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16 MW Myanmar Site to be Powered by Cummins Generators

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There are to be eight 2000 kilowatt lean burn gas generators at the new 16 megawatt Myanmar power plant. The lean burn gas generators have been provided by Cummins and they are the QSV91G model.

Southern Myanmar is currently having an increased growth within its trade hub and tourism industry however the inadequate electricity grid infrastructure has been struggling to keep up with the growth. Therefore the Myanmar government was looking for a solution to increase the reliability of the electricity system. The government awarded Petro and Trans Co the tender to install a new 16 megawatt gas powered power plant.

To help deliver the installation, Petro and Trans Co called upon the local Cummins distributor partner, Cummins DKSH Myanmar. The distributor aided Petro and Trans Co with the development and finalisation of the project.

The project was completed on a very tight schedule, but the local Cummins dealer managed to supply eight 2000 kW Cummins QSV91G lean burn gas generators, along with this they provided support whilst the project was ongoing. The support ranged from deploying the equipment right up to when the machines were installed.

To finish the installation of the lean burn gas generators, a standard control system was installed in each of the eight generators so that the machines could be continually monitored to ensure that they were performing as expected. In addition to this the local Cummins dealership offered support with the design process, installation and the commissioning of the Balance of Plant items. The Balance of Plant items includes equipment such as exhaust silencers, radiators and gas trains. This makes sure that the gas generators will continue to perform as expected at a reliable level no matter what the weather conditions are around the plant.

The Cummins business manager for the gas side of the business, Sanjay Wele has stated that the recent installation of the Cummins generator will make sure that the Dawei City and neighbouring regions will now have access to a reliable and continuous supply of electricity, even with the added challenge of the high altitude of the region.

Wele went on to state that Cummins are proud to have worked with Petro and Trans Co on the impressive landmark project and that Cummins looks forward to seeing the positive effects it will have on the upcoming region in Myanmar.

The large 16 megawatt plant was constructed over two different phases. The building and installation of the plant started in January of 2020 and the first 8 megawatts of power was installed by May. The extra 8 megawatts are to be commissioned during the rest of this year meaning that by 2021 the whole 16 megawatt site should be up and running to provide a reliable and continuous source of power to the regions in Southern Myanmar.

New Energy Storage Systems in Singapore Making Waves

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Energy storage systems in Singapore are being developed and innovated by the nation’s Energy Market Authority.

The Energy Storage System (ESS) was created so that so that research partners and industry could be bought together to come up with innovative solutions to improve energy storage which will in turn help the roll out of solar resources throughout the nation.

Researchers have concluded that solar power is the most viable renewable energy resource for Singapore.

The first large scale storage system is a lithium ion battery storage system with a 2.4 megawatt hour rating. The utility scale battery has been installed into a SP Group substation.

The aim of the development is to be able to analyse the safety and performance of battery storage systems in the hot and humid weather conditions of Singapore, as well as seeing how effective it would be in a highly urbanised area. The project should then be able to come to reasoned conclusions on what works best for future energy storage sites in Singapore.

The new site is expected to come online towards the end of this year and it will take part in the wholesale electricity market and will supply electricity when solar power fails to do so. Meaning a steady supply of electricity can maintained even on not sunny days.

It is believed that energy storage systems will be one of the solutions for Singapore in their effort to increase the amount of solar energy is their electricity grid. The energy storage systems will be a significant investment for the country as it aims to have at least 2 gigawatts of solar deployed by the end of the decade.

There is another distributed storage system that is being installed in the electrical switchrooms of 5 different public housing blocks located in Punggol. Similar to the other project, this venture is being used as a test to be able to work out the best way to create a centralised control system which can manage numerous different lithium ion batteries across different locations. It is hoped that the project will be able to help guide future similar projects.

The most recent storage project in Singapore is the provision of a grant to a consortium ran by Envision Digital International to make the first floating system in Singapore.

The storage system will be a 7.5 megawatt hour lithium ion battery. Due to the nature of the weather conditions, the project will include a clever water-cooling system that makes use of the seawater to help cool the batteries and improve the lifespan of the system.

