Adobe powers US headquarters with Bloom box fuel cells

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Bloom Energy Corporation have completed the largest commercial Bloom Energy fuel cell installation to date, designed to supply approximately one-third of the electricity required by Adobe’s downtown San Jose headquarters.

A total of 12 Bloom Energy Servers ” also known as Bloom boxes ” have been installed on the 5th floor of Adobe’s West Tower at the company’s headquarters campus, which is composed of three high-rise towers and a parking structure. Each server is the size of an average parking space and contains thousands of Bloom fuel cells ” flat, solid ceramic squares made from a sand-like powder ” which will convert air and biogas into electricity via a clean electrochemical process, producing zero net carbon emissions.

Typically, one server generates enough power to meet the needs of approximately 100 average US homes or one small office building.

As a Bloom Energy customer, Adobe can efficiently generate its own electricity on site, further reducing the company’s carbon footprint, lowering energy costs and mitigating power outage risks. Adobe expects to reduce its carbon footprint by approximately 55 000 metric tons over ten years, which is the equivalent to taking 1810 compact cars off the road annually.

“Installing Bloom Energy fuel cells supports Adobe’s efforts to remain at the forefront of utilizing impactful, clean technologies to reduce our environmental footprint,” said Randall H. Knox, III, senior director, Global Workplace Solutions, Adobe. “We hope to be an example to other companies considering cleaner, more affordable energy sources for their operations.”

“Adobe has long been a leader in setting the bar for environmental sustainability in Silicon Valley,” said Stu Aaron, vice president of marketing and product management, Bloom Energy. “With its significant installation of Bloom Energy Servers, the company can now enjoy a smarter, localized energy source that will both reduce its carbon impact and its electricity costs.

“We’re fortunate to work with companies that embrace responsible power consumption and make energy innovation a critical part of their business strategy.”

Tognum delivers 36 gensets to Brazil’s Amazonas state

With delivery to Brazil of 36 MTU Onsite Energy gensets worth $12m, the specialist for propulsion and power solutions Tognum says that it has scored another success in the distributed power generation business.

Its contract partner is the energy provider Electricidade do Brasil, on whose behalf the Amazonas State Electricity Corporation will operate the electricity generating systems near the city of Manaus in north-western Brazil ” the capital of Amazonas state with some 2.6m inhabitants.

The systems are destined to run continuously to generate additional electrical power for local networks on the city’s periphery. The systems for distributed power generation are based on MTU 16V 4000 G83 engines and are mounted on base racks along with the accompanying generators and control equipment.

They generate 54 MW of electrical power in total, enough to cover the needs, for example, of around 27 000 households in the US.

“Latin American markets hold a lot of potential for Tognum,” explained Christof von Branconi, member of the Tognum Executive Board and responsible for the Onsite Energy & Components business unit. “The strategic significance of this order in terms of potential follow-up orders for gensets is immense.”

Tognum says it lived up to its reputation by being able to meet the extremely short delivery time on which the order rested, with a period of just seven weeks between contract signature and shipment. That degree of flexibility is particularly called for in the field of distributed energy generation systems, which are mainly deployed to provide emergency cover in the event of power outages. The German company said that power requirements in Brazil have risen dramatically in recent years, and the trend is expected to continue.

Wärtsilä to supply 106 MW barge-mounted power plant to float at Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic

Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of decentralized power plant solutions, has been awarded a contract to supply equipment on a turnkey basis for a barge-mounted power plant power project for the Dominican Republic.

The plant will run on natural gas, and will have an output of 106 MW to be supplied to the national grid. It is scheduled to be operational before the end of 2011.

Seaboard Corporation, a US based Fortune 1000 company, has ordered Wärtsilä power generation equipment for a new barge-mounted power plant for the capital city, Santo Domingo.

The scope of supply for the order includes six Wärtsilä 18V50DF dual-fuel engines in combined cycle mode, including heat recovery boilers for each engine, and a complete steam turbine generator system.

Sampo Suvisaari, General Manager, Power Plants, Central America and the Caribbean, commented: “To be able to supply a combined-cycle power plant that fits in a barge 104 metres long and 32 metres wide is not only remarkable, it is almost certainly an industry first. The plant will have an exceptionally high guaranteed efficiency. Our ability to meet these challenging demands, together with our broad experience in gas fuelled operation were clearly key reasons in us being awarded this contract.”

Seaboard was the first independent power producer (IPP) to operate in the Dominican Republic. This will be the company’s third and largest power barge project. The previous two floating power plants Estrella Del Norte and Estrella del Mar were also built by Wärtsilä.

Meanwhile, Wärtsilä has received four orders to supply power plants to customers in Bangladesh, adding more than 300 MW of generating capacity to the national grid. The four orders were signed in July and August this year, and their combined value exceeds €100m ($135m).

These latest orders are in addition to contracts for six power plants awarded to Wärtsilä during the second quarter of this year. All are part of the government of Bangladesh’s urgent plan to deal with the country’s power shortage.

In July, Guangdong Power Engineering Corporation (GPEC), a Chinese contractor working on behalf of the national utility, Bangladesh Power Development Board, ordered Wärtsilä equipment for two power plant projects in Dohazari and Hathazari.

The Dohazari plant will be powered by six Wärtsilä 18V46GD gas-diesel engines, producing 102 MW, while the Hathazari plant will run on 11 Wärtsilä 20V32GD gas-diesel engines, producing 98 MW.

The Wärtsilä gas-diesel technology offers a unique degree of fuel flexibility, permitting the engines to run on a variety of fuels, including crude oil, heavy fuel oil, light fuel oil, natural gas, associated gas, or any combination of liquid fuel and gas.

In August, Wärtsilä was contracted to supply a total of eleven Wärtsilä 20V32 engines plus auxiliary equipment for another two power plants to be constructed at Noapora and Northern Katakhali. These two power plants will generate 100 MW.

The Noapora order has been placed by Khanjahan Ali Power Co. Ltd, a special purpose IPP, producing and selling power to the national grid. Northern Power Solution Ltd, also a special purpose IPP, is constructing the Northern Katakhali plant.

MAN B&W secures order for power plant extension at La Paz, Mexico

The Spanish contractor, Acciona Instalaciones, has received an order from Commission Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico, for a diesel power plant with an MAN B&W 12K80MC-S prime mover.

This order will be a 42.3 MW extension to the two existing 43 MW plants at La Paz, Baja California Sur. The new plant will work in combined-cycle with a bottoming cycle steam turbine (BCST) and produce 42.3 MW (net) at an efficiency rate of 44.34 per cent at site ambient conditions at station busbar.

The engine, and its related equipment, will be supplied by MAN Diesel & Turbo’s licensee Hyundai Heavy Industries together with Acciona Instalaciones.

The MAN B&W 12K80MC-S plant will run on local fuel, with a viscosity of around 1100 cSt at 50 à‹Å¡C and 4.3 per cent sulphur content.

UAE gifts gensets to Pakistan as latter deals with supply shortfall

The first consignment of a 320 MW duel fuel power plant gifted by the United Arab Emirates has arrived in Pakistan, with the entire plant scheduled to reach in three phases by the end of October.

The state-owned Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) said the plant comprises five frames, each of 16 MW, and eight frames each of 30 MW.

The late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan had promised to donate a power plant to help the efforts of the government to increase power generation in the country. The power plant has been donated by the UAE government on the request of the Pakistani president.

The gift by the UAE government not only fulfils the commitment made by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who died in 2004, but also reflects the close and friendly relations between the two Muslim countries, said UAE officials.

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