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The technology group Wärtsilä has been chosen to provide a flexible power generation solution based on three natural gas fueled Wärtsilä 34SG engines to ensure operational flexibility in the power generation system of Michigan State University’s (MSU) East Lansing campus in USA. The solution will help the university to achieve its energy modernisation plans and support the growing need for efficient energy on the campus.

The Engineered Equipment Delivery (EEQ) has been awarded by The Christman Company (TCC), the main contractor for a project to modernise the campus’ power generation system. The Wärtsilä 34SG engines, operating on natural gas have a total power output of 28 MW. The order with Wärtsilä was booked in March 2019.

MSU operates its own power plant to self-generate its electricity supply. The flexibility and efficiency of the medium-speed Wärtsilä34SG engines will help to modernise the campus generation system and increase its overall efficiency. This addition also accommodates the growing demand for electricity on campus. Furthermore, the fast-starting capability of the Wärtsilä engines will provide the balancing support needed to aid in the integration of intermittent solar energy into the system.

The Wärtsilä engines will provide considerable benefits to the modernisation project including improved overall efficiency and reliability while lowering environmental impact and operational costs of the plant.

The Wärtsilä equipment is scheduled for delivery in the beginning of 2020, and the plant is expected to be fully operational by the end of that year.

Building a sustainable future for the energy industry is the basis of Wärtsilä’s Smart Energy vision, which foresees ultimately 100 percent of power generation coming from renewable energy sources. This is enabled by integrating flexible energy generating assets together with intermittent renewables, such as solar and wind. Wärtsilä engines provide the required operational flexibility to make this possible.

Source: Wärtsilä

Ingeteam is expanding internationally by opening two new subsidiaries in Morocco and Peru. With this expansion, the company has secured its position as a global leader in the provision of operation and maintenance services to energy generation plants with a global presence in 22 countries. Both subsidiaries are focussed on the renewable energies sector and have currently been awarded PV contracts, however there are also plans to increase their presence in both countries in the wind power sector.

In Morocco, Ingeteam employs a staff of 15 to perform operation and maintenance tasks at three PV plants with installed capacities of 71.5 MWp, 84.5 MWp and 19.5 MWp. Last year, Ingeteam also supplied PV inverters to these plants, which are among the largest in North Africa. The power produced is delivered to the power distribution grid of this North African country, serving to cover the energy demand of thousands of homes in Morocco. This makes it possible to slightly reduce the country’s heavy reliance on foreign energy sources, given the fact that Morocco imports 90% of all the energy it consumes. The implementation of this project comes within the framework of the target set by Morocco, to produce 52% of all its energy from renewable energy sources by year 2030.

On the other hand, Ingeteam has already supplied more than 700 MW in PV inverters and is responsible for the operation and maintenance services for 230 MW in a total of five South African PV plants. Furthermore, Ingeteam was recently awarded the supply and commissioning of the protection, control and measurement systems for three sub-stations in Malaui.

In Peru, the Lima subsidiary is providing operation and maintenance services in the PV sector at two solar plants in the region of Arequipa in southern Peru. These solar parks were constructed in 2012 and both have an installed power of 22 MW, generating sufficient electricity to supply a community of up to 80,000 inhabitants.

One plant is the Repartición solar park, which is the first PV plant in South America to generate electricity from solar energy. The second plant is located in the district of Majes, with more than 56,000 solar panels installed and covering an area of 100 hectares.

Furthermore, in 2014 Ingeteam supplied its power stations to a 20 MW PV plant located close to the municipality of Moquegua in the province of Mariscal Nieto.

With the opening of this subsidiary, Ingeteam expects to strengthen its prominent position in the Latin American market as a supplier of power converters and provider of operation and maintenance services for renewable energy generation plants.

Source: Ingeteam

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At the end of October 2018, Rolls-Royce Power Systems opened a new Customer Care Center in Augsburg, Germany, focusing exclusively on customers of natural-gas-powered generator sets. This makes it one of the company’s five new customer service centers that have been in operation since the beginning of 2018. Experts from MTU work together at different locations, and across several time zones, to support customers around the world when it comes to keeping their MTU Onsite Energy systems on the go.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems is also pressing ahead with the expansion of digital services for its customers. The Digital Solutions team is set to double to 80 employees by the end of 2018.

