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FT4000® INTRODUCED


Chuck Levey

GLASTONBURY, CT - PW Power Systems, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., announced the successful completion of the initial verification tests for its latest aero-derivative power solution, the FT4000® gas turbine. World-Gen spoke by
 


Dave Maher

phone to Chuck Levey and Dave Maher upon completion of the initial phase of validation testing conducted on its first FT4000® engine on the Pratt & Whitney engine test facility in Florida. "The final integration of both the high pressure (article continues)

THE NETHERLANDS GREENOVATES



Maeslant Gate – The surge barrier is the last part of
Delta Works, a series of dams and dikes commissioned
after the North Sea flood of 1953.

AMSTERDAM, NE - The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited World-Gen to a five day press tour hosted by Dr. Peter Stoel that started in Amsterdam. Renee Jones-Bos, Secretary General of the Ministry said that, “The Netherlands is often referred to as Holland.” The recent tour consisted of a series of site visits to seven of twelve Netherland provinces where public-private partnerships, innovations, incubators and university spinoffs were showcased as the country transitions to sustainable energy.

PAN EUROPEAN DCA

The capital city of Amsterdam is joining London, Paris and Frankfurt to be a green data center as a member of PEDCA. PEDCA is the first research and development FP7 grant of euro 1.7 million for 18 months ending December, 2014 to address the data center sector. Forty-one private companies are participating in this “Green IT Initiative,” Maikel Bouricins, Project Manager, told World-Gen. The Geyser project is to design, implement and validate a fully innovative (article continues)

J920 LAUNCHED


DENVER, CO - GE invited World-Gen to the official launch of its new, 10 megawatt Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engine designed for the 60 Hz North American market. The launch was announced by Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO for GE’s Distributed Power at a press conference held during the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2014 conference and expo in Denver. She also announced a memorandum of understanding with Sky Global Partners to supply the IPP with six of its natural gas-fueled J920 FleXtra gas engines.

“Our Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engines offer best in class electrical efficiency of 49 percent for 60Hz adding up to big savings in fuel over the life cycle of any plant. For example, over 15 years, a US facility could realize fuel savings of as much as $15 million for a 100-MW J920 FleXtra power plant,” Bolsinger said. Featuring a five-minute start up, the J920 FleXtra is scalable for any plant size.

“The installed capacity of non-dispatchable resources such as wind and solar has doubled since 2010 and is expected to increase further in the coming decade. They must be supported by complementary generation to maintain a stable grid,” added Bolsinger.

 

Lorraine Bolsinger

“The J920 FleXtra can be activated during periods of low renewable power supply or during tariff spikes. Conversely, the J920 FleXtra can be quickly curtailed during spells of high feed in of renewable energy or low energy prices.”

The J920 FleXtra enables the integration of renewables onto the grid and is well suited for regions with water constraints due to its lower water consumption, and was developed as a modular system with a small footprint.

The complete J920 engine’s turbocharger module consists of four turbo-chargers, a two-stage turbocharging system, intercoolers, gas train, oil and water heat exchangers, blow-by system, and an electrical cabinet. This enables excellent lean-