US Clean Heat and Power Association (CHPA) Executive Director Jessica Bridges has commended Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman for introducing legislation to establish a national Clean Energy Standard (CES) that appropriately recognizes the energy and environmental benefits of combined heat and power (CHP) and effectively incentivizes greater deployment of CHP in the United States marketplace.

In a letter to Bingaman, Bridges said that the US CHPA is pleased that greater efficiencies under the proposed Clean Energy Standard will be awarded with greater credit.

CHP system efficiencies average above 65%, and many new systems achieve efficiencies of greater than 80%. In addition, Bridges added the industry is also pleased that the CES recognizes the thermal benefits of CHP by making additional credits available under the CES for emissions avoided through not using a separate thermal source.

‘Chairman Bingaman really “gets” combined heat and power and we appreciate that the CES bill similarly recognizes both the electric and thermal benefits of CHP,’ said Bridges.


European cogen market to pick up steam by 2018

Despite high investment costs for equipment and payback periods of as much as five or seven years, cogeneration is set for a revival in Europe between 2014 and 2018, finds a new analysis of the European cogeneration market by Frost & Sullivan.

Most countries across Europe are expected to increase their cogeneration capacity, mainly in the combined cycle form.

Frost & Sullivan reports that the market earned revenues of €548 million in 2011 and estimates this figure will hit €674 million in 2018.

The development of CHP is heavily influenced by energy supply-side policies, and government regulations directed towards energy consumers. Policy, tax, electricity reforms and trading arrangements are necessary to nurture cogeneration, according to Frost & Sullivan. Tax benefits will be particularly useful in the current environment of economic uncertainty and unclear returns.

Frost & Sullivan expect rising concerns over climate change and increasing consciousness about the environmental impact of fossil fuels offset issues such as delays due to interconnection issues. Climate and environmental issues have prompted the European Commission to plan for collective energy policies and to promote energy efficiency.

The combined heat and power (CHP) directive, emission credits and new emission reduction technologies are crucial to the success of cogeneration in Europe. Under the CHP directive, Germany, Italy and Spain have made considerable strides in building a policy framework to support cogeneration, while Germany has set itself a target of doubling its cogeneration capacity by 2020.

‘Investment in cogeneration units is also fairly dependent on the cost of generating electricity,’ said Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Pritil Gunjan. ‘Stable energy prices are essential to convince end users to make the right energy investment decisions and assure them that it is a sound strategy to rebuild a cogeneration base.’

‘The effective implementation of CHP policies and a focus on creating favourable conditions for cogeneration development are likely to drive the market in Europe,’ notes Gunjan. ‘In 2011, the EU identified cogeneration as the energy application that can make the largest single contribution to achieving the region’s greenhouse gas reductions, giving a huge thrust to the market.’


Honda and BMW opt for on-site solar power

Carmakers BMW and Honda are both fitting solar panels to their production facilities around the world.

Honda is fitting its own Soltec CIGS thin-film solar panels to all of dealerships in Japan, kicking off with a 9 kW system at the at the Adachi Odai branch of its Honda Cars Tokyo Chuo dealership. Honda already has the largest combined solar capacity of any carmaker operating in Japan at 3.3 MW, but is now ramping up its programme to fit solar panels to over 100 dealerships adding a further 1 MW of capacity.

The Japanese carmaker is also planning to install a 2.6 MW solar power generation system at its new Yorii plant, due to operate in 2013. The installation will be Japan’s largest solar power generation system at a car production plant.

Meanwhile, German carmaker BMW has completed its installation of 400 solar panels totalling 96 kW generating capacity at its manufacturing heritage museum and visitor centre in South Carolina.


Siemens to Deliver Turbine for Proposed UK Waste-to-Energy Plant

Siemens Energy has received an order for a steam turbine generator to be used in a proposed waste-to-energy plant equipped with combined heat and power (CHP) generation in the town of Plymouth, in southwest England in the UK. The customer is Imtech Deutschland, a provider of technical building services equipment based in Planegg near Munich.