MTU Go! products helping improve the digital monitoring of generator sets

The digital tools MTU Go! Act and MTU Go! Manage will soon be tested in the first power plants. They are replacing the data loggers previously used, and enable MTU experts and the customer to monitor the units remotely, plan maintenance and spare parts availability, analyze operator data and derive recommendations for improving product operation.

Prime Energia puts its trust in MTU’s digitally-assisted service capability

In Chile, five Prime Energia power plants featuring more than 200 MTU Onsite Energy gensets are to be connected to the public grid, providing a total output of 475 MW of reserve capacity to stabilize Chile’s power supplies. The gensets are digitally connected via data loggers to the MTU Go! Manage platform for monitoring and analyzing current system data. Prime Energia monitors the power plants in real time and controls them via the Network Operations Center in Santiago.

MTU Value Care Agreements safeguard system uptime

When the new service agreements are teamed with these new digital tools and the company’s Customer Care Center capability, the customer benefits in terms of reliability, efficiency and longevity of powergen systems are immense. Preventive maintenance work is planned efficiently, maintenance intervals are adjusted, an optimum, transparent cost structure is implemented, and system uptime is guaranteed.

Source: MTU Onsite Energy

Among innovative technology providers developing a thermal energy storage system, Norway-based cleantech company EnergyNest is currently one of the partners selected by multinational energy provider Enel for the analysis of the benefits and impacts of the integration of its technology in one of Enel’s numerous power generation assets. According to EnergyNest, impressive economic and climate-relevant figures could be achieved by the company’s latest thermal energy storage technology when integrated in full-scale: annual CO2 reduction of up to 45,000 tons, 14 million liters of fuel oil saved per year and project payback in less than three years.

The collaboration launched with EnergyNest gives Enel the chance to evaluate EnergyNest’s Thermal Energy Battery solution in real-life conditions and identify full-scale business-applications for the technology integrated into thermal power plants. The objective of the innovative project is to demonstrate how waste heat recovery in Thermal Energy Storage can increase flexibility and sustainability of thermal power plants. This activity will allow Enel to assess technology robustness, its potential contribution to increasing efficiency, and its positive environmental impact.

EnergyNest has unveiled its first Thermal Battery Module produced in its new manufacturing hub in Europoort, Rotterdam. Manufacturing for two commercial projects is now expected to start at the end of the year. EnergyNest’s innovative battery modules consist of locally-sourced, recyclable materials – framed steel pipes set with Heatcrete, a high-performance thermal-energy-storing concrete developed in partnership with HeidelbergCement, Germany’s multinational buildings material company.

Source: EnergyNest

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Iberdrola, through its subsidiary ScottishPower, has agreed to sell its traditional generation assets in the United Kingdom to Drax Smart Generation, a subsidiary of the Drax Group for £702 million (€801 million).

Thus, the company becomes the first 100% renewable integrated energy business in the UK, as it disposes of 2,554 megawatts (MW) of traditional generation power, which includes mainly combined cycle gas plants. In recent years the company completed closure of the last coal-fired power plants in the country.

The sale – subject to the usual third party approvals for this kind of transactions – represents a further step in Iberdrola group’s commitment to moving towards a decarbonised economy, where the electricity sector should play a key role.

The company’s Chairman, Ignacio Galán, highlighted Iberdrola’s commitment to the United Kingdom: “It is a key market for us and one of the present and future pillars of the group. We will be investing £5.5 billion by 2022, primarily in increasing our renewable capacity, developing more and smarter grids and offering more personalised and efficient solutions to our customers.”

This will allow the company to continue increasing its weight in the United Kingdom, where it already has 2,700 MW of wind power capacity (installed or under construction), as well as a project pipeline in excess of 3,000 MW, of which 2,900 MW in offshore wind. These new developments will add to the 714-MW East Anglia One wind farm, which is currently under construction, and will become the world’s largest offshore wind farm when it goes into operation in 2020.

Ignacio Galán, who pointed out that this operation forms part of the company’s “standard rotation of assets”, added that “the world is changing” and that “the energy companies should be part of the solution to climate change and not part of the problem”.

Asset rotation plan

This divestment in the traditional generation business in the United Kingdom is part of the €3 billion euro asset rotation plan that Iberdrola announced last February, when it presented its Strategic Perspectives for 2018-2022.

This transaction in the United Kingdom adds up to the sale of the gas storage business in the United States and the disposal of its minority stake in Tirme. The total amount for transactions announced in 2018 exceeds €1 billion.

