IKEA Italy Goes for On-Site Solar Power

Q.CELLS has received an order for 7 MWp of solar modules in Italy from IKEA. The company’s CIGS thin-film modules, known as Q.SMART, will be installed on the roof of the main warehouse of IKEA in the northern Italian town of Piacenza over the coming months.

The project was developed together with Italian firms F.lli Zaffaroni and GreenPowerTech. ‘We are very proud of this order, which not only emphasizes on our strong Italian footprint but shows that leading brands like IKEA identify themselves with the high-quality and long-performing products of Q.CELLS,’ said Ciro Ahumada, senior vice-president of Q.CELLS Europe. Q.SMART holds the world record for thin-film modules in serial production with efficiencies of up to 14.7%.

US State Governor Argues for Cogeneration

The governor of the US state of Ohio John Kasich has criticized the renewable-energy lobby in the state for what he calls an irresponsible self interest in objecting to cogeneration. The Chicago Tribune reported that Gov Kasich offered a passionate defence of his proposal to include cogeneration as an acceptable form of renewable energy in Ohio’s energy mix.

He singled out wind and solar power lobbyists as particularly culpable. ‘All those who are in alternative energy and renewable standards believe in a cleaner environment, and that’s just fantastic,’ said Kasich. ‘But don’t lobby for your own industry to keep other industries out that result in a cleaner environment. And that happens. So if I’m in the wind or the solar industry, I’m not so excited about waste heat or cogeneration because I get a nice big fat subsidy. That’s just not the way it ought to be, because our goal ought to be a cleaner environment, and whatever moves us to a cleaner environment ought to be a part of it. I’m a little disappointed when people lobby, and totally in self-interest.’

The newspaper speculated that Kasich might have been referring to ongoing testimony related to Senate Bill 315, which would allow cogeneration to be used to meet the state’s energy-efficiency requirements.

A previous Senate-passed bill would add cogeneration to the definition of renewable energy, making it eligible for renewable-energy credits.

$48 Million Bagasse-Fired Cogen Plant for Columbia

Columbia’s largest sugar producer has announced a proposal that would allow the company to build a 35 MW biomass cogeneration plant at a cost of around $48 million. The plant is expected to be operational sometime in 2014.

Riopaila Castilla’s facility, to be powered by a fibrous sugarcane processing by-product called bagasse, will be built in Zarzal, a town of about 50,000 people in the western part of the country known for its sugar operations and access to extensive cane fields.

News of the project comes at a time when Columbia is pushing to develop renewables such as biomass and biofuels. The ethanol industry is expanding fast with increasing numbers of sugarcane plantations focusing on growing feedstock for refiners in the business of ethanl production.

Turkey Opens Its First Biogas CHP Plant

Swiss developer and constructor Zorg Biogas has constructed Turkey’s first biogas power plant, which is a CHP facility.

The biogas plant is in the village of Cicekdagi and will process 50 tonnes of cow and sheep manure each day to produce 3000 m3 of biogas. A Jenbacher cogeneration unit will convert the biogas into electricity (249 kW) and heat (200 kW). The project’s launch was postponed until incentives could enable the plant’s successful operation, said Zorg.

Siemens Gas Turbinze for US Textile Manufacturer

Siemens Energy has received a first order from North America for supplying its SGT-750 industrial gas turbine. The purchaser is Energia MK KF, a subsidiary of textile manufacturer Grupo Kaltex, for which a 36 MW CHP plant with a total installed capacity of 36 MW will be located in Altamira, in Tamaulipas State, Mexico.

When commercially operational in October 2013, the facility will supply electricity to the textile facilities operated by Grupo Kaltex in Mexico. One third of the total electrical capacity will be used for the Kaltex facility on-site and two thirds will be fed into the grid for other Kaltex facilities in Mexico. The plant will meet about 40% of Kaltex’s power needs in Mexico. The SGT-750 turbine will generate all the process steam needed for producing synthetic fibres.

Siemens’ scope of supply covers supply, installation and commissioning of the SGT-750 gas turbine together with the electrical generator, heat recovery steam generator with supplementary firing system and auxiliary systems.

Regulator Approves Biomass Cogen Plant for Croatiaz

Croatian company Lika Energo Eko plans a 1 MW biomass-fired cogeneration plant in the Lika-Senj county region, according to information provided by the country’s energy regulator.

The planned annual output of the power plant, which would run on agricultural and wood biomass, is 7.6 GWh, the Croatian Energy Regulatory Agency said in a decision that grants the project promoter the status of eligible power producer. The decision, issued in mid-April, has a 12-year term of validity.

