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20 January 2020
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Features

Offshore wind – it’s all at sea
The IEA’s latest World Energy Outlook special report reveals a burgeoning technology that today has a total capacity of 23 GW, though accounting for only 0.3% of global electricity generation, but has the potential to become a mainstay of the world’s power supply.

New to the market – low cost LV all-system monitoring
42 Technology has successfully completed a six month trial of what it says is a ‘low-cost breakthrough’ for monitoring low voltage substations.

China‘s new efficiency goals
Prof Weizhong Feng and his colleagues in Shanghai are setting new standards for coal plant efficiency, with an innovative retrofit concept for 300 MW subcritical units in China, raising steam temperatures to 600°C, and a radical approach to implementing double reheat in ultrasupercritical units, building on experience at Pingshan II.

Aibel/ABB selected for Dogger Bank link
UK’s first offshore wind project to employ HVDC transmission.

ITM and Ørsted co-operate on PEM electrolyser scale-up
A UK government funded feasibility study is underway on Gigastack, a project to demonstrate production of green hydrogen via gigawatt scale polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis, with the aim of dramatically reducing the cost of electrolytic hydrogen through: development of a new 5 MW stack module design; innovative semi-automated manufacturing; deployment of very large scale, 100 MW+, electrolysers consisting of multiple 5 MW units; and exploiting siting synergies with GW scale renewables.


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