Vestas deploys Lidars at largest wind project in southern hemisphere

Danish company Vestas has deployed three ZephIR 300 Lidar systems at the 420 MW Macarthur wind farm in Australia – the southern hemisphere’s largest wind project.

The systems will provide hub height and full rotor wind speed measurements for the 140 turbines at the site.

Vestas chose ZephIR as its key provider of Lidar technology based on the company’s track record, Vestas’ existing experience
with ZephIR systems and the accuracy, reliability and stability of ZephIR 300 since its launch in 2011.

Peter Giang, project manager at Vestas Australian Wind Technology, said: “ZephIR Lidar gives Vestas flexibility on a large site such as Macarthur. It would be difficult from a development application perspective to use traditional masts across the entire site to collect the data we require for our turbine calculations and to inform warranty conditions on the site.”

Vestas has also won a deal to supply three of its V112 3MW turbines and nine of its V90 2MW machines for a new wind power project in Flanders, Belgium.

The deal with Aspiravi NV and Limburg will see Vestas also provide the supply, installation and commissioning of the turbines plus a 15-year full-scope AOM 4000 service agreement. The agreement also marks the debut of the V112 3MW turbine in the Belgian market.

Construction of the turbines is expected to start towards the end of the year.


Caterpillar in IPP deal with Zahid Group

Caterpillar has entered into an international power projects agreement with Zahid Group, which recently formed a new subsidiary company, Altaaqa Global.

As an IPP partner, Altaaqa Global will provide multi-megawatt temporary power solutions around the world, supported by partnerships within the worldwide Caterpillar dealer network.

“Zahid Group has a proven track record of excellent customer service for more than 60 years,” said Bill Rohner, vice-president of electric power at Caterpillar. “Having them as a strategic partner will help expand Caterpillar’s evolving role in the IPP market.”

Steven Meyrick, managing director of Altaaqa Global, added: “Caterpillar’s global presence and Altaaqa Global’s temporary power expertise is a powerful synergy. Bringing power to solutions is what we are offering – bringing power where it is needed, when it is needed.”

Based in Dubai, Altaaqa Global will provide fast-track and large-scale temporary power solutions from 20 MW to 100 MW and more, offering gas, diesel or dual fuel technology to various sectors such as oil & gas, power utilities, mining, government services, military, manufacturing and construction.


Genset delivery just Dandy at comic’s HQ

Genset delivery just Dandy at comic's HQ

Generator set manufacturer FG Wilson has delivered a high-voltage power solution for one of the UK’s leading publishing companies.

Working in conjunction with the Progress Group, FG Wilson installed two HV 2500-1 KVA diesel generator sets to DC Thomson’s publishing plant in Dundee, Scotland.

DC Thomson produces several newspapers yet is best known as the publisher of the children’s comics The Beano and The Dandy.

The company was installing a new printing press and needed a backup power resource to ensure that the press could meet its strict daily deadlines.

The generator sets and containers had to be fitted into an extremely confined space and, given the round-the-clock nature of DC Thomson’s work, had to be fitted within a very tight time period – no more than six hours on a Sunday morning.

The generator sets and bespoke containers were assembled and integrated together offsite before being transported to the building as a complete package, and integrated into the existing high-voltage control systems.

The 32-tonne generator sets and specially-designed containers were lowered into the DC Thomson building by a 400-tonne crane.

Hughie McRobbie, Progress Group project manager, said: “There is always a major element of risk involved when there is a requirement to deliver and integrate a high-voltage power solution into a live
working environment.”


Market breakthrough for Siemens turbine

Market breakthrough for Siemens turbine

Edo Cement, part of the Nigerian BUA Group, has ordered three SGT-500 gas turbines from Siemens Energy.

Siemens said the industrial turbines will be deployed for electric power generation for the Okpella Cement Factory in Okpella, a city located in the Nigerian state of Edo.

Delivery of the turbines is scheduled for Spring 2014. Once installation has been completed, the plant will have the capacity to produce 2.5 million tonnes of
cement annually.

This order represents an important market breakthrough for the SGT-500 gas turbine, as it is the first time that these turbines have been sold in direct competition with diesel or dual-fuel engines.

Compared with such engines, gas turbines emit fewer pollutants such as nitric oxides, carbon monoxide, uncombusted hydrocarbons and fine particulates.

One hallmark feature of the SGT-500 is that it can operate in a duel-fuel mode, firing natural gas, liquid fuels, and even heavy fuel oil. Furthermore, the compactness of the turbine, resulting in low space requirements and much lower weight compared with competing technologies, is a major benefit.
This applies particularly to offshore applications but also to onshore, especially in remote
areas, as is often the case in Africa.

Dr Markus Tacke, head of the business unit industrial power at Siemens Energy Sector, said the turbine “is currently undergoing a renaissance”.

“Demand in offshore applications for power and heat generation firing heavy fuel oil and heavy crude oil is on the rise,” he said. “The SGT-500 is optimally designed for such use and offers a decisive advantage: while it is smaller and lighter than diesel engines, it delivers comparable output.”