The development is also going to make use of a battery stacking design, which is a first of its kind in Singapore. This means that the footprint of the system could be decreased by up to 40 per cent.

The grant is a part of a new initiave to improve energy solutions within the marine industry in Singapore. It is hoped that the scheme will help improve electricity supply in the most remote islands and reduce the amount of blackouts.

The floating battery system is estimated to be finished by 2023.

New energy storage systems are seen as the answer to helping Singapore transition to a more renewable electricity grid. Especially as the country has such ideal conditions for solar power it needs to be able to harness all the electricity it produces.

Largest Battery Storage Site in UK Goes Live

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The largest UK battery storage energy system is now live, according to demand response firm Flexitricity and Gresham House Energy Storage Fund.

The impressive new energy storage system has a total capacity of 75 MWh and it is situated in Thurcroft, South Yorkshire. The site is to be optimised by Flextricity for revenue generation whilst also supporting the National Grid in the United Kingdom to balance the supply and demand of electricity.

The battery storage system is now a part of the Balancing Mechanism used by the National Grid. The mechanism is used to make sure the supply and demand of electricity is balanced in real time.

The mechanism allows providers to increase or decrease the amount of electricity they are supplying or demanding from the National Grid in order to help to balance the system. The mechanism is monitored by Flextricity at all times from their control room, then if need be Flextricity have the power to remotely change the charge and discharge levels from the South Yorkshire battery site.

The development is also able to trade the battery in the wholesale markets meaning it can tender for frequency response services. This means that the site will contribute towards helping Britain meet its energy requirements and also optimise the revenues for the site.

On the first day of going live, Flextricity took the asset into the National Grid’s Dynamic Containment Frequency Response service and from then onwards it has been securing high value contracts on daily occurrences.

With the addition of the new Thurcorft site, the United Kingdom now has an estimated 1 gigawatt of total installed battery storage capacity however it is thought the market still needs further growth if the United Kingdom wants to become a net zero energy system by 2050.

The director at Flextricity, Andy Lowe has stated that it flexibility is essential in helping to meet the net zero carbon goal and to achieve decarbonisation. Therefore, he believes battery storage systems will be very important as they are a very flexible technology to have in the grid.

Investors are now becoming more knowledgeable about battery storage systems and have realised the potential that they have. This is leading to more large battery sites coming online as investors are more willing to put their money into them. This in turn increases the flexibility the National Grid has as it will have more electricity supply to play with.

Lowe went on to state that he is happy with the progress that Flextricity has made, especially in securing the high priced tender of the National Grids Dynamic Containment Frequency Response Service. He hopes that high revenues can continue to be secured over the near future.

The managing director of Gresham House, Ben Guest has added to this by stating that Gresham House has plans to extend their battery storage portfolio and have a target of more than 350 megawatts of operational sites by the start of 2021. Guest went on to say that another 10 gigawatts at least need to be added in the next few years so that there is a smooth transition to renewable energy.

Second Electricity Warning Issued by the National Grid

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The National Grid has once again sent out a warning that electricity supplies in the United Kingdom will be stretched as less than expected electricity generators are going to be available at peak times. This is the second warning in the last three weeks that the national grid has announced. As well as limited electricity generators, the National Grid also expects that electricity generation from renewable sources such as wind or solar power will be lower than expected.

The warning was issued late on Tuesday to the market which requested that more capacity should be made available for the next day so that there would be an increased buffer between the supply and demand for electricity across the nation. The National Grid did however insist that there would be enough electricity generation to meet demand.

National Grid tweeted earlier on Tuesday that it has predicted that there would be tight margins on Wednesday between supply and demand. The group, who runs the electricity system across the United Kingdom, put the tight margins down to multiple factors including that there was a lower renewable output and limited availability of generators during periods of the day where demand would peak.

