Energy Storage

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply an 8 MW/32MWh energy storage to Colbun who will co-locate the system with its 230 MW Diego de Almargo solar PV facility in Chile’s Atacama region – well-known for its solar radiation. The energy storage unit will be provided on an engineering and equipment delivery (EEQ) basis, due operational in Q4-2022.

London-based sustainable energy specialist Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (GRID) has secured a £380 million bespoke funding package from NatWest to support its UK energy storage pipeline. The funds will help ensure seven newly announced BESS projects can be completed in 2022.

With over 124 GW of coal, gas and nuclear capacity to be displaced in Europe by 2030, investment in new solar combined with energy storage is set to surge. The rising diversification of asset ownership in distributed energy storage could unlock a 40-GWh market, with some analysts anticipating 12x market growth in this decade. 

Boston-based SES, formerly known as SolidEnergy Systems, has introduced Apollo – a 107 Amp-hours (Ah) lithium-metal battery, the largest commercially-ready battery in the world and a breakthrough for the automotive industry. The Li-Metal batteries will be manufactured at Shanghai Giga, a 300,000 square-foot factory due to be built by 2023.

Bahamas Power and Light Company (BPL) has turned to Wärtsilä to deliver and install an 25 MW / 27 MWh energy storage in combination with a 132 MW power plant to enhance grid stability. The fast-ramp power unit will be operating on seven 50DF dual-fuel engines, supplied to BPL earlier.

Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply an energy storage system to Zenith Energy, an Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Australia. Zenith sells most of its electricity to large mining companies, so the 9.2 MW / 8.7MWh energy storage will address cyclical load demand in an underground mine, operating in parallel with an engine-driven power plant.

Researchers have measured the effect of microbes eating away some of the hydrogen stored in subsurface porous rocks. Though the majority of sites – 37 out of the 42 examined – are at risk of microbial effects, the actual hydrogen consumption is likely to be “negligible to small.”

Finish technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 250 MW / 250 MWh battery energy storage system to AGL Energy for installation at the 1,280 MW Torrens Island Power Station in South Australia by early 2023. AGL plans up to 1 GW of grid-scale energy storage across Australia, mostly to back up renewables.

Investment in solid state batteries is surging with technologies close to mass production and IDTechEx forecasts the overall market may well grow to over $8 billion by 2031. Replacing liquid electrolytes with solid-state counterparts pushes the energy density beyond 1,000 Watt-hours per litre (Wh/L), while enhancing operational safety and durability.

Britain’s latest ‘Innovation Strategy’ incentivises power generators and distributor to invest into analysing consumers’ demand patterns. If billions of meter level interval data produced daily by UK smart meters remains untapped, it will be hard to integrate electric vehicles, offshore wind and energy storage, Innowatts CTO David Boundy warned.

Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, has contracted Wärtsilä to supply 100MW / 200MWh of energy storage systems on the outskirts of Birmingham to support the city’s network of electric vehicle chargers. Construction at the Sandwell site is due to start in the fourth quarter of this year, and at Coventry in the first quarter of 2022.

Three-quarters of lithium-ion batteries and half of the world’s electric vehicles are made in China, hence the People's Republic has entered a race for cobalt, nickel and lithium. These raw materials largely need to be imported and prices are rising fast as lithium demand is set to surge 510% by 2040. 

Pivot Power, part of EDF Renewables, together with Wärtsilä and Habiat Energy have activated the UK’s first grid-scale battery storage. Combining lithium-ion and vanadium redox flow systems, the battery storage is directly grid-connected as part of the £41 million Energy Superhub Oxford (ESO) project aimed at decarbonising the city by 2040.

American electric car maker Tesla sticks to its timetable to open its ‘Gigafactory’ near Berlin in July, gradually turning the site into the world’s largest battery cell production. CEO Elon Musk said an annual production capacity of up to 100 gigawatt hours (GWh) was possible, "and then possibly" an increase to 200 or 250 GWh.

Highview Power in a joint venture with Enlasa, the largest backup power provider in Chile, is developing the country’s first liquid air energy storage project in the Atacama region. The 50 MW/ 50 MWh can supply emergency power for over 10 hours and will be paired with solar photovolatic.

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News in Brief

Ms Mulliez new chair of Siemens Energy’s audit committee

Dec 6 – Laurence Mulliez (55) has been appointed as new Chairwoman of the audit committee at Siemens Energy. Consisting of eight members, the audit committee is part of the company’s supervisory board and tasked with monitoring the accounting process, the internal control system, and audit of the company’s financial statements. 

INEOS digitalises Grangemonth terminal

Dec 3 – INEOS Forties Pipeline System (FPS) has announced plans to digitalise operations at Kinneil Terminal in Grangemouth. The AI-driven optimisations software will help lower emissions and streamline operations of the oil and gas receiving terminal in Scottish waters. The decision follows INEOS’ commitment to curb emissions from its operation at Grangemouth by more than 60% by 2030 as it targets Net Zero by 2045. 

Yokogawa, CCC launch new control system

Dec 2 – Tokyo-based Yokogawa Electric has entered a commercial agreement with Compressor Controls (CCC) to sell a new jointly developed solution. Named ‘CCC Inside for CENTUM VP’ and released on November 2, the device can control processes and turbomachinery at the same time. Under the deal, Yokogawa will supply hardware and software for the system while CCC will leverage its control algorithms, global engineering and technical support for turbomachinery.

