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DR and Smart Grid Communications Awards finalists announced

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 01:14 -- David Appleyard
Finalist's for this year's Griddie have been revealed

The Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid has announced the finalists for its "Griddie®" Awards for Excellence in Communications. The Griddie winners will be chosen by attendees of the National Town Meeting on Demand Response and Smart Grid to be held on May 19-21 in Washington, DC. 

The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) is non-profit organization consisting of professionals, companies and organizations involved in demand response and smart grid. ADS seeks to establish and grow a demand response "community" of policymakers, utilities, system operators, technology companies, consumers, and other stakeholders.

The "Solutions Promo" category of the awards consists of video spots that promote a utility programme offering or smart grid-enabled products and services to commercial, industrial, or residential customers. Finalists are the Environmental Defense Fund; Nest; Pacific Gas & Electric; MP2 Energy; and CPS Energy.

"Infographics" are a new approach to visual storytelling that meshes well with the multi-dimensional nature of smart grid. Finalists are ThinkEco, Inc. Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative; Oklahoma Gas & Electric; Comverge; and, Baltimore Gas & Electric.

The finalists, and all the entries, may be viewed at: http://www.demandresponsesmartgrid.org/call-for-creative.

First testing order for new Highpower storage system

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 01:12 -- David Appleyard
New orders for Highpower's batteries

Lithium and nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) rechargeable battery company Highpower International, Inc., has announced that the company has received an initial testing order for its 10kWh lithium-based energy storage system (ESS).

The news follows the recent roll out of its first series of commercial ready off-grid energy storage system products.

The 10kWh energy storage system is comprised of four lithium battery modules, a 5kW solar inverter, and a solar controller, coupled with built-in wireless data transmission, remote monitoring, and comprehensive protective features for safety.

"Our new enterprise customer will integrate a solar panel with our 10kWh battery management system, and the whole system will be used in residential stand-alone power source areas," commented Bryan Bai, vice president of sales at Highpower International. "Our system will be tested and modified for further configuration and optimization before mass commercialization. This order bolsters our confidence about our opportunities in the large scale energy storage space," he added.

Eaton power management validated with EMC on VSPEX

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 01:10 -- David Appleyard
Eaton power managment solutions operate with VSPEX

Power management company Eaton has announced that its integrated power management solutions suite is now EMC® VSPEX® Lab Validated® to operate with VSPEX Proven Infrastructure Solutions, a reference architecture designed to simplify the deployment of private cloud and end-user computing solutions.

As an Advantage partner in the EMC Technology Connect Partner Program, Eaton delivers power management, monitoring and protection options to simplify power infrastructure deployment for the VSPEX platform. Validating Eaton's key role in the evolution of converged infrastructure, Eaton's integrated power management solutions provide information technology (IT) and data centre professionals with a comprehensive solution to maintain uptime and enhance business continuity.

"Our collaboration with EMC highlights the capabilities of Eaton's integrated power management solutions, building on the scalable benefits of VSPEX to help customers obtain command and control over IT assets through power management in order to drive business value," said Hervé Tardy, vice president and general manager, Distributed Power Quality Division, Eaton. "Eaton has integrated power with virtualization platforms since 2009, and providing solutions for the VSPEX platform is a natural extension of this effort."

"Eaton's integrated power management solutions provide increased value for EMC customers, offering advanced power management capabilities for VSPEX solutions," said Pete Eggimann, director, VSPEX Ecosystem Program, EMC Corporation. "Together we share a commitment to create innovative technology and we look forward to collaborating with our joint channel partners to create and support differentiated power management solutions for VSPEX."

As part of their mutual commitment to solution providers and customers, Eaton and EMC are working with Ingram Micro Inc., the world's largest wholesale technology distributor and a global leader in supply-chain and mobile device lifecycle services, to facilitate technology design and integration of the advanced VSPEX solution with lab-tested Eaton components.

