemens electric propulsion system BlueDrive PlusC. It includes an energy storage system, variable speed drive technology for the propellers and an integrated alarm and monitoring system. FinFerries will benefit from lower operational costs, maintenance and repair cost savings as well as improved control and safety through its energy management and thruster control systems. The complete electro-technical solution includes the remote access monitoring system EcoMain. Siemens will also be supplying a WiFi solution to connect with the shore-based charging stations controlled by the ferry’s energy management system in order to secure automated fast charging.

The ship’s energy storage system is charged at each side of the crossing, with a shore connection to the local grid. Due to the harsh winter conditions in Finland, the ferry will have the possibility to utilize a diesel engine to support the onboard batteries which will serve as an extra boost when breaking and traveling through ice. The ferry is then operated as a plug-in hybrid vehicle.

Based on positive experience gained with the world’s first battery-powered car ferry “Ampere”, Siemens has tailor-made a suitable technical solution for Finland’s first emission-free ferry. Ampere was put into operation in Norway in May 2015, and has traveled a distance equivalent to more than 1.5 times around the equator. It uses only 150 kilowatt hours (kWh) per route, and with the change from diesel propulsion to battery, ship owner Norled has reduced the cost of fuel by 60 percent. This follow-up order confirms Siemens’ pioneer position delivering green solutions in the shipbuilding industry.

“I am extremely satisfied that the long and thorough selection process is now finished. We’ve chosen Crist to deliver the vessel because of the competitive price and their ability to provide us with a vessel of excellent quality. Siemens will provide the new technology for the ship. It is a company that has plenty of experience and an excellent reputation with a similar application on the Norwegian ferry,” states FinFerries CEO Mats Rosin.

“Battery-powered ferries offer a great new way to provide sustainable, efficient and reliable water transportation. As we have already proven, this project will be another milestone in environmentally-friendly technologies,” says Dr. Juergen Brandes, CEO of the Siemens Process Industries and Drives Division.

Saft, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of high-tech industrial batteries, has been awarded a major contract by Bombardier to supply the onboard battery systems for 61 FLEXITY trams under construction for Basel, Switzerland’s third most populous city. The Saft MSX nickel-based battery systems will provide emergency onboard backup power capable of driving the tram for short periods when the external power supply from the catenary is interrupted.

The contract for the new Basel tram fleet is a very significant development for Saft in Europe’s light rail sector which is currently growing at around 15 percent year on year.

Bombardier has developed the FLEXITY tram design to set new standards in urban mobility with a combination of 100 percent low-floor technology for ease of passenger access and conventional wheel-set bogies that ensure a perfectly smooth ride and low-noise operation. In 2012, Bombardier Transportation signed a contract for the delivery of up to 61 FLEXITY trams with the City of Basel’s Transport Authority (BVB). At €184 million, it is the biggest order placed by the BVB in its 116-year history. The new trams are being manufactured in Bautzen, Germany and in Vienna, Austria and will eventually replace the 101 Basel trams currently in service.

Each FLEXITY tram is being fitted with two 24 V Saft MSX battery systems sized to provide emergency short-term backup power for the traction systems. They will ensure that if the main overhead catenary supply is interrupted the vehicle will be able to continue to travel on to a section where power is available. The onboard batteries will also enable the tram to be driven for short distances in areas where there is no catenary, such as in the depot.

Hans Rudolf Feuz, Vice President Sales Light Rail Vehicles, Bombardier Transportation said: “The Basel tram network, with its high frequency operation and large daily ridership is a particularly demanding tram network and the onboard battery systems play a critical role in ensuring the total continuity of passenger services. The Saft MSX batteries offer a compact, lightweight and powerful design that fits perfectly with our FLEXITY concept that emphasises energy efficiency, economy and ecology.”

The Saft battery systems for the Basel metro trains each comprise “19 MSX200” batteries. MSX is a specialised rail battery that delivers high power performance combined with high cycling capability over a very wide temperature range of – 30˚C to + 50˚C. MSX provides a compact lightweight package that enables train operators to optimise the size of their onboard battery system.

