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Alstom Bharat Forge Power gets $164m order from NTPC for steam turbines

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:34 -- Laura Varriale
Alstom steam turbine islands

Alstom Bharat Forge Power (ABFP) has received a $164m worth order from NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) for its Indian coal power plant.

ABFP, a joint venture between Alstom and Bharat Forge, will supply three units of 660MW supercritical turbine islands NTPC’s coal power plant, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

The turbine islands use steam with very high temperatures and pressure, which results in an efficiency of more than 40% than conventional sub-critical coal-fired plants. According to Alstom, This means that a supercritical unit burns less coal and generates less emission per megawatt of power output.

The contract comprises of manufacturing, supply erection and commissioning of the turbines. The coal-based thermal power plant has a capacity of 440MW.

The turbines will be manufactured at ABFP’s new manufacturing facility at in Gujarat, India, which will be commissioned in October this year. The plant is aimed to have an annual capacity of 5,000MW.

ABFP was created to participate in the Indian market of turbines islands, including steam turbines, generators and heat exchangers.

NTPC is a central public sector undertaking owned by the Indian Ministry of Power.


Alstom and Saft to supply EDF with battery storage system

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:06 -- Laura Varriale
Alstom power converter

An Alstom-Saft consortium has won a contract to provide an energy storage system including Li-ion batteries for the EDF Group.

The contract comprises a 1MW/30min energy and conversion system. France's Saft will supply a 20ft lithium-ion battery container and compatriot Alstom a power converter that connects the DC battery to the AC grid and converts the power to be stored or released into the grid.

The system will be installed on French state utility EDF’s energy efficiency research centre in Les Renardières, France and is part of EDF’s research for frequency regulation. The group’s R&D department will investigate the ability of the storage system to regulate the frequency and adjustment potential of the primary reserve.

The primary reserve in France is estimated at 650MW. “This innovative experiment will demonstrate the added value of a battery storage system and the performance of Li-ion technology in this promising sector", said François Bouchon, director of energy storage at Saft. Alstom and Saft are said to deliver in late 2014.

The system is part of the Nouvelle France Industrielle project, a scheme launched by the French government in 2013. "At the cutting edge of smart grid and power transportation infrastructure optimization technologies, Alstom Grid is contributing its technological expertise to the excellence of the French and European energy industry", said Patrick Plas, senior vice president at Alstom Grid. The planned delivery will be the first battery storage system for primary frequency control in France.

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