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Sener is about to start the final tests at Noor Ouarzazate III, after completing, last August, the first synchronization of the 150 MW Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) plant to the Moroccan grid. With these milestones, Sener starts the last phase before the plant’s commercial operation and final delivery to the client.

This plant is the second unit designed and built by SENER using its own central receiver tower and molten salt heat storage technology, and one of the first ones in the world to apply this configuration on a commercial scale. The high performance of this technology – the molten salt reaches higher temperatures than other CSP technologies, which maximizes thermodynamic efficiency – allows to manage the solar energy in absence of solar radiation and respond to the grid’s demand. This is a unique characteristic of CSP that radically changes the role of renewable sources in the global power supply.

In the Noor Ouarzazate III thermal power plant, Sener has been responsible for the plant’s conceptual and basic engineering, detail engineering and supplying equipment for the thermal storage system, engineering and construction of the solar field and the molten salt receiver, as well as the commissioning of the entire plant, which is expected to be delivered to the client by the end of 2018.

Noor Ouarzazate III is composed of a solar field of 7,400 heliostats HE54 (designed and patented by Sener), that point the Sun radiation towards a receiver located on the top of the tower, at a height of 250 m, thanks to the company’s highly accurate tracking system known as ‘solar tracker’. Sener has also been responsible for the 600+ MW high-powered receiver design and construction, in collaboration with Moroccan companies. Noor Ouarzazate III is also equipped with a molten salt storage system that allows the plant to keep producing electricity 7.5 hours without solar radiation and guarantees the dispatchability of the power plant. Along with all these key components, Sener has fully developed the integrated control system of the receiver and solar field.

Anas Raisuni, Sener Regional Managing Director in Morocco, commented: “Noor Ouarzate III synchronization is the last milestone before delivering the plant to ACWA and MASEN. With its visionary investment in solar power, MASEN has secured a clean, sustainable and manageable power supply for Morocco, while developing the national industry in a cutting-edge sector as CSP. We are very proud to have worked for these two entities (ACWA and MASEN), designing and building one of the most advanced solar thermal power plants of the world. Once operational, it will mark a turning point in
the CSP sector worldwide and will consolidate Sener as a leading engineering company and the most innovative one as a technology supplier for this sector.

Noor Ouarzazate III forms part of the Noor solar complex located in Morocco and managed by MASEN, and the largest solar complex in the world. In this complex, Sener forms part of the turnkey building consortium for the Noor Ouarzazate I and Noor Ouarzazate II plants – both of which use SENERtrough® parabolic trough technology – and Noor Ouarzazate III, with additional advanced innovations than those applied in the pioneer plant Gemasolar, which was designed and built by SENER and was the first plant in commercial operation with central receiver tower and molten salt heat storage technology in the world.

Source: Sener

The Global call for start-ups will be awarding fifteen of the most innovative, sustainable energy start-ups a tailored package of added-value services and a €100,000 cash prize will be awarded to the best one.

To support our work with the European Battery Alliance (EBA), they hope to attract and support start-ups with innovative technology or business model concepts focused on electric storage. Of particular interest are electric storage innovations for application in transportation, for grid, distributed and mobile energy storage, or to deliver energy efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.

Successful applicants will receive a place on one of InnoEnergy’s business creation programmes – the Highway™ or Boostway™ – and a tailored package of support, training, services and funding. The Highway™ uses a hands-on approach to support early stage start-ups in the go-to-market phase, helping ready products for commercialisation. The Boostway™ programme supports scale-ups to grow their businesses.

Launched in 2017, the EBA seeks to create a competitive and sustainable battery cell manufacturing value chain in Europe. We are working with more than 120 stakeholders within the EBA to achieve this ambition and help develop a new market that could be worth €250 billion a year by 2025.

Elena Bou, innovation Director at InnoEnergy, says: “Acting as a trusted partner, we’re here to give businesses the lift off they need to reach commercialisation. Through our unique ecosystem we offer start-ups unparalleled access to everything they need to make a resounding business success of their innovative ideas.”

Successful applicants will gain access to a network of more than 385 partners and including specialist business angels, InnoEnergy’s European VC community and public funding bodies. Start-ups also gain board-level advice and mentorship and a front-row seat at European energy events, including The Business Booster – InnoEnergy’s annual networking event where companies across the energy value chain attend to meet start-ups and innovations under one roof.

Bo Normark, InnoEnergy’s thematic leader for energy storage adds: “Europe needs innovative electric storage solutions to support the decarbonisation of transport and heat through electrification. It is our mission to find businesses with unique and innovative concepts, products and solutions that have the potential to be part of the sustainable battery cell manufacturing value chain.”