It is now the second time in less than three weeks that the group has had to issue an unusual warning that electricity supplies are running close to demand. The first warning came during the middle of October when multiple power stations (including biomass, coal and gas) became wholly or partially unavailable due to failures that were not expected. During this time there were also reduced wind speeds meaning that wind power was producing less electricity than expected.

Warnings like this are unprecedented in Britain as blackouts are very uncommon, however as renewable power becomes more prominent within the UK electricity system the National Grid will have new challenges trying to balance the renewable output with the old traditional methods of generation electricity.

Supporters of the more traditional methods of electricity generation, such as nuclear power, believe that the United Kingdom should continue to invest in more stable and reliable methods of producing electricity. This would limit the amount of times that the margins between supply and demand run close as the reliable traditional methods would make up for when the renewables are not able to produce electricity.

Back in September the National Grid issued a much more serious warning to the market that was triggered automatically as supply ran very close to demand however the warning was later taken back.

Some experts believe that the most recent issues have been caused by the electricity imports from the under the sea cables – interconnectors, which are used when countries trade electricity amongst each other. Some of these countries include, Ireland, Belgium and France.

In a recent report from last month the National Grid also stated that the margin between supply and demand this winter would be smaller than it was last winter due to some power stations having outages or being closed down. However, the margin between supply and demand should still stay well within the electricity reliability standards that are set out by the UK government.

The coronavirus pandemic is also presenting new challenges to the National Grid as they have to deal with these unprecedented times. During the first lockdown demand dropped and supply increased so they were left to deal with a mass excess of supply of electricity.

Welland Power Start New Partnership With AcoustaVent

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Welland Power based in Spalding, South Lincolnshire have started a new partnership with another local company AcoustaVent. From now on, all canopied diesel generator sets will include the AcoustaVent products.

AcoustaVent is a brand which specialises in making durable plastic vents that have been designed to maximise the airflow through them whilst simultaneously restricting the sound that can pass through them.

Welland Power were looking for a new air inlet system for their canopied generators which would allow an efficient intake of air for the engine whilst limiting the noise that passes through it to the outside world.

Canopied generator sets are designed to reduce the noise as much as possible from the engine and alternator so that it does not disturb its surrounding areas however they still need intakes so the air can pass through to the engine.

Welland Power worked alongside AcoustaVent to work out how many vents would be needed for each different sized canopied set. The data showed them what the pressure loss would be for a given value of airflow and how that would change if more AcoustaVents were used in parallel. This ensured Welland would be using the optimal amount of vents for each generator set.

When the AcoustaVents arrived, Welland were impressed with how quick and easy the AcoustaVents were to install into their canopied sets. The vents fitted perfectly into the canopies and the innovative clip design means that the vents were safely secured.

Charlie Farrow, the Managing Director of Welland Power said ‘The AcoustaVent has an original design which has obviously been manufactured to a high professional standard’.

Mr Farrow went on to praise the efficiency of the AcoustaVent, ‘The AcoustaVent has a very efficient design and the noise reductions compared to our previous air intake system is massively noticeable’.

Welland Power believe that this is the step in the right direction to improve sound attenuation, durability and air flow through their canopied diesel generator sets.

The first canopied diesel generator sets using the new technology have been coming off the production line in recent weeks and customers have been happy with the advancement in technology.

The vents slot into the laser cut panels onto the side of the generators allowing for quick and easy instalment which has meant that production times through Welland Power’s factory have been sped up massively.

Welland Power and AcoustaVent plan to continue their joint venture and are already looking into other products that could be designed and manufactured for use in a diesel generator set to help and improve the efficiency and reliability of the generator sets.

Solar PV Estimated to be the Cheapest Electricity Generation Technology in UK

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The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the United Kingdom has recently released its predictions for the costs of electricity generation. The last time the last version of these estimations was predicted was four years ago and in that time the electricity generation landscape across the UK has changed greatly.

In this most recent report, the technologies that are covered are large scale solar power, offshore wind power, onshore wind power, combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) and combined cycle gas turbines that use carbon capture and storage (CSS) technologies.

