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New Himoinsa subsidiary opens in UK

Himoinsa has set up a new sales subsidiary in Gateway, Crewe, England.

Himoinsa Power Solutions Ltd’s managing director, Clive Dix, said the company has defined a new specification for this growing market: for both the rental and industrial sectors, the genset will be supplied in light grey and stocked in the UK.

Himoinsa Power Solutions Ltd said it largely sells three types of gensets in the UK: those for the industrial sector, mainly for standby supply; those for the rental sector; and those for rental companies that work on special projects and require a non-standard configuration.

Dix said the gensets conform to the latest European regulations on emissions, ensure low noise levels, and have low fuel consumption and large capacity fuel tanks.

To meet demand from UK rental companies, Himoinsa will sell its Power Cube HPWC-640, a 500 kW genset in a 10-foot container. With 50 kW power per foot, the genset can be synchronised and give extra power, with ISO sizes of 20′ for 1000 kW, 30′ for 1500 kW and 40′ for 2000 kW. It has a control unit that can connect up to 35 units in parallel, so rental companies can carry out projects from 500 kW to 16 MW using a single machine model.

According to Dix, the compact machine can be easily transported, which is appreciated in the rental sector. The Power Cube is 50% shorter and 35% smaller than standard genset sizes, he said.

The Power Cube measures 2.991 metres x 2.43 metres x 2.59 metres = 18.81 cubic metres. It uses a V engine, and a remote cooling system has been designed on top of the engine compartment; its length can be shortened by up to 3 metres.

According to Dix, up to four units can be carried on a trailer.

Temporary power for German offshore wind farm

Offshore wind service provider CWind has won a contract to supply temporary power for EnBW’s Baltic 2 offshore wind farm.

Currently under construction, the 288 MW wind farm is located in Germany’s Baltic Sea.

Under the terms of the contract, CWind will provide a turnkey service including rental generators, service and maintenance, refuelling, and the required bunkerage and CTVs. CWind says it expects to deliver up to 80 generators to the site beginning in summer 2014.

For the Baltic 2 project CWind said it will make use of a number of solutions that are well established in the offshore oil and gas sector, applying them for the first time in the offshore wind industry. These solutions include Todo-matic couplings for the safe bunkering of liquid chemicals and supplies. The couplings will be installed on generators and refuelling vessels.

Stefan Wallenmaier, offshore wind project manager at EnBW, said, ‘The decision to move to a single supplier for all elements of the temporary power supply, and the choice of that partner, was a crucial decision for us. CWind convinced us fully that they were able to meet the very considerable technical and logistical challenges of handling the provision of temporary power for our 80 turbines, 32 km off the coast of Rugen Island. A constant, efficient and safe power supply is critical to the smooth and uninterrupted construction of the wind farm, in an at times rough environment.’

Dubai debut for MTU Onsite Energy’s 4000-series gensets

MTU Onsite Energy, a subsidiary of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, presented its new genset product line at Middle East Energy, the energy industry trade show that took place in Dubai, UAE, earlier this year.

The gensets of MTU’s new 4000 series are based on its Series 4000 diesel engines, delivering up to 3400 kVA output, the company said.

On show at Middle East Energy was the type DS02500D5S genset, which is based on the MTU 16V 4000 G23 engine. Due to a new design and scope of services, the new gensets are more flexible and can more easily be integrated into customer projects, MTU claimed. They are also lower in height and come with a number of additional standard options for the customer, such as a choice between two generator and control system manufacturers.

According to MTU, the genset engines comply with German and Singaporean emissions regulations without the need for external exhaust aftertreatment.

Also presented for the first time at the trade fair was MTU Onsite Energy’s new genset based on the company’s new-generation Series 2000 engines. The 18V Series 2000 G06 genset, equipped with common rail fuel injection technology, delivers power outputs up to 1400 kVA, the firm said.

At the trade show MTU showcased its portfolio of diesel gensets with outputs up to 3400 kVA and gas engine systems up to 2150 kW. Among the exhibits were models of a 16V Series 4000 diesel genset and a containerised Series 4000 gas-powered genset.

MTU’s trade show presentation also included regional sales partners. Among those giving presentations and talking to customers were distributors from the UAE, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Sawary Energy, with whom MTU Onsite Energy recently signed a distribution agreement for sales and service in Saudi Arabia, was on hand. The contract covers sales rights for 60 Hz diesel generators with power outputs up to 3250 kWe, and includes service rights for MTU and Detroit Diesel engines for various off-highway applications, MTU said.

Global gas genset revenues to double by 2019

Revenues are to double by 2019 for the global gas genset market, new analysis has found.

According to a new report from Frost & Sullivan (F&S), the combined global residential, commercial and industrial gas genset market earned US$4.14 billion in 2013, and is predicted to reach $8.59 billion in 2019.

Key drivers behind this projected growth include the US shale gas boom, increasing adoption of biogas in Europe and market liberalisation worldwide. Over the past three years, gas gensets have risen to prominence in Europe and the US due to stricter emissions laws and lower gas prices, the report found.

‘The surge in natural gas availability and improved infrastructure for delivery have lowered the price of gas, greatly assisting the sales of gas gensets in developed regions,’ said F&S energy industry analyst Pritil Gunjan.

‘Though technological improvements, such as the automatic control system, are making gas gensets 50% more expensive than their diesel counterparts, their reliability and lower lifecycle costs will keep demand high,’ Gunjan added.

According to the report, another important factor is the wide gap between power demand and supply in emerging countries.

Emerging countries, which lack access to adequate gas reserves as well as the necessary infrastructure to pipe gas from other regions, will benefit from gas gensets as a source of prime and continuous power.

Among the developing regions, India and China have emerged as the largest genset production hubs, with growth driven by market liberalisation. In future Asia-Pacific will be the fastest growing and largest region for sales of commercial and residential gas gensets, the report predicts.

For the industrial market, Frost & Sullivan advised participants to focus on offering hybrid gensets and fuel flexibility.

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