As the general contractor for the water-steam cycle, Imtech will construct the plant for the Mannheim-based energy-from-waste specialist MVV Umwelt. The power plant is designed so that – after it has been commissioned in 2014 – it can also cover the heat demand of Plymouth’s Naval Base, cost-effectively and with low carbon dioxide emissions.

The waste-to-energy plant in Plymouth is expected to use 245,000 tonnes of waste from households, businesses and industrial sources to generate electricity and heat to ensure a reliable heat supply for Plymouth’s Naval Base.

Construction of the power plant, which will have an installed electrical capacity of 25 MW and a maximum process steam extraction of up to 30 tonnes per hour, is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2012, with commissioning scheduled for 2014.

The British Defence Ministry’s Devonport Naval Base, located on the west side of the city, is the biggest naval port in Western Europe and also Plymouth’s biggest employer.


‘No Capital’ CHP Unit for UK Leisure Centre

On-site utility EuroSite Power has reached an agreement to supply clean energy to Haverhill Leisure Centre in Suffolk, UK.

Under the terms of the 15-year agreement, the company will install an InVerde 100 combined heat and power (CHP) system at the centre managed by Abbeycroft Leisure, a charitable leisure trust that also operates St Edmundsbury Borough Council’s other leisure centre in Bury St Edmunds plus another fitness centre in Ipswich.

The CHP system, providing 100 kW, will be owned and operated by EuroSite Power. The leisure trust will receive a discount on the energy produced by the CHP systems and reduce its carbon emissions from the property. The value of the agreement to the company is £1.5 million ($2.4 million).

The CHP system is expected to reduce the emissions of the leisure centre by 220 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year and, because ‘good quality’ CHP is supported by the UK government, the impact of the Climate Change Levy will be greatly reduced.


Huaneng Power Wins Approval for Cogen Project

Huaneng Power International has announced that the Huaneng Yunnan Chuxiong Natural Gas Cogeneration New Construction Project in China has been approved by the government of the Yunnan Province.

The project will build 600 MW of combined cycle gas turbine cogeneration units. The total investment amount of the project is estimated to be about $420 million, of which 20% will be project capital to be funded by the company. The remaining investment is to be funded by bank loans.

Huaneng Power controls 59 GW of generation capacity and equity-based capacity of 54 GW. The power plants of the company are located in 19 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions in China. The company also has a wholly owned power company in Singapore.

One of China’s five largest power producers, Huaneng Power was established in 1994 administrated by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. In 1998 Huaneng acquired Tuas Power from Singapore’s Temasek.


GE starts to upgrade Turkish cogeneration plant

GE is to supply long-term services and an equipment upgrade to increase the output and availability of a cogeneration power plant owned by electricity generating company Camis Elektrik Uretim of Mersin, Turkey.

The enhanced performance will help the plant meet an increased demand for power to support the region’s economic growth.

GE has signed contracts totalling nearly $20 million to provide maintenance and outage services for a new GE Frame 9E Gas Turbine for 10 years and to upgrade an existing GE Frame 9E Gas Turbine at the plant, which will boost the output of the unit by 2.3%.


Solar power plant built at US air force base

Borrego Solar Systems has announced the completion of a 3.4 MW solar power installation at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California. Comprising three ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar farms, the system is said to be the largest military project completed by Borrego Solar to date, and demonstrates the value of the company’s end-to-end solar power installation services for military facilities.

The system was financed via Borrego Solar’s in-house power purchase agreement (PPA), under which Borrego Solar financed, designed and installed the system at no upfront cost to Edwards Air Force Base. Borrego Solar will sell energy back to Edwards Air Force Base at an economical and fixed rate, offsetting an average of 6% of the energy consumption across the three facilities.

‘As we work to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, solar energy is one of the most reliable and cost-effective tools available to us,’ said Amy Frost, chief of the Civil Engineer Asset Management Branch for Edwards Air Force Base. ‘Financing large-scale projects can be tough in this economic climate, so a PPA made a lot of sense for us, as it eliminated the need for upfront investment and long term maintenance. The deal allowed us to quickly implement solar on our facility and deliver immediate operational savings.’