The costs of generation run for 20 years, until 2040, and there is a wide variety of costs for all the different technologies depending on the construction costs and how useful the characteristics are of local renewable resources (for the case of wind and solar power).

Unlike similar reports, the BEIS does not use a fixed interest rate across all the different technologies. Instead, it uses ‘hurdle rates’, these rates show the expected risk that is associated within each technology. The report defines hurdle rates as ‘the minimum financial return that a project developer would require over a project’s lifetime on a pre-tax real basis’.

Using the hurdle rate technique, solar PV has the lowest rate of just 5 per cent. This represents how attractive investing in this technology is for an investor. Onshore wind power has a similar rate of just 5.2 per cent which shows it is another viable option for investors. On the other hand, CCGT without the use of carbon capture and storage technologies has a noticeably higher hurdle rate of 7.5 per cent.

The report also gives estimations of the cost of generating electricity from each different technology. The estimates predicted that solar would be marginally the cheapest technology at £44 per megawatt hour and onshore wind power would cost £46 per megawatt hour. Offshore wind power is the next cheapest at £57 per megawatt hour and CCGT is the most expensive at £85 per megawatt hour (both with and without CCS).

Most noticeably in the most recent report, coal and nuclear power are hardly mentioned and for statistics readers are referred to the previous version which estimated nuclear power an electricity generation cost of £95 per megawatt hour (at 2014 prices).

This price is in line with the price for the Hinkley Point power station which is estimated to be around £97 per megawatt hour. Even though this is noticeably more expensive than the renewable alternatives, the report does note that the UK government aims to deliver a 30 per cent decrease in the cost of nuclear power projects by the end of the decade.

The report also notes that by 2035 the generation costs of onshore wind power will be more expensive than their offshore counterparts. This is because offshore wind power has the potential to expand to 63 per cent by 2040 whereas onshore wind power will consistently stay at 34 per cent of capacity. Offshore wind farms also are able to benefit from economies of scale as they can include a large number of massive wind turbines. Onshore projects are not able to benefit from this as there is a physical restriction to their size.

There are further issues that go beyond the estimated costs of electricity generation and hurdle rates however these give a good overview of the predicted costs and they clearly shows the benefits of both solar and wind power to be used in the future to reach the net zero target.

A Net Zero Target for Australia Could Unlock a $63 Billion Investment

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Australia could open an investment of $63bn throughout the following five years on the off chance that it adjusts its atmosphere strategies to an objective of net zero discharges by 2050, as indicated by new financial displaying.

The investigation, by the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC), finds the speculation opportunity made by a systematic progress to a net zero emissions economy would arrive at many billions of dollars by 2050 across parts including sustainable power source, fabricating, carbon neutralisation and transport.

In any case, if the nation keeps to its present targets and emission approaches, venture worth $43bn would be lost throughout the following five years, developing to $250bn by 2050.

The Investor Group on Climate Change speaks to speculators in Australia and New Zealand who are centered around the impact of the climate emergency on the financial value of investments.

Among its enrollment are institutional speculators with assets under administration worth more than $2 trillion.

The association commissioned the consultancy Energetics to look at the homegrown investments that would emerge from a precise change to net zero emissions by 2050.

The report finds a net zero situation would open $63bn in investment throughout the following five years, incorporating $15bn in manufacturing, $6bn in transport, for example, charging stations, and $3bn in domestic green hydrogen creation, as organizations and governments moved towards the more grounded outflows objective.

Carbon sequestration, also known as carbon farming, would rise as a significant speculation investment class, with assessed venture worth $33bn in nature-based arrangements, for example, tree planting and helped recovery of deforested land.

The venture potential would arrive at several billions of dollars over the long term to 2050, incorporating $385bn in clean power, $350bn in homegrown green hydrogen, $104bn in transport foundation and $102bn in carbon sequestration.

The report, which targets governments, organisations, investors and money related controllers, says its appraisals are moderate since they don’t factor in the fare capability of ventures, for example, clean hydrogen.