Rolls-Royce extends runtimes for MTU engines

Dec 1 – Rolls-Royce has managed to significantly extend engine running times of up to 96,000 hours between overhauls (TBO) for the latest generation of its mtu Series 4000 engines. These engines can now run for up to 25 years before they need a major overhaul, depending on the duration and intensity of use.

SLNG and Linde Gas to develop CO2 liquefaction unit

Nov 30 – Singapore LNG (SLNG) and Linde Gas have teamed up to develop a carbon dioxide liquefaction and storage facility. A feasibility study is underway to build a CO2 liquefaction unit next to the SLNG Terminal on Jurong Island. SLNG chief executive Tan Soo Koong said the company’s objective is cold energy recovery with high efficiency, as well as effective liquefaction and storage to reduce CO2 emissions.

Oseberg upstream shifts from oil to gas

Nov 29 – Equinor has announced plans to invest 10 billion Norwegian crowns ($995M) to change the Oseberg field from primarily being an oil field to becoming a substantial natural gas producer with large remaining gas resources. Oseberg is the third-largest oil producing filed on the Norwegian Continental Shelf, and the operator has submitted and amended development plan to the energy ministry.

ABB, Metacon and Wärtsilä partner on hydrogen

Nov 26 – ABB, Wärtsilä, Metacon affiliate Helbio, and the classification society RINA are jointly working on delivering a power solution for marine application that is fuelled by hydrogen. The aim is to have a scalable solution that will exceed the IMO 2050 target for a 70% reduction in carbon intensity without the need for extensive investment in new infrastructure. Wärtsilä gas engines can already run on a mix of hydrogen and LNG, and the company strives run them 100% on hydrogen fuel in the near future.

Wärtsilä enters Belgian energy storage market

Nov 25 – Wärtsilä has been contracted to supply a 25 MW / 100 MWh energy storage system to a Belgium customer, marking its entry into the Belgian energy storage market. The order was booked to Wärtsilä’s order intake in October 2021, and the system is scheduled to start operating in the fourth quarter of 2022.

Triveni agrees with GEAE Tech to manufacture LM2500 turbine in India

Nov 25 – Triveni Engineering & Industries has signed a 10-year accord with GEAE Technology USA to produce the LM2500 gas turbine base and enclosure locally in India. The turbine is the chosen propulsion equipment for many surface combatant vessels of the Indian Navy.

Wärtsilä launches lighter IQ-Series scrubber

Nov 24 – Wärtsilä has launched a new IQ Series exhaust gas treatment system, designed by its Exhaust Treatment business unit in Moss, Norway. Designed with a smaller footprint, the new scrubber takes up 25% less space, is 30% lighter, and has 35% less volume which makes it particularly adapt for use on container ships, but also for stationary engines.

Afreximbank signs loan for Aba IPP in Nigeria

Nov 23 – African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has signed a $50 million term loan facility for the Aba Integrated Power Project (IPP) in Nigeria, which comprises of a 141 MW gas-fired power plant and a 27-kilometer feeder pipeline and a distribution utility. Before greenlighting the loan, the bank advised projects sponsor Geometric Power on restructuring sol-called “gap capital” in the $332 million recapitalisation funds for the Aba IPP.

SiGreen tracks products’ emissions data

Nov 22 – Siemens has developed an ecosystem-based approach to calculate Product Carbon Footprint (PCF) with a with a view to track and reduce emissions. SiGreen helps exchange emission data along the supply-chain and combine it with data from a company’s own value creation to obtain a product’s true carbon footprint.

ELGi expands oil-free compressor series

Nov 19 – Belgium-based ELGi Compressors Europe has marketed introduced four new air compressors, the AB11, AB15, AB18 and AB22 that expand the company’s AB Series portfolio, ranging from 11KW to 110KW. The new the AB11-22 range helps customers optimize moisture separation, cooling and capacity control which directly translates into savings on electricity use.

Double-digit growth seen for GT market

Nov 18 – The market for gas turbines (GT) is forecast to witness a double-digit growth between 2021 and 2028, according to Global Market Vision projections. Leading manufacturers surveyed in the consultancy’s latest report include Doosan, Mitsubishi, MJB International, Siemens, GE, PW Power Systems, Solar Turbines, Dresser-Rand, Kawasaki, MAN Diesel & Turbo, OPRA Technologies, MTU Aero Engines, Wood Group and Chromalloy Gas Turbine.

Gazprom aims to increase contractual supply to VNG

Nov 17 – Russia’s Gazprom is in negotiations with VNG, one of Germany’s largest gas importers, to extending long-term gas supply contracts and “increase the supply volume thereunder.” Leipzig-based VNG imports and stores Russian gas in Germany’s eastern states and Berlin, and together with Gazprom it is building the Katharina underground gas storage (UGS) project with a design capacity of 650 million cubic meters (mmcm) of working gas volume and 26 mmcm daily withdrawal rate. The Katharina UGS is due completed in 2025.

Eaton offers IFPM73 fluid purifier with higher flow rate

Nov 15 – The Filtration Division of energy management company Eaton has added a higher volume flow rate system to its IFPM series of PLC-controlled, mobile, off-line fluid purifiers. Complementing the IFPM 33, which has a flow rate of 8 gpm (30 l/min), the new IFPM 73 has over double the flow rate of 20 gpm (70 l/min) for purifying oils and gas liquids stored in large tanks and reservoirs. 

General Fusion sets up new base in Tennessee

Nov 12 – General Fusion has set up a new operations base in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, as it seeks to commercialize fuson technology in collaboration with national laboratories, universities, and the U.S. government. This expansion will create up to 50  technical jobs.