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Array Technologies, pioneers of solar tracking technology, announced the release of its latest innovation today. SmarTrackTMis an optimization technology that intelligently adjusts module angles in response to weather and site conditions. The new software, in combination with DuraTrack®HZ v3 solar trackers, will optimize backtracking power production on as-built project conditions to capture the maximum power yields during diffuse light conditions.

The software suite utilizes self-learning algorithms that work independently of each other to optimize the energy output of the PV system. Once an operational strategy has been learned, the tracker system orientates PV modules to the optimal angle for power output responding to specific module technology, weather and site conditions.

SmarTrack offers three distinct optimization algorithms designed to provide optimum power production:

• Backtracking: Undulating or hillside sites can introduce shading of modules in the late or early morning hours. SmarTrack monitors power production of the as-built project and alleviates the effects of shading by backtracking to optimal production angles.
• Diffuse Light: Diffuse light conditions caused by cloud cover can rob PV plants of output. SmarTrack utilizes site production data and weather information to adjust the angle of the solar modules, providing optimal yield until the cloud cover disperses.
• Bifacial & Split-cell:Bifacial tracking promises significantly higher power yields from backside gain. PV plants equipped with SmarTrack will utilize custom algorithms to maximize energy harvest for split-cell bi-facial and mono-facial module configurations.

Source: Array Technologies

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MAN Energy Solutions has been chosen as the solution provider for two power plants in Bangladesh with a total of 15 MAN engines to boost energy generation capacities in the rapidly developing Asian country.

The first plant is currently being erected in the country’s Chittagong District on the eastern bank of Karnaphuli River and is scheduled to commence operation in 2019. Operated by Anlima Energy Limited, it will be powered by six MAN 48/60 engines with 20.7 MW each. The plant will run on Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) with an overall capacity of 120 MW and feed into the country’s national grid. Next to the engines, MAN Energy Solutions will also supply further auxiliary equipment and supervise erection and commissioning.

Increasing energy demand is still the country’s biggest challenge. Despite successful efforts to add new power plants in the past years, the overall generation capacity of 16 GW is still too low, given the country’s 160 Million inhabitants and vital economic growth rate. The government continues to address this and is encouraging Independent Power Producers to invest in order to achieve an installed base of 24GW by the year 2024.

The second plant will have a total capacity of 167 MW and operate nine MAN 51/60 Dual-Fuel engines. It will be erected in Mirsarai, in the Chittagong District in the south of Bangladesh. End customer of this project is BPDB-RPCL Powergen Limited. Thanks to MAN’s dual-fuel technology the 51/60 DF engines can be operated on either liquid fuel or natural gas, but will use HFO until sufficient gas supply is available. BPDB-RPCL is already operating a 150MW plant with MAN 51/60DF engines in Kodda, Gazipur.

Responsible for Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) of the Mirsarai plant is the Chinese company Sinohydro, a recurring partner for MAN Energy Solutions. Both companies have successfully completed an 80MW power plant in Niamey, Niger in 2016.

While Mirsarai is the first joint project in Bangladesh, it is the latest in a long line of successful power plant ventures for MAN in the South Asian country. In the past years the company has sold or signed contracts for more than 1.85 GW in generation capacities to increase the supply of electricity in the country.

Source: MAN Energy Solutions

Ingeteam has recently signed a number of contracts for the supply of PV plants to Mexico, a country in which the company has a considerable market share in the wind and solar power sectors, and in the provision of operation and maintenance services for power generation plants.

The company, which has been present in this country since 1998, is to supply 555MW of solar PV inverters, mostly directed at large solar plants, although part of the supply is for commercial plants based on string inverters.

Most of the supply corresponds to the Skid series for Ingeteam’s Inverter Station, comprising a metal platform or skid holding all the low and medium voltage devices required (LV/MV transformer, MV cells, LV switchgear and auxiliary services transformer), in addition to the central inverters pertaining to the INGECON SUN PowerMax B series. This equipment has a total output power of 551MW and is to be supplied to four photovoltaic plants located in the states of Baja California, Durango, Sonora and San Luis Poltosí. The supply comprises a total of 343 central photovoltaic inverters, all with the very latest 1500Vdc technology.

One of these three projects represents the first PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) in Mexico between a private generator and the end user.

Moreover, Ingeteam has recently commissioned two solar plants with a total output power of more than 60MW in the state of Chihuahua. These plants have also been equipped with the Inverter Station solution with 1500Vdc photovoltaic inverters.