The call for start-ups is open until 30 October 2018. The application process consists of five phases; an initial application, an internal evaluation, a five-minute video pitch and an external expert assessment. Following the external assessment 30 applicants will pitch their idea to two parallel juries, and 15 winners will be selected. At the celebration event in February one winner will be awarded a prize of €100,000.

Applicants will be evaluated against the following criteria:

Innovativeness of the business idea
Value proposition
Addressable market size
Scalability of product/service
Founding team and ownership structure
Competitive advantage
Impact potential
Ability to leverage on InnoEnergy as a partner

Groupe Renault has announced the launch of Advanced Battery Storage, a stationary storage system for energy developed exclusively from electric vehicle batteries.

It will have a storage capacity of at least 60 MWh, making it the biggest system of its kind ever built in Europe. The first facilities will be developed in early 2019 on three sites in France and Germany: at the Renault plants in Douai and Cléon and at a former coal-fired plant in North Rhine-Westphalia. The storage capacity will then be gradually expanded over time to contain the energy of 2,000 electric vehicle batteries. At this phase, the system will have reached – or more likely, exceed – the 60 MWh, equivalent to the daily consumption of a city of 5,000 households.

The purpose of this system is to manage the difference between electricity consumption and production at a given time, in order to increase the proportion of renewable sources in the energy mix. This means maintaining the balance between offer and demand on the electricity grid by integrating different energy sources with fluctuating production capacities. The slightest gap between consumption and production sets off disturbances that can compromise the stability of the local frequency (50 Hz). This stationary storage solution aims to offset these differences: it delivers its reserves to a point of imbalance in the grid at a given time to reduce the effects, by helping to maintain the balance of the grid, the stationary storage system will boost the economic attractiveness of low-carbon energies.

This stationary storage system is built using EV batteries compiled in containers. The system uses second-life batteries, as well as new batteries stored for future use in standard replacement during after-sales operations. This unique assembly will give Advanced Battery Storage the capacity to generate or absorb, instantaneously the 70 MW power. This high power combined with high capacity of the solution will allow to react efficiently to all major grid solicitations.

Groupe Renault is extending beyond its role as a vehicle manufacturer to become a player in the smart electric and energy ecosystems, with the help of its partners. As part of the “Advanced Battery Storage” program, Groupe Renault has joined up with several players including La Banque des Territoires, the Mitsui Group, Demeter (via le Fonds de Modernisation Ecologique des Transports), and The Mobility House.

The smart electric ecosystem

Smart charging adjusts vehicle charging to the needs of users and the electricity supply on the grid. Charging attains its maximum levels when the electricity supply exceeds demand, notably during renewable energy production peaks. Charging ceases when the demand for electricity outstrips supply by the grid, thereby optimizing the supply of local renewable energy.

With reversible charging, vehicles are capable of injecting electricity into the grid during consumption peaks. In addition to being smart charged, the electric vehicles will therefore also serve as temporary energy storage units.

Once life as a power source for vehicles is over, EV batteries continue to be capable of storing a significant amount of energy. Renault is able to harness this energy in less demanding environments, notably for the purposes of stationary energy storage. By giving batteries a second lease of life, Renault is today able to cover the full spectrum of energy storage needs, from individual homes to office buildings, factories, schools and apartment blocks, and even the charging of electric vehicles.

Source: Groupe Renault

Groupe Renault, Morbihan Energie, Les Cars Bleus and Enedis have joined forces to create FlexMob’île, an innovative programme aimed at accompanying the energy transition on the French island of Belle-Île-en-Mer. This smart electric ecosystem is founded on three core activities, namely the sharing of electric vehicles, the stationary storage of solar energy and smart charging. FlexMob’île sees Groupe Renault continue to develop the principle of smart islands, the first of which was Portugal’s Porto Santo, which has been operational since last February.

For the next 24 months, Groupe Renault and its public and private partners will be developing a smart electric ecosystem that has been conceived to reduce the island’s carbon footprint and increase its energy independence.

From 2019, Belle-Île-en-Mer residents and visitors to the island will have access to a fleet of electric cars by means of a self-service hire programme featuring Renault ZOE and Kangoo Z.E. These vehicles will be powered thanks to a network of charging stations located close to the island’s main attractions.

This new carsharing service will take advantage of surplus energy produced by solar panels installed on the roofs of the island’s main public buildings. For instance, solar panels on the school’s rooftop provide heat and lighting for classrooms during the week, while the energy produced at weekends or during school holidays will be used to charge the cars.

By promoting the use of locally-produced renewable energy, FlexMob’île will offer the island’s economic stakeholders enhanced flexibility while at the same time promising substantial savings.

