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Prime power upgrade for Belgian concrete factory

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:43 -- Tildy Bayar
Prime power upgrade for Belgian concrete factory

A concrete factory in Londerzeel, Belgium is to get a prime power upgrade with a new generator set from Cummins Power Generation.

For the past 12 years concrete manufacturer Geeroms had been using a C275 genset, also from Cummins, to power its cement mixers. The old genset is now to be replaced with a new C250 D5 genset.

In the face of competitor competition, Cummins said close cooperation with the customer helped it make the sale.

“We had to thoroughly investigate the issues the customer had on site so we could assess any difficulties they had with their other equipment, and could determine our strong points compared to the competition,” said Guy Stevens, sales manager for power generation at Cummins Belgium.

An important issue was the amount of dust at the site. While competitors’ solutions featured intercooler and water cooler back to back, Cummins’ side-by-side solution worked best for Geeroms since, in a very dusty environment, equipment with back-to-back coolers requires too-frequent cleaning. 

Space was also an important deciding factor. Cummins positioned the genset’s fuel tank atop a storage container, adding a frame at the sides to ensure safe access for maintenance purposes.

Geeroms specialises in concrete manufacture for road construction. The Londerzeel factory also features a construction waste recycling plant.

FG Wilson powers Basra's huge sports complex

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:19 -- Ruth Williams
Basra Sports City complex will contain sports grounds, restaurants, hotels and even a lake

FG Wilson and its distributer Horizons Engineering has completed a US$1.5m power installation at Basra Sports City. The genset manufacturer is providing a combination of prime and back-up power to the giant Middle Eastern sports complex.

Horizons Engineering installed seven FG Wilson generator sets including one 2500 kVA / 11 kV generator set, two 800 kVA containerised units, two 750 kVA containerised units and two 400 kVA canopy units. These provide prime power to the entire 2.2m square meter complex until all construction work is complete, when they will provide back-up power.

The 65 000 capacity stadium that cost US$800m to build will host the 2015 Gulf Cup of Nations. The complex includes hotels, restaurants and a fire station.

Horizons Engineering has been FG Wilson’s dealer and distributor for Jordan and Iraq since 1999. It has become the preferred supplier for another two sports complexes in Iraq.

Aggreko becomes global partner to Cirque de Soleil

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 11:14 -- Ruth Williams
Cirque du Soleil

Aggreko has entered a four-year deal with Cirque de Soleil to provide power and temperature control for the show on tour.

Cirque de Soleil has five touring shows that travel across the USA, Canada, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Aggreko will need to provide machinery that can operate in the extreme weathers presented on all continents.

The power for each show must be uninterruptible and independent from the local electricity grid. Aggreko has provided power to many entertainment events worldwide including the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Himoinsa launches 500 kW Power Cube genset for European market

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Spanish genset manufacturer Himoinsa has launched its 500kW power generator in a 10-foot container, named Power Cube, in Europe. 

Originally designed for and launched in the North American market, Himoinsa has adapted Power Cube for the European market. In a statement, the company said its size and shape is suitable for with projects with reduced space availability where 20 feet containers cannot be used.

The Power Cube has an electric fan which allows reduction of acoustic emissions and, therefore, the use of the unit in residential areas and events. It is often in these scenarios where high power is required, there is little space available, and low noise generation is required. In addition, self-sufficiency is ensured by rapid external fuel inlets.

The set is prepared to be synchronised and give extra power in ISO sizes of 20 feet for 1000 kW, 30 feet for 1500 kW, 40 feet for 2000 kW etc.

Deeya Energy targets $20bn Indian energy storage market

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

US-based flow battery developer Deeya Energy said it is targeting India’s $20billion energy storage market to reduce the country’s dependence on diesel.

Deeya Energy is developing ESP3, a 2.5kW, 10kWh redox flow battery for small-scale stationary energy storage applications. Ravi Sharma, Deeya’s new Global Director, said the “breakthrough (storage) technology” would help in replacing diesel gensets.

“India will be the launch pad for this technology. India is a key market for us. The whole of South Asia, Middle East and Africa will also be big markets for this technology,” said Sharma, the former CEO of Adani Power.

According to Press Trust India, Sharma said Deeya Energy, which has already set up a manufacturing facility in Gurgaon (a suburb of New Delhi), would soon start supplying the batteries to telecom and power entities.  “We have done the testing with telecom and tower companies. We have also done it with power companies such as Power Grid and some other railway signalling schemes. After doing some fine tuning, we found that they have approved our batteries to be used,” said Sharma.

Crestchic forms loadbank sales partnership with Russia’s Technical Solutions

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Crestchic has formed a partnership with Technical Solutions to supply loadbanks to the growing Russian market.

Technical Solutions will exclusively supply Crestchic AC Resistive and Reactive (inductive) loadbanks, as well as DC and MV loadbanks, containerised transformers and associated control equipment, systems and software. Paul Brickman, sales and marketing manager at Crestchic, explained: “We worked with the team on various pilot projects last year that were extremely successful – around a dozen machines have been ordered in the last six months, which is phenomenal.

“As the Russian market continues to expand in the oil and gas, shipbuilding and power generation sectors, and particularly as we see the growth of data centres, it is crucial that we meet demand via a local point of contact. Formalising our relationship means that we can offer viable solutions delivered through a permanent local team to our existing and potential customers in Russia.” 

Alexander Rodikov, general director at Technical Solutions, added: “We have seen a marked increase in demand for loadbanks in the Russian market since starting work with Crestchic in late 2011. Being named as an official partner in Russia will give us the freedom to capitalise on what is a very exciting period of growth in the market.”

EnerNOC expands demand response contract with Southern California Edison

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

US demand response provider EnerNOC has expanded its presence in Southern California through a new contract with Southern California Edison.

Under the terms of the new contract, EnerNOC will increase its number of megawatts in SCE's service territory by approximately 15% through December 31, 2014, consistent with the term of EnerNOC's expanded contract with PG&E announced in a press release dated February 5, 2013.

EnerNOC won the additional megawatts through a competitive bidding process in which EnerNOC was awarded more than twice as many megawatts as any other third-party provider, and more than 40% of all megawatts awarded to the six successful bidders.

This contract covers a utility service territory where EnerNOC also has contracts to deliver commercial and industrial energy efficiency services, allowing customers in the region to benefit from an integrated energy management portfolio comprised of both demand response and energy efficiency solutions.

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.


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