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Powertecnique installs standby generator at train operating centre

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:58 -- Laura Varriale
model of York Enigineers’ Triangle

Powertecnique has struck a deal with Network Rail to deliver a standby generator at the “York Engineers’ Triangle”, a rail operating and training centre, in York, UK.

The generator is a 1,250kVA prime rated genset, synchronising two different mains supplies with DeepSea 8000 series controllers with additional PLC control systems and a G59 relay. The genset aims to minimise unplanned downtime or disruption to critical power.

The contract also provides the installation of an underground bulk fuel tank with remote fuel point and double skinned connecting pipework with leak detection and an additional 1,100kW resistive load bank for full load testing to the generator or other uninterruptible power supplies (UPS).

“We worked alongside BAM Construction and consultants Ramboll to deliver the solution for the operating centre, before presenting the proposed solution to Network Rail”, said Peter Chai-Tsai, sales and marketing director at Powertecnique.

The operating centre in York is planned to be the largest in the UK, controlling the signaling along the east coast from London King’s Cross to the Scottish borders. “There has been a huge nationwide upgrade on operating centres and the site in York will bring in signals from across the region through large central technologies. It is imperative that the site’s power is supported continuously to keep operations running as smoothly as possible”, added Chai-Tsai.

MAN B&W to provide two-stroke engine to Mexico

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:47 -- Laura Varriale
CFE power plant in Baja California Sur

Mexico’s Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) has commissioned MAN B&W to install a 12K80MC-S9 two-stroke low-speed diesel engine for stationary applications at a power plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

It is the fifth two-stroke engine that MAN B&W is to deliver to the Baja California Sur plant. The four already installed engines have a current output of 172.5MW. According to the supplier, the new engine is set to have an output of 47.88MW, 5MW higher than the 12K80MC-S predecessor, while possessing a lower rate.

The 12K80MC-S9 will run on local, cost-effective fuel with a viscosity of around 1,200cSt at 50°C and 4.3% sulphur content like the four predecessors in order to meet the local environment regulations, claimed MAN B&W.

The commission is part of a contract for the extension of CFE’s diesel power plant, that Spanish contractor Acciona is awarded for. Doosan Engine, MAN Diesel & Turbo’s Korean license holder, will construct the new engine.

An installation of a bottoming cycle steam turbine and a high-pressure selective catalytic reduction (SCR) for emission control is also planned under the contract.

Mexico’s energy reform allows private investments in power generation and commercialisation, while private investors in power transmission and distribution have to associate with state-owned CFE. The government aims to prevent monopolistic practices with this regulation and remain strategic status for transmission and distribution.

Astonfield and Solesa to supply PV solutions to India and East Africa

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:27 -- Laura Varriale
PV plant in India

Astonfield and Solesa have teamed up to deliver power solutions, including PV-diesel hybrid systems, to India and East Africa.

The customised hybrid systems integrate solar PV with existing diesel generators to offset costs of diesel fuel for commercial and industrial power systems, claimed the two companies, marketed under the name of Astonfield Solesa Solar in India and Eastern Africa. The companies aim to deliver power solutions, ranging from industrial rooftop solar systems to ground-mounted solar and off-grid systems. The partnership intends to reduce power outages and combat rising energy costs.

A 100kW solar hybrid system will be installed in Tamil Nadu, India for Indo Shell Cast. Further contracts for systems between 100kW to 10MW are secured and first installations on industrial rooftops in Eastern Africa have started, stated Astonfield Solesa Solar.

A Navigant Research forecast predicts that the Indian market growth for diesel gensets between 15kW and 6MW will reach 82GW globally per year by 2018.

Korea unprepared for power outages

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:14 -- Laura Varriale
Chae Kyu-mun, Schneider Electric executive Korea

Power supplier Schneider Electric has warned that South Korea lacks of equipment to cope with power cuts.

A nationwide survey on behalf of Schneider Electric has shown that only 40% of over 1,400 asked organisations, including hospitals and data centres, have uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) installed.

"We've seen many power supply issues. Local industries are still passive (in this area). As summer is approaching, risks over possible blackouts are growing", said Chae Kyu-mun, executive at Schneider Electric Korea.

Chae urged the country to reduce power consumption and to deploy automated UPS to counter blackouts as chronic power shortages in the summer increase the demand of back-up power.

According to Schneider Electric, local industries are not implementing energy-saving regulations entirely. Hospitals have started to introduce UPS systems, Chae stated and added: "Especially in hospital and transportation industries, UPS is crucial as even a brief power cut could cause great damage."

In 2011, power cuts across the whole country during an unseasonable heat wave caused a public uproar forcing the head of the Ministry of Knowledge Economy, Choi Jung-gyeong, to resign.

The total market for UPS in Korea is estimated at $490m, with Schneider holding a 30% share.

Onis Visa launches “Big Fox” genset

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:56 -- Laura Varriale
Onis Visa genset

Italy's Onis Visa has added a new generator set to its FOX genset series.

The “Big Fox” is equipped with engines from German company Deutz and coupled with Stamford alternators. The engine-alternator is available with four different range power options from 20kVA to 60kVA.

The new genset is designed to have a high-level noise reduction. It is suitable for continuous and emergency service or civil and industrial use as well as for mobile and stationary applications. The canopy is easily accessible for cleaning and maintenance due to removable panels, claimed the supplier. The fuel tank has a capacity of 90 litres corresponding to 8.5 working hours at 75% PRP.

A 40 inches high cube container comprises up to 24 stacked units. The genset provides a guard evolution manual control panel and an easily removable starting battery, according to Onis Visa.

The generator sets are fully manufactured at the company’s headquarters near Venice, Italy.