On-Site PV Array Installed at UK University Science Park

The University of Wolverhampton Science Park in the UK has completed a solar photovoltaic (PV) project that will help cut the UK-based facility’s emissions.

Caplor Energy designed, installed and commissioned a 49.59 kWp solar array consisting of 261 solar panels and covering space equivalent to two tennis courts.

The firm estimates the array will produce more than 40,000 kWh of electricity each year and save more than 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

GE Technology to Provide Heat and Power to Central London

The first of three GE 2 MW Jenbacher CHP systems has been installed at the on-site energy centre in King’s Cross, central London, UK, and the same technology is set to provide the area’s district heating, once commissioned this summer.

The three systems will supply all the development’s heat and offset almost 80% of its electrical demand. All 70 buildings at King’s Cross will be connected to the district heating scheme. Carbon emissions are expected to become a third less than ‘business as usual’.

New Jersey Earmarks $55 Million for Developing CHP

The US state of New Jersey is to allocate $55 million in grants to encourage the development of CHP and hydrogen fuel cells for businesses and industrial companies. The grants are part of the state’s Energy Master Plan, which aims to make New Jersey a leader in sustainable energy.

The issuance of these grants will be overseen by the state’s Economic Development Authority and the Board of Public Utilities. State officials believe that the initiative will lend significant momentum to the alternative energy industry.

The state is looking to grant $3 million for fuel cell projects at this time, but will issue more funds for these projects at a later date. The fuel cell projects that will receive backing from the state are expected to be capable of generating a total of 1 MW of electricity.

New Jersey’s CHP market is currently estimated to generate 20.5% of its total energy market.

New Italian ‘Smart City’ to Feature Trigeneration

Cogeneration and trigeneration facilities feature in plans announced by the city of Genoa in northern Italy for spending €60 million ($78 million) to create a ‘smart city’ with both green energy supplies and building refurbishment.

The programme is part of an €11 billion European subsidy scheme to develop clean energy and reduce carbon emission in 30 major cities across Europe. The Port Authority of Genoa Environmental Energy Plan includes drawing energy from wind turbines located offshore from the city, equipping port buildings with solar roof panels and building a plant for drawing energy from wave motion.

University of Minnesota Opts for New CHP Plant

Jacobs Engineering Group has been awarded a contract to provide design services for the decommissioning, historic preservation and construction of the Old Main Utility Building (OMUB) Power Plant at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The 14 MW CHP plant, fuelled by natural gas, would augment an existing coal-burning facility.

Electricity and steam from the plant would cut the campus’s carbon footprint in accordance with its Climate Action Plan.

On-Site Power Forms Part of Rolls-Royce Asian Contracts

Bergen Engines AS, trading as Rolls-Royce Reciprocating Power Systems, has secured orders in Asia totalling over $70 million for equipment which includes on-site power provision. A total of 26 Bergen engines, associated power plant equipment and design services are destined for customers in Bangladesh and Indonesia.

The contracts includes an agreement to supply a B35:40V12 gas engine to Shun Shing Power of Bangladesh to provide an additional 5 MW of power to help expand the capacity of the cement plant of Shun Shing Group in Bangladesh, where two similar Bergen engines are already in operation.

Alliance Tire to Construct Cogen Plant in India

The Alliance Tire Group (ATG) is to include a cogeneration plant in an intended $160 million investment in greenfield and brownfield capacity in India. The company is proposing to set up a greenfield off-highway tyre production unit in Gujarat, while it also seeks to expand the production capacity of its existing plant in Tamil Nadu.

ATG is to also build a cogeneration plant at Tirunelveli, with a boiler with 35 tonne per hour capacity for steam and a 4.5 MW turbine.

German Town and US Military Join Forces

A new biogas cogeneration plant is set to be built as part of a collaboration between the town of Bruchsmühlbach-Miesau, home to the largest US army ammunition centre in Europe (Miesau), and its US army base to work towards a 100% renewable energy supply.

The town’s mayor had earlier approached US Army authorities with a plan for a 1 MW solar PV plant on the roof of huge storage buildings inside the massive base – a plan swiftly approved by local US military authorities and national German authorities responsible for affairs concerning foreign military bases.

The community is now to proceed with building a biogas cogeneration plant in 2012, which could cut heating oil used by the Miseau Army Depot by up to 440,000 litres a year.

