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03 February, 2023

IRA aims to give CCUS a boost, but will it take off?
01 February, 2023
Why the Inflation Reduction Act should provide a much-needed boost for the development of carbon capture, utilisation and storage projects in the USA

Update - Ukraine’s energy sector during war
31 January, 2023
Ukraine’s energy security was the topic of an online briefing by DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko, on Wednesday 25 January. DTEK is the major operator of thermal PPs in Ukraine. It was reported at the briefing, which was conducted in an air raid shelter during a missile attack, that Russia is changing its war tactics: it is now focusing on completely destroying power units. On 14 January, they switched from targeting power plant transformers to targeting the power units. The devastation and destruction means it will be impossible to restore electricity supply with equipment from the Western partners quickly. and it will require greater investment and a longer rebuild.

Wärtsilä to supply huge gas engine PP in Latin America
31 January, 2023
Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply the engines for a large power plant to be constructed at an unnamed location in Latin America. Initially, the plant will provide baseload power to the grid, but the rapid start-up capacity of the engines will enable it to take on a grid balancing role as the system’s share of renewable energy increases. The order is valued at more than €100 million, and was placed by a ‘major EPC contractor’.

Natural gas has displaced (most) coal-fired generation in Pennsylvania
31 January, 2023
The US Energy Information Administration reports that natural gas-fired power plants generated 2% of the electricity produced in Pennsylvania in 2001. Over the following 20 years, that 2% proportion increased rapidly, reaching 52% in 2021. Natural gas displaced most coal-fired generation, which fell from 57% in 2001 to 12% in 2021.

Enapter AG electrolyser order from S Korea
31 January, 2023
Enapter AG, together with its partner YEST, has received an order from South Korea for the delivery of two AEM Multicore electrolysers with a total capacity of 2 MW, to be installed in a 12.5 MW hydrogen pilot project on Jeju Island. The demonstration project is supported by the South Korean Ministry of Industry and Trade (Motie) with 62 billion South Korean won (43.3 million US dollars) and aims to investigate and compare hydrogen production with different electrolysis technologies. Among the five companies selected for the project, Enapter AG is the only technology supplier from Germany or Europe. The systems supplied are expected to produce more than 1000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year. Installation of the two electrolysers in what is a pioneering project for South Korea will be carried out by YEST, which has been supporting Enapter as an integration partner since 2021

GE connects all units at 1.2 GW Jinzhai pumped storage
31 January, 2023
In line with the planned schedule, all units of the Jinzhai pumped storage power plant in China have been successfully connected to the grid, completed 15 days of trial operation, and are now in commercial operation. Under the contract signed in 2017, GE Hydro Solutions was selected by Anhui Jinzhai Pumped Storage Power Co., one of the divisions of State Grid Xin Yuan, to supply four new 300 MW pumped storage turbines and generators as well as the balance of plant equipment for the plant, which is located in Jinzhai County, Anhui Province. The first two units were connected to the grid in October 2022.

Mitsubishi Power order of H-25 GT for Chang Chun Petrochemical
31 January, 2023
Mitsubishi Power, a power solutions brand of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, has received an order for an H-25 gas turbine from the Taiwanese firm Chang Chun Petrochemical Co. The 30 MW turbine is to be be the core of a high-efficiency, natural gas-fired cogeneration facility at the company's Miaoli factory in Miaoli City in the north central region of Taiwan. Operation is scheduled to begin around spring 2025, with the unit supplying power for the company's factories, and steam for manufacturing processes. This is the second H-25 gas turbine that Mitsubishi Power will supply to the Group, following a unit for a group plastics factory announced in 2022.

Poland’s first commercial NPP may be operational by 2036
31 January, 2023
Representatives of Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), ZE PAK, and South Korea's KHNP, which are all entities involved in the Pątnów nuclear power plant project, met on 25 January with Poland’s president Andrzej Duda and the minister for State Assets Jacek Sasin to define the next stages of what is being described as a breakthrough investment in the country’s power structure. A consortium of PGE, ZE PAK and KHNP plans to build Poland's first commercial nuclear power plant.

Carbon capture begins at NTPC power plant
25 January, 2023
A 20 t/day demo carbon capture facility is in operation at NTPC’s coal fired Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power Station, Madhya Pradesh, India.

IMechE Steam Turbine and Generator User Group 2023
24 January, 2023
Following the successful return to a live, in-person format last year, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers is holding Steam Turbine and Generator User Group 2023 on 15-16 March 2023. The venue is once again the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester, UK, as in 2022.

Uzbekistan’s first green H2 and ammonia projects
24 January, 2023
Prominent Saudi developer ACWA Power has signed extensive heads of terms agreements to develop a green hydrogen facility and a green ammonia pilot project in the Republic of Uzbekistan with the country’s Ministry of Energy and Uzkimyosanoat, a state-owned chemical company. These projects are the first of their kind in the country.

DNV acquires AI-enabled Proxima Solutions
24 January, 2023
DNV, the independent energy expert and assurance provider has strengthened its green power monitoring portfolio by acquiring Proxima Solutions, a prominent company in the provision of digital platforms for remote monitoring and asset management of renewable energy plants.

The Crown Estate seals landmark agreements for offshore wind
24 January, 2023
In what is described as ‘a major milestone for the UK’s energy security and net zero commitments’, The Crown Estate (which manages all of the UK’s offshore waters) has signed Agreements for the Lease for six offshore wind projects which could begin to generate green electricity by the end of the decade and have the potential to generate 8GW of renewable electricity.

TESLA 50Hz to build 40 MW of rooftop solar across Romania
24 January, 2023
Tesla 50Hz, part of Tesla Group, Romania, has signed a co-operation agreement with industrial properties developer Element Industrial, to design and build rooftop solar installations on all ELI buildings across Romania over the next 3-5 years. The first stage of the project will cover 250 000 sq m of industrial parks, with a total installation of 40 MW of industrial-scale photovoltaics (PV) using SolarEdge inverter technology (equating to 2-4MW per location).

First horizontal, six-nozzle Pelton turbine installed
24 January, 2023
The trial operation of the first horizontal, six-nozzle Pelton turbine at the Gerlos 1 pumped storage power plant is reported as running successfully, for over two months now, and is ‘setting new benchmarks’.

IAEA upgrades its Ukraine presence
24 January, 2023
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Update 143, director general Rafael Grossi updated president Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on 19 January about the expanding and intensifying activities of the IAEA in helping Ukraine ensure nuclear safety and security at its nuclear facilities during the military conflict, with several permanent IAEA expert missions recently established across the country.

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