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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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    RENEWABLE ENERGIES

    IZHARIA INGENIERIA is an Engineering and Consultancy company specialising in the electricity sector. The high quality standards of the company’s products has resulted in their registration with Repro, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. A leader in Renewable Energy, Izharia has undertaken the largest PV plant in Spain with 500 MW. It provides service to both the renewable energy sector and to the conventional power generation, transmission and electricity distribution sectors. Izharia collaborates with the leading Spanish utilities, performing engineering works for gas and electricity networks as well as for wind farms. Its offices in Spain and Panama support the company’s activities on all continents. Among others, it has undertaken projects in Australia, Jordan, Panama and Uruguay, among others.

    www.izharia.com

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    In the new MethQuest project, which is being funded by the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), technologies are to be developed that will support Germany’s energy transition using methane-based fuels from renewables. The focus will also be on sector coupling, i.e. connecting up the energy and transport sectors.

    A total of 27 scientific, industrial and business partners are to collaborate on research and development work over a period of three years in six joint projects. The go-ahead was given by the Federal Government’s coordinator for the maritime industry, Norbert Brackmann, at the kick-off meeting held on 14 September in Friedrichshafen. Responsibility for the joint project coordination has been assigned to Rolls-Royce Power Systems and the DVGW Research Centre at Engler-Bunte-Institute (EBI) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

    In the MethQuest project, technologies are to be developed and analysed that will enable methane-based fuels from renewables to be used in mobile and stationary applications and subsequently launched on the market. While the use of gas is widespread, particularly for heating purposes, its potential for passenger, freight and maritime transport has hardly been developed to date. Its use in cogeneration plants to provide a flexible means of generating heat and power has also been stagnating for many years, in spite of the fact that cogeneration plants are seen as a key element of the energy transition.

    Taking the Port of Karlsruhe as a case study, the interfaces and synergies of sector coupling will be examined and simulated. Specifically, the purpose of the study is to determine how electricity, gas and heat can be produced locally as required and supplied to the end users. These will include the local port infrastructure, in addition to the city’s bus fleet and barges. Storage possibilities will also be considered that would enable the local grid to be operated independently.

    As Norbert Brackmann explained: “For a successful energy transition, it is absolutely essential that the energy and transport sectors are coupled and looked at as a whole. At the same time, methane-based fuels produced using electric power that is generated from renewable energy sources (”power-to-gas“) will be an important factor. They will enable greenhouse gas emissions to be significantly reduced, which will help is to achieve our climate protection goals. The further development of technologies that will make possible the energy-efficient use of these fuels is an integral part of the MethQuest lead project.

    The project has a total value of 32 million euros, with financing provided by the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) amounting to a total of 19 million euros. Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, and Dr. Frank Graf, Director, Gas Technology at the DVGW Research Centre at Engler-Bunte-Institute of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), accepted the official grant approval on behalf of the 27 project partners.

    Source: Rolls Royce Power Systems

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    Rolls-Royce will deliver two MTU Onsite Energy natural gas-fueled combined cooling, heating and power (CCHP) trigeneration systems to Richmond University Medical Center, a Level I trauma center in Staten Island, New York (USA).

    The trigeneration project is being managed by Innovative Energy Strategies (IES) and is part of a multi-million dollar facility expansion adding a substantial increase in the center  capacity. As one of two Level I trauma centers on Staten Island, Richmond University Medical Center recognized the importance of alternative power supply solutions, especially after experiencing the devastation of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

    Stewart & Stevenson Power Products – Atlantic Division, an authorized MTU Onsite Energy distributor (part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems) , won a competitive bid to customize, supply, and deliver the two-natural gasfueled CCHP trigeneration systems.

    “After we evaluated the equipment, installation and maintenance requirements for the project, IES selected MTU because of the fuel conversion efficiency and the extended maintenance periods that significantly reduce the total cost of ownership,” said Marty

    Borruso, principal at IES. “Another major factor was the ability of the MTU engines to operate on low pressure gas, this feature is desirable in densely populated urban areas like New York City.”

    Rated at 1,500 kWe each and guaranteeing performance under high ambient conditions, the CCHP units will provide clean and efficient continuous power to the 114-year-old trauma center. The two 50,000-pound units will be housed in a former laundry facility adjacent to the hospital, which has been renovated to comply with sound attenuation rules and regulations. The units will quietly blend into the background sounds of what is a highly concentrated residential area and will be protected inside the structure from external conditions.