US CHP Firm Converts Coal Plant to Biofuel

Macpherson Energy Company and DTE Energy Services have announced that the Mount Poso cogeneration power plant in California is now converted to run on 100% biomass fuel instead of coal, and is successfully delivering its full capacity of 44 MW of renewable energy to the California power grid.

The power plant, which sends steam to enhance production in a nearby oil field, now operates on biomass fuel from wood waste such as tree trimmings, agricultural waste and construction waste.

US Water Company Chooses On-Site CHP

US Renewable energy firm Ameresco and the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) have announced an agreement to design, build and maintain an innovative wastewater biogas-to-energy facility.

The Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant (NEWPCP) Biogas Project will generate electricity and thermal energy for use on-site, fuelled mainly by biogas from the NEWPCP digesters. The $48 million construction project, designed to generate 5.6 MW, is expected to reduce PWD energy costs by over $12 million over the 16-year contract.

Apple to build America’s largest on-site solar farm

Apple has revealed ambitious plans to build America’s largest end user-owned on-site solar array for a vast new data centre in North Carolina, which will host the array of panels over 40 hectares.

When completed, the 12 MW facility will supply 42 GWh of renewable energy annually. The solar array was revealed as part of a raft of green announcements in Apple’s 2012 facilities report. The Maiden data centre helps power Apple’s online operations, including the iTunes store that delivers music and apps to the firm’s users.

‘Our goal is to run the Maiden facility with high percentage renewable energy mix, and we have major projects under way to achieve this – including building the nation’s largest end user-owned solar array and building the largest non-utility fuel cell installation in the United States,’ said Apple.

The Maiden complex’s biogas fuel cell plant and solar array are intended to meet 60% of the data centre’s needs.

Saudi Aramco Moves to Increase Cogeneration Capacity

Capacity at three power plants in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will be expanded under an agreement signed recently between Saudi Aramco and cogeneration supplier Tihama Power Generation Co, a joint venture between International Power and Saudi Oger.

Aramco generates power both through third-party companies that operate and produce electricity and also through its own power assets. It plans to double its power generation capacity to 4 GW by 2015 as it brings new projects on stream.

GE, Arista to Develop On-Site Power Storage

GE is to join with Arista Power to sell systems that store electricity for commercial customers and release it when demand is highest, helping to cut bills.

Bloomberg reports that the system, which will use GE’s Durathon batteries, can store power from on-site wind or solar sources, or from the grid, and deliver it during peak periods, when commercial customers are subject to demand charges. These charges can account for as much as 70% of electricity bills for commercial customers, which include shopping centres and office buildings.

EPA Recognises American DG For Carbon Savings

American DG Energy has been recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) CHP Partnership for the carbon emissions reductions of the company’s CHP systems. It is the sixth consecutive year that the ‘on-site utility’ company has been lauded for its commitment to emissions reduction.

The certificate for 2011 says that the high efficiency of the company’s CHP systems prevented the emission of an estimated 28,000 tonnes of carbon equivalent, compared with typical energy supply systems. This represents a 21% increase over the company’s emissions reductions stated in the 2010 certificate.

Nissan On-Site Power Contract in Mexico

UK-based CHP and renewable energy business ENER-G has partnered with the Municipality of Aguascalientes to open Mexico’s first landfill gas capture facility at San Nicolás landfill in the state of Aguascalientes, in northern central Mexico.

ENER-G Natural Power and its sister company Biogas Technology are generating electrical energy from biogas for use by Nissan at its manufacturing site in Aguascalientes. The power generated is being sold over a long-term power purchase agreement with the car maker.

The project will help Mexico deliver on its bold new Climate Change Act, which commits the country to cutting its carbon dioxide emissions by 30% by 2020, and by 50% below current levels by 2050. The emerging nation also aims to generate 35% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2024.

Nissan’s facility is the first automotive plant in Mexico to use electricity from biogas. The production site, which makes March, Versa and Sentra cars, receives 2.5 MW of clean energy – which is enough to produce 37,000 vehicles per year.

The second phase of the project involved ENER-G Natural Power installing two 1.6 MW biogas generators as part of a six-month build programme.

Due to the effect of ‘thin air’ at the high-altitude San Nicholas site, ENER-G Natural Power had to install a 3.2 MW system to achieve the desired de-rated capacity of 2.5 MW.

Combined-Cycle On-Site Power Plant for Australia

International engineering company UGL has announced that – in a 50:50 joint venture with EPC firm CH2M HILL – it has been awarded a $550 million contract to construct an on-site power facility for the Ichthys liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in the Australian Northern Territory.

