NEC to provide energy storage system in Chile

NEC Chile and NEC Energy Solutions will deliver a 2MW, 2MWh lithium-ion battery storage system to Chilean utility Engie Energía Chile.

This project is the first smart energy project for NEC Chile and will be the first energy storage system which will be operated by the ENGIE group in the region.
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The energy storage system will be installed in the second half of 2017 in the city of Arica, in the north of Chile and will be designed to offer ancillary services such as spinning reserve and time-shifting, helping the integration of PV and wind projects. It will be connected to an existing substation.

This will mark the third project in Chile for NEC Energy Solutions since 2009, which had under previous ownership installed 32 MW of grid energy storage solutions in the country.

NEC Chile will provide a GSS grid storage solution including containerized lithium ion batteries, power conversion system, and NEC Energy Solutions proprietary AEROS controls system, as well as service and maintenance packages to ENGIE.

“We are very pleased that ENGIE selected NEC as partner for its first energy storage project in Latin America and hope that this is a first step for a long lasting cooperation for the development of energy storage projects,” said Herwig Ragossnig, Head of Business Development for Smart Energy in Latin America, NEC Chile.


POSCO to develop follow-up coal-fired power plant in Vietnam

South Korean private power producer POSCO Energy has been awarded another contract for the development and operation of a coal-fired power plant in Vietnam.

The plant, set to be built in Nghe An Province follows the company’s first effort in Vietnam, at Quang Ninh, which has been operational since late 2015.
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The new Quynh Lap Ⅱ coal-fueled power plant will be built in the industrial complex in Dong Hoi of the Nghe An Province in northern central Vietnam, 270 kilometers from Hanoi.

The plant will have an annual production capacity of 1,200 MW, with two 600 MW reactors and will be developed on a build, operate and transfer (BOT) contract where POSCO sells power produced at the plant to state-run Vietnam Electricity (EVN) for 25 years after construction, before transferring the ownership to the government.

In the process of building the project, the Nghe An provincial government plans to also create an industrial complex for heavy industries by attracting steel, machinery and cement producers. It then expects the new Quynh Lap Ⅱ coal-fueled power plant to feed enough energy to power the newly created industrial district.


GE wins Mexican power plant contracts

General Electric has won a contract to supply gas and steam turbines to power plants located in Mexico.GE 7HA gas turbine

The contracts will add up to two new gigawatts of power in the country, involving the installation of four 7HA gas turbines, the company said on Thursday.

In a statement GE Power said it had also signed a separate multi-year agreement worth $120m to provide service to gas and steam turbines in power plants in the Mexican states of Durango and Veracruz.

The firm said the new combined-cycle gas turbines would have an "extended reach" but did not say what they were worth.


Former GE chief technology officer joins Powerphase

GE’s former chief technology officer, Dr Mark Little, has joined the board of combustion turbine company Powerphase.

Little accompanies Bob McGrath, former executive vice-president of Nextera Energy, as the second independent director appointed to the Powerphase board.

During his time at GE, Little led one of the world’s largest and most diversified industrial research and technology organizations in the world that developed core technologies to help GE succeed in all of its core businesses, including energy, oil & gas and aviation. During his 37 year tenure at GE, he also led GE Global Research and was vice-president of GE Energy power generation.

Former GE boss joins Powerphase

Powerphase founder Bob Kraft said: “Dr Little brings a tremendous global strategic market and technical background to Powerphase which will help us continue to expand our reach to customers around the world.”

Florida-headquartered Powerphase recently signed a deal to bring 2 GW of additional power to Indonesia. The company also has more than 100 patents pending globally around its dry-air injection technology for combustion turbines, called Turbophase®.

Little said: “I am excited to join the Powerphase board and bring my global experience to bear on this innovative company to help the company accelerate globally with its heavily patent protected existing and new insurgent technology offerings.”

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Senvion wins five contracts in Belgium

German wind turbine manufacturer Senvion has won five contracts in Belgium.

With a total capacity of 45 MW, the five projects are with different clients and consist of three in the Walloon region and two in Flanders.

In Walloon, Senvion will supply four of its 3.4M114 turbines to the Nivelles project for Ventis; five MM100 turbines at the Molenbaix wind farm developed by Eneco and the Cooperative CLEF; and four MM100 turbines at the Moulins Saint Roch wind farm for Ipalle.

In Flanders, the Meerhout wind farm developed by Engie Electrabel and operated by Wind4Flanders will comprise three 3.4M114 turbines, while the Minderhout project developed by Storm will be equipped with one 3.0M122 turbine at 180 metres tip height.

Active in the Belgian market since 2004, Senvion has installed nearly 700 MW in the country.

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Thoughts from Lightfair 2017

Lightfair International showcases ongoing trends in lighting, controls and applications

This year, Lightfair is all about not only the deep penetration of LEDs into every nook and cranny of the lighting market but also a bunch of IoT-enabled, app-based lighting controls; tuneable light; and a whole new level of productivity tools.

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Swiss pumped storage plant doubles capacity

A pumped storage plant in Switzerland has received two new Pelton turbines, doubling its output and making it the nation’s second largest such plant.

The Forces Motrices Hongrin-Léman SA (FMHL) plant in the municipality of Veytaux was inaugurated on Thursday, six years after construction began to install two new 120 MW turbines at the existing 240 MW plant.  

Of the upgraded plant’s 480 MW capacity, 420 MW will be used in operation and 60 MW will be held in reserve, developer Alpiq said.