In 2013, Saft delivered 4 battery systems for the first two Basel FLEXITY trams that are now in test operation. Delivery of battery systems for the remaining 59 trams started in 2015 and will be completed in 2017.

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Ingeteam has commissioned two PV plants in the state of New Mexico, totaling 20 MW; adding to its 35 GW of power converters installed in the world. The two power plants are supplying the energy produced to PNM, a state electricity provider. They were constructed by the company Affordable Gransolar LLC, the American subsidiary of Grupo Gransolar.

These two PV plants have been constructed in 3 months and came online in November and December 2015, respectively. It is expected that they will produce a combined amount of energy of more than 57 GWh per year.

The largest of the two plants, Santolina Solar Energy Center, is located in the town of Bernalillo, close to Albuquerque, and has a rated power output of 10.5 MW distributed between five 2.1 MW power stations. The other PV plant, with a rated power output of 9.5 MW, is located on the outskirts of Santa Fe, the state capital. This plant is equipped with five Ingeteam power stations: four with a power output of 2.1 MW and one of 1.05 MW.

These power stations were supplied ready for field installation, given the fact that they already include all the necessary equipment: two 1,070 kW PV central inverters; a LV/MV transformer; medium voltage switchgear; and auxiliary services switchgear. All these elements are suitable for outdoor installation.

Sacyr Industrial, a company of the Sacyr group which develops EPC services and projects for industrial infrastructures and installations, and Isotrón have signed a collaboration agreement to bid jointly in EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) electricity generation and transmission tenders.
The agreement means that Sacyr Industrial and Isotrón will participate equally and jointly in EPC tenders on electrical lines, electricity substations, thermal generation plants (gas, diesel, biomass and others) and renewable energy plants (photovoltaic, solar and wind).

The association will include the excellent references and execution resources of Isotrón and the important international management capacity of Sacyr Industrial, focusing initially on the markets and/or customers where both partners have a significant influence capacity.

Sacyr Industrial is an affiliate of the Sacyr group, developing engineering and industrial construction projects in the oil and gas, electrical infrastructure, power plants and waste management sectors. It operates a major growth strategy with various projects in the oil & gas sector, electricity infrastructures, power plants and waste processing facilities in the United Kingdom, Australia, Bolivia, Colombia, Panama, Mexico and Peru, and also in Spain.

Sacyr Industrial has recently set up Sacyr Fluor after the acquisition of a 50% stake in the Spanish subsidiary of the Fluor Corporation. The new company shall no doubt boost the growth of the group’s industrial subsidiary by way of its engineering services and Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) projects in the oil and gas sector and the onshore petrochemical industry in Spain, Southern Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and several Latin American countries. Sacyr Nervión has also been constituted along with Nervión Industries, each company having a 50% participation, to bid for projects focused on the comprehensive repair of all kinds of storage tanks in any place of the world, giving maintenance services to refineries and other productive facilities of the Oil&Gas sector and other selective industrial site maintenance and assembly projects.

The operations of this contract meet the new strategic targets set by Sacyr to boost its construction and operating concession business, along with its services and industrial activities, thus increasing its market share and capacity to take on big business challenges. The foregoing will no doubt see the company become an international touchstone for the sectors and countries in which it operates.

Isotrón, a member of the Isastur group, has extensive experience in the engineering, assembly, start-up and maintenance of electromechanical installations, instrumentation, regulation and control in energy production (thermoelectric, hydraulic, renewable), petrochemicals, environment (water purification, seawater desalination) and electrical infrastructures (lines and substations). It has carried out important projects in Europe (France, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Portugal, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom, Romania and Russia), America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Uruguay and Venezuela), Maghreb (Morocco, Algeria and Egypt), and in Angola, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Yemen and China. The company has a stable presence in Morocco, Algeria, Jordan, Chile, Argentina, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil and Uruguay.

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a major Flexicycle power plant to Energía del Pacífico S.A. in Acajutla, El Salvador. It will be the largest and most efficient power plant in El Salvador, and the first in Central America to be fired by LNG-based natural gas. The 378 MW installation will feed electricity to the national grid.

