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Longship launched, full steam ahead for capture & storage
24 December, 2020
Among recent encouraging developments in the CCUS area, one of the most significant is the positive final investment decision taken, after considerable deliberation, by the Norwegian government in favour of a major full-chain CCS project, now called Longship (in Norwegian ‘Langskip’). The total cost, capital plus ten years of operation, is estimated at 25.1 billion NOK ($2.7 billion), with the Norwegian government contributing 16.8 billion NOK ($1.8 billion).

Continuing to achieve new benchmarks in China
15 December, 2020
The indefatigable Professor Weizhong Feng and his colleagues at Shanghai Shenergy Power Technology are still setting new standards for coal fired power plant performance

Learning from Petra Nova
10 December, 2020
Amidst growing international interest in carbon capture and storage (CCS) this year, an apparent high profile setback for the technology came in May, with the mothballing of NRG’s Petra Nova facility in Texas – a coal-based project that represents the world’s largest installation of CO2 capture on a power plant. Like nearly all CCS projects operating today, Petra Nova relied on using CO2 for enhanced oil recovery (EOR), and was therefore hit hard by plummeting oil prices in the wake of the Covid-induced slump in demand.

Aiming towards zero carbon in the Humber
02 December, 2020
Equinor, together with eleven other companies and organisations, has submitted a joint proposal to create a low carbon cluster in the Humber, the UK’s largest and most carbon-intensive industrial region

Developing Australia’s H2 economy
26 November, 2020
The opportunities and challenges of scaling up

NEOM giga project aims for hydrogen leadership
25 November, 2020
Recent months have seen continuing progress with Saudi Arabia’s NEOM giga project – to be constructed in the north west of Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea – with the finalisation of several major contracts.

Barakah 1 powers up
18 November, 2020
On 19 August 2020 the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) announced grid connection and synchronisation of its 1400 MWe Barakah 1 pressurised water reactor, designed and built under the leadership of Korea Electric Power Corp, which was awarded the prime contract in 2009. The connection was effected by ENEC’s O&M subsidiary Nawah Energy Company (in which Kepco has an 18% share), in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Transmission and Despatch Company (TRANSCO), a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA). As of 22 September unit 1 had achieved 50% of full power.

Al Dhafra: aiming to be the biggest single-site PV project
18 November, 2020
The Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) has announced the contract award for the development of what it believes is currently the world’s largest single-project solar power plant project. The contract was awarded to a consortium led by Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA) and Masdar, with partners EDF and JinkoPower. The plant is the 2 GW Al Dhafra solar PV IPP (independent power producer) project, which will be located approximately 35 km from Abu Dhabi city. The project’s 30 year power purchase agreement (PPA) and shareholders’ agreement were signed with EWEC. EWEC says the “rigorous procurement process” leading up to the contract award resulted in one of the most cost-competitive tariffs for solar PV energy yet, set at AED 4.97 fils/kWh (USD 1.35 cents/kWh) on a levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) basis.

The case for synchronous energy storage
11 November, 2020
Blackouts experienced in the UK last year prompted a flurry of headlines expressing concern that ‘near-misses’ were on the rise. The national grid and its ability to adapt to the changes that renewable energy is introducing were brought into question.

AM shows its mettle in sCO2 CSP application
10 November, 2020
SupportFree additive manufacturing allowed the successful build of a mission critical shrouded radial expander wheel (impeller) for use with sCO2 as the working fluid in a concentrating solar power (CSP) application – with an 80% reduction in build time and a 90% reduction in support material

North America thinking big on small reactors
05 November, 2020
Steps to revolutionise the adoption of micro reactors and small modular reactors (SMR) in North America are progressing at an increasingly rapid pace. Economic forces in both Canada and the United States, combined with the intensifying objective of cutting carbon dioxide emissions, are making nuclear power from next-generation reactors a viable, near-term energy alternative

Floating offshore wind: time to go large
04 November, 2020
Janet Wood reports from Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (FOWT2020), Marseille, 7-9 September, which, remarkably, was a live event, as well as being on-line

Korea launches big plans for offshore wind, Doosan’s new growth engine
04 November, 2020
Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction says it “is preparing to penetrate in full force the market for offshore wind power generation as its new growth engine.”

Making the case for battery-based virtual transmission
29 October, 2020
The idea of employing energy storage as transmission – aka “virtual transmission” – has been gaining traction recently, with Fluence, the AES/Siemens energy storage joint venture, perhaps not surprisingly, proving to be a leading advocate

Japan claims world first: DLN gas turbine combustors verified on 100% hydrogen
26 October, 2020
Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd and Obayashi Corporation have announced “successful technology verification, for the first time worldwide, of 100% hydrogen-fuelled gas turbine operation with dry low NOx (DLN) combustion.”

Natural gas conversion: a new role for old coal
14 October, 2020
Coal plant operators are looking at ways of repurposing their old units to avoid them becoming stranded assets. Conversion to natural gas has been a widely adopted strategy in the USA and is also favoured by Alberta based Transalta

Regulatory milestone for NuScale and for SMRs
14 October, 2020
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has completed Phase 6 review – the last and final phase – of the Design Certification Application (DCA) for NuScale’s small modular reactor with the issuance of the Final Safety Evaluation Report (FSER). The FSER – the first ever for a small modular reactor – represents completion of the technical review and approval of the NuScale SMR design, which is a much scaled down pressurised water reactor, with natural circulation cooling.

Hitachi ABB: aiming to transform power grids
13 October, 2020
“It’s a very good fit”, says Bruno Melles, speaking of ABB’s recently completed divestment of its Power Grids business to Hitachi and the formation of a new force to be reckoned with in the T&D business: Hitachi ABB Power Grids.

Steam power from Pilsen
23 September, 2020
Pilsen-based Doosan Škoda Power plans to deliver two 50 MW DST-G20 steam turbines, plus associated equipment, in the middle of 2021 to Palu 3 – a coal fired plant which it describesas “the most modern power generating plant in Indonesia.” The project site is in a seismically active area and Doosan Škoda Power says it is building on experience from similar previous projects in Indonesia, as well as in Chile and Saudi Arabia. As Doosan Skoda puts it “the first steam is expected to be invited to the turbines in 2023.”

Korea in the big league
17 September, 2020
Korea is well on its way to joining the elite group of countries (USA, Germany, Japan, Italy) with their own independent advanced large-frame gas turbine and combined cycle technologies.

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