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AMETEK Land launches near infrared borescope

UK-based temperature measurement specialist AMETEK Land has released a new Near Infrared Borescope (NIR-B) 3XR for industrial gas applications.

AMETEK says the NIR-B 3XR “delivers continuous reformer tube wall temperature measurement and furnace optimization and monitoring, allowing highly accurate temperature point data to be measured, stored and trended over the lifetime of the furnace”.

Thomas Fortinberry, business development manager of industrial gas for AMETEK Land, said: “This is a major development in temperature measurement for industrial gas applications. The NIR-B 3XR helps to optimize efficiency and improve monitoring significantly. The result is increased productivity, greater asset protection and enhanced tube life.”

AMETEK said that the high-resolution image, combined with a wide-angle field of view, allows multiple reformer tubes to be imaged and measured simultaneously. This, it adds, “is critical to extending asset life and maximizing efficiency, as a -10à‚°C measurement error over time can result in either 1 per cent lost productivity or a +10à‚°C error can result in 25 per cent reduction in tube life.”

Emerson unveils diagnostic device for harsh environments

Emerson Automation Solutions has launched the AMS Trex Device Communicator, a handheld device built to withstand harsh industrial environments.

Emerson says the communicator makes device and loop diagnostics easy to understand and field activities easier to complete.

“With the Trex communicator, technicians can work more effectively in the field – with fewer tools to manage – anywhere in the plant they need to go,” said Duncan Schleiss of Emerson Automation Solutions.

The Trex communicator has a rugged design that Emerson says can withstand the bumps and drops that come from normal use in a plant.

The large, full-colour touchscreen display adjusts to lighting conditions and aids troubleshooting in areas where too much or too little light makes other devices difficult to read.

Siemens storage solution utilizes windpower

Siemens is working on an energy storage solution, which is focused on using excess wind power in a novel way.

The excess energy would be stored as heat in ‘hot rocks’ before being converted back to electricity using a heat turbine.

The German government-backed project will see the energy being stored using an insulated cover. The system consists of a fan that uses an electrically-heated air flow to heat the stones to high temperatures, with the thermal energy then converted back to electricity when needed using a steam turbine.

Siemens say the only limit to the concept is the space required for the rock-filled insulated container.

The project, which has received research funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, is now operating a test system named Future Energy Solution (FES) at Hamburg-Bergedorf in Germany.

While the trial is currently only testing the thermal requirements for the storage process, Siemens said its researchers plan to test the complete energy conversion in spring 2017 and are now establishing a large-scale version of the technology on the Trimet aluminium smelter site in Hamburg-Altenwerder. This full-size FES will be able to store around 36 MWh of energy in a container holding around 2000 cubic metres of rock and be capable of generating up to 1.5 MW of output for up to 24 hours a day, Siemens said.

Researchers working on the pilot expect it to generate effectiveness of around 25 per cent even in this early development phase, while the concept has the potential for an effectiveness of around 50 per cent, the firm added. Project manager Till Barmeier said the complete experimental system will be operational in around 15 months.

Cummins showcases new genset

Cummins Power Generation has demonstrated its new C2750 D5B generator set to leading European engineering consultants and customers.

Cummins said that witness tests at its factory in Kent in the UK “have confirmed the product’s ability to hit key user-defined benchmarks, fulfil ISO 8528-5 G3 requirements for load acceptance, and even meet the standard for 100 per cent load rejection”. The company claims that the C2750 D5B 50 Hz genset is “pushing the boundaries for large manufacturing facilities, retail outlets and mission critical applications like medical facilities and data centres in global markets”.

“It delivers 2750 kVA of power with less fuel, smaller footprint and greater power density thanks to its fuel-efficient 60-litre QSK60 engine.

“The C2750 D5B is a cost-effective and efficient power generation solution in its class.”

Sungrow releases solar inverters for India market

Solar PV inverter manufacturer Sungrow has released new inverters for the market in India.

Sungrow says its central inverter SG2500 “is best characterized by its cost-effectiveness and highly reliable containerized design”.

“The inverter’s 10-foot standardized shipping container design enables the SG2500 to be easily deployed, saving installation time and cost. With the three-level topology design, maximum efficiency can reach up to 99 per cent, being the highest in class.”

Meanwhile, Sungrow’s SG60KTL inverter is capable of overloading at 1.1Pn for a longer time with its maximum DC input arriving at 1100V. The product is designed for high power yields with its maximum efficiency reaching up to 99 per cent.

Sungrow president professor Renxian Cao said: “Sungrow always focuses on technical innovation with an intention to offer better products and services to customers. We believe that these three new products can meet the demands of the solar industry in India and exceed customer expectations.”

GE in digital deal for TEPCO thermal plants

GE Power is to introduce its latest digital solutions to the thermal power plants operated by Japan’s TEPCO Fuel & Power.

The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding this week which will see GE Power’s Industrial Internet of Things solutions utilized across TEPCO’s thermal fleet.

This will start with the installation of GE’s Asset Performance Management software in the 1520 MW LNG-fuelled Futtsu Power Station Unit 4 (pictured), in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo. The work is due to start next year.

“As we look at the future energy needs of our customers, we must invest in the latest digital solutions that can help us increase the productivity, efficiency and reliability of our existing power plants,” said Toshihiro Sano, president of Tepco Fuel & Power.

“We look forward to developing a new business strategy with GE by harnessing IIoT technologies that will create new customer value at our domestic and overseas thermal plants and deliver improved reliability for our customers through improved economics.”

“GE is honored to collaborate with Tepco to deploy our advanced digital solutions to increase the reliability and performance of its thermal power plants and enhance Japan’s energy supply,” said GE Power president Steve Bolze.

“The Futtsu station installation is our first advanced digital power plant project in Japan and demonstrates the numerous operational benefits that utilities can achieve by investing in the industry’s latest software solutions.”

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