It contends that if governments set stable arrangement, and organisations and speculators work together to adjust their choices to the objectives of the Paris agreement, at that point billions of dollars over the short and long haul could uphold the positions and abundance of millions of Australians, especially in territorial zones.

The Morrison government wouldn’t submit Australia to a net zero outflows target and has zeroed in its atmosphere strategy on another innovation guide covering hydrogen, energy stockpiling, “low carbon” steel and aluminum, carbon catch and store, and soil carbon.

Under the guide, the administration claims it will put $18bn in advancements more than 10 years.

The IGCC report noticed that the greater part of Australia’s two-way exchanging accomplices have set focuses to arrive at net zero emanations by mid-century.

It cautions that a nothing new “nursery” situation in Australia – with no net zero emissions target – would deliver $43bn less in invetments more than five years and $250bn less by 2050 than what might be conceivable with a net zero objective.

John Connor, the CEO of the Carbon Market Institute, said the truth Australia faced was its economy was running beneath its limit and it needs another course.

He said clean advances like sustainable power source and transport spoke to critical open doors for Australia in a post-carbon world and the nation’s huge land mass, with scenes needing recovery, gave it an upper hand in carbon sequestration.

Nearly Four Fifths Of Europe’s Electricity could be Fossil Fuel Free by the Turn of the Decade

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Up to 80 per cent of Europe has the potential to be fossil fuel free by the end of this decade.

A recent report from the European utility federation Eurelectric has suggested that carbon dioxide emissions are decreasing a lot faster than expected from the energy sector.

It found that in 2019, the electricity generated from coal decreased by 3 per cent, this drop in turn led to a 2 per cent drop in carbon dioxide emissions from the energy sector. The decrease in carbon dioxide emissions and coal fired electricity generation are the largest decreases since 1990. However, even though coal has fallen in Europe and the United States, coal fired electricity has risen in China making it responsible for around 50 per cent of the total coal fired electricity generation. Carbon intensity is now 15 per cent less than what it was in 2010.

The researchers also discovered that solar power and wind power generation rose by 15 per cent in 2019, contributing 8 per cent to the total global electricity output.

Critics are happy with the progress being made with the decreased use of coal fired power generation due to the benefits towards climate change however they still believe that governments need to do more to aid the energy transition process to ensure that global coal fired power generation collapses throughout this decade.

Switching from coal fired power electricity to gas fired power electricity is only substituting one fossil fuel for another and only delays the problem. The most efficient way for a green transition is thought to be through the mass roll out of wind and solar power to put an end to the coal generation.

The EU is making the most promising progress with 18 per cent of electricity coming from wind or solar, the US has 11 per cent whilst China and India are on 9 and 8 per cent respectively.

Researchers have also found that 66 per cent of the electricity generated across Europe for the first half of 2020 was carbon free. Renewable energy covered around 40 per cent of the mix whilst fossil fuels decreased to about 18 per cent.

Eurelectric believes that by the end of this decade, another 12 European countries will be coal free. Making a total of 21 coal free nations in Europe by 2030.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this year has proven how critical the power sector is in this day and age as it provides the electricity for our hospitals, offices, households and government offices. This shows how important it is that a fast clean and reliable transition is made into the renewable future.

Johnson’s Plan to Power Every Home by Offshore Wind Requires £50bn in Investment

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The Prime Ministers new plan to power every household with offshore wind power in the UK by 2030 would require an astonishing £50 billion worth of investment and a new turbine being installed once every week for the rest of this decade.

The massive investment would improve the current offshore wind power output of the United Kingdom four times over making the total wind capacity reach 40 gigawatts by the turn of the decade. The magnitude of the investment was calculated by an Oxford based consultancy firm, Aurora Energy Research.

The wind energy industry of Great Britain is one of the biggest industrial success stories of recent years. In the last decade the total capacity of the offshore turbines in the UK has increased from 1 gigawatt to nearly 10 gigawatts by the start of 2020. Alongside this, the cost of building offshore wind turbines have decreased by nearly 66 per cent.