For example, Groupe Renault plans to provide second-life electric car batteries for the island’s largest holiday residences facility. These batteries will be used to store energy produced during the day by solar panels for use in the evening, chiefly to heat the bungalows. This should allow the centre to extend its season which until now has been restricted by central heating costs.

Source: Groupe Renault

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MAN Energy Solutions represents a new vision, as reflected by a new, corporate design. The new branding embodies a strategic and technological transformation, a process the company had already begun back in 2017 by implementing its new strategy for the future: to expand its business with sustainable technologies and solutions such that they become its main source of revenue by 2030. This strategic realignment is supported by the expansion of MAN Energy Solutions’ product range to include hybrid, storage and digital service technologies.

Dr Uwe Lauber, Chairman of the Board at MAN Energy Solutions, said: “System technologies that help our customers to increase the efficiency of their plants and reduce emissions are already a significant part of our business, and also lead the way to a carbon-neutral future. We will resolutely continue on this path of growth and increasingly become a supplier of complete solutions.”

With the rebranding, the company is also taking a stand for the Paris Climate Agreement and the global pursuit of a carbon-neutral economy: “For the first time ever, the international community has set a climate target. We want to play our part in helping to achieve it,” said Lauber. “With our products and services, our activities have a significant impact on the global economy. In shipping, for example, we move more than half of the global stream of goods, while energy generation and industrial production also assume key roles on the path to fulfilling the Paris Agreement.

MAN Energy Solutions sees great potential in Power-to-Gas technology, which allows energy generated from renewable sources to be converted into synthetic fuels, such as natural gas. Lauber said: “Using Power-to-Gas technology, we can produce a number of completely carbon-neutral, synthetic gases that can drastically reduce the CO2 impact of logistics and energy generation when used as fuel.

MAN Energy Solutions’ vision also sees electrical energy in the future generated either from renewable sources or by decentralised, flexible power plants that will increasingly be powered by such carbon-neutral fuels. Lauber said: “In addition, there will be storage solutions in a range of sizes. In this way, we will build the intelligent energy system of the future.

In relation to this, and together with ABB, MAN Energy Solutions recently introduced ETES (Electrothermal Energy Storage), an innovative storage solution that can supply entire neighbourhoods with electricity, heating and cooling. “ETES is the only system in existence that allows us to use, store and redistribute these resources all at the same time,” said Dr Lauber.

The great importance of energy and its handling is inherent in all customer segments that MAN Energy Solutions targets. “Whether we are talking about a marine-drive system, smart energy networks or efficient industrial-process solutions – converting energy into concrete economic and social benefits lies at the core of our business,” said Lauber. “By rebranding as MAN Energy Solutions, we are taking the next logical step and making that focus clear in our company name as well.

As part of the new branding, MAN Energy Solutions new brand claim is “Future in the making”.

Source: MAN Energy Solutions

At Intersolar Europe 2018 Wärtsilä introduces a new hybrid solar PV and storage solution, Wärtsilä Hybrid Solar, integrates solar PV generation and storage to deliver a true renewables as baseload solution that is not only climate-friendly, increases resilience and efficiencies but can be supported by a power producer’s existing grid infrastructure.

The IEA estimates that by 2040, total global generation capacity will increase by 60 percent, and renewable energy sources, like solar, wind and hydro, will make up more than 45 percent of that total. As the world moves towards 100% renewable energy, utilities, independent power producers (IPPs) and other energy providers are motivated to harness its potential.

A critical component in maximising the value of the hybrid solution is the software and controls platform that optimizes its performance. Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company, develops and deploys the GEMS platform, now in its fifth-generation. GEMS enables intelligent energy applications that focus on monitoring and operating energy storage power plants and hybrid power plants formed by energy storage, thermal generation, and renewable sources. GEMS ensures system optimization of both energy storage and generation assets through changes in market conditions and rate structures.

This is just the latest hybrid energy solution offering Wärtsilä has brought to the market. Most recently, Wärtsilä delivered a 15 MW solar PV hybrid power plant – the largest in the world – to Essakane Solar SAS in Burkina Faso, which operates with 55 MW Wärtsilä thermal power plant. The solar PV plant and the engine power plant are now controlled and operated in synchronisation, thus forming the largest engine-solar PV hybrid power plant in Africa. The ability to control and optimise the usage of engines and solar power will enable the mine to decrease its fuel consumption by approximately 6 million litres per year and to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by 18,500 tons.

