Turboden to supply onsite ORC plant in Turkey

Turboden, which specializes in Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbogenerators for distributed power generation from renewable sources and waste heat, has won an order in Turkey.

The deal is with egg producer Güres, which has an annual production of about 800 million eggs. Turboden, which is headquartered in Italy, will install a new ORC unit at the company’s main production site in Manisa, Turkey.

The Turboden 2.3 MW ORC converts the heat from the combustion of chicken litter into electric power and hot water. While the electricity will be sold to the grid at a feed-in tariff specific for bioenergy, the hot water will be used in tailor-made dryers specifically designed by Güres to dry the chicken litter before its combustion.

The feedstock – about 300 tonnes a day – will be entirely sourced from Güres’ egg production process.

The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

Ansaldo clinches service deal for Thailand cogeneration plant

Italy’s Ansaldo Energia has won a long-term service agreement for a 328 MW cogeneration plant in Thailand.

The Glow Energy Phase 5 plant is located in Map Ta Phut Industrial Park, 200km southeast of Bangkok, and as well an generating electricity it is designed to produce 160 tonnes/hour of steam to support local industries. It is operated by Glow Energy, which is one of the major private electricity generators in Thailand and is majority owned by Engie.

The plant was commissioned in 2011 and consists of one Siemens SGT5-4000F gas turbine coupled to an electrical generator, heat recovery steam generator and steam turbine/generator set. Ansaldo’s 15-year service deal covers planned and unplanned maintenance, replacement capital parts and remote monitoring and diagnostics for the gas turbine with inspection-only required services on the generator.

Saudi Arabia hits next stage for 400 MW windpower project

Saudi Arabia is seeking tenders from 25 shortlisted companies to build 400 MW of windpower.

The Dumat Al Jandal windfarm is the first utility-scale wind project within the Kingdom’s National Renewable Energy Programme, which has a target to deliver 9.5 GW of renewables by 2023.

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources has released a Request for Proposals from 25 qualified bidders. The list includes GE, Siemens, Enel Green Power, Masdar, KEPCO and Marubeni.

Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said: “We are moving forward to diversify the Kingdom’s energy mix and to build a more sustainable and cleaner energy system that benefits Saudi Arabia and its citizens.

He said the National Renewable Energy Programme “will build economic resilience and deliver real economic benefits by creating more than 7000 jobs, increasing Saudi Arabia’s non-oil GDP and nurturing a clean tech startup industry”.

“It is a programme designed to boost the domestic renewable value chain and encourage foreign direct investment in the Kingdom.”

Round one of the National Renewable Energy Programme also involves a 300 MW solar PV project in the Al Jouf region, for which the winning bids will be announced in November.

The Dumat Al Jandal and Sakaka projects are both 100 per cent private independent power producer programmes, which will be backed by 20- and 25-year power purchase agreements respectively.

Aquila Capital opens Tokyo office to target growing Japanese solar market

German headquartered investment firm Aquila Capital has opened an office in Tokyo to tap into Japan’s solar power market.

Aquila has been active in the country for several years and started investing in Japanese photovoltaic projects in 2014.

Yasuhiro Odajima has been appointed as Investment Manager of Energy & Infrastructure and is based at the Tokyo office.

He joins Aquila Capital from Pictet Asset Management.

Boris Beltermann, Head Energy & Infrastructure APAC of Aquila Capital, said: “Japan has been transforming its energy system substantially for several years now and it has put in place a stable legal framework that provides attractive incentives for renewable energy projects.

“Japan’s strong demand for electricity and relatively high sunshine hours makes it one of the most attractive solar markets in the world.”

Roman Rosslenbroich, chief executive and co-founder of Aquila Capital, added: “Our strategy is to combine our deep industry expertise with a network of local contacts to source and manage attractive opportunities for our investors.

“Yasuhiro has a considerable market knowledge and an extensive network of contacts.

“We are delighted that he will monitor our investments in Japan on-site out of the new office in Tokyo.”