The order is estimated to be included in Wärtsilä’s order book in 2016, and the plant completion is scheduled for 2018. The value of the order is approximately EUR 240 million.

As of today, about 50 percent of the 1600 MW generation capacity in El Salvador is based on oil. The new power station will decrease the price of electricity because the fuel, LNG-based natural gas, is cheaper than oil. Natural gas also produces 30 percent less carbon emissions and 99 percent less sulphur dioxide emissions than oil.

The power plant will be the first in Central America to run on LNG-based natural gas. A dedicated LNG import terminal will be built at the same location.

The power plant will comprise nineteen Wärtsilä 50SG engines and a combined cycle steam turbine, producing high fuel efficiency of close to 50 percent. The Dry Flexicycle technology with a closed loop cooling system requires zero water consumption, which is a major benefit in El Salvador which has recently suffered from the worst droughts in 40 years.

Wärtsilä’s installed capacity in Central America and the Caribbean is approximately 4800 MW, and globally 58 GW.

‘Smart Connection’ , which is specifically designed for SMEs, provides a whole new platform of services aimed at optimising conditions for the supply, management and consumption of energy. It takes into account a range of factors such as price, type of contract, savings, consumption control, energy efficiency and responsibility towards the environment.

The goal is to provide the employer with the tools needed to boost their competitiveness through the smart management of their energy use.

The ‘smart’ concept has been establishing itself strongly in almost all areas of information and technology, and particularly in industrial and business sectors as well as in energy, because customers have become increasingly focused on implementing measures to promote savings, efficiency and stewardship of an asset constituting a key component of their financial results.

Based on its in-depth understanding of the market and the latest technological tools, Axpo Iberia has fully developed the business strategy called ‘The Smart Connection’, specifically geared towards SMEs with the aim of providing employers with the keys to manage and control their energy consumption.

Although the factors that determine the competitiveness of a company may vary depending on the sector where it operates, in the majority of cases energy consumption is configured as a key element in ensuring its sustainability in the medium and long term.

The ‘Smart Connection’ concept of Axpo encompasses a whole range of services oriented towards optimising conditions for the supply, management and consumption of energy. It takes into account a number of factors such as price (how can we bring down energy bills), type of contract (fixed price, indexed, custom formulae), savings (energy efficiency), consumption control (management tools and telemetry) and responsibility towards the environment (100% renewable origin certification).

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Alstom has been awarded a contract worth over €300 million by TERNA Rete Italia, a company fully owned by TERNA, the Italian electricity transmission system operator, and Réseau de Transport d’Électricité (RTE), its French counterpart, to build two High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter stations for the transmission link between France and Italy.
Alstom will design, manufacture and commission two converter stations (2×600 MW, +/- 320 kV) containing Alstom’s VSC MaxSineTM Voltage Source Converter technology. Alternating Current (AC) will be converted from each country’s electrical network into Direct Current (DC) for transmission and vice versa. Key equipment will be manufactured in Alstom’s facilities in the UK, Germany, France and Italy and the contract also includes maintenance for the converter station in France.
“Alstom is pleased to be working with TERNA and RTE on this project. Alstom’s VSC technology is both compact and versatile. As such, it will optimise the existing infrastructure, and preserve the Alps fragile eco system”, said Patrick Plas, Senior Vice President, Power Electronics and Automation, Alstom Grid.
Alstom has over 50 years of HVDC expertise and has delivered more than 40 HVDC projects worldwide. This is Alstom’s third VSC project in the last three years, following on from Sweden’s South West Link, a multi-terminal HVDC grid connecting central and southern networks in the country and the Dolwin3 project, connecting 900 MW offshore wind energy from the North sea to the German grid. Alstom is also in the process of executing large scale HVDC projects such as India’s Champa 1 & 2 (800 kV) and Brazil’s 600 kV Rio Madeira, which at almost 2400km, is the world’s longest transmission line.

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