    “MTU Onsite Energy is a long-time partner to critical care facilities like the Richmond University Medical Center,” said Christian Mueller, senior sales engineer at MTU Onsite Energy. “These kinds of facilities have a year-round, 24/7 uptime obligation to patients, and we keep that top-of-mind when developing cogeneration solutions. MTU Onsite Energy is proud to offer peace of mind with the promise of cooling, heating and power to trauma centers when they need it most.”

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    Gastech the global exhibition and conference at the forefront of the international gas, LNG and energy industries, has announced its preliminary programme ahead of the conference taking place in Barcelona this September, 17-20.

    Gastech was delighted to have received the Presidency of Honour from His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain that was further complemented by an official endorsement from the Spanish Secretary of State for Energy, Daniel Navia Simon.

    The conference and exhibition, which will be opened by senior representatives from the host consortia, will include four days of panel discussions and presentations from the industry’s key global leaders, addressing the most current gas and LNG issues, whilst also looking into 2019 and beyond.

    The multi streamed programme features ministerial and global business dialogue sessions and strategic panel sessions alongside 28 strategic sessions. The newly expanded technical conference, which includes 82 technical sessions, will address the complete value chain from exploration and production through to distribution. It will also highlight new technologies and industry developments.

    Gastech conference director Jenny Kelly said: “Gastech has been held around the globe for the past 45 years and this is one of the strongest and most informative programmes to date. Speaking at the event will be some of the industry’s leading influencers and CEOs including Saad Sherida al-Kaabi, CEO, Qatar Petroleum, Luca de Meo, president, SEAT, Maarten Wetselaar, integrated gas and new energies director and member of the executive committee, Royal Dutch Shell, Alexander Medvedev, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee, Gazprom, Lazlo Varro, Chief Economist, International Energy Agency and Steven L Edwards, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Black & Veatch.”

    “The programme will allow us to hear from government officials and industry bodies as well as looking into the financial aspects of gas and LNG. It will also look to answer some of the key questions raised around the future of gas.”

    Gastech 2018 will be the most predominant global gas and LNG event, bringing together upstream, midstream and downstream professionals to convene and do business.

    For the first time this year, Gastech will collaborate with the European Association of Geoscientists & Engineers (EAGE), running an upstream/E&P zone in the exhibition as well as contributing to the technical conference stream.

    The global professional organisation for geoscientists and engineers will share key insights into various topics including ‘reservoir surveillance technologies applied to gas field production, CO2 sequestration and underground gas storage’, ‘acoustic measurements and laboratory experiments’ and the ‘role of gas in the current energy transition and future energy landscape’.

    Jenny added: “We are delighted to be collaborating with EAGE. The new partnership allows us to further strengthen our strategic and technical offering – providing a wealth of knowledge from EAGE’s expert members who are professionally involved in a range of engineering disciplines.”

    “Alongside our co-location with GPEX 2018, we believe this collaboration will heighten Gastech’s reputation as the world’s leading gas, LNG and energy event and we look forward to a continued relationship with the professional body, EAGE.”

    The event spans over 50,000sqm of exhibition space, showcasing over 700 international, regional and local exhibitors while gathering over 30,000 international professionals from across the global gas, LNG and energy industries. Over 3,500 delegates and 1,200 Ministers, government officials, presidents, managing directors, CEOs and chairmen will hear from 350 senior speakers from across all sectors of the industry.

    Headline speakers have been released in the preliminary programme and organisers are currently seeking speakers for the strategic and technical conference. Industry professionals who are interested in presenting at the 2018 conference should submit their abstracts before 16 March 2018.

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    Following its first roadshow in Madrid last year, Gastech 2018 is preparing to hit the road once again, this time gathering regional and international business leaders, government representatives and renowned influencers at the Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, on Tuesday, April 24, to discuss the continued evolution of the growing gas and LNG market.

    The one-day free to attend event, to be held at the same venue as the upcoming Gastech Exhibition and Conference, will allow global delegates to hear insights from major Spanish energy company Repsol, leading energy industry consultancy Wood Mackenzie, as well as key stakeholders and supporters KBR, Baker Botts LLP, Gaztransport & Technigaz -GTT Pte Ltd and Macquarie Bank.

    This second roadshow event will also be held in conjunction with the Gastech Governing Body’s conference programme voting meeting, at which it is expected that the full conference programme for Gastech 2018 will be confirmed and released.