SNC-Lavalin wins contract for hydropower project in Malaysia

SNC-Lavalin has been awarded an engineering and design contract by private energy company Gunung Hydropower for the 10 MW Pulau Temelong hydroelectric project in Malaysia.

SNC-Lavalin’s work will include full design and engineering covering tender engineering and drawings, detailed implementation schedule, capital costs estimates, cash flow and the tender design report.

The Pulau Temelong project is located on the Perak River in the state of Perak, within 20 kilometres of both the Chenderoh Hydroelectric and Kenering hydropower plants, which are both owned and operated by federal utility TNB.

Rob Grant, senior vice-president of Power in the Asia Pacific said: “After 30 years of supporting TNB to deliver Malaysia’s portfolio of large scale hydro power projects as owner’s engineer, we are now excited to be supporting private sector clients to develop and deliver hydro projects into Malaysia’s important renewable energy feed-in tariff market.”

In July, SNC-Lavalin acquired design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins.

DONG Energy’s Walney Extension windfarm marks first electricity milestone

Electricity has been generated for the first time at DONG Energy’s Walney Extension Offshore Wind Farm, located off the coast of Cumbria in northwest England.

MHI Vestas Offshore Wind has installed the first of 40 if its V164-8.0 MW turbines and power is now being exported to the National Grid, marking an important milestone for the 659 MW project.

A further 47 Siemens Gamesa turbines will complete the 87-turbine wind farm, which once fully commissioned will leapfrog London Array to become the world’s largest operational offshore wind farm.

Andrew Cotterell, Walney Extension Programme Director at DONG Energy, said: “We are delighted to have passed such an important milestone for the project. Exporting first power to the grid on schedule is the culmination of extensive on-shore and off-shore works and is testament to the hard work of everyone involved. In general, construction is progressing well to bring this record-breaking project online.”

ABB secures inverter contract for Jordan solar plants

ABB’s central inverter solutions have been chosen to power two solar photovoltaic solar power plants in Jordan.

Mafraq I and Mafraq II will together have a total power of 102 MW and will be built by utility-scale solar developer Fotowatio Renewable Ventures. Both plants are expected to be operational summer 2018.

The plants are using ABB’s outdoor type oil transformers and ABB’s 36 kV SafeRing-type Ring Main Units.

The grid code compatibility is secured by ABB’s plant controller together with the inverters’ advanced grid support features. Commissioning is also included in the delivery.

Carlo Frigerio, managing director of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures in the Middle East, said the two projects “reflect the company’s strong commitment to promoting the generation of clean and affordable energy in Jordan and enabling the country’s sustainable development.

“ABB was selected as inverter supplier for these projects because of the high product performance and good local presence, which can support the solutions delivered over the lifetime of the project.”

EON breaks ground on windfarm energy storage projects

E.ON has started construction on two energy storage projects in the US.

The projects are located on the sites of two existing E.ON windfarms in Texas – Pyron and Inadale.

The Texas Waves scheme consists of two 9.9 MW short-duration energy storage projects using lithium-ion battery technology and E.ON said it will be “an integral part of the wind farm facilities” near Roscoe.

These projects will be the second and third grid connected lithium-ion battery systems installed by E.ON in North America and are expected to be online by the end of this year.

“Breaking ground on this project is particularly exciting as it allows us to continue to build our reputation as one of the leading players in North American energy storage,” said Mark Frigo, vice- presdient of Energy Storage North America at E.ON.

“These projects will benefit from the lessons learned and experience accumulated on our Iron Horse project, completed back in April.”

Iron Horse, E.ON’s first grid connected lithium battery system project, consisting of a 10 MW energy storage facility with an adjacent 2 MW solar array southeast of Tucson, Arizona, is online already and E.ON said it is helping Tucson Electric Power “maintain reliable electric service for more than 400,000 customers by providing frequency regulation and voltage control support”.

The Texas Waves projects are designed to provide ancillary services to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market and will be capable of responding to shifts in power demand more quickly, increasing system reliability and efficiency.

E.ON chose Greensmith Energy for energy storage software and services and has Primoris Renewable Energy for engineering, procurement and construction on the projects.