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Centrax bags gas turbine genset deals in Italy, France

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Centrax has begun 2013 by winning major orders for its gas turbine products from Italy and France.

In Italy, Centrax has sold a recently-launched CX400 powered by the 12.9MW Siemens SGT-400 gas turbine, to energy management company Fenice.  The CX400 will provide heat and power for the Huntsman Tioxide plant in Scarlino, 100km south of Florence, which produces titanium dioxide for use as a pigment in paint.

In France, contract energy management company Dalkia has ordered a Centrax CX501-KB7 package for a district heating plant near Cenon, Bordeaux. This 5 MW cogeneration unit replaces an older, competitor’s genset that has reached the end of its 12-year contract. 

An important customer benefit of the Centrax unit is its ability to use the existing boiler and much of the ductwork, significantly reducing installation costs.

Flexitricity to deliver demand response technology to UK public sector

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

UK demand response provider Flexitricity has been awarded participation within a framework agreement that will benefit public sector organisations who wish to generate new revenue from existing electricity generating or consuming equipment.

Public sector organisations, who work within the parameters of this new Framework Agreement, can now gain access to benchmarked pre-authorised demand-side response services; this will provide them the capabilities to either curtail their consumption of electricity or utilise their on-site generation capabilities in response to the demands of national and local grid systems.

National Grid and the distribution network operators (DNOs) remunerate Flexitricity to hold reserve. In addition, further payments are made when this reserve is accessed.

Flexitricity shares these payments with participating energy partners which can reach £100,000 ($157,000) per annum on a medium-sized site.

Panasonic enters global agreement with US solar inverter maker to produce energy storage systems

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Japanese battery manufacturer Panasonic has entered into a global strategic alliance with US solar PV inverter manufacturer Power-One to develop, produce and market energy storage systems for residential and non-residential markets. 

Panasonic is promoting energy management for business that combines high-efficiency solar panels, power inverters and power-storage systems in the domestic housing market. Last year, it announced it will commence mass-producing a compact long-life lithium-ion battery system for home solar power applications.

Initially, the partnership will focus on the residential, commercial and utility-scale, grid-connected, energy storage systems business in Europe and the US. The partnership will also cover the development and marketing of energy storage systems for the Japanese non-residential segment and partner on the large-scale commercial and utility PV inverter business in Japan.

Under its mid-term business plan, Panasonic is aiming for annual sales of at least Y100 billion ($1.1 billion) for stationary power storage systems by 2018.

Capstone notches oil & gas order for thirty C65 microturbines

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Capstone Turbine Corporation has received a follow-on order for 30 C65 microturbines from an unnamed US-based oil and gas exploration and production company that continues to expand its presence in the Eagle Ford, Texas, shale play.

The oil and gas exploration and production company's operations are located primarily in the United States with natural-gas exploration and production onshore in the lower 48 states, onshore in Alaska, and offshore in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

This latest order brings their total C65 fleet to approximately 150 microturbines. Most of the C65 units were purchased by the oil and gas producer's production division and are utilised for lease automatic custody transfer (LACT) units. In addition, the company's mid-stream division has previously purchased seven C600s and one C800 making the company one of the largest Capstone users in North America.

Capstone distributor Horizon Power Systems secured this follow-on order to support the exploration and production company's growing power needs in the Eagle Ford shale play.

Cummins Power Generation evolves its rental generator set product line with four new models

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Cummins Power Generation has launched four new mobile generator sets specifically designed for rental applications.

The launch represents the first new offering to the European local hire market since Cummins redressed its rental vision, products and services for fleet owners. Available in 150, 200, 250 and 300 kVA configurations, the generator sets have been designed by Cummins’ new team of specialist rental engineers.

In a statement, Cummins said the new range’s features include an integrated structural shell with zinc core canopy for corrosion protection; integral lifting frame and fork lift pockets; flexible power receptacles with 125 A, 63 A, 32 A and 16 A options; 4-pole main circuit breaker; controller offering paralleling capability with genset-to-genset and genset-to-utility connections; heavy-duty air and fuel filters.

Cummins adds the electronic engine meets EU Stage IIIA emission standards and has a 24-hour fuel tank (at 75% prime power load).

