Polish dairy factory

In a move to reduce its dependence on coal, the Mlekovita dairy factory in Poland has installed a combined heat and power system using gas gensets from Dresser-Rand.

The four Guascor SFGLD gensets provide 1.6 MWe. The gensets warm up the condensates backflow for the steam boilers from the dairy factory and produce process steam at 4 bar for internal use. The CHP plant uses condensing heat exchange technology, and as a result the plant received a certificate for a CHP global efficiency of 102% during acceptance tests.

Dresser-Rand worked with its local partner in Poland, Energotechnika, on the design and construction of the project, which is part of Poland’s strategy to reduce dependence on coal and help the environment.

Mlekovita is the first dairy factory established in Poland and is one of the largest in Europe. Before installing the CHP system it used 18,500 tonnes of brown coal per year. Replacing its coal-fired facility with a CHP system enabled Mlekovita to obtain ‘Yellow Certificates’ from the Polish government due to the new system’s increased efficiency.

World’s largest on-site solar generator completed

solar generator

US-based manufacturing firm Ecosphere Technologies has announced completion of its Ecos PowerCube, which the company claims is the world’s largest mobile, deployable solar generator.

The device can generate up to 15 kW and offers numerous applications from military to disaster relief, humanitarian efforts, residential and retail, Ecosphere said.

The PowerCube runs on solar photovoltaic panels that extend from its shipping container base. It contains on-board batteries for energy storage.

The device’s solar arrays are mounted on roller assemblies and supported by hydraulic actuators to help with positioning. Ecosphere is offering it in 10-, 20- and 40-foot (3-, 6- and 9-metre) standard ISO shipping containers.

‘This innovative patented solar technology has the potential to be one of the most important solar patented innovations of our generation,’ Dean Becker, director and intellectual property strategist for Ecosphere Technologies, said in a statement.

‘The company is ready to begin immediate demonstrations and looks forward to working with strategic partners across a wide variety of industries and applications globally to monetise this unique asset,’ he added.

Aggreko to power 2014 Ryder Cup


Aggreko is to provide temporary power to the 2014 Ryder Cup golf tournament in Perthshire, Scotland.

Under the terms of the contract, Aggreko will provide 17 MW of power and backup support on location at the Gleneagles Hotel, and will ensure that the tented village, hospitality units, media centre and other temporary infrastructure are air conditioned. In total, around 40 different major temporary structures will be powered and cooled.

Aggreko’s ‘super-silent’ TwinPack generators will minimise sound emissions from power production in and around the golf course.

With low noise emissions of 48-55 dBA at 15 metres, the TwinPack combines and synchronises two generators to provide fully redundant backup power. It is available in sizes from 100-400 kW with a variety of plug and connection configurations.

Aggreko will also supply broadcasters with the technical power supplies needed to transmit pictures to half a million homes in 183 countries. Around 600 distribution boards will be utilised by the firm to connect and feed power supplies around the course.

A team of around 50 technicians are already on site and will remain in place for some three months until the entire site is disassembled, Aggreko said.

Angus Cockburn, Aggreko’s interim CEO, said: ‘Aggreko has vast experience of providing temporary power and temperature control solutions at golf tournaments. Doing so at the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is perhaps higher profile than any previous tournament, is a great privilege.’

Rolls Wood Group secures general service contract for Maersk Oil’s gas generators

Rolls Wood Group

Rolls Wood Group (RWG), a joint venture between Rolls-Royce Energy and Wood Group, has won a four-year general service contract with Maersk Oil for the maintenance of Maersk’s existing fleet of Rolls-Royce Avon gas generators.

RWG said the terms of the contract, valued at over £2 million (US$3 million), include field services, borescope inspection, accessory repair and major overhaul of the gas generators.

The Rolls-Royce Avon packages operated by Maersk Oil are configured for gas compression, a critical element of the production and distribution of hydrocarbons from the Tyra field in the Danish sector of the North Sea.

Mark Forsyth, RWG’s Industrial & Marine Business Director, said, ‘Offshore operators demand high reliability and minimum downtime of essential production assets. With this new agreement RWG will make regular inspections of this critical equipment and carry out product improvements recommended by the OEM.’

Indian diesel genset market to exceed $2 billion in 2014

Indian diesel

India’s diesel genset market revenues are projected to surpass US$2 billion in 2014, according to a recent report.

India Diesel Genset Market Forecast & Opportunities, 2019, from analysis firm TechSci Research, points to the nation’s robust growth in infrastructure development, manufacturing, and the telecom and hospitality sectors, as well as frequent power outages and growing electricity demand, as drivers for generator sales.

Major application areas for diesel gensets in India include telecom, hospitality, healthcare, micro small & medium enterprises (MSMEs), manufacturing, mining, power plants, real estate and agriculture.

In India, diesel gensets are widely used for power backup due to frequent power outages as well as their reliability, rapid response time, fuel availability and load carrying capacity. Gensets with low and medium power ratings account for the majority of the market share, the report found.

Leading genset manufacturers with strong distribution networks in India include Cummins, Kirloskar, Greaves Cotton and Mahindra Powerol. But, the report notes, domestic sector players are facing strong competition from low-cost diesel gensets now being imported from countries such as China.