German genset firm enjoys biogas boom in Croatia

The biogas boom in Germany and Central Europe has started spreading to Eastern European countries like Croatia.

Vechta, Germany-based Weltec Biopower, one of the world’s leading plant manufacturers, is benefiting from this trend.

Due to the large potential in terms of raw materials and the favourable political framework conditions, Croatian farmers are currently keenly interested in operating biogas plants.

Weltec Biopower is the first plant manufacturer to receive an order for the establishment of a 1 MW plant in Slatina, Croatia, close to the Hungarian border, which the operator Biointegra will feed with maize, manure, and whey. It will also be possible to use substances like food and abattoir waste, which will first be sanitized in the plant.

The biogas plant, which will cost approximately €3m ($4.38m) and be commissioned in 2009, has two fermenters with about 3000 m3 each and two final storage units with a volume of 5000 m3.

In the combined heat and power plant, a 1021 kW gas-engine genset will generate green power for approximately 2000 three-person households.

The heat will be delivered to a nearby chicken farm.

Meanwhile, last month Weltec Biopower started building a biogas plant in Tàƒ¶ttelstàƒ¤dt near Erfurt, Germany. The €2m investment comprises two fermenters with a capacity of 2000 m3 each and two final storage units.

The plant will produce 526 kW of electrical energy and about the same amount of thermal energy on the basis of maize silage, cattle manure, and dry chicken manure.

This will be sufficient to supply 1000 three-person households with electricity and 800 homes with heat. Weltec is also is in the course of establishing a 340 kW biogas plant in Kambs in the Mecklenburg Lake District.

The €1.4m project consists of a fermenter and a digestate storage unit.

Pig manure and maize silage supplied by local farmers will secure the operation and the generation of electricity that will be sufficient for the permanent supply of approximately 700 three-person households.

Furthermore, the emitted heat can be used to heat approximately 500 homes, according to the German company.

Wärtsilä rejoices after it is awarded contract to deliver 25 MW gas power plant to Texan municipal utility

Wärtsilä North America, Incorporated, a subsidiary of Wärtsilä Corporation and a leading provider of power plants for flexible power generation, has been awarded an engineered equipment supply contract by GEUS, a municipally-owned electric power, cable and high speed Internet system provider, located in Greenville, Texas, USA.

This is Wärtsilä’s first power plant order for a municipally-owned utility in the State of Texas. The contract for the 25 MW gas fired power plant is valued at over $19m.

The plant will help provide power to the 26 000 consumers in Greenville and the surrounding area served by GEUS, as well as help to meet their 113 MW peak demand. It will also be dispatched to meet ERCOT’s (Electric Reliability Council of Texas) requirements.

The power plant, to be called ‘Greenville Engine Plant’ will operate on pipeline quality natural gas and feature three Wärtsilä 20V34SG engines, along with mechanical, electrical and control auxiliaries, switchgear and exhaust emission controls.

Additionally, Wärtsilä will provide installation and commissioning support, as well as factory training.

“Wärtsilä was chosen due to the efficiency of its engines and fast start capability which will allow GEUS to self-provide energy during intervals of high market prices,” said David McCalla, GEUS General Manager. “This addition to our resource portfolio supports GEUS’ mission of providing the most economical, reliable power available to the Greenville, Texas community,” McCalla added.

“Wärtsilä is delighted to be working with Mr McCalla and his team at GEUS, the first municipally-owned electric utility in Texas, for this new flexible power plant”, says Wayne Elmore, Business Development Manager for Wärtsilä in North America. “This much needed project will provide clean, high efficiency peaking and fast response power to Greenville and the ERCOT market.”

The plant will be connected to the local utility’s grid and located on an existing power plant site in Greenville, Texas, which is about 80.5 km northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The equipment is expected to arrive at the site in August of 2010, with the entire plant entering commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2010.