"Ingram Micro U.S. has worked with EMC to help the reseller community become more familiar with its products, and we look forward to doing the same with Eaton's latest power protection and management enhancements to VSPEX," said Ronald Villa, director, Storage Business Unit, Ingram Micro U.S. "Eaton and EMC understand the importance of streamlining the integration process in order to support its channel partners with a consistent, reliable solution for end-users to accelerate virtualization and converged infrastructure deployment."

VSPEX customers utilise Eaton's Intelligent Power Manager software to automate disaster recovery and business continuity processes directly from the VMware® vCenter server management platform, including the consolidation of non-critical workloads to extend battery runtime, automatic and transparent live migration of virtual machines and movement of critical workloads in the event of an extended power event.

New critical power transfer switches from GE

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 01:07 -- David Appleyard
New GE Zenit transfer switches have been launched

GE's Critical Power business is introducing a new line of GE Zenith STS-3 Series three-phase static transfer switches and GE Zenith STS-1 Series single-phase static transfer switches for critical infrastructure applications.

The new GE Zenith STS-3 static transfer switches provide power source redundancy in UPS system architectures to increase product mean time between failure between the power source and the critical load, using features such as internal triple redundancy of control power and logic. The new GE static transfer switches, which have a wide range of available ampere ratings, are part of a complete GE critical power distribution solution, which includes UPS systems upstream of the static transfer switch units and power distribution units and/or power overhead busway systems downstream of the static transfer switch units.

Customers who deploy two independent UPS systems in their critical power infrastructure with downstream GE static transfer switches can enhance system reliability by approximately 30% as compared to paralleled UPS system designs that do not deploy static transfer switch devices, GE says. This architecture also provides added flexibility because one UPS can be isolated for repair or maintenance while the other UPS protects critical loads via a manually initiated static transfer switch source transfer.

GE's STS-3 Series units meet key technical requirements by performing out-of-phase transfers between power sources without undue inrush current on the electrical system when power distribution unit transformers are employed on the load side of the static transfer switch.

The new static transfer switches provide a single-phase solution for customers who want to deploy the switches in a rack-mount form factor to provide dual input source capabilities to rack-mounted single-cord information technology (IT) servers or other non-IT critical process equipment.

The three-phase units are ideal for data centre, telecommunications, financial and industrial critical infrastructure customers seeking centralized power source redundancy, while the GE Zenith STS-1 single-phase static transfer switches are for point-of-use power source redundancy at the localized rack level.

"We're delivering a full line of static transfer switch solutions to meet a wide range of customer requirements in the data center and other critical process markets," said Ray Prince, Americas UPS segment leader, GE's Critical Power business.

Pricing for the GE Zenith STS-3 Series starts at $10,000 and pricing for the GE Zenith STS-1 Series starts at $1,700, depending on the amp rating.

New light commercial generator from Kohler

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 01:04 -- David Appleyard
Kohler has launched a new generator unit

Kohler Generators has introduced a new 60kW light commercial unit, the Kohler 60RCL, which features a compact footprint and neighbourhood-friendly sound levels.

Contributing to the quiet sound levels of the 60RCL is a patent-pending, three-fan, automotive-style cooling system. This keeps the sound level during operation down to 61 decibels, which is normal conversation level.

With its quiet, compact design, the generator is ideal for locations such as bank and credit union branches, restaurants, pharmacies and convenience stores in stand-alone buildings or retail centres that rely on critical power. It's also suitable for larger-size homes with greater power needs, especially those in warmer climates with high air-conditioning demands.

Many small businesses, especially gas station convenience stores, can realize an immediate payback by having backup power during a utility outage, by preventing building damage that can happen when critical heating and cooling systems are down, protecting inventory, and staying open to serve community residents.