Source: Wärtsilä

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Engineering and technology company Sener is putting into operation, on a multi-phase basis, the different components of the Noor Ouarzazate III CSP plant. This plant is the second CSP plant designed and built by Sener using its own central receiver tower and molten salt heat storage technology, and one of the first ones in the world to apply this configuration on a commercial scale.

Sener recently carried out the start up of the solar receiver, pointing the heliostats towards the receiver located on the top of the tower, at a height of 250 m, to pre-heat it to 320ºC.

Sener has also been responsible for the receiver technology design and construction, applying its know-how from the aeronautical sector. This 600+ MW high-powered receiver has been developed in collaboration with Moroccan companies and, once in operation, it will enable the plant to reach a gross production of 150 MW and 7.5 hours of heat storage. Similarly, Sener has fully developed another key element for this type of installation: the integrated control system of the receiver and solar field.
As a preliminary step in the receiver start-up, Sener has completed the functional tests in the solar field, comprising 7,400 heliostats HE54, designed and patented by the company. This model (the HE54) incorporates improvements such as a larger reflective surface (178.5 sqm compared to the 115.7 sqm of the Gemasolar heliostats) and a highly accurate tracking system known as ‘solar tracker’, which uses Sener space technology.

Once the receiver pre-heating tests currently underway are completed, the next step in the commissioning phase will be to circulate the molten salt throughout the receiver to heat them to the daily commercial operation temperature (550º C). This milestone will be accomplished in the coming weeks. The last phase will consist in generating steam using the heat captured from the mentioned molten salts.

Noor Ouarzazate III forms part of the Noor solar complex located in Morocco and managed by Masen, and the largest solar complex in the world. In this complex, Sener forms part of the turnkey building consortium for the Noor Ouarzazate I and Noor Ouarzazate II plants, both of which use SENERtrough® parabolic trough technology, and Noor Ouarzazate III, with additional advanced innovations than those applied in the pioneer plant Gemasolar located in Seville (Spain), in commercial operation since 2011, which was designed and built by Sener.

In the Noor Ouarzazate III thermal power plant, Sener is responsible for the plant’s conceptual and basic engineering, detail engineering and supplying equipment for the thermal storage system, engineering and construction of the solar field and the molten salt receiver, as well as the commissioning of the entire plant. The plant’s delivery to the client is planned for the last quarter of 2018.

Source: Sener

Hydrogène de France (HDF Energy) has announced the launch of a world first in the history of renewable energy with the creation of its CEOG project (French Western Guiana Power Plant). The project harnessed via HDF Energy’s Renewstable® solution will deliver 100% clean, affordable and reliable power 24/7 – with no fluctuations and at reduced costs – to an area of more than 10,000 households beset with energy delivery issues.

The project is backed by a EUR 90 million investment from the company, private investment partners and leading banks.

HDF Energy is the world’s first producer of a stable electricity supply based on intermittent energies. The Renewstable® solution combines a 55 MW solar farm with one the world’s largest renewable energy storage solution to provide breaking 140 MWh, based on hydrogen. This is supported via secondary storage in the form of batteries.

The CEOG will address the crucial need to generate clean, reliable energy and will yield economic benefits for French Guiana. With coordination from public agencies in French Guiana, the plant will belocated in a territory hampered by electricity production resources (currently a 20 MW deficit). The Renewstable® solution will boost the electricity grid for 20 years, by providing a reliable energy source at a lower price than the current real cost of production in Western Guiana, and without any subsidies.

The CEOG does not use any fuel or combustible material, which means that it does not use any supply logistics, unlike traditional plants. As for the storage of hydrogen, HDF Energy is proficient in the use of technologies supporting mass storage of energy at a competitive price so that it can be redistributed over a long period (all night and on days with little sunshine and wind). This plant only uses water and sunshine, and only releases oxygen and steam.

The CEOG will be installed in Mana municipality. Connected to the EDF station in Saint-Laurentdu-Maroni, it will generate a fixed electrical output every day of 10 MW a day until evening and of 3 MW during the night. With the stable production of electricity guaranteed, the service provided by the CEOG will be the same as that of traditional plants, the difference being that there will be no greenhouse gas emissions.

The project is scheduled to start in summer 2019, with commissioning planned for autumn 2020. The CEOG project will create around 100 jobs during the construction phase, with around 30 permanent jobs which cannot be relocated during the 20 years of the plant’s operation.

