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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.

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.

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.

Source UPS appoints David Gould as business development manager

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

UK Uninterruptible Power Supply specialist Source UPS has announced the appointment of David Gould to the role of Business Development Manager.

Mr Gould has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and has worked for several top-tier UPS power supply distributors, including seven years with Bell Micro (now Avnet Technologies) as APC product manager.

His expertise is in handling large UPS and data centre projects and working with some of the most recognised brands and corporations in the world. Reporting to managing director, Gavin Banks, Mr Gould will be responsible for developing new business with three-phase UPS systems, IT racks and precision cooling solutions in the server room and small data centre markets.

In 2012, Source UPS became a Tripp Lite Critical Application Partner (CAP).

Finning bags engine deal for North Sea oil & gas platform

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

SPP Pumps has selected Finning to supply two custom Cat 3512C HD engines to drive firewater pumps for the UK North Sea’s ATP Cheviot oil and gas production platform – a semi-submersible drilling, production and storage facility due for completion in 2013.

The Cat marine engines, rated at 1678 kW at 1800 rpm, are packaged with accessories by Finning to meet both the client’s specification and the stringent requirements of NFPA 20, the National Fire Protection Association standard.  This is to ensure the engines will deliver reliable power in the event of a fire emergency.

These refinements required a number of modifications to the engine controls to meet NFPA 20. The engine rating is approved by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) as required for the floating platform.  This, in particular, meant that Finning had to design the engine package to maintain operation at a constant 22.5-degree tilt in the event of an emergency, such as the platform losing buoyancy.

Each firewater pump engine is certified to EPA marine tier two classification and meets the E3 emissions’ test cycle for marine applications.  NFPA requirements also specified the addition of a dual engine control module (ECM) so that, in the unlikely event of failure of the main ECM, the second module will maintain the engine systems and performance will be unaffected.

Tognum unveils genset exhibits for Bauma 2013

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

German genset OEM Tognum is to showcase diesel gensets carrying the MTU Onsite Energy brand at the Bauma construction machinery exhibition in Munich from 15-21 April 2013.

The gensets will be displayed in the open-air area (45A, booth 106) and include a hooded genset based on a 12V 1600 engine with 660 kVA power output, suitable for open-air use on building sites.

The genset hood is both sound and weather-proof and protects the genset from weather influences and contamination while reducing noise emissions.

Also on display is an MTU Onsite Energy genset based on a 16V 4000 engine with 2,595 kVA power output.

Emerson offer double protection for UPS

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Emerson Network Power has announced a feature to make industrial UPSs twice as secure. Data from the UPS is fed into the AMS Suite Intelligent Device Manager to provide continuous monitoring of critical systems. This will benefit oil and gas terminals, power generators and offshore facilities and other plants where predictive maintenance is required.

The UPS can generate and broadcast self-diagnostic data, which the Intelligent Device Manager can pick up and feed back to the plant manager to inform them of any deterioration of parts to the UPS, or in the event of failure, to ensure downtime is prevented.

David Vasselin, Vice President of business development at Emerson Network Power said: "This is cost-effective insurance against an unexpected power outage where losses can run into the millions of dollars per day."

The system seamlessly provides information on UPS performance, and issues alerts should the performance of any part fall below what is expected, this tells the plant manager where maintenance is needed and how urgently.

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