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Schneider launches Smart UPS

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 11:58 -- Laura Varriale
Schneider Smart-UPS

Schneider Electric has added a range of 5-10kVA uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) to its APC On-Line product line.

The French firm claims its 6-10kVA units are the first single-phase UPS to feature its unity power factor capability while the 5kVA UPS have a 0.9 power factor. The products use double conversion and a design in which the inverter provides regulated power output.

The so-called 'smart' UPS are aimed to ‘know’ when they should intervene, which leads to energy savings and longer service life. Most computer and networking equipment can ride through >20ms voltage breaks. The UPS is programmed to only intervene when it is necessary. “The unity power factor provides more real power for the active power factor typically found in most IT servers and network equipment”, said Bill Manning VP Business Power Solutions at Schneider.

The new UPS range claims to be easy installed in various environments because of its flexible design. Schneider’s UPS can also be operated in a so-called “green” mode, where the double conversion operations are bypassed to enable 97% efficiency to create fewer heat losses, which in the end lead to a longer life of key components. Manning added: “With rising cost of energy and concerns over efficiency, IT and facility professionals are keen to minimise waste by ensuring a better fit between infrastructure and load requirements.”

Aggreko and Bresson sign 250MW agreement

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 16:04 -- Laura Varriale
Bresson Energy Chairman Gbenga Olawepo

Scottish rental company Aggreko and Bresson AS Nigeria have signed an agreement to supply over 250MW to support the Nigeria electricity market within nine months.

The agreement will be sited in industrial clusters across the country and the 250MW will be broken into various stages of 10MW, 15MW and 20MW. The power supply in Nigeria has shown to be inadequate in areas of high activities. The project will compliment the Federal Government’s efforts to improve power generation, distribution and consumption in the country.

The agreement comprises an additional embedded option of a 20MW project aiming to serve the neighbourhood of Magboro. Bresson is currently planning a 90MW power plant in Magboro, which is designed for supplying to the national grid. The company also hopes to bring its Magboro Plant configured on 2GE LM 6000 for commissioning in 2015.

Bresson plans to add a total of 500MW within the next twelve months to its daily generation capacity through emergency power generation in areas of high electricity demands to overcome power shortages. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the partners was signed in Paris.

Alstom and Saft to supply EDF with battery storage system

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 12:06 -- Laura Varriale
Alstom power converter

An Alstom-Saft consortium has won a contract to provide an energy storage system including Li-ion batteries for the EDF Group.

The contract comprises a 1MW/30min energy and conversion system. France's Saft will supply a 20ft lithium-ion battery container and compatriot Alstom a power converter that connects the DC battery to the AC grid and converts the power to be stored or released into the grid.

The system will be installed on French state utility EDF’s energy efficiency research centre in Les Renardières, France and is part of EDF’s research for frequency regulation. The group’s R&D department will investigate the ability of the storage system to regulate the frequency and adjustment potential of the primary reserve.

The primary reserve in France is estimated at 650MW. “This innovative experiment will demonstrate the added value of a battery storage system and the performance of Li-ion technology in this promising sector", said François Bouchon, director of energy storage at Saft. Alstom and Saft are said to deliver in late 2014.

The system is part of the Nouvelle France Industrielle project, a scheme launched by the French government in 2013. "At the cutting edge of smart grid and power transportation infrastructure optimization technologies, Alstom Grid is contributing its technological expertise to the excellence of the French and European energy industry", said Patrick Plas, senior vice president at Alstom Grid. The planned delivery will be the first battery storage system for primary frequency control in France.

Bredenoord reveals solar-based off-grid power plant

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 10:41 -- Laura Varriale
Solar-based power plant

Dutch power rental company Bredenoord has launched a power plant for off-grid solar-based systems.

The off-grid plant provides stand-alone energy, varying from 3kW to 3MW. The plant links a solar installation to a generator, which adds power in case of lower energy input.

The system is aiming to save fuel due to the combination of solar energy and a generator. “Tests prove that the reliability of the ‘power plant’ remains guaranteed, while at the same time it results in fuel savings up to 40%, when compared to the use of only generators”, claimed Franz Hullegie, manager Export and Development at Bredenoord.

Bredenoord stated the system is intended for sites outside of Europe with a demand for autonomous plants with no connection to the grid.

The company has tested the PV-plant on the roof at its headquarters in Apeldoorn, with 162 solar panels with a combined power of 40kWp. "Each practical situation is different”, said Hullegie and adds that the tests were performed with various different technologies and combinations: “In this way we can tune each Off-grid solar-based power plant in such a way that it best fits the situation and needs of the client.”

Doosan launches Tier IV Final Generator

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 17:03 -- Laura Varriale
G240WCU Tier IV Final generator

Doosan Portable Power has launched its first Tier IV Final generator, which includes a control panel with a DynaGen TG-410 integrated controller.

The G240WCU model comprises a dual-frequency switch that allows users to select from 50 to 60 Hertz and an operation protection scheme to prevent users from inadvertently switching voltage during operation.

The generator is powered by a Cummins QSB7-G6 Tier IV Final 282hp engine with a fuel tank capacity of 368 gal for 26h runtime at 100% load.

Tier IV emission standards were adopted in 2004 for new off-road diesel engines by the US Environmental Protection Agency in order to reduce hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, particulate matter and nitrogen oxide.

The model is part of the Doosan mobile generator line. Options such as positive air shutoff, preheat engine systems and oil level maintainer will also be available.

