Technology & Innovation

ABB has received a $40 million order to provide power equipment to the 800 kilovolt (kV) Dianxibei-Guangdong ultra-high-voltage direct current (UHVDC) transmission link in China.

Capstone Turbine Corporation has issued a US patent for a new cleaner fuel injector apparatus.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) is to supply an M701F gas turbine to the Sirajganj thermal power plant project currently under way in Bangladesh.

The second unit of General Electric's GE 9HA.01 gas turbines has arrived from Belfort, France, in Pakistan to equip the 1,180 MW Bhikki Combined Cycle Power Plant in Punjab.

GE has launched a new series of flywheel uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems, which would keep electricity flowing to vital systems and equipment until auxiliary generators step in, in the event of a utility power outage.

US private equity fund Panda Power Funds announced the commissioning of a new 829 MW gas-fired power station in Pennsylvania, the first one to use supplies from the Marcellus Shale gas formation.

General Electric announced it has secured a contract with Brazil's Centrais Elétricas de Sergipe for the supply of a 1,516 MW combined-cycle power plant. 

Power engineering firm Burns & McDonnell has been awarded by energy supplier SaskPower a contract to provide engineer-procure-construct (EPC) services for a new 350 MW gas-fired power facility to be located in Southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada.

Finnish marine and energy solutions provider Wartsila is progressing construction of three new LNG-powered vessels commissioned by Canada's ferry services company BC Ferries, with delivery of the first vessel expected by the end of the year, Wartsila said.

Italian gas infrastructure operator Snam and car makers IVECO and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of natural gas as car fuel. This market is worth some Eur1.7 billion in Italy, with one million vehicles currently in circulation which consumed 1 billion cubic meters of gas in 2015.

Mississippi Power has announced a major milestone: After years of research and work onsite, it generated electricity from clean syngas made from Mississippi lignite at its Kemper County integrated gasification combined-cycle (IGCC).

Italy's Ansaldo Energia has had a new cooling heat and power plant (CCHP) commissioned in the Czech Republic. Two AE-T100NG micro turbines are powering the trigeneration plant, which supplies electricity to an industrial offtaker.

Nest Learning Thermostat, which partners with utilities to provide residential demand-side response (DRS), shows how bilateral contracts for flexibility services can be utilised for the integration of renewable resources. Their so-called ‘Rush hour rewards’ scheme offers end-customers a menu of contracts with different lead times (from on-demand to 24-hour advance notice), duration of adjustments in electricity consumption (30 mins to 4 hrs) and payments.

Seeking to improve efficiency and reliability, New York State Power Authority (NYPA) is turning to install GE software that will monitor, analyse and enhance the performance of NYPA’s hydroelectric and gas-fired power plant assets. These plants generate up to 20% of New York State’s daily electricity supply.

Responding to California’s Aliso Canyon gas supply constraints, the key power provider Southern California Edison (SCE) has decided to install a battery energy storage system from Current, powered by GE’s LM6000 Hybrid EGT package.