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Advanced control delivers benefits to Berbera
08 November, 2021
The city wide microgrid supplying the city of Berbera in Somaliland, home to the largest port in the area, is being successfully monitored and controlled using DHYBRID technology
Ammonia co-firing to be demonstrated at Hekinan
08 November, 2021
JERA and IHI have embarked on a joint project aimed at demonstrating ammonia co-firing at a large-scale commercial coal fired power plant in Japan
Yakutia SMR plan progresses
03 November, 2021
Meeting the energy needs of remote mining communities is a key driver behind the development of small modular reactors (SMRs). One project that seems to be gathering pace is a plan to construct a first-of-a-kind small land based PWR in the Russian far east, based on marine reactor technology
Smart Wires: using power electronics to unlock grid capacity
19 October, 2021
National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET) in the UK is expanding its use of Smart Wires’ modular power flow control technology. Called SmartValveTM, it is an evolution of FACTS (flexible alternating current transmission systems) technology, enabling system operators to control power flows in the network by adjusting transmission line reactance in real time. The new project builds on NGET’s experience with the world’s first large scale installation of the technology, completed earlier this year.
Mitsubishi Power sees GTCC opportunities Europe
11 October, 2021
With the establishment of a new business unit, Mitsubishi Power is aiming to increase its combined cycle presence in Europe, emulating its success elsewhere. James Varley spoke to Jose Aguas, recently appointed VP GTCC Sales, EMEA
Bushfire risk: get it covered
06 October, 2021
With the increasing risk of wildfires from bare electrical lines, Australia’s DNOs are turning to covered conductors to protect communities. This is proving to be a cost-effective way to manage bushfire risk and enhance reliability. By Steve Rutland, MD, Amokabel Australia
Eliminating SF6: an agreement between rivals
07 July, 2021
A landmark cross-licensing agreement between Hitachi ABB Power Grids and GE points the way towards a new global standard for SF6-free HV technology, employing fluoronitrile gas mixtures, its signatories believe. James Varley reports
Developing Vindø, a proposal for the world’s first artificial energy island
07 July, 2021
Ramboll is providing high-level support to the Vindø consortium on master-planning for what could be the world’s first artificial energy island, which is expected to be realised by 2030
Gas engines cure power supply reliability problems at Puerto Rico hospitals
30 June, 2021
Experience in hurricane-prone Puerto Rico has demonstrated the benefits of gas fuelled distributed generation in safeguarding power supplies to critical emergency infrastructure facilities. Containerised propane-fuelled piston-engine based cogen modules recently installed at Hospital Menonita De Caguas provide heating and cooling as well as ensuring electricity supply continuity in the case of a grid outage. Building on this success, engine supplier Siemens Energy and its partner, local EPC contractor Teksol, are planning further similar projects at hospitals on the island.
Small modular HRSGs for flexible power and FLNG
23 June, 2021
An update on John Cockerill Energy’s recent small-HRSG experience, in Ghana and Cameroon.
The power of perovskites
15 June, 2021
Oxford PV, which describes itself as “the perovskite company”, plans to be a key player in what it sees as the solar-powered all-electric future.
Biogas power in Japan and Finland
09 June, 2021
Among recent biogas projects being undertaken by Weltec Biopower are two 250 kW plants located in Japan and a 250 kW facility near Turku in southwestern Finland
Taking the best path to superconducting HVDC
02 June, 2021
As shown by the EU Best Paths project, which saw the design, optimisation and manufacture of the first 3-GW-class superconducting cable system, superconducting HVDC links now represent a realistic option for bulk power transmission. There is also now the intriguing idea that if helium gas was replaced by hydrogen as the cooling medium, superconducting cables could open up the possibility of simultaneous transport of two energy carriers - hydrogen and electricity.
CCUS becoming a commercial reality in China?
26 May, 2021
Responsible for nearly 15% of the world’s energy-related CO2 emissions, China’s vast fleet of coal power plants has long been regarded as a priority target for carbon capture, utilisation, and storage technology (CCUS). Given that over 70% of this generating capacity was built in the last 15 years, there is a legacy of ‘locked-in’ emissions for decades to come, regardless of the country’s impressive efforts to deploy low-carbon energy. President Xi Jinping’s announcement last year of a net-zero carbon emissions target for 2060 was therefore seen as a pivotal moment for CCUS, which must surely have a significant part to play in achieving such rapid decarbonisation.
DAC: needless extravagance or the sine qua non of net zero?
25 May, 2021
At the current rate of emissions, less than seven years remain before the world exceeds the carbon budget associated with 1.5 degrees of global warming. Since this ambitious target was brought to the fore by an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change special report in 2018, technologies capable of removing carbon from the atmosphere have gone from niche to mainstream, as the only means of correcting the seemingly inevitable overshoot.
MAN ES to partner with Highview on Carrington CRYOBattery
20 May, 2021
Highview Power will deploy MAN ES turbomachinery technology for its CRYOBattery long-duration energy storage project
Mass impregnated (MI) cable: why it is still king of long distance HVDC
19 May, 2021
High voltage direct current (HVDC) mass-impregnated (MI) cables have been deployed in long-distance subsea power transmission projects for many decades. While a competitor has emerged in recent years in the form of extruded cables, MI cables nevertheless remain the technology of choice for projects such as the recently completed NordLink. Why is this and why is their reign is set to continue for years to come?
Industrial strength CO2 based systems for Esbjerg
13 May, 2021
The Danish port city of Esbjerg is to decarbonise district heat supply using what MAN Energy Solutions describes as its first “cross-sectoral” ETES heat pump system
Cleaning up in Alberta
13 May, 2021
Siemens Energy has signed an agreement with Canada-based TC Energy Corporation (TC Energy) to commission a novel sCO2 based waste-heat-to-power pilot installation in Alberta. The facility, expected to be commissioned towards the end of 2022, will capture waste heat from a gas-fired turbine operating at a pipeline compression station and convert it into emissions-free power. The electricity produced will be put back into the grid.
07 May, 2021
Anders Stuxberg, specialist in power plant process integration, Siemens Energy, makes the case for gas turbine based combined heat and power