ViZn Energy wins Intersolar Europe’s 2014 Electrical Energy Storage Award

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:08 -- Laura Varriale
Z20 energy storage system

ViZn Energy Systems has been selected as the winner of Intersolar Europe’s 2014 Electrical Energy Storage (ees) Award for its Z20 energy storage system.

The Z20 is an 80kW system, including a redox flow battery, housed in a 20ft shipping container. The technology is targeted for commercial applications from 160kWh and currently in the field for testing.

“The jury was impressed by the well-designed, ecological prototypes, which avoid the use of dangerous substances in storage systems,” said the ees judges in an official statement. “The use of cost-efficient raw materials translates to the potential for considerable cost reductions, particularly in comparison with today’s vanadium redox-flow technology.”

“After years of research, adaptation and testing, ViZn’s technology is ready to make the energy market more efficient for microgrids,” said Ron Van Dell, CEO of ViZn Energy Systems.

The ees Award made its debut this year and honours technical innovation, economic viability and solutions that bring benefits to the industry and environment. Intersolar Europe is the world’s largest exhibition for the solar industry and partners.

Altaaqa Global opens office in South Africa

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:47 -- Laura Varriale
Altaaqa Global

Dubai-based power provider Altaaqa Global CAT Rental Power has opened an office in Johannesburg, South Africa, that will serve as a hub for the Southern Africa region.

The company has, together with its sister company in Saudi-Arabia, a total power fleet of 1,400MW to cater for Southern Africa. The power supplier will provide the region with power plant for packaged systems, remote monitoring, fuel-efficient gas, diesel and dual-fuel-powered generators, general manager of Altaaqa Global, Peter den Boogert said.

The company will also supply a flexible operational mode that can switch from island to grid mode in short period. The system allows its power plants to hook directly to the grid without a sub-station.

Besides South Africa, Altaaqa Global is aiming to serve to the oil and gas, industrial manufacturing, mineral and coal mining industries in Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

The African Economic Outlook forecasts South Africa's economy to moderately accelerate in 2014. Its economy is said to be the largest in Africa. Also Angola and Mozambique’s economies are anticipated to grow by 8% this year. Majid Zahid, strategic accounts director of Altaaqa Global, stated: “Southern Africa has a promising economic outlook within the energy, engineering, production, oil and gas, and mining sectors.”

Demand response programmes will reach $9,7 billion by 2023 in annual revenue

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 16:40 -- Laura Varriale
Demand Response Report

Market researcher Navigant Research has stated in a report that the worldwide revenue for demand response (DR) programmes will grow from $1.6 billion in 2014 to $9.7 billion in 2023.

The report concluded that North America will remain the largest DR market but growth is accelerating internationally. By 2023, the global capacity of DR systems will grow to 196.7GW according to the report.

Several European countries are changing their electricity market structures, providing more possibilities for DR to compete successfully against traditional electricity generation, Navigant Research stated.

The changing resource mix in electric grids globally is increasing the potential for DR systems to play a key role in conserving energy use and maintaining grid stability. General economic market factors such as natural gas prices, coal and nuclear retirements affect the growth of DR as well. Since 2010, DR systems are making their way in the electricity market and compete against traditional electricity generation. Also the DR market in Asian Pacific countries is growing.

“Technology advances in metering, controls, and end-use devices are making it easier for customers to participate in DR programs and manage their energy usage”, said Brett Feldman, senior research analyst at Navigant Research.

The report focuses on commercial/industrial and residential sectors. An executive summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website: http://www.navigantresearch.com/research/demand-response

APR launches 100MW power generation plant in Myanmar

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 14:30 -- Laura Varriale
APR Energy

American power supplier APR Energy has announced its 100MW thermal power plant, based in Kyaukse, Myanmar, is now ready to deliver power to Myanmar Electric Power Enterprise (MEPE).

The facility is fueled by natural gas resources and features 68 CAT low-emission mobile gas power modules (GPMs). The plant is projected to provide power for six million people with a guaranteed minimum of 82MW.

Clive Turton, Managing Director of Asia Pacific at APR said: “The commissioning of our thermal power generation plant is an important first step towards establishing adequate reliable power generation capacity in Myanmar.” 75% of Myanmar’s population lacks access to electricity, according to US Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker.

APR has been awarded the contract in February this year, being the first agreement between a US company and the government of Myanmar for power generation since sanctions were lifted in 2013. The contract is expected to run through to late 2015. It is a bridging solution for the medium term while the country develops its long-term infrastructure.

The growing demand of electricity in Asia brought APR a contract for four power plants totaling 130MW in Indonesia last year.

Kohler expands generator manufacturing plant

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 11:15 -- Laura Varriale
Ribbon cutting ceremony at Kohler

Kohler Power Systems has expanded its generator manufacturing plant with a 105,000 sq. ft. addition at its facility in Mosel, Wisconsin, US.

The added space, which brings total facility size to half a million square feet, is aimed to increase production capacity with 140 tons of crane capacity to allow easier loading of large generators after production for transport and to storage more components. 

“We are driving our growth through a focus on quality and service,” said David Kohler, president and chief operating officer of Kohler.

Additional staff will be hired at the Mosel plant and the generator manufacturing plant in Saukville, Wisconsin, which will reconfigure its production lines and focus solely on producing Kohler’s 8- to 20-kW home standby generators in the future. The residential power market has increased in recent years as the frequency of power outages has risen due to severe weather and an aging power grid.



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