Having spent $100 million to build a new test centre just outside Berlin, Siemens engineers are now further optimising the combustion process of gas turbines and check how they can best handle various fuel types.
"We don't sell green bananas to the customer. We thoroughly test every innovation and the Berlin facility is tailor-made for combustion testing," said Jerry Klopf, director at the Clean Energy Center near Berlin, part of Siemens' Gas Turbines, Engineering.
Materials Solutions, a Worcester-based metals additive manufacturing centre, has announced a strategic investment from the Venture Capital Unit of Siemens (SVC). Nickel superalloys, produced through laser melting or 3D printing, are the speciality of the UK firm - a technology also used by Siemens’ turbine manufacturing arm.
Growing supply of hydropower and a fall in overall electricity demand has prompted the Brazilian Ministry of Mines and Energy to authorize Petrobras to re-export LNG.
Hit by the early termination of its Libya contract, APR Energy’s revenue fell 52% in the first six month to June. Low equipment utilisation and a slowdown in orders caused a drop in EBITDA to $48.3 million from $141.7m.
Australia's Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) was directed to stop investing in future wind power projects, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott suggesting it should instead focus on the development of new technologies including energy storage and flexible gas power.
Keen to get the delayed Azura-Edo Independent Power Plant (IPP) build and operational by 2018, the government of Nigeria has signed its backing for $237 million partial risk guarantees given by the World Bank.
Flexible operation of Repsol's combined head and power (CHP) stations makes it difficult to optimize production costs. To alleviate uncertainties the operator developed and installed a real-time thermodynamic model, made up of 70 independent variables and over 900 functions or dependent variables, that controls operations of the CHP's three high-pressure boilers and one auxiliary boiler.
Prepared to perform whenever needed, many operators of flexible power plants have participated in the first PJM Interconnection capacity auction that includes a new Capacity Performance requirement. Resources will be called on during extreme weather or other system emergencies.
Alaska, North Dakota, and Wyoming – the US states that produce large amounts of fossil fuels are relying heavily on severance tax revenue—taxes based on the volume and/or value of oil, natural gas, coal, and other natural resources. The budget of Alaska relies almost totally on oil and gas revenues.