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MEMS Power Generation to keep power running at London Uni

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

A major London university contracted MEMS Power Generation to provide temporary power for the continuation of medical research and experiments during maintenance work.

MEMS supplied a total of 4100kVA to six buildings on the university site that house 20 years of experiments that cannot be affected by ongoing site maintenance.

Engineers installed two 800kVA generators, that will work in parallel redundancy, and 2600kg of cabling for total resilience. This was followed by two 1250kVA generators, which will work in parallel to power the site’s main building.

MEMS Power Generation, commented: “The University is renowned for carrying out a vast amount of medical research, so the temporary power we supplied needed to ensure that experiments and testing could carry on as normal during the maintenance period. If power had been lost, potentially 20 yeas of experiments could have been lost.

"Our aim was to ensure that the buildings never lost power for more than 15 minutes on installation of the temporary equipment and on reinstatement of the mains supply.”

Oz energy firm offer $10 000 in grants

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Australia’s biggest energy retailer, Origin, is offering AUS$10 000 in grants to encourage customers to install energy saving devices. The programme is intended to raise awareness of where energy savings can be made at household and business level.

The programme, called Origin Local Savers, is open to households, businesses and community groups in Ballarat, Victoria, with five grants being given out in total.

"We hope that Origin Local Savers will help Ballarat residents become more aware of the simple things that can be done around the office, home or in the community," said Amy Stockfield, Origin Consumer Media and Partnerships Manager.

The grant money can be used to upgrade electrical appliances, install eco-friendly lamps or set up timer switches to reduce the use of standby power.

New CEO at ACAL Energy to raise funds

Thu, 02/21/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

UK-based ACAL Energy has appointed a new Chief Executive. Greg McCray will lead the hydrogen fuel cell company as it continues fundraising and trialing products in the automotive and stationary power industries.

ACAL is now ready to license its technology - a smaller, more durable fuel cell designed with 80% less platinum to keep costs low.

McCray said: “The clean power sector is on the crest of a new wave of technology innovation. Hydrogen fuel cells are an important part of that wave and commercialising hydrogen power will mean we break our reliance on fossil fuels. The future looks very exciting as auto-makers and power-hungry industries, such as manufacturing, explore hydrogen as an alternative fuel source.”

ACAL has spent eight years developing what it calls a revolutionary approach to fuel cell technology that is ready to progress from trial deployments to licensing to car manufacturers.

McCray joins ACAL from Antenova Ltd, a global wireless components company, which he transformed into a fast-growing antenna business backed by venture capitalists worldwide. This experience will be utilised to mass-market the ACAL fuel cell, via licensing agreements, into the automotive industry.

Energy storage for commercial buildings set to grow $4bn over next decade

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Global revenue for commercial building energy systems will grow from $3.9bn in 2013 to more than $7.5bn in 2022, according to a new report by Pike Research.

Commercial building energy systemThe commercial buildings market is currently the largest source of revenue for stationary energy storage companies, primarily due to a robust UPS industry, which requires an energy storage component. Pike Research says that segment alone is estimated to generate $3.7bn in global sales in 2013.

In addition, there is a relatively healthy market for thermal energy systems, which use thermal mass - either ice or ceramic brick - to store energy for later use in climate control in a building. That market is estimated to be worth $89.6m in 2013.

Finally, an emerging segment of electrical energy storage systems is beginning to be established in some parts of the world.

Cummins India sees 15-20% price rise on new emissions regulations

Wed, 02/20/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Cummins India expects a 15-20% price rise in the cost of its genset engines once new emissions control regulations are introduced.

Cummins generatorCPCB (Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB ) II emissions control regulations apply to genset engines below 800 kVA.  CPCB II was due to be introduced in July 2013, but the CPCB is yet to notify engine manufacturers of the new standards.

Speaking to CNBC-TV18 in India, chief financial officer Rajiv Batra said: “So far the CPCB II norms have not been notified and after notification there is a cooling period, which the law stipulates as one year. But there could be a 15-20% price increase in the cost of the engine.”

The company said last year that engines would cost 10-15% higher while gensets would cost 5-7% higher (up to 800 kVA) once CPCB II is implemented.

Flow-Rite welcomes new members to its team

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Flow-Rite has two new members of staff coming to work at the company. Sara McMurray joins Flow-Rite as the Central Regional Manager and Tanya Jones has been announced as the Quality Manager.

McMurray has a background in thermal processing and brings this experience to the role. She will be working with new and existing distributors as well as developing new business with national accounts. “We’re thrilled to welcome Sara," says Todd Hart, Sales Director for Flow-Rite. "As a talented, technical sales professional with an emphasis on customer service, Sara is a great addition to our team.”