Like all standby generators, the new 60RCL automatically turns on within seconds of a power outage. It provides reliable power for critical systems like sump pumps, air-conditioning and security systems to delicate electronics like computer equipment. The 60RCL's commercial-grade engine runs on either natural gas or liquid propane, so there's no need for refuelling.

Barry Segal, president of MTS Power Systems, an authorized Kohler dealer based in Farmingdale, N.Y., expects the new model to be popular with customers. "There is a lot of pent-up demand for these units, given their smaller size and quiet sound levels," he said. "They are also aesthetically pleasing, especially for residential applications. They are a nice addition to Kohler's lineup of standby generators."

The 60RCL includes an 1,800rpm, 5.7-litre engine, 60Hz single-phase operation running on natural gas or LP and a corrosion-resistant aluminium enclosure. It has a five-year warranty.

Now available through dealers nationwide, the unit is designed to keep businesses and large homes running when the power goes out.

Perkins’ 20 millionth unit rolls out of Peterborough

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 00:59 -- David Appleyard
Perkins celebrates 20 millionth engine

Diesel engine manufacturer Perkins has recently celebrated a major milestone with the production of its 20 millionth engine.

More than 80 years after the brand was established, the 20 millionth Perkins engine, a 1206 two-stage turbo Tier 4 diesel engine, rolled off the production line at the company’s manufacturing facility in Peterborough, UK.

Of the Perkins engines which have been built, at least 4.5 million are still in service, the company says.

Perkins has the capacity to manufacture 800,000 engines a year from its manufacturing facilities in Peterborough and Stafford, UK; Griffin in Georgia, USA; Curitiba in Brazil; and Wuxi in China.

Vice President Ramin Younessi said: “Today, Perkins is one of the world’s leading suppliers of off-highway diesel and gas engines in the industry. Our engines are manufactured across four continents and power more than 800 different applications in the construction, power generation, agricultural, material handling, industrial and marine markets.

“Our global manufacturing facilities have all contributed to this 20 million milestone for the Perkins brand, to which I extend my sincere thanks to the team, while our global customer base have of course, made their contribution too, by continuing to value their on-going relationships with us as their power provider, as much as we value our partnerships with them,” Younessi concluded.

Perkins is part of the Caterpillar enterprise, having been acquired in 1998.

Off-site renewable heating group launches UK operation

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 00:57 -- David Appleyard
NZ success story now in the UK

Eglingham, Northumberland-based Calibrate Energy, a company specialising in renewable heat pump technology that can be managed and maintained off site, has launched a UK operation.

Founded by Shane and Susie McDonald and originally launched in New Zealand, the owners recently sold up their NZ operation to launch in the UK.

The company claims that its heat pump technology can save businesses up to 30% on their overall maintenance costs through the remote monitoring system that it includes on all its installations. 

Shane McDonald explains: “At the moment, most, if not all, companies who install any type of heating system – be this a boiler or renewable energy solution – have to allocate a substantial budget for the maintenance of that system. And in the case of companies who have multiple sites, this cost can be particularly high.

“What we provide is a complete remote monitoring system where we can identify and put something right, in many cases, before it’s even been spotted on site.”

With a network of clients spanning the country, Calibrate Energy was recently offered funding from angel investors to support the rapid growth of the unique technology behind the business, it says in a statement.

“We are very proud to be providing our customers with leading edge technology never before used or available in this country,” continues McDonald. “We’re very passionate about sourcing and using the very best technology and retrofitting this to suit the customer need. All our clients can be absolutely reassured that they’re getting the very best, most technologically advanced equipment on the market, that will deliver the very best performance and is bespoke to their business requirements.”

Himoinsa to power Mexican offshore oil platform build

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:15 -- Tildy Bayar
Himoinsa to power Mexican offshore oil platform build

Diesel generators from Spanish manufacturer Himoinsa are to power the construction of four new offshore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The platforms are located at over 120 metres wáter depth in the Ayatsil-Tekel field, around 120 km northwest of the Mexican city of Ciudad del Carmen.

