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Aggreko appoints director for Europe, Middle East and Africa

Mon, 02/25/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Aggreko has announced the appointment of David Taylor-Smith as its new director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, with effect from 11 March 2013.

Former British Army officer Taylor-Smith has spent most of his career in the security industry. The 51 year-old worked for G4S between 1998 and 2012, most recently in the role of Chief Operating Officer and Regional Chief Executive of UK, Ireland and Africa.

Taylor-Smith resigned from G4S last September after the company failed to provide an adequate number of security staff for the London Olympic Games, forcing British police and the British Army to intervene. The company eventually booked a loss of $108m on the project.

The appointment follows the management reorganisation announced by Aggreko last September, with the group being split into three regional units for the Americas; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia, Pacific and Australia (APAC), each managed by a main board director.

The Americas and APAC posts were filled by internal candidates - Asterios Satrazemis and Debajit Das, respectively.

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.

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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