These new contracts serve to strengthen Ingeteam’s position in Mexico, where it is the leading company in the supply of power converters (with 2.5GW for wind and solar PV plants). It is also the leading provider of operation and maintenance services with 2.5GW of maintained renewable power, which means that the company is responsible for the maintenance of 49% of the total installed power in Mexico.
This leadership has been consolidated in the last year thanks to several important operation and maintenance contracts, like the one for the 35.5 MWp Camargo PV plant, located in the state of Chihuahua. Thanks to these contracts, Ingeteam maintains 55% of the total solar power installed in the country.

Furthermore, Ingeteam was recently awarded a supply contract for Latin America’s largest PV plant. Thanks to this contract, Villanueva solar park’s electric substations have been equipped with a highly advanced automation system, thanks to which Ingeteam has reached the figure of more than 2,000 MW of substations for renewable energy plants digitalized in Mexico. Thus, Ingeteam consolidates itself as a benchmark for grid digitalization in a double manner: first, through digital electronics in PC&M systems for substations automation; and second thanks to its reactive energy compensation systems (Statcom) for grid code compliance in renewable and industrial installations.

Several offices in the country

In Mexico, Ingeteam has several offices dedicated to different activities. In the country’s capital city –Mexico City- and in Juchitán de Zaragoza –Oaxaca-, two Ingeteam offices are dedicated to wind and solar O&M works, PV inverter commercialization, development of substations for renewable energy plants and distribution of equipment and execution of projects for the protection and automation of the electric grid.

Moreover, the Company develops an important social role in the regions where it is present. For example, Ingeteam implements some renewable energy diffusion projects in the region of the Tehuantepec isthmus, in order to spread the knowledge about renewable energies among the communities, contributing to a deeper understanding of these relatively new technologies.

Exhibiting at MIREC WEEK

Ingeteam will be present once again at Mexico’s main clean energy trade show: MIREC WEEK. Mexico City’s World Trade Center will host this event that will take place from the 21st to the 24th of May. The visitors will be able to have a more in-depth understanding of Ingeteam’s main solutions for the solar PV and energy storage sectors, as well as for its O&M services for energy generation power plants.

Source: Ingeteam

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TSK is an international company specialising in the implementation of turnkey projects and the supply of technological solutions for different industrial sectors: electrical infrastructures, industrial plants, conventional or renewable power plants, water treatment plants, oil&gas; and facilities for the storage and handling of raw materials; offering its own technology, engineering and capacity for managing complex projects.

It has accumulated extensive experience in the engineering, construction, assembly and commissioning of power plants that use different technologies: open and combined cycle, CHP, wind power, CSP, PV, hydropower and biomass; taking part in projects that together have an installed capacity of over 12,000 MW. TSK closed 2017 with a turnover of close to €1bn and a workforce of 1,050 employees. The energy sector represents the bulk of its activity, with conventional energy accounting for 30% of sales and renewables 35%.

The availability of proprietary technology is a strategic objective and, in this regard, TSK has enhanced its technological profile to position itself as an EPC contractor offering in-house technology in different fields. The company also has a high level of internal capacity to develop both basic and detailed engineering, clearly setting itself apart from its competitors by offering its clients greater added value, while guaranteeing the cost and execution periods of investments. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY March 2018

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JA Solar has supplied 3 MW of PV modules to Yarmouk University for Jordan’s largest rooftop solar project to date.

Designed for Yarmouk University, one of the top institutions of higher education, the 3 MW solar power system consists of a total of 9,232 solar panels, which are distributed on the rooftops of 29 buildings throughout the campus. In addition, the system represents a power generation capacity of 4.68 million kWh per year, meeting the daily electricity demand of teachers and students, and can also reduce carbon emissions by 290 metric tons annually. Kawar Energy has developed, designed and constructed this rooftop project with an exceptional quality and speed, which ensures the successful completion of the project.

Jordan is located in a region under extreme environmental conditions of high temperature, ultraviolet radiation and sandstorms. As a result, there is a stringent requirement for the high reliability of solar modules deployed in the region. JA Solar’s high-quality solar modules are able to perform well in each of those environmental conditions and offer a strong guarantee of power generation. In 2017, the total shipment of JA Solar’s solar modules to Jordan reached 130.2MW, which represented nearly 50% of the market.

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