Fessenheim safety upgrades may not prevent closure

EDF is set to carry out works prescribed by the French nuclear safety regulator in
July as it seeks to enable the Fessenheim nuclear power plant to operate beyond its third 10-yearly extension.

The Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) presides over exhaustive safety reviews that must be performed every 10 years at the plants to ensure they can continue to operate.

France’s oldest nuclear power plant had its review in April of 2011 and March of last year but World Nuclear News reports that regulatory approval may not be sufficient to ensure the continued operation of the Fessenheim units, which started up in 1977 and 1978.

French president Francois Hollande announced in 2012 that the plant would close by the end of 2016, in fulfilment of promises made during his election campaign, although the closure is not yet enshrined in law. A national period of debate over a potential ‘energy transition’ is ongoing, and a new energy bill is due
to be published next month.


Voith kits out Angolan hydropower plant

Voith has secured a $130m contract to supply generators and turbines for Cambambe II hydropower plant in Angola.

On completion, the plant located at River Kwanza is expected to double Angola’s installed hydropower capacity.

As per the deal, the family-owned German engineering group will supply and install four generators and turbines, as well as the control and associated systems.

The capacity of the four generator turbine units will add a total of over 700MW.


Mitsubishi ships parts to Chinese AP1000 nuclear plants

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has shipped 16 turbine rotors, consisting of 12 low-pressure and four high-pressure units, to nuclear power plants in China.

It is the first in the world to adopt the AP1000 reactor design, and the rotors are
for the Sanmen and Haiyang nuclear
power plants.

Sanmen is in Zhejiang Province and Haiyang in Shandong Province.

The plants are currently in the process of being built by Sanmen Nuclear Power and Shandong Nuclear Power respectively, and each of the plants’ four units will have a capacity of 1250 MW.


UK’s largest hydro-electric plant to go ahead

The largest hydro-electric scheme to be built in the UK for five years is scheduled for construction in Scotland.

SSE announced that it plans to proceed with the £30 million Glasa dam and reservoir in Ross-shire.

Once it is finished, in two years’
time, the project will generate 7.5MW – which is enough electricity to power around 10,000 homes.

While the workforce will vary, the project is expected to reach 100 SSE staff and contractors at the peak of construction.

SSE gave a commitment to work with key civil and mechanical contractors
in order to ensure that opportunities
for Highland and Scottish businesses
will be maximised.

The project, previously called Kildermorie, was given the go-ahead by Scottish ministers in 2010. SSE pulled out when the UK Government slashed subsidies – known as renewable obligation certificates – by 30 per cent.

SSE said that its decision to resurrect the project was the result of the Scottish Government’s decision to retain the
subsidy at its original level.

The name has been changed because Kildermorie has been registered for a
micro-hydro scheme.

SSE’s managing director of renewables Jim Smith said: “Scotland and SSE share a strong legacy of hydro-electric power and I am delighted to announce our investment in the Glasa scheme.

“I believe hydro still has an important role to play in the decarbonisation of our generation fleet and in providing a flexible and reliable source of electricity within a balanced energy mix.”

The Glasa scheme, the second largest conventional hydro scheme to be built in 50 years, will involve a dam and reservoir at the head of Glean Mhuire, with a buried pipeline running down the glen and a powerhouse next to Abhainn na Glasa, upstream of Kildermorie Lodge.

First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“The government is determined to encourage new conventional hydro-power schemes where possible.

“This is why we have gone a step further than the UK Government in retaining our original level of support while the UK has reduced support,” he added.


Solar farm commissioned at airfield

The UK’s biggest-scale solar farm has been connected and commissioned on a former World War II airfield.

The 34 MW project at Wymeswold Airfield in Leicestershire, England, cost £35m and was developed by Lark Energy and is funded and owned by Hazel Capital.

The solar farm consists of 130,000 solar panels and was built in less than eight
weeks. The former airstrip, around which it was built, is now used for a mix of agricultural, leisure and sporting purposes, including a truck-driving training
centre and athletics and equestrian events.

All of these activities will continue – literally in the middle of the solar farm, which Lark Energy said “demonstrates how a solar farm can co-exist successfully with
other land uses”.

Lark Energy’s managing director Jonathan Selwyn said: “As the largest solar farm in the UK, the project has not been without its challenges, both technical and
weather-related.

“It is a testament to the teamwork of the various parties involved in its development and delivery that it was completed and connected on time.”

Ben Guest, managing partner of Hazel Capital, added that “larger industrial sites make great locations for solar projects going forward in the UK”.


Alstom Grid unveils P60 Agile

Alstom Grid unveils P60 Agile

Alstom Grid has unveiled P60 Agile, its new range of intelligent electronic devices (IEDs), providing a one-box solution for the complete protection, control, recording and measurement of electrical power systems.