Jones has worked in quality processing from suppliers to OEMs and has experience implementing quality management systems. “We are extremely pleased that Tanya has joined the Flow-Rite team,” says Mike Semm, General Manager for Flow-Rite. “With Tanya’s experience as a Quality Engineer and in supplier development, she will offer a fresh perspective to our organisation and bolster our efforts on continuous improvement.”

Enersys and Ioxus partnership to share expertise

Tue, 02/19/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Enersys and Ioxus have entered a joint agreement to develop and market new products incorporating the core experience of both companies. The benefits will combine Enersys’s knowledge of batteries with Ioxus’s expertise in the ultracapacitor market.

The partnership will focus on bringing to market products related to regenerative braking and energy recovery in the material handling market markets, UPS bridge to generator markets, automotive and heavy truck critical and cold start markets, as well as energy storage/power conditioning markets.

“The combination of Enersys battery technology with Ioxus ultracapacitor technology will benefit many vertical markets in need of high-performance, extended energy storage life under harsh environmental conditions, including select automotive markets,” said Mark McGough, CEO of Ioxus.

John Gagge, Vice President of Enersys America's Reserve Power Sales and Service, said Enersys is pleased to be working with Ioxus to bring better solutions to its customer base. The joining of ultracapacitors with Enersys’s product portfolio will expand the markets for both companies and Enersys hopes to bring benefits to users in both stand-alone and hybrid applications.

Scania launches genset product line

Mon, 02/18/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Swedish engine maker Scania has launched a small range of gensets primarily aimed at prime power applications for the mining and construction industries.

Scania Gensets are available in two versions, open or  closed canopy, ranging from 50 Hz 250-600 kVA and 60 Hz 280-665 kVA and powered by Scania 9.3 litre/5 cylinder or 12.7 litre/6 cylinder diesel engines. Scania Gensets will add a third engine to the range, a 15.6 litre/V8 with a power capacity of 800 kVA at 1800 rpm in 60 Hz later this year.

Unveiling the new product line at Middle East Electricity in Dubai on 17 February, Scania said the gensets will be packaged by Northern Ireland’s AJ Power with alternators provided by Mecc Alte and Cummins (Stamford). Cautious about brand reputation, Scania said potential distributors will be required to meet strict ‘Market Prepared’ regulations.

Robert Sobocki, Senior Vice Preident of Scania Engines told Critical Power Online: “Many of our mining and construction industry engine customers told us that they wanted a complete solution, so this has been driven by market demand.

“We are targeting all regions with the exception of North and South America. We see particularly strong demand in Southeast Asia.” Sobocki added Scania had already supplied a number of complete genset packages to Myanmar.

Perkins to exhibit new compact engine range at Middle East Electricity 2013

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Genset engine manufacturer Perkins is exhibiting a new range of 400 Series ElectropaKs at Middle East Electricity 2013, which takes place in Dubai on 17-19 February.

Perkins 4006-23TRS gas engineThere are four engines in total, all of which come in ElectropaK specification providing a turnkey package for direct integration into generating plant. The 403A-11G1 offers 9.2 kVA prime power at 1500 rpm, the 403-15G1 is rated at 13.2 kVA prime power, slightly less than its G2 counterpart, while the larger displacement 404A-22G1 completes the line up with 20.3 kVA prime power on tap.

In the field the 400A range has the option of the Extended Service Interval (ESI) package, which doubles the service interval to 1,000 hours. OEMs and Perkins distributors will be allowed to source all the individual components to create an oil top-up kit that meets Perkins’ recommended specification. As long as the kit is installed to Perkins standards, all warranty cover will be unaffected.

Perkins will also be exhibiting its 4006-23TRS gas engine. A turbocharged, air to water chargecooled, 6 cylinder inline engine, it is designed for operation on a wide range of methane based gases.

California mandates utility to provide 50 MW energy storage

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

California energy storageThe California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has ordered Southern California Edison (SCE) to procure at least 50 MW of energy storage capacity as part of a plan to supply as much as 1,800 MW of electrical capacity in the area.

The requirement is the first of its kind for a utility in the state, according to Janice Lin, executive director of the California Energy Storage Alliance.

Under the CPUC's decision, energy storage resources must be considered "along with preferred resources" including energy efficiency, demand response and distributed generation, consistent with the clean energy resource procurement priorities embodied in California's Energy Action Plan.

Lin said: "This landmark decision represents a major breakthrough for energy storage market development in California and nationwide, and  provides a much needed market signal that energy storage will be considered as a key asset class to help California address its long term local reliability needs." 

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