The award was made by JKC Australia, a company established by a joint veznture between JGC Corporation, KBR and Chiyoda Corporation.

As part of the agreement, GE will engineer and supply gas turbines, steam turbines and heat recovery steam generators for the $34 billion project. The CH2M HILL-UGL joint venture will design and supply the balance of plant based around the GE technology, as well as undertake the complete construction of the project.

The Ichthys Project will have an initial capacity to produce 8.4 million tonnes of LNG per year and 1.6 million tonnes of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), as well as about 100,000 barrels of condensate per day at peak. The project is now at construction phase following a Final Investment Decision (FID) in January 2012.

GE will supply five GE Frame 6B gas turbines and three SC4 single-flow steam turbines to provide 500 MW of installed power capacity.

Design, procurement and fabrication for the combined-cycle power plant works are expected to commence immediately, with an on-site commencement in 2013 and completion by 2016.

AD CHP Plant to be Built in Southwest England

UK waste management firm Viridor has awarded Cardiff-based Encon Construction with a £2.3 million ($3.7 million) contract for constructing a new anaerobic digestion (AD) CHP facility in Somerset, England.

The new £10 million facility in Southwest England will treat 30,000 tonnes of food waste a year and generate more than 1 MW of electricity.

Organic waste will be mixed with water and processed. The biogas produced will be cleaned and sent to a CHP plant to generate electricity and heat.

New York Hilton Completes Cogeneration Installation

The Hilton New York has completed its new green roof system and installed a cogeneration system – both projects designed to reduce the hotel’s overall carbon footprint.

The green roof system was installed by Xero Flor America on the hotel’s fifth-floor rooftop setback on the building’s West 53rd Street side. The installation of a cogeneration system, also situated on the hotel’s fifth floor roof setback, will provide more than half of the hotel’s electrical power and over 40% of its steam consumption for heating and hot water requirements.

Chemical Giant Turns to Biomass Power

Chemical giant Chalachem’s gas-fired CHP plant in Falkirk, Scotland, UK, is to be replaced with a 100 MW biomass-fuelled facility.

The company said that the relatively cheap provision of heat and electricity that the new plant would bring to its Grangemouth complex – home to major chemical sector companies like Fujifilm, Piramal Healthcare and Syngenta – would be vital to attracting new business to the area.

The new Calachem biomass facility should be up-and-running in 2015 and the existing gas-powered plant – no longer required – would be demolished.

On-Site Geothermal/PV Plant for US Campus

With a geothermal facility installed and a field of solar panels now to be added, Oregon Institute of Technology’s Klamath Falls campus aims to run 100% on renewable energy produced on site.

Klamath Falls campus claims to have become the first university in the world to be heated by geothermal water. Oregon’s Solar by Degrees programme is responsible for the conversion, and is also adding 4.9 MW of solar generation capacity at Oregon State and Eastern Oregon University.

Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Western Oregon University and Southern Oregon University plan to follow the Klamath Falls campus’s lead.

ABB Wins On-Site Network Upgrade in Qzatar

Qatalum has awarded ABB a $16 million order to upgrade the on-site distribution network at its aluminium smelting site in Mesaieed Industrial City, 50 km south of Doha.

The project includes re-engineering and reinforcing the existing distribution system to help increase the availability and reliability of the on-site power supply. ABB is responsible for the design, engineering, supply and commissioning including civil work.

The project is due to complete by 2013. ABB previously supplied the electrical equipment for the captive power plant, as well as the 220 kV gas-insulated switchgear substation.


Brazil Cuts Red Tape for Distributed Generation

The board of Brazil’s National Agency of Electrical Energy (ANEEL) has approved rules to reduce barriers to the installation of distributed generation of up to 100 kW of power (termed micro-generation), and from 100 kW to 1 MW of power (mini-generation).

The rule applies to generators that use incentivized energy sources, which include feedstocks such as hydro, solar, biomass, qualified cogeneration and wind.

Under the new energy compensation system, power from a generating unit installed in a home that is not consumed at the home will be injected into the distribution system, which will register credit to be applied to the customer. These credits will be available for use within a period of 36 months. Credit information will also be included in the invoice to customers, so that they can track the balance of power and better manage their bills.

Public agencies and companies with subsidiaries that choose to participate in the compensation system may also use the excess electricity produced in one of their facilities to reduce the bill for another unit.

Consumers who install distributed generation will initially be responsible for the costs of adapting the measurement system for deploying the compensation system. After the adaptation, the distributor will be responsible for its maintenance, including the cost of eventual replacement.

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