GEUS became the first municipally-owned electric utility in Texas in 1891. In 2001, 110 years later, it became the first municipally-owned cable television and high speed Internet operation in the state.

GEUS offers these services to the more than 26 000 consumerowners living in the Greenville, Texas area located approximately 80.5 km east of Dallas, Texas. GEUS is governed by an autonomous board of trustees that is appointed by the Greenville City Council.

Yorpower awarded major contract in Uganda

Generator supplier Yorpower Manufacturing Limited is to supply the first phase of generators for Africa’s largest mobile telecommunications company, MTN, in Uganda, the UK company has announced.

The generators are required as part of ongoing development of the telecommunications network in Uganda, associated with MTN’s continental expansion. Phase One will require the supply of 30 generators built to the client’s specification. The generators are due to be delivered later this year.

Guy Phoenix, commenting on the award, said, “Clearly this is a major breakthrough for us. We have previously supplied generators to telecommunication companies in several African countries, but this is the first time we have broken into the important Ugandan market. “We believe this will allow us to maintain our position as one of the premier suppliers to the Mobile Telecommunications market,” said Phoenix

Formed in 1989, Yorpower Manufacturing, headquartered in York, has grown into one of the most recognized and successful suppliers of power generation equipment in the world.

Overseas Yorpower has an operation in Nairobi, Kenya, and distributors across Africa, the Middle East and Bangladesh. The company is part of the same Group as Techknol Power Generation, a bespoke generator supplier to many customers in the Middle East, Bangladesh and Far East.

Deutz launches engine telematics monitoring and diagnostics system

Deutz, one of the world’s leading independent engine manufacturers, has unveiled a new telematics system for the remote monitoring of engines and fleet management – the first from an industrial engine manufacturer.

The system uses satellite-tracking technology to send engine and machine data to a central server that can then be accessed by Deutz customers.

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Data on the current condition of the engine and the equipment it powers, such as coolant, oil and fuel levels, can be constantly and reliably monitored. This data can be read and evaluated on an Internet-enabled computer from anywhere in the world.

In addition, warning messages are sent to the user’s PC whenever the fuel, oil and coolant levels reach minimum levels. By using the system, downtimes in equipment and engines can be reduced. Because the condition of the engine is permanently known, maintenance schedules can be planned and adjusted to suit usage requirements.

The controller that records the information via a GPS (Global Positioning System) is attached to the engine. It records data such as speed, operating hours, and oil and fuel levels and transmits it at regular intervals by GPRS (Global Packet Radio Service) to a central server.

Anyone with the appropriate access permissions can communicate from anywhere in the world via the server to gain access to the engine’s settings. All that is required is an Internet-capable PC.

Deutz Telematics works bi-directionally, so that it can provide remote access to defined functions, as well as analyzing and monitoring the engine. By constantly monitoring the capacity, utilization and availability of their engines and equipment, customers can identify excess capacities and improve the efficiency of their vehicle fleets.

Another important function, ‘geofencing’ theft protection, is included in the system. Users are able to select the operating range of their equipment. If this limit is exceeded, a warning signal is emitted or a text message is sent to the owner.

Deutz Telematics is easy to install and can be adapted to meet customers’ specific needs. It is also compatible with non-Deutz engines. Various models are available, allowing users to select the most appropriate for their requirements.

Deutz UK Service General Manager, Mike Nugent, said: “Deutz Telematics is yet another first from the world’s largest independent manufacturer of diesel and gas engines. We believe that it offers customers the very latest and best solution for the fast and efficient online monitoring of their engines and equipment.”

With an overall engine range from 9 kW to 500 kW, and models suitable for wide variety of markets and applications, including the construction, quarrying, mining, agricultural, groundcare, industrial and airport ground handling equipment sectors, Deutz produce around 286 000 units annually.

Pakistan’s first sugarcane biogas plant powered by a Jenbacher GE engine

Pakistan’s first renewable energy project to use sugarcane waste biogas, created from the production of ethanol, is now supporting the national grid.