Fuel cell industrial cleaner from Nilfisk-Advance

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Manufacturer of industrial floor cleaning equipment, Nilfisk-Advance Group, has introduced an industrial combination floor sweeper-scrubber powered by a hydrogen fuel cell.

The Advance CS7000 operates solely on hydrogen for emission free operation in response to demands for alterative fuel options for industrial equipment.

The machine has a Plug Power fuel cell that will run for an operator’s full shift between refuelling and allows for 24/7 operation because of rapid refuel capabilities.

“This first-of-its-kind fuel cell-powered unit provides a sweeper-scrubber solution for customers who have already invested in fuel cell technology, allowing them to further leverage their fuel cell investment and infrastructure,” said Jeff Barna, President and General Manager of Nilfisk-Advance.

KiWi Power to provide demand response for UK government agencies

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

KiWi Power is to provide full-service demand response programmes to UK government agencies through Government Procurement Service (GPS).

Under the terms of the agreement, KiWi Power will provide demand response services to participating central government and public sector facilities, including NHS trusts and hospitals, Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, universities and local councils across the UK for the next four years.

The various government organisations that use this framework agreement will have, or seek to have, the ability to curtail/shift consumption of electricity or utilise on-site electricity generation capabilities. In so doing they will be able to provide a demand side resource to the local or national grid.

KiWi Power will conduce initial analysis and turndown assessment, smart meter installation, programme management, on-going performance testing and energy optimisation. KiWi Power will manage the full process on behalf of participating sites, including enrollment, reporting and settlement. Sites will receive payment for participation, and will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses.

“As energy costs climb for everyone, not only will demand response programmes help curtail electricity usage, these programmes do it in a way that does not interfere with the critical infrastructure of our nation's government sites and help maintain budgets for doing the real work of supporting the UK,” said Scott Buckleton, head of business development at GPS.

Wind farm battery to restart following shut down

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

An experimental wind farm project that has been on hold for more than a year is due to restart. Xcel Energy’s 1MW sodium-sulphur battery bank in Minnesota, US, was put out of action amid safety fears when a similar battery caught fire in Japan.

Fear of a similar fire meant the $4.7 million sodium-sulphur battery bank, and others made by Japanese firm NGK Insulators, were shut down in September 2011.

The cause of the fire was found to be a faulty cell that had leaked molten material and triggered a short-circuit. The battery at the site in Minnesota experienced no problems in its two-year working history and is due to be operational again in February 2013.

When the site is operational again it can continue the long-term trial of the viability of wind energy storage. The site has 20 50kW battery modules capable of storing 7.2MWh of electricity.

 

Himoinsa unveils HVW480 crane-integrated genset

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Spanish genset OEM Himoinsa has unveiled the HVW480, a genset specially designed for integration into mobile cranes.

Last June, Himoinsa reached an agreement with Paceco Espana, a company that designs and manufactures cranes and container shipment & handling systems, to supply power to five RTT Transtainer cranes in the Port of Tenerife.

After several months of work, the Power Solution engineering team of Himoinsa designed the HVW480 generating set. Features of the EU stage IIIA-compliant HVW480 genset include: a fastening system to prevent detachment caused by crane movement; correctly dimensioned for loads with high harmonic distortion and load variations during aggressive work cycles; and paint and hardware treatment, suitable for working in saline environments at seaports.

The crane incorporates a fuel-saving system, so that during waiting time until vehicles arrive to load or unload goods, the system automatically reduces the revolutions of the diesel group to minimum tick over speed, resulting in fuel saving. 

 

Aggreko kept some lights on at Super Bowl

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Aggreko provided 13MWs of power to the 2013 Super Bowl at the New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome. There is a lesson to be learned about the importance of backup provisions following the much talked about low-light of this year’s American football clash - the power cut in the second half.

Aggreko provided back up power for the halftime show and to the designated press areas for national and international broadcasters aas well as to VIP sections – resulting in no disruption in these areas.

The problem was with the stadium power, provided Entergy, which had no back up power supply. In a statement Entergy said the problem related to a piece of equipment monitoring the electrical load detected a system abnormality and caused the power to be cut off.

This high profile power outage lasted 35 minutes, and halted the game until the problem was fixed.

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