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RheEnergise to develop LDES project in Chile
21 November, 2023
Colbún, the third largest power generation company in Chile, and a leading hydropower operator, has signed an agreement with RheEnergise, a UK clean-technology company, to explore the potential deployment of RheEnergise’s innovative form of long-duration hydro-energy storage, known as High-Density Hydro.

Berlin provides €7.5 bn ‘safety net’ for Siemens Energy
21 November, 2023
Germany’s Federal government is providing the facility of a safety net to Siemens Energy to help counter a huge energy technology order backlog – possibly Europe’s largest such backlog. The offer follows the company’s reporting a net loss of €4.5 billion for the 2023 fiscal year, alongside an order backlog of €112 billion ($121.6 billion).

First sensor of commercial scale emissions goes into orbit
21 November, 2023
An orbital sensor able to detect carbon dioxide emissions from industrial facilities and other sources has been launched from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. It is the first such sensor able to pinpoint CO2 emissions from individual industrial facilities such as power plants.

Alternative to diesel-powered generators unveiled
21 November, 2023
Hitachi Energy has unveiled a demonstration unit of its HyFlex ‘Hydrogen Power Generator' in Gothenburg, Sweden, during an event held with its technology partner, PowerCell Group.

DTE’s CHP plant for Ford drives automation to the next level
16 November, 2023
The DTE Energy combined heat and power plant at Ford Motor Company’s Dearborn research and engineering campus requires minimal supervision with only one person present for operations and maintenance most of the time.

Hydrogen firing in gas turbines and its impact on HRSGs
15 November, 2023
Hydrogen firing in gas turbines is currently attracting huge interest, but it is important not to neglect its potential implications for heat recovery steam generators and associated equipment such as bypass stacks.

Largest hospital in Gaza has lost all power
14 November, 2023
The Al-Shifa hospital, one of the few health centres still functioning in northern Gaza, is no longer functioning, according to the World Health Organisation, reporting on 13 November, which warned of a ‘dire and perilous’ situation for hundreds of patients and displaced people trapped inside as Israeli troops battle Hamas fighters nearby.

UK faces extensive transition challenges
14 November, 2023
A new report produced by the REA (the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology) and sponsored by Eaton and Foresight Group states that while the UK has set ambitious decarbonisation goals and its regulatory alignment to reach net zero is to be commended, current policy priorities appear more focused on short-term political imperatives, leading to increased investment uncertainty.

ACWA, Masdar and SOCAR sign MoU for 500 MW RE projects in Azerbaijan
14 November, 2023
ACWA Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company, also known as Masdar, and State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) to develop 500 MW of renewable energy projects in the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Consortium wins bid for 1100 MW solar project
14 November, 2023
A consortium of Masdar, EDF Renewables and Nesma Co has signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the Saudi Power Procurement Company (SPPC) to build, develop and operate the 1100 MW Al Henakiyah solar power plant under a 25 year agreement with the off-taker SPPC. Once operational, it is expected that the plant will displace more than 1.8 million tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.‬ Located in Al Madinah province, Saudi Arabia, it will be one of planet’s largest single-site solar plants when it becomes operational.

SA to fill power gap with gas projects and NPP extension
14 November, 2023
South Africa’s state-owned power utility Eskom is accelerating plans for 3 GW of gas-fired power generation to help to fill an energy deficit that is damaging the economy. The announcement was made by electricity minister Kgosientsho Ramakgopa during a press briefing on 5 November. Eskom is also seeking to extend the life of its 40-year-old 1.94 GW Koeberg nuclear power plant by 20 years beyond its scheduled shutdown next year. Mr Ramakgopa had announced in June that the government expects more than 5.5 GW of new renewable energy projects to come online by 2026.

The largest BESS project in southeast Europe
14 November, 2023
Stationary battery manufacturer Hithium and solar project EPC provider Solarpro have announced a strategic partnership, with their first project to be in Bulgaria. Hithium will supply the battery products to a 55 MWh energy storage project, for which Solarpro is providing turnkey EPC services. The new plant will support an existing 33 MWp photovoltaic installation in the southwest Bulgarian town of Razlog. With construction of the new facility planned for the start of 2024, it is the largest battery energy storage project already underway in southeast Europe.

ULC-Energy, Topsoe and Rolls-Royce SMR to co-operate on H2 production
14 November, 2023
ULC-Energy has signed an agreement with Topsoe and Rolls-Royce SMR to jointly investigate the production of hydrogen using Topsoe’s solid oxide electrolysis cell (SOEC) technology and both electricity and heat produced from a Rolls-Royce SMR nuclear power plant.

FERC–NERC final report on storm Elliott
14 November, 2023
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) on 7 November released a 167-page final report on Winter Storm Elliott, the Christmas 2022 storm that contributed to power outages for millions of electricity customers in the Eastern half of the country.

SE Asia’s largest floating solar plant inaugurated
14 November, 2023
On 9 November in Java, Indonesia’s state-owned utility PLN Group, with Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company PJSC Masdar, inaugurated the 145 MWac Cirata floating solar plant, the largest in the southeast Asia region. The inauguration was attended by the country’s president HEJoko Widodo, and by HE Arifin Tasrif, Indonesia’s minister of Energy and Mineral Resources.

50Hertz signs major contracts with NKT and Prysmian
14 November, 2023
On 29 September, 50Hertz signed “project and framework contracts” with NKT and Prysmian for the production and installation of 3500 km of submarine and land cables, with an option for an additional 2700 km – contract volume some 4.6 billion euro.

Digitalisation and DSOs: increasing complexity is the mother of invention
09 November, 2023
The increasing decentralisation of the distribution grid and the transition to an all-electric future for homes, businesses and cars present new challenges for distribution system operators (DSOs) in managing and balancing the grid. Out of this necessity comes the need for invention, with digitalisation evolving to help solve the problem of asset visibility on the network.

Corrosion: Why we need to understand it better
08 November, 2023
Adapting existing fossil fuelled power plants for operation on lower carbon fuels – and thereby helping protect the vast amount of capital investment the existing fleet represents – requires a deeper understanding of the mechanisms driving corrosion. This has been a focus for research carried out by Cranfield University in the UK. It has also collaborated with the US Department of Energy in assessing high temperature corrosion issues that could arise in the operating conditions envisaged for future power generation technologies.

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