Himoinsa’s 25kVA and 375kVA generators will be used by specialist engineering contractor The Nautic Group in skirt pile grouting each eight-legged platform. Nautic’s silo system will store and continuously supply grout at a pumping rate of up to 25 tonnes per hour.  

Mexico’s December 2013 energy sector reform law has generated a surge in oil sector investment from prívate companies, and major projects are in the pipeline.

Himoinsa supplied over 150 diesel generator sets for oil extraction in Mexican fields in 2013, the company said.  In recent months it has seen a surge in requests from companies operating on remote, isolated offshore platforms that are not grid-connected.

“The diesel generator rental market in this country is very volatile but we are taking part in important negotiations and will be involved in major projects for which we will be putting our faith in Himoinsa generator sets," said Hiram Ojeda, general manager of Himoinsa’s Mexican partner, equipment rental firm Red-D-Arc.  




Plug Power, Hyundai to form fuel cell JV

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:08 -- Tildy Bayar
Plug Power, Hyundai to form fuel cell JV

New York-based fuel cell system manufacturer Plug Power and steelmaker Hyundai Hysco have signed a memorandum of understanding to form a fuel cell joint venture in Asia, the companies have announced.

The proposed five-year partnership would develop, manufacture and sell hydrogen fuel cells for applications in Asian markets. It would make use of Hysco’s R&D work on fuel cell systems and fuel cell stacks with an emphasis on low-cost stack plate technologies.

Details are to be finalized by the end of July 2014, the companies said, with the first products expected as early as next year.

According to financial analysts, Plug Power (with FuelCell Energy and Ballard Power) is one of a trio of US fuel cell companies attracting attention from investors, but the company will need to scale up production quickly and expand its reach into Asia and Europe in order to be profitable. Plug Power has called its global growth strategy “aggressive”.

"This highly anticipated joint venture with Hysco will enable Plug Power to broaden its reach into the Asian market, putting us well on our way toward global market expansion," said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug Power. "The positive impact on our bottom line from fuel cell sales in the region in 2015 and beyond will play a significant role in our achievement of profitability."

Plug, which buys most of its stacks from Ballard Power, plans to begin its own manufacturing after its $4 million purchase of fuel cell systems maker ReliOn in early April.  

Highpower rolls out off-grid energy storage system

Fri, 05/02/2014 - 11:03 -- Tildy Bayar
Highpower rolls out off-grid energy storage system

Icon Energy Systems, a subsidiary of Chinese/US lithium and nickel-metal hydride rechargeable battery firm Highpower, has announced the rollout of its first series of commercial-ready off-grid energy storage systems.

The systems range from 0.5kWh to 15kWh and are suited for backup power, the company said.

According to Highpower, the energy storage system (ESS) consists of a lithium-ion phosphate battery, a solar panel and an inverter output device, which is charged by solar panels and the grid. Switching time to backup power is less than five minutes after a grid power outage, the company claims.

Highpower's suite of products includes power capacities of 0.5kWh, 1.5 kWh, 3 kWh, 5 kWh, and 15 kWh, coupled with dual charging input modes that are grid- and solar power-compatible. The company is marketing the systems for commercial and residential power, solar power, backup and emergency power and outdoor uses.

"This is another substantial milestone for Highpower in expanding our product mix as we are methodically executing on our plan of evolving from solely a consumer electronics based battery company to a sophisticated large-scale battery application solution company. The industry demand for ESS products is widely expected to take off in the coming years and we believe this is a very valuable product offering for customers in the clean energy market," said George Pan, Highpower chairman and CEO.

"Our ESS series is designed not only to appeal to the developed countries that are promoting clean energy initiatives but also to countries that lack sufficient electrical infrastructure. Our products can be adopted to a wide range of applications including commercial, residential, telecommunication, and disaster rescue, among others," said Bryan Bai, Highpower’s vice president of sales.



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