Automating electrical substations implies the automatic acquisition and processing of data coming from the IEDs installed inside the substation.

This information will help to manage the protection devices and to make faster, more efficient decisions thanks to better awareness of conditions at the substation.

Substation automation solutions vice-president Herve Amosse said: “This launch brings customer-inspired new technology and a significant range expansion that will enable us to grow in the distribution market.”


Draker completes Japanese installation

Monitoring, management and control company Draker has completed its first installation of its panel-to-grid (P2G) monitoring solution in Japan.

Draker’s fully integrated AC and Clarity DC system is deployed at the Ami Solar Park, a 705 kW grid-connected solar PV site operating under the FIT scheme instituted last summer as part of Japan’s renewable energy strategy.

Draker’s solution includes both a Japanese language and English language user interface and public display, the first such dual-language monitoring system interface in the Japanese market.

Draker chief executive Chach Curtis said that on the back of the FIT scheme, he expected “the Japanese solar PV market to be among the most active in the world”.


Aggreko develops its own engine

Temporary power provider Aggreko has moved into developing its own engine technology for the first time.

The company has launched a new low-cost, fuel-efficient, 1 MW diesel engine, which it has developed in conjunction with the engineering and technology consultancy Ricardo and Cummins.

The G3+ is the product of a three-year, £6 million ($9.3 million) development programme.

Aggreko asked its development team to create “the world’s most efficient 1 MW diesel engine for utility power” – one that could also run on heavy fuel oil and that could also be retrofitted into Aggreko’s existing
fleet of 4500 gensets.

The resulting G3+ is, according to Aggreko, a significant upgrade on the existing G3 engines that currently power most of its fleet.

The new engine produces 14 per cent more power at 12 per cent lower cost per MW than a standard G3 engine. The G3+HFO variant of the new engine is also the first of its kind that can run on heavy fuel oil. This produces power at around half the cost in terms of $/MW than traditional diesel alternatives. The new engine is already being installed into Aggreko’s existing fleet.

In addition, Aggreko has won its first HFO order, a 56 MW installation in the Caribbean. The remainder of Aggreko’s fleet will be upgraded to the G3+ as part of their 25,000-hour service.

Aggreko chief executive Rupert Soames praised the new engine as “a significant step forward for Aggreko and the temporary power industry as a whole.” He added, “We set the development team some testing targets and they rose to the challenge.”


Enecsys unveils new micro inverter platform

Enecsys, a supplier of micro inverter products for the global solar market, has launched its second-generation micro inverter platform, including a new
communications gateway and online monitoring service.

The Enecsys second-generation micro inverter dramatically boosts energy harvest through a combination of improved efficiency and increased maximum output power ability, yielding up to 33 per cent improvement in maximum power output over the prior Enecsys offering. This performance is offered in two packages: one specifically designed to respond to integration opportunities across a wide range of panel manufacturers who offer integrated AC modules, and a traditional rack-mount version enabling custom installer configurations.

The Enecsys second-generation micro inverter is currently offered in single versions in increments from 240W up to 300W maximum AC output, with a micro
inverter peak efficiency of 96.5 per cent.


Sandvik wins HAF 604 certification

Sandvik wins HAF 604 certification

Sandvik Materials Technology has successfully achieved HAF 604 certification for its seamless stainless steel tube and pipe products for use in the Chinese civil nuclear industry.

China National Nuclear Safety Administration is the body that is responsible for accreditation and certification regarding the ‘Supervision and Management Regulations for Imported Civilian Nuclear Safety Equipment’.

Designated HAF 604, the certification means that Sandvik is now in a position to offer a wider package of approved, dependable materials to the nuclear industry throughout China during its next
phase of development.

“To achieve HAF 604 is a milestone and prerequisite for strengthening our position as a partner for tube and pipe for Chinese nuclear power generation applications,” said Mikael Blazquez, global
sales and marketing manager.


ClydeUnion Pumps and GE Hitachi test latest pump

ClydeUnion Pumps and GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy successfully tested the CUP-TWL, a turbine-driven safety pump for both pressurised water reactors (PWR’s) and boiling water reactors (BWR’s).

The two eight-hour submergence tests were conducted in Glasgow, UK, and the companies say the trials demonstrated that it is possible for a hot-running pump, under simulated flooding conditions, to continue to run for the full test period with no change in fundamental performance or
detrimental damage.

The test began with flooding of the
CUP-TWL with cold water, starting it with design steam conditions, and conducting a series of performance tests and an emergency stop/start while submerged. The test tank was then drained while the unit continued to run, and the temperature of the unit was allowed to stabilise with the steam supply at 290°C (554°F) before rapidly flooding the tank with cold water. A second performance test was then conducted with a total of eight hours submerged running, with no reduction in performance or integrity.

Ranald Patrick, chief engineer for SPX’s ClydeUnion Pumps, said: “The results of these tests leave little doubt that this type of cooling pump is capable of enhancing nuclear reactor safety.”

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