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Vistra expands ESS by 80% as it moves to replace fossil fuel facility

Wed, 04/22/2020 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton

Power generation firm Vistra Energy is increasing the size of its battery energy storage project located at the site of its 40-year-old Oakland Power Plant by more than 80%.

The Texas, US, firm announced on 15 April the system would now have a capacity of 36.25MW/145MWh instead of the previously announced 20MW/80MWh. 

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Australia energy policy blueprint backs battery storage

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:43 -- News Editor
Australia energy policy blueprint backs battery storage

Australia should incentivise increased use of battery storage technology as part of moves to improve energy security, boost clean power generation and avoid major power outages, according to a new energy policy blueprint.

The ‘Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market’, led by Australia’s chief scientist Dr Alan Finkel (pictured), said the federal Government should consider regulatory reforms that could “reward” consumers and others who invest in battery storage systems.

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Mahindra puts aesthetics first with the Leaf

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 14:13 -- Ruth Williams
The Leaf is available in red, yellow, green, blue or grey to change perceptions of gensets

Indian generator manufacturer Mahindra Powerol has launched the Leaf DG– a diesel generator shaped as its name suggests, like a leaf.

The design of the genset is intended to make it stand out. It has a curved top to represent a leaf and comes in a range of bright colours to break away from typical black box designs.

The Leaf comes in power ranges of 7.5 kVA, 10 kVA and 15 kVA and claims to improve ease of user experience as well as putting aesthetics high on the agenda.

Ashok Sharma, chief executive of AFS Strategy, Agri & Allied Businesses, said: “We are transforming the diesel generator from a machine into a thing of beauty. The new generator, in addition to easier use and better performance, is in line with the taste and expectations of today's smart and evolving customer."

Mahindra Powerol hopes the design-led move will encourage users to display generators in pride of place instead of hiding them.

CAT expands Mississippi manufacturing plant

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 13:33 -- Ruth Williams
Caterpillar site in Corinth, Mississippi

Caterpillar has opened a $14.8m expansion of its manufacturing facility in Mississippi where it builds power generation engines.

The original plant in Corinth makes the C175 power-generating engine and the expansion will be a remanufacturing facility for large engines.

These engines will be dismantled and completely rebuilt by staff to like-new standards.

Caterpillar’s expansion is part of a plan to double its number of customers by 2020. 

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