The plant is powered by eight of GE Energy’s Jenbacher biogas engines. The commercial start-up of sugarcane milling company Shakarganj Mills Limited’s new biogas power plant in Jhang, Pakistan comes as the country is working to overcome its current 3500 MW energy shortage.

The new plant will generate enough power to support more than 50 000 homes in Pakistan, according to the US firm.

The new biogas plant is also providing a new reliable, on-site source of power to help the mill and other industrial operations meet production requirements and remain competitive.

The biogas used to fuel the Jenbacher gas engines is extracted from spent wash à‚— a residual of Shakarganj Mills’ ethanol production operation that uses sugarcane molasses as a raw material.

As a renewable energy project, the plant is eligible for carbon credits because it enhances energy efficiency at the mill and displaces the national grid’s energy generated from fossil fuels. By using the biogas instead of fossil fuels for power generation, the plant is expected to produce approximately 20 000 tons of certified emissions reductions (CERs) annually under the Kyoto Protocol.

The expected income from these CERs was instrumental in the customer’s financial decision-making process. The project will be registered with the UNFCCC by Carbon Services Pakistan and First Climate AG.

“The project is Pakistan’s first sugarcane biogas power plant,” said Mohammad Asghar Qureshi, managing director Shakarganj Mills’ sugar division.

Wärtsilä delivers 36 MW unit for cement works – its first power plant order from Angola

Wärtsilä Corporation was in June 2008 awarded a contract by ETA Star International LLC of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, to supply a 36 MW power plant for a new cement works in Angola.

This is Wärtsilä’s first power plant order from Angola. The plant is due to be handed over in June 2010.

For this power plant, Wärtsilä will deliver four Wärtsilä 20V32 diesel generating sets running on heavy fuel oil. Wärtsilä is providing all engineering of the plant and is delivering all the equipment for the power plant, including the building above ground level.

The cement works is being erected at Chindonga, near the town of Sumbe in Kwanza Sul Province. Owned and operated by Fabrica de Cimento do Kwanza-Sul Ltda, the new cement works is being constructed and commissioned by ETA Star International.

It will have a capacity to produce 4200 tonnes of cement a day.

The Kwanza Sul plant is an example of more than 1900 MW of power generating capacity installed or under delivery by Wärtsilä for the cement industry world-wide.

The power demands of cement works can vary considerably depending upon production requirements. The shifts in energy demand require an effective load following power supply on an hourly basis. Wärtsilä power plants based on diesel or gas engines have outstanding flexible load-following capabilities.

They can be started up in minutes and their output levels can be changed quickly according to the variable energy needs of the cement plant. They are also well suited to handling the sudden, rapid increases of electrical load when cement kiln motors are started.

Diesel engines from Volvo Penta reduce emissions from Dubai port

Volvo Penta has received a large order for industrial engines from DP World of Dubai. Some 95 new D16 diesel engines will replace the existing engines in the rubber tyred gantry cranes in the Jebel Ali Port.

The result of the modernization will be no less than 40 per cent lower fuel consumption and subsequently reduced CO2 emissions.

Jebel Ali Port in the United Arab Emirates is the world’s largest man-made harbour and has been designated the Middle East’s most important port for 13 consecutive years. The port is owned by the Dubai-based group DP World, which operates 44 ports in 24 countries, making it the world’s fourth largest operator.

Rubber tyred gantry cranes are diesel-powered mobile gantry cranes specialized for stacking shipping containers at the world’s largest container ports. The Swedish engine supplier Volvo Penta was selected in competition with a number of other engine manufacturers, thanks to the fuel economy and the environmental aspects as well as the 24-hour service availability that Volvo Penta’s importer Al Massaood could present.

Volvo Penta D16 engines are ultra-modern with full electronics control and they meet the most extensive emission standards, regardless of application area.

The same base engine is used in the Volvo Group’s other product offering, such as trucks, construction equipment and marine engines.

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