John Shelk, president and CEO, Electric Power Supply Assn., was keynote speaker at the 13th annual Electric Power Conference and Exhibition in Rosemont, IL. He urged competitiveness and innovation in the power markets and cited reliability as one of the future challenges facing the industry. Maintaining a power surplus was the best way to ensure reliability, he said.
Environmental issues are also a challenge. What’s needed, he said, were analyses of the impact of U.S. EPA rules on the power industry.
Russia’s programme of wide-scale modernisation and expansion of its energy infrastructure is proving a powerful incentive for the UK packaging specialist Centrax as it moves to build on its significant market presence in Europe by establishing its first service centre in Russia. “The Centrax facility here in St Petersburg will enable us to manage site activities throughout the Russian federation,” reports Vladimir Skvortsov, General Director of Centrax RUS.
Ocean Power Technologies, Inc., a leading wave energy technology company, has announced the commencement of ocean trials of the first of its new generation utility-scale PowerBuoy device, the PB150. With a peak-rated power output of 150 kW – equivalent to the energy consumption of approximately 150 homes – the PB150 is the largest and most powerful wave power device designed by OPT to date.
Howden has announced that it has agreed to acquire the entire issued share capital of Thomassen Compression Systems BV ("Thomassen"). The combination of Howden and Thomassen creates a global company capable of supplying a comprehensive range of hydrogen compressors including a full suite of piston compressors with capability up to 25MW and 600 bar and diaphragm compressors with capability up to 3000 bar. This is expected to bring market opportunities not currently available to either company.
The Clean Energy Technology Development Center of Southern Research Institute in Durham, North Carolina, has developed a technology that combines both coal and biomass feedstocks for use in Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle systems. Use of biomass—as a supplement to coal—could allow power stations to take credit for the carbon dioxide that plants and trees take out of the atmosphere as they grow and mature. The program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), with additional financial support from Southern Research and TK Energi.
Looking to strengthen its presence in the fast growing Indian market, General Electric will introduce 660 and 800 MW supercritical steam turbines this year.
The country is looking to expand its capacity by 100 GW in the next five years. Much of the new capacity will be coal, though nuclear, and to some extent gas, will also play a significant role. Steam turbines will provide more than 60% of the power capacity growth.
Southside Thermal Sciences (STS) Ltd successfully conducted a gas turbine engine test on a Rolls-Royce VIPER 201 engine using its patented sensor coating technology to measure temperatures on-line. The work was conducted under the project ‘Sensor Coating System – SeCSy’ which is co-financed through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and is in cooperation with RWE npower, LAND Instruments and Cranfield University. The VIPER gas turbine is owned by STS and has been specifically modified to enable optical access.