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No-Capital CHP Deal For Liverpool Hilton

The landmark Hilton hotel in Liverpool, UK, now incorporates a combined heat and power (CHP) system from Eurosite Power, which is to earn revenue worth $5.8 million (£3.8 million) over the 30-year contract.

Owned and operated by the European subsidiary of American DG Energy, the highly efficient 122 kW CHP system will produce energy in the form of electricity, space heat and domestic hot water for the hotel’s guest rooms, public areas and back-of-house.

With Eurosite Power’s ‘on-site utility’ arrangement, the hotel only pays for the energy used and avoids all capital, installation, operating and maintenance costs of the CHP system. In addition, the energy produced is priced lower than existing and future utility costs, says Eurosite Power, providing immediate and ongoing cost savings to the owners.


CODE2 Project Will Develop Cogeneration Roadmaps For Europe

A new ‘CODE2’ project is to develop, over the next 18 months, 27 national cogeneration roadmaps to improve the policy framework, market conditions and awareness around cogeneration in each EU state. The project, led by COGEN Europe and building upon the new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), will give national policymakers a practical tool to realise identified cogeneration potential.

The new directive will provide a legal tool for cogeneration by proposing national heating and cooling plans and other policy initiatives.

CODE2 is co-funded by the IEE (Intelligent Energy Europe) programme and the project gathers experts from across the EU. The initiative follows up on the CODE project (www.code-project.eu), the first body to monitor and report back on implementation of the 2004 Cogeneration Directive. The original project found that the directive failed to bring a substantial increase in cogeneration. Member States were obliged to identify the potential for cogeneration but were not required to act upon these findings. The new project should offer Member States a concrete way forward.

Dr Fiona Riddoch, managing director of COGEN Europe, said: ‘Member States should use the opportunities offered in the EED to put the right frameworks in place and address existing hurdles. CODE2 will help by gathering and sharing best practice examples from successful national approaches.’


Residential CHP ‘To Grow to 13.5 Million Devices by 2022’

More than 13 million homes worldwide will have micro-CHP systems installed by 2022, according to a recent report from Pike Research, part of Navigant’s Energy Practice.

Although only 61,000 systems shipped globally in 2011, the figure will increase by 50% in 2012, says Pike. The total number of installed micro-CHP systems, in both single-family and multi-family homes, is forecast to hit 13.5 million by 2022.

Germany and Japan, countries where central governments have enacted strong policies favouring the adoption of micro-CHP technology, lead the world in the manufacture and adoption of these systems, found the report.

Residential Combined Heat and Power analyzes the global market potential for micro-CHP systems for single-family and multi-family homes using technologies such as internal combustion engines, fuel cells, Stirling engines, and Organic Rankine Cycle devices.


Germany Clears The Way For An Expansion In CHP

An amendment to the Act on Cogeneration of Heat and Power has cleared its last parliamentary hurdle in the German legislature, potentially giving the sector a significant boost.

The amendment raises funding for all power stations, irrespective of their size, by 0.3 euro cents/kWh. Power plants that will be subject to obligatory emissions trading from 2013 will also receive a further 0.3 cents/kWh.

During the second and final round of discussions in the Bundesrat no objections were raised to the draft law, so it can come into force during the summer after publication in the Official Journal.

Dr Philipp Roesler, Federal Minister of Economics and Technology, said measures such as increased surcharges and support for heat storage are providing ‘powerful economic stimuli’ for CHP. ‘In this way, we are also creating incentives for investment in new, high-efficiency power stations which are vital for offsetting the fluctuations in electricity generated from renewable energies,’ he said.


Market Conditions ‘Favourable For Cogeneration’

The global market for cogeneration equipment is projected to reach $15 billion by the year 2018, driven largely by growing environmental concerns and energy policies that favour the adoption of technologies such as cogeneration, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts (GIA). The report also maintains that power shortage and outages are strengthening the business case for cogeneration.

The report suggests that growth will be led mostly from developed regions, with the US and the EU early adopters. However, liberalization of energy markets and growing demand for decentralized energy in developing countries also bodes well for the cogeneration market.

Volatile natural gas prices and the effects of recession have dogged the CHP industry, discouraging investment, but there has been some recovery and GIA projects that, by 2030, penetration of cogeneration technologies in India and China could reach 25–30%, driven by adequate incentives and favourable policy initiatives.


Landfill Gas CHP At Pennsylvania State Prison

A cogeneration plant that generates electricity and steam from landfill gas has come on line at the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands, in the US state of Pennsylvania.

Gas from the nearby Mostoller landfill has eliminated the need to use coal fired boilers.

‘We look forward to protecting our state’s environment… while, at the same time, reducing utility costs,’ said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. Excess electricity is sold to the grid.


UK Investigates ‘Virtual Power Plants’ With CHP

ENER-G, as part of a research consortium co-funded by the UK government, is to work on developing next-generation virtual power plants that use clusters of CHP systems to bolster supply, particularly during peak demand.

