Hydrogen-ready solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) are being introduced to the British wholesale power market by Bloom Energy, Conrad Energy and Electricity North West. The trio agreed to jointly develop, build and operate behind-the-meter (Btm) projects to bring Bloom’s SOFC platform to UK with first orders hoped to materialise in December 2021.
Emirates Global Aluminium (EGA) and GE Gas Power have agreed to develop a roadmap to reduce emissions from EGA’s operating fleet of gas turbines by turning to hydrogen as well as carbon capture, utilisation, and storage solutions (CCUS). The aim is to retrofit EGA’s turbines to partially run on clean hydrogen and capture most gas-based emissions.
MAN Energy Solutions works to upgrade its four-stroke engines to run on power-to-X fuels such as synthetic natural gas (SNG) and hydrogen. The Augsburg-based company aims to offer hydrogen-fired engines to power stations from 2025, and engines are also meant to run ammonia and methanol by the end of 2022.
Effective smart grids need to gather, store and interpret vast amounts of data from physical assets which can be facilitated through Ovarro’s latest remote telemetry unit (RTU). The device acts autonomously to maximise the output of decentralized, hybrid power gen assets as the world’s electricity consumption is forecast to surge 70% from 2015-levels by 2040.
Striving to eliminate greenhouse gases from power transmission, Siemens Energy is investing over €60 million in a new factory, where vacuum interrupters without fluorinated gases – especially sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) – will be manufactured within the company’s switchgear plant. The new facility is scheduled start producing in 2023.
Carbon capture and utilisation (CCU) only make sense together with direct-air-capture technologies. Hydrocarbons will be needed even in a CO2-neutral economy – whether in artificial paraffin or for plastics – analysts at Germany’s federal environment agency (UBA) say, hence "future carbon cycles can only be closed permanently with additional carbon extraction from the atmosphere.”
‘Spirit of Innovation’, developed by Rolls-Royce, is claimed to be “the world’s fastest all-electric aircraft” with a top speed of 555.9 km/h (345.4 mph) over 3 kilometres. Electric flight, if adopted at scale, can help significantly decarbonise the aviation sector and Rolls-Royce says all its new products will be compatible with net zero operation by 2030.
Improving its servicing capabilities, GE has delivered the first repaired HA component from its recently opened Advanced Manufacturing & Repair Technology Centre (AMRT) in Singapore. The new hub reduces repair-time for H-Class turbines in wider Asia – where GE has over 90% in-region self-sufficiency for turbine repair and a growing installed base.
Ansaldo Energy has published its first sustainability report in what it calls an “important step in the direction of transparency.” The report’s statistics show Ansaldo managed to reduce greenhouse gas reductions by -280.6 tCO2e to date (-1,563.8 of induced emissions) while using less water per hour worked. Going forward, the focus is on green energy and digital transition.
German classification society TÜV SÜD has tested and certified Siemens Energy’s ‘H2-Ready’ power plant concept, increasing investment security for utilities. Firing combined-cycle gas power plants partially or fully on hydrogen significantly lowers the plant’s carbon footprint. Some single-cycle plants are already being sold as ‘H2-Ready’ today.