Emerson reveals 120kW DC power system

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 16:38 -- Laura Varriale
Emerson NetSure

Emerson Network Power has expanded its 400V DC power platform with a 120kW power system for critical power applications.

The NetSure 9500 is designed for telecom, data centre and commercial building applications. The design shall enable deployment in various configurations, allowing scalable growth to avoid stranded capacity. An integrated distribution module faciliates extended load distribution positions.

The system provides a battery cabinet containing one string of valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries. It uses the same architecture like the 30kW NetSure system.

“The NetSure 9500 provides an alternative to traditional -48V DC power systems in the telecom space and to AC UPS systems in data centers. It also is a natural fit for commercial buildings, where DC microgrids that integrate distributed energy sources are increasingly common”, said Thomas Bennett, vice president of product management for the energy systems business of Emerson. Moving from -48V to 400V DC, reduces the costs of telecom providers by up to 80%, stated the company.

The first deployment of the product is by US-based Steel ORCA, which provides AC and DC solutions. “We recognise that the industry is looking for ways to maintain or improve reliability while maintaining or reducing cost,” said Dennis Cronin, chief operating officer of Steel ORCA.


ABB launches multi-MW UPS

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:50 -- Laura Varriale

Switzerland ABB has revealed a medium voltage uninterruptible power supply (UPS) with multi-MW ratings and a claimed efficiency of 99.5%.

ABB will initially launch the PCS100 MV UPS series into the Chinese market. “China is a key market for large UPS products where vast electronic systems in factories draw from tens to hundreds of megawatts of power,” said ABB Power Conditioning general manager John Penny and added: “It is now a major research center for much of the world’s high technology industry.”

The PCS100 MV is industrially rated, but is also set to target mega-size data centres, which have similar characteristics to semiconductor fabrication plants, stated ABB. “The trend towards free air cooling and centralized protection makes medium voltage UPS protection with an industrially rated product a very attractive solution”, noted Penny. Factory designers can locate power protection more remotely in a centralised location, away from the production, he adds. The UPS is designed to minimise life cycle costs with low loss and wide temperature range that reduce cooling costs.

The energy storage is kept at low voltage levels and therefore enables storage solutions from lead-acid batteries to supercapacitors and lithium-ion batteries, stated the supplier. The system is designed for a service life of at least ten years.

Eaton and EMC collaborate to deliver integrated VSPEX

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:47 -- Laura Varriale
Eaton UPS

Eaton has integrated its power management system with EMC’s VSPEX infrastructure platform. The integration aims to simplify the deployment of private cloud and end-user computing solutions.

Eaton’s 9PX uninterruptible power system (UPS), managed ePDU rack-based power distribution units and intelligent power manager software were one of the first components to receive lab verification from EMC for VSPEX interoperability.

Eaton delivers power management, monitoring and protection options to the platform. VSPEX customers utilise Eaton’s software to automate disaster recovery and business continuity processes directly from the server management platform including the consolidation of non-critical workloads to transparent live migration of virtual machines and movement in the event of an extended power event.

“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 Herve Tardy, vice President and general manager of distributed power quality division at Eaton.

Part of the collaboration is working with technology distributor and supply-chain services provider Ingram Micro to facilitate technology design and integration of the VSPEX solution with lab-tested Eaton components.

“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 virtualisation and converged infrastructure deployment”, said Ronald Villa, director of storage business unit at Ingram Micro.

Yancey Power Systems partners with Toshiba

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:41 -- Laura Varriale
Toshiba UPS

Yancey Power Systems has secured a deal with Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) to distribute TIC’s uninterruptible power system (UPS) solutions.

The partnership adds Yancey to TIC’s expansive UPS distribution network and includes UPS, input/output switchgears and power distribution units. TIC produces single-phase with a range from 1 to 22kVA and three-phase UPS solutions with a range from 15 to 1000kVA and 100 to 6000kVA. The modules are integrated in Caterpillar generators and used in critical industries.

“With a lengthy company history and strong customer base, Yancey Power Systems makes for an ideal Toshiba UPS distributor,” said Greg Mack, vice President of the TIC Power Electronics division.

“The Toshiba UPS product offering not only complements our power systems solutions but allows us to further ensure reliable and consistent power delivery to our valued customers,” said Eric Arnold, vice President and general manager of Yancey.

Yancey’s portfolio of customers in the critical power industry includes FedEx, NAPA, Wellstar Smyrna, and Waffle House. “Toshiba is one of the most recognized brands for high quality, space saving products. The UPS system helps customers lower operating costs and provide an industry leading three-year on-site warranty”, added Arnold.

Caterpillar launches IPP diesel generator sets

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 15:37 -- Laura Varriale
CAT generator

Caterpillar Rental Power has revealed two diesel power modules for international power providers (IPP) for short- and long-term demands.

Both sets, Cat XQC1600 and Cat XQC1200, are provided with CAT diesel engines that feature components for reconditioning and reuse at overhaul, which reduce the total cost of ownership, according to the manufacturer.

The XQC1600 has a continuous rating of 1515kW at 50Hz and 1705kW at 60Hz. The second module, the XQC1200, is rated for 1150kW at 50Hz and 1260kW at 60Hz.

“The XQC1600 and XQC1200 power modules utilize proven Cat engine platforms redesigned to provide improved fuel economy,” said Brian Kruse, general manager at Caterpillar.

The two modules incorporate a variable frequency drive and fans requiring up to 80% less power than traditional direct drive cooling fans, claimed the supplier. The engine should deliver up to 9% improvement in fuel economy at 100% load.

The control system provides site operation and monitoring from a local control room or from remote sites via Internet and is designed to reduce installation as well as startup time. The system is set to monitor the status of all service filters for remote notification of condition-based maintenance requirements.

The XQC1200 will be introduced later this year. The XQC1600 is available now.


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