|A research project under way at the University of Kentucky (UKY) is currently developing a solution to mitigate CO2 from gas- and coal-fired power plants using a novel algae-based process. "We are aiming to reduce the cost of the process to $300/tonne at which point the resell value of the algae will allow for break-even and carbon capture can operate at zero cost," Mark Crocker, lead researcher on the project told Gas to Power Journal.|
Russian energy major, Gazprom, will submit draft proposals, covering its gas pricing and concessions strategy, to European Union officials this month in response to a probe from the EU's competition commission. The announcement follows a "constructive" meeting between Gazprom's deputy chairman, Alexander Medvedev, and the bloc's anti-competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia earlier this week.
American multinational, General Motors (GM), has announced plans to invest $24 million in two power plants fuelled by landfill gas. The plants will be based at the company's Fort Wayne, Ind., and Orion, Mich., assembly plants and will increase total onsite gas power generation to 40% and 54% ot total consumption respectively.
With gas turbines increasingly used from the smallest to the largest scales of power generation systems, the technical scope of machinery has grown dramatically in recent years. Modern Gas Turbine Systems, published by Woodhead Publishing, gives a comprehensive introduction and overview to the subject, outlining the mechanical principles and underlying physics of gas power generation, and describing a range of operational concerns relevant to plant operators and engineers.
The State of Michigan has approved plans from the Holland Board of Public Works (BPW) for a 114-megawatt gas-fired plant. The plant will cost an estimated $182 million and will be sited on a 26-acre site in the downtown area of Holland, MI.
The UK parliament rejected plans for tougher regulation on coal-fired power on Wednesday, giving older coal plants a longer lease of life and raising further uncertainty over the shape of proposed capacity markets. "The government is already worried about peak capacity issues given the loss of the LCPD plant and losing more would have meant that the UK would really have struggled to keep the lights on," Trevor Skiroski, analyst at Energy Aspects told Gas to Power Journal.
The use of natural gas for power generation in the U.S. has fallen 13% in the year to date (ytd) as compared with the same period in 2012, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) has reported. The reduction in demand came as a result of cooler summer weather and relatively higher natural gas prices compared with coal prices.
ACWA Power and Samsung C&T and have been awarded a $1.2bn engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the Rabigh II Independent Power Project (R2IPP) in Saudi Arabia. The R2IPP plant will deliver some 2,060MW and is expected to be operational by 2017.
The Mexican Senate has approved far-ranging electoral reforms that open the path for energy sector reforms to follow, allowing state-controlled energy major Pemex to open up the sector to private investors. The bill has now been passed to the lower house of the Mexican parliament for review, with a vote expected by 15 December 2013.
Rare but catastrophic failures in gas turbines may soon be preventable thanks to research conducted at the Chinese Academy of Science. "Our research aims to widen the operating range of for gas turbine engines, preventing lean blow-out and reducing the pollution emission by optimization of fuel atomization," Liu Cunxi, researcher at the Academy's laboratory of light duty gas turbines told Gas to Power Journal.