Technology & Innovation

Global energy firm Exxon Mobil has signed a partnership agreement with technology developer FuelCell Energy to explore new carbon capture techniques for natural gas power power plants.

Japanese turbine manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems is to collaborate with energy giant Exxon Mobil to research and develop new applications for its H-100 gas turbines along with new compressor technologies.

Affordable, efficient power storage is a key enabler for the transition to low-carbon energy systems. Looking to 2030, it is particularly striking that battery technology becomes especially more competitive, with sodium (NaS), lead acid and lithium-ion technologies leading the way.

Targeting decentralised power needs at fracking applications, Vericor Power Systems has developed and launched a new version of the TF Series gas turbine, for pump, compression and portable generation.

Experts say that the digital universe by 2020 will reach 44 zettabytes and as this digital revolution magnifies, Siemens unveiled its ‘Digital Services for Energy powered by Sinalytics’ at the Hannover Messe this week. The solution integrates advanced analytics with field service data and related solutions have already been out at customer sites.

SSE’s gas-fired Peterhead power station supplies between 270 MW and 400 MW to National Grid under the Supplemental Balancing Reserve (SBR) scheme. Emergency power protection is key to meet these obligations, so the operator has asked Benning to install a bespoke security system.

Fortuna, the new Siemens-built unit at Lausward power station in Düsselsdorf has set three new world records: Highest electrical generating capacity of 603.8 MW in combined-cycle operation, highest efficiency of 61.5% and best use of waste heat of up to 300 MW which increases overall fuel efficiency of natural gas to around 85%.

Scientists from the Scottish Carbon Capture & Storage (SCCS) research partnership have competitively won a 70% share of a £4 million fund to carry out four projects to develop flexible CO2 capture technologies. “Understanding how costs will come down will determine when industry adopts the technology,” said John Baker, senior technologist at Lotte Chemical.

A new coal gasification concept, proposed by scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), could lead to a 50% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions for a given amount of power produced, researchers said. The new system combines coal gasification with a fuel cell in a single installation.

Sydney-based Alina Energy has asked GE to deploy DIRI robotic inspection and TurboRotoscan technologies, part of Alstom’s legacy business, to evaluate operations of the utility’s gas-fired power plants in Australia and New Zealand. Robotic inspection can be carried out with removing rotors from machines.

Vendors of heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) such as Nooter/Eriksen and Siemens have extended their technology license to other vendors, which boosts R&D and increases the technology presence globally, a new Technavio report finds. New HRSG technologies can help power plant operators meet new emission regulations at comparatively low implementation costs.

Greek EPC company METKA has delivered and installed the 250-MW gas power plant in Ghana in just three months. To fast-track a turnkey power project in Africa, engineers at METKA can draw on past experience and have developed a “fully mobile balance of plant concept,” business development director, Paul Smith told Gas to Power Journal.

Allam Cycle technology, which uses CO2 as a working fluid to drive a combustion turbine, is set to make NET Power’s 50 MW demonstration project in La Porte, Texas, the world’s first emissions-free, low-cost fossil fuel power plant. The $140 million programme is funded by a combination of cash and in-kind contributions from Exelon and CB&I.

Data centres are high energy users with a primary requirement for cooling; hence onsite cogeneration plants are being adapted with absorption chillers that convert surplus heat to cold water to cool the servers. Citibank’s data centre CCP project in London – the first of its kind in the UK – uses two of GE’s J420 Jenbacher gas engines to achieve 2.8 MWe of gas-fired energy used for cooling.

Japan’s turbine manufacturer Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has joined forces with the Korean utility KEPCO to develop new combustion/measurement technology so that gas turbines can use low calorific value gas (L-gas) efficiently.

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