    The roadshow will attract 150 attendees ahead of the Gastech Exhibition and Conference, which will be held in September 2018. The industry leading conference, which this year will share the same location with GPEX (Global Power & Energy Exhibition), the new hub for the international power and energy community, will see more than 1,200 ministers, government officials, presidents, CEOs, chairmen and managing directors among 3,500 global conference delegates.

    Gastech governing body and programme director Gavin Sutcliffe explained: “The Gastech roadshow in Madrid was a fantastic introduction to the key issues, topics and trends that we will be discussing at Gastech in September, and our Barcelona roadshow on April 24 will build on that success.”

    “We’re especially excited that this second roadshow will be in the same venue where Gastech 2018 will be held in September. It will enable delegates, exhibitors and speakers to become familiar with the site and give them a real buzz for what is to come. The roadshow will also allow them to network in a focussed and productive environment while benefitting from expert insight into growth opportunities”.

    “Not only that, but we are delighted to be announcing the full Gastech conference programme and share the presentations that will be featured at the conference next September.”

    Presenters at Gastech 2018 will discuss topics at the forefront of the evolving gas industry, including new market opportunities for traditional and non-traditional gas market players, the largest consumers of gas and LNG by 2040, and the impact of energy landscape fragments and new ‘disruptors’ (in the form of renewables and innovative technologies) on the future of gas and LNG.

    The Gastech 2018 conference will include four days of panel discussions and presentations from the industry’s key global leaders, which will address the key challenges facing the industry and discuss the most important topics that will shape the future of the world’s gas, LNG and energy industries for decades to come.

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      ENERGY EFFICIENCY

      Since 1864, AERZEN has engineered high performing machines for the industry. Now is a global player, delivering reliable, high performing and energy efficient compressed air, gas and vacuum solutions, all over the world. Its product range comprises: positive displacement blowers, screw compressors, rotary lobe compressors, turbo blowers, rotary piston gas meters and control technology; for a wide range of proccesses and application fields: water and waste water treatment, chemical and process technology, compressed-air technology, pneumatic transport for bulk material handling, vacuum technology, process gas technology, biogas and biomethane. Moreover, AERZEN guarantees optimal support all over the world, with over 2,000 employees, six sales offices in Germany, 43 subsidiaries and with over 200 service mechanics on all continents.

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        DISTRIBUTOR OF 100% CLEAN ENERGY

        Feníe Energía, the installation agent’s company, is the independent energy distributor that has demonstrated the highest level of growth in Spain. Its model makes it stand out from other companies as it benefits from a network of energy agents who assess and understand the needs of the customer and who furthermore, are shareholders. Our mission is for customers to make savings through the work and experience of the network of energy agents, which is Feníe Energía’s own commercial network. They are the ones that maintain a direct contact with customers, providing them with personal assessment, which implies a close relationship and proximity with the customer and what they call “management through trust”. As a distributor of 100% clean energy committed to the environment, in addition to electricity and gas, the company offers energy saving, self-consumption, mobility and energy management services.

        Four large-scale shifts in the global energy system set the scene for the World Energy Outlook 2017 (WEO 2017). These are the rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies; the growing electrification of energy; the shift to a more services-oriented economy and a cleaner energy mix in China; and the resilience of shale gas and tight oil in the United States. These changes come at a time when traditional distinctions between energy producers and consumers are being blurred and a new group of major developing countries, led by India, moves towards centre stage. How these developments play out and interact is the story of this WEO. (The first part of this extensive summary of the WEO 2017 was published in our November issue).

        LNG ushers in a new order for global gas markets

        Natural gas grows to represent one quarter of global energy demand in the New Policies Scenario by 2040, becoming the second-largest fuel in the global mix after oil. In resource-rich regions, such as the Middle East, the case for expanding gas use is relatively straightforward, especially when it can substitute oil. In the US, plentiful supplies maintain a strong share of gas-fired power in electricity generation through to 2040, even without national policies limiting the use of coal. But 80% of the projected growth in gas demand takes place in developing economies, led by China, India and other Asian countries, where much of the gas needs to be imported and infrastructure is often lacking.

        But the landscape is extraordinarily competitive, not just due to coal but also to renewables, which in some countries become a cheaper form of new power generation than gas by the mid-2020s, pushing gas-fired plants towards a balancing rather than a baseload role. Efficiency policies also play a part in constraining gas use. While the electricity generated from gas grows by more than half to 2040, the use of gas for power generation rises by only one-third, due to a higher proportion of highly efficient plants. Read more…

        Article published in: FuturENERGY December 2017 – January 2018

        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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