With more Russian industries turning to on-site power technologies to reduce their operational costs and increase their energy security, state-owned vegetable supplier Teplichnoe is to install three natural gas-fired Jenbacher cogeneration units from GE at its greenhouse production facilities in the city of Saransk, 650 km east of Moscow.

Teplichnoe is one of the main suppliers of vegetables, as well as canned and dried food, in the Mordovia Republic, in the centre of European Russia. As part of its plans to boost output at its production facilities, the company is building the new energy centre to provide more reliable and cost-effective on-site power and heat for its vegetable production facilities.

Three of GE’s 1 MW J320 Jenbacher gas engines will power Teplichnoe’s new energy centre. The units will provide heat to the food company’s massive greenhouse facility while the electricity from the plant will support other production activities at the site.

GE will ship its Jenbacher units to Saransk during the second quarter of 2012. Scheduled to begin operating in the third quarter of 2012, the new cogeneration plant will utilize a design that offers capacity for future expansion. The project is being supported by ZAO INTMA, one of GE’s authorized distributors for Jenbacher gas engines in the Russian Federation.


Russian Food Producer Opts for CHP Technology

With more Russian industries turning to on-site power technologies to reduce their operational costs and increase their energy security, state-owned vegetable supplier Teplichnoe is to install three natural gas-fired Jenbacher cogeneration units from GE at its greenhouse production facilities in the city of Saransk, 650 km east of Moscow.

Teplichnoe is one of the main suppliers of vegetables, as well as canned and dried food, in the Mordovia Republic, in the centre of European Russia. As part of its plans to boost output at its production facilities, the company is building the new energy centre to provide more reliable and cost-effective on-site power and heat for its vegetable production facilities.

Three of GE’s 1 MW J320 Jenbacher gas engines will power Teplichnoe’s new energy centre. The units will provide heat to the food company’s massive greenhouse facility while the electricity from the plant will support other production activities at the site.

GE will ship its Jenbacher units to Saransk during the second quarter of 2012. Scheduled to begin operating in the third quarter of 2012, the new cogeneration plant will utilize a design that offers capacity for future expansion. The project is being supported by ZAO INTMA, one of GE’s authorized distributors for Jenbacher gas engines in the Russian Federation.


UPM to build CHP plant in Germany

Finnish paper company UPM is to build a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the UPM Schongau mill in Germany. The target is to significantly reduce the manufacturing facility’s energy costs as well as to secure its energy supply. The total investment is $112 million.

The new power plant will generate process heat as well as electricity for the mill. It will also provide sustainable and energy efficient district heating for about 750 households and public institutions such as local school and hospital in Schongau. The renewed energy supply at the mill will be based on highly efficient CHP technology utilizing gas as a fuel.

‘The new gas power plant will improve the security and self-sufficiency of energy supply to our mill,’ explains Winfried Schaur, General Manager, UPM Schongau. ‘The renewal of the energy generation ensures efficient production and will safeguard the competiveness of the mill. Furthermore, it guarantees a sustainable paper production loop based on innovative and low-emission technologies.’

Start-up of the combined heat and power plant is planned by the end of 2014. The gas power plant will replace the old facility, which has operated for more than 40 years at the mill, which supplies up to 750,000 tonnes of printing paper each year.


Tenesol delivers 750th PV system to Middle East

Tenesol, the global solar power provider recently acquired by SunPower, has delivered its 750th off-grid solar system to the oil and gas industry in the Middle East. Since 2004, Tenesol has worked with some of the region’s largest oil and gas operators to provide solar solutions that answer the industry’s need for power in isolated locations.

‘Providing sustainable energy solutions for off-grid equipment is now a major part of the oil and gas industry,’ says Jacques Mathan, export sales manager at Tenesol. ‘As oil prices rise and climate change continues the need for alternative energy solutions increases.

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