Source: Hydrogène de France

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Es la batería de ión-litio más grande utilizada en una aplicación industrial en Australia hasta la fecha

Kokam Co., Ltd, provider of innovative battery solutions, has announced that it has successfully deployed for Alinta Energy, a leading Australian utility, a 30 MW/11.4 MWh Energy Storage System (ESS), the largest lithium ion battery deployed for industrial application in Australia. The ESS features Kokam’s high power Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Oxide battery technology, and is being used to improve the performance of an islanded high voltage network, which supplies power to major iron ore producers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Hybrid natural gas/battery system increases islanded microgrid’s reliability, efficiency, sustainability

Operational since April 2018, the ESS consists of five 2.2 MWh Kokam Containerized ESS (KCE) units using Kokam Ultra High Power Lithium-ion NMC (UHP NMC) batteries. The ESS, in conjunction with Alinta Energy’s existing 178 MW open cycle gas turbine Newman Power Station, serves as a hybrid natural gas/battery energy generation and storage system. This hybrid system, along with a 220 kV high voltage power transmission system and high voltage substations, form an islanded microgrid that is used to power iron ore mines.

In addition to delivering Alinta Energy the ESS used for the project, Kokam, in partnership with EPC contractor UGL Pty Ltd, also served as the system integrator on the energy storage project. Kokam contracted ABB Australia to supply the ABB PowerStore™ “Virtual Generator” used to manage the microgrid. Adding the ESS to the microgrid will improve Alinta Energy’s ability to reliably deliver energy to the region’s iron ore producers.

Alinta Energy’s hybrid natural gas/energy storage system and islanded microgrid demonstrate how innovative technologies, combined with intelligent design, can improve power reliability for industrial customers, while also providing efficiency and sustainability benefits,” said Ike Hong, vice president of Kokam’s Power Solutions Division. “The Alinta Energy Newman Battery Storage Project provides an example of how new high power energy storage technologies enable both utility and industrial customers to build hybrid natural gas/battery systems that increase energy reliability, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and boost their bottom lines.

Growing utility, industrial market opportunities for UHP NMC battery technology

The Alinta Energy project provides an example of the growing number of utility and industrial market opportunities for Kokam’s UHP NMC battery technology. Designed for high-power energy storage applications, the UHP NMC battery technology can be used by utilities and other energy services companies for spinning reserve, frequency regulation, wind or large solar power system ramp rate control, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), voltage support and other applications that require large amounts of power to be dispatched in seconds or less. In addition, the technology’s ability to quickly receive and dispatch very large amounts of power make it particularly well suited to be combined with natural gas, diesel and other power systems used to generate energy for industrial applications, where even a brief power disruption that shuts down mining, off-shore drilling or other industrial operations can result in costs totaling hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Kokam’s UHP NMC battery technology cost-effectively and reliably delivers the high power needed for these utility and industrial applications, thanks to the technology’s:

High discharge rate: UHP NMC battery technology has a max discharge rate of 10C, compared 3C for competitors. This enables UHPNMC batteries to dispatch more power when needed.
High energy density: The UHP NMC battery technology’s high energy density enables up to 3.77 MWh of energy storage to be installed in a 40 foot container, compared to 3 MWh of energy storage for standard NMC batteries, allowing more energy to be stored in a smaller space.
Long cycle life: UHP NMC batteries can last up to 10,000 cycles, compared to 3,000 – 5,000 cycles for standard NMC technologies, increasing the energy storage system’s expected life.
Improved heat dissipation: With a heat dissipation rate that is 1.6 times better than standard NMC technologies, UHP NMC batteries can be used at a higher rate for longer periods of time with no degradation in battery life or performance.

Source: Kokam

Volante de inercia de la subestación Mácher 66 kV (Lanzarote, España). Foto cortesía de REE | Flywheel at the Mácher 66 kV substation (Lanzarote, Spain). Photo courtesy of REE

A.T. Kearney Energy Transition Institute has published a report entitled “Electricity Storage,” that captures the status of storage technologies and future developments in electricity storage. The main finding of the report is that electricity storage is an essential technology of the energy transition. The report also points out that considering the electrification trend in many sectors and the growth of decentralised energy solutions, the demand for electricity storage will only grow, at least over the next decade. Nevertheless, electricity storage solutions still need to demonstrate commercial viability in various segments, scales and applications. And ongoing innovations promise interesting solutions ahead.

Power systems are challenging to operate, since supply and demand must be precisely balanced at all times. By storing primary energy sources, such as coal and gas, or water in hydro dams, system operators have avoided the need to store electricity. But wind and solar PV systems make demand–supply matching more difficult since they increase the need for flexibility within the system, but do not themselves contribute significantly to this requirement.

Flexibility management can be optimised by perfecting models for forecasting output from wind and solar plants, fine-tuning market regulations and refining the design of power systems. But additional flexibility will be needed in the form of demand-side participation, better connections between markets, greater flexibility in base-load power supply and electricity storage. Read more…

Article published in: FuturENERGY April 2018

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