Boris Johnson announced the new plan as a part of the United Kingdom’s goal to ‘build back better’ after the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus. However, there are still many hurdles to be cleared by the government to show that the promise of a cleaner future with more green jobs and billions of pounds of investment will take place.

The chief executive of Scottish Power, Keith Anderson, has stated that the issues is not to do with a shortage in investment or capital to go into the projects but it’s the speed at which the government allow the projects to take place. Especially by granting new project contracts and seabed licences at speeds never before seen.

Investment for the projects is planned to come through the private sector with a large project contract auction in spring time of next year. The auction will also support new onshore wind turbine projects and solar projects for the first time since 2017. RenewableUK predict that this upcoming auction could create around 12,000 new jobs (mainly within the construction sector) and bring in over £20 billion of new investment.

Anderson believes that the offshore wind industry will confidently meet the required target. He only holds reservations that people may see the 40 gigawatt figure as a target to reach and that the industry should strive to go above and beyond to exceed it.

The UK government is currently under pressure to prove that it is taking its net-zero promise seriously. More so as it is a host country of the UN climate talks Cops26. However the talks have currently been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus.

The only noticeable green measures that have been bought in so far by the Chancellor is a new £3 billion scheme for insulating homes. This, along with the new investments into offshore wind power still means a lot more needs to be done for the UK to reach its net zero target.

Critics believe that further commitments need to be made in other areas such as reducing our emissions from transport, buildings, land and industry.

Doubts have also been raised over the promise of the creation of new jobs in the UK. The government has promised that over 60 per cent of the offshore wind farms will be made in the UK however previous years have shown that green job promises from the prime minister do not necessarily materialise.

Octopus Energy to Create 1,000 Green Energy Jobs in the UK

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1,000 new jobs in the UK are to be created by Octopus Energy across a variety of sites in Brighton, Leicester, London and Warwick as well as a new tech hub in Manchester. The vision from Octopus Energy is to make the United Kingdom the Silicon Valley of Energy.

The plan is for graduates to be employed across all the new UK sites which will help to develop the proprietary green energy technology platform. This has lead to Octopus Energy being one of the fastest growing companies in the whole of the United Kingdom.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister has stated that the creation of the new jobs will generate ‘exciting opportunities’ across the United Kingdom for workers who will want to be at the ‘cutting edge’ of the green revolution globally.

Johnson went on to say ‘It’s UK tech companies like Octopus who will ensure we continue to build back greener and remain a world leader in pioneering renewable energy, leading the path to net zero whilst creating thousands of skilled jobs’.

Octopus is the most recent tech company from the United Kingdom that has been dubbed a ‘tech unicorn’. Meaning it is a start-up company that is now valued at over $1 billion. In May this year Origin, an Australian energy company bought a £300 million stake of 20 per cent. Since this, it has made a £100 million leap into the United States market, which comes part of the company’s goal to reach 100 million energy customers globally by 2027.

Octopus Energy’s latest recruits will be helping to develop new smart grid technologies which will aid the transport and heating systems across Britain. This will harness cheaper renewable energy and help Britain achieve its goal to be carbon neutral by the year 2050.

Rishi Sunak, the chancellor has said that the increase in green jobs is not just good news for those looking for a job in the UK but it also provides confidence to the British public that during the economy’s recovery a greener future is on the horizon.

One example of Octopus Energy using their cutting edge technology is through their platform Kraken. It is used so that its customers can earn money from using increased electricity when renewable generation is high. It also allows them to avoid paying higher costs when the renewable energy production is lower.

Octopus Energy have also increased the amount of companies it works with such as Co-op energy, good energy and E.On. These companies use the Kraken platform through license deals from Octopus.

The chief executive of Octopus Energy, Greg Jackson has said that the new technology could mean that the United Kingdom is the best place to invest in making new green electricity generation.

Jackson went on to state, “We’re revolutionising the energy industry (…) creating jobs not just through increased demand for affordable renewables, but by facilitating the development of new and emerging industries like electric vehicles, electric heating and vertical farming.”