The original plant came online in 1970 and generates power with water from a storage reservoir at peak demand times. Water is pumped to the reservoir from Lake Geneva at a rate of 24 cubic metres per second at times of low demand.

The two new turbines were built inside a 100x25x56-metre underground cavern and are controlled remotely by Alpiq’s Centre d’Exploitation et de Gestion de la Production in Lausanne.

Alpiq said the plant is now the second most powerful pumped storage facility in Switzerland, behind the 1480 MW Linth-Limmern plant in the canton of Glarus. It is expected to generate around 1 GWh of peak power per year.  

Investors in the CHF331m ($328m) project include partners Romande Energie (which holds a 41 per cent stake), Alpiq (39 per cent), Groupe E (13 per cent) and the City of Lausanne (6.4 per cent).



MHPS to restructure power equipment manufacturing

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) is set to restructure its Japanese thermal power generation equipment manufacturing base.

The company announced this week that its gas turbine business will be relocated to its Takasago works in Hyogo prefecture, while work on large steam turbines and water turbines will be done at its Hitachi facility in Ibaraki prefecture.

High-temperature parts and small-to-medium gas turbine manufacturing will move to the Takasago works, as will EPC services.

Large-scale steam turbine and water turbine manufacturing, as well as quality assurance, procurement, design and services will move to the Hitachi works.

MHPS also plans to relocate its nuclear power turbine manufacturing to the Hitachi works at a future date.

The firm’s small-to-medium sized industrial business will be moved to the Nagasaki works in Nagasaki City and to Yokohama-based MHPS Industries. Projects which require a reheat cycle will move to the Nagasaki facility, while ‘non-reheat’ projects will move to Yokohama. MHPS said this includes projects in biomass power generation, “a sector where demand is expected to grow in future”.

In organizing facilities by product type, MHPS aims to improve productivity while boosting cost competitiveness through rationalizing the supply chain. The company said said the moves will “create a consolidated structure that will effectively utilize resources which are currently spread across different sites and combine them with manufacturing functions”. 

The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of the 2017 fiscal year.

According to reports, MHPS has been tasked with cutting Y30bn ($262m) through manufacturing consolidation, but it is behind schedule. Meanwhile, parent firm Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) announced this week that its fiscal 2016 profits fell by over 50 per cent from 2015’s numbers, due in part to a 72 per cent decrease in sales from its energy and environment business.

In its statement of financial results released this week, MHI said the drop in revenue was due to a Y316bn drop in thermal power plant orders. 



E.ON’s Teyssen angling for Uniper sale

The chief executive of E.ON, Johannes Teyssen has acknowledged the company is looking to offload its remaining stake in Uniper, its offshoot business.

Teyssen hopes the quick sale of the power plant and trading unit it spun off last year, along with higher payouts, will help ease growing shareholder pressure.
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"It will happen soon but also in a way that creates value, as the markets allow," Teyssen told shareholders at the group’s annual general meeting on Wednesday. "This may enable us to recover for you some part of the Uniper impairment charges recorded in our 2016 financial statements."

Following the spin-off, E.ON still holds a 46.65 percent stake in Uniper, which has a value of $3.09bn based on its current market valuation. E.ON has previously said it could sell further Uniper stakes from 2018.

Teyssen also reiterated his commitment to raising dividends to 0.30 euros a share for 2017, up from 0.21 euros apiece for 2016, with a view to increase payouts in the future.

E.ON recorded a $17bn annual net loss for 2016, the fourth since Teyssen took office in 2010 and one of the largest in German corporate history, mostly triggered by the spin-off.

Reuters reports that E.ON’s restructuring, its most far-reaching to date, has been received less well by investors and analysts than a similar breakup at peer RWE, which listed its Innogy unit last year.


Wartsila enters energy storage market

Finnish technology group Wartsila has entered the energy storage market with the launch of several new solutions.

Wartsila says the hybrid power plant and energy storage solutions will utilize storage technology alongside traditional engine-based power generation. The company is also offering stand-alone storage solutions. 

Today’s launch comes on the back of Wartsila’s entry into the solar PV business last year with its solar PV plants and engines+solar PV hybrid plants.

“The energy storage market is being created as we speak and gaining momentum,” it said. “Today, large markets exist for stand-alone energy storage, for example in the US, UK and central Europe. Hybrid solutions including energy storage are increasingly becoming financially attractive, for example in areas where fuel prices are high and the penetration of renewable power sources is significant.”

Javier Cavada, President of Wartsila Energy Solutions, added: "We are very excited to introduce these new solutions to our customers. Adding energy storage technology to our existing engine based power plants enables our customers to have instant power while saving fuel, maintenance costs and reducing emissions.”

The storage solutions have been enabled by Wartsila’s co-operation with Greensmith, a leading provider of EMS software which makes GEMS, a widely-deployed storage software solution.

Wartsila said that by using GEMS, “hybrid power plants run in an optimal way at all times ensuring ideal utilization of both the engines and the energy storage solution”.

"With a world-class EMS software platform we solidify our systems integration capabilities" added Cavada. He said the new solutions provide optimized spinning reserve, fuel savings, O&M optimization, regulation compliance and reduced emissions.

Risto Paldanius, director of Energy Storage at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions, said: "With these new solutions, Wartsila does not only enter the energy storage market but also becomes a systems integrator as we are able to optimize the usage of our hybrid power plants with EMS software." 


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