Together with the Advanced Digital Institute, Flextricity, Smarter Grid Solutions and UK Power Networks, the consortium has secured £100,000 (US$150,500 million) of match funding from the Technology Strategy Board, the government’s innovation agency.

The project will investigate the feasibility of networks of small ENER-G CHP generators, which have the flexibility and high energy efficiency to reinforce supply to the local network. Including many small-scale CHP generators and associated loads into a virtual power plant is aimed at improving flexibility and increasing load-balancing to reduce stress on the network.

The project will perform business and technical modelling based on data from UK Power Networks’ London electricity network, using real ENER-G CHP systems to relieve the peaks in demand.

The project will also address how to maximize the potential for distributed heat and cooling through CHP, examining district heating, heat stores and technologies such as absorption chillers. The feasibility study is scheduled to be completed in May next year.


World-Beating Efficiency For Dusseldorf Cogen Plant

Siemens Energy has received an order worth about $500 million from Stadtwerke Dusseldorf for turnkey erection of the Lausward combined cycle power plant (CCPP) with district heat extraction in the German city. The plant will employ Siemens H-class combined cycle gas and steam turbine technology, which set a world record a year ago.

With an electrical unit output of about 595 MW and a net efficiency of more than 61%, the Lausward CCPP should set a new world record for both parameters. Generated thermal energy will be used for the district heating system in Düsseldorf, raising the overall efficiency of the natural gas fuel to about 85%.

Siemens sees Lausward CCPP as among the world’s most efficient and sustainable plants. ‘The energy turnaround in Germany requires a whole range of perfectly orchestrated measures,’ said Roland Fischer, CEO of the Fossil Power Generation Division at Siemens Energy.

‘Highly efficient combined cycle power plants significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and can respond quickly enough to compensate for the fluctuations in power generation with renewable energy sources. The Lausward plant will set a world record for fuel efficiency, thereby playing an important role in achieving the objectives of the energy turnaround and climate protection in Germany.’


Hertz Installs PV at JFK and Newark Airports in New York

Hertz Global Holdings, the car rental company, is building 11 solar plants this year, including two at New York airports.

Hertz has completed a 300 MW PV project at its Park Ridge, New Jersey, headquarters and is planning systems at John F Kennedy International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport. ‘The goal is to outfit as many of our locations here in the US and overseas with solar as possible,’ said Rich Broome, Hertz’s senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications. The company expects solar costs to continue to fall, he added.


Cogeneration Plant Completed in Slovakia

Slovak investment company Grafobal Group Energy (GGE) has completed the construction of a cogeneration unit worth more than $8.8 million in Dunajska Streda in southern Slovakia. SITA news agency reported that the new unit has an installed capacity of 5.3 MW and has improved the effectiveness of the town’s heat supply system.

GGE has invested a total of $12 million in the reconstruction of the central heating system in Dunajska Streda. GGE is part of Slovak diversified investment group Grafobal Group, which operates in 17 countries and has an annual turnover of more than $881 million.


Solar Cogeneration for El Salvador Hotel

Cogenra Solar is to install a roof-top solar cogeneration system at the Hotel Real InterContinental in San Salvador, El Salvador. The 234-room resort is expected to be the world’s first hotel to implement solar cogeneration technology, delivering heat and electricity on demand.

The 48-module SunPack installation will produce solar electricity and about 16,000 litres of hot water daily. The system should decrease the hotel’s hot water fuel consumption by 120 MWh annually, while substantially lowering its energy bills and emissions.


IKEA Switches on Latest PV System in the US

Global home furnishings retailer IKEA has switched on its latest solar energy system, installed at its Pittsburgh area store in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania, US. The 8100 m2 photovoltaic (PV) array comprises 2884 panels totalling 694 kW of generating capacity, and will produce about 850 MWh of electricity each year.

For the development, design and installation of the Pittsburgh store’s customized solar power system, IKEA contracted with REC Solar, an expert in solar electric system design and installation, with more than 8,000 systems built across the US.

According to IKEA, this latest investment reinforces the company’s long-term commitment to sustainability and confidence in PV technology. The retailer now has 22 solar energy projects in the US, with 17 more locations underway, making its eventual solar presence total 38 MW of generating capacity.


eBay Extends Its US On-Site Power Fleet With Fuel Cells

eBay has announced plans to build the next phase of the company’s flagship data centre in Utah, US, featuring a 6 MW Bloom Energy on-site fuel cell installation.

The facility will incorporate 30 Bloom Energy units, each designed to generate 1.75 GWh annually, which will enable the new data to use grid electricity only as backup.

The data centre will power millions of transactions by eBay’s 100 million active users, who generate more than $69 billion in merchandise volume annually. The data centre will also power activity across eBay’s other global commerce platforms, including PayPal and StubHub.

The new Bloom Energy project will be eBay’s fifth and largest renewable energy installation.

eBay also operates a 650 kW solar array and a 500 kW Bloom fuel cell installation at its San Jose headquarters, as well as a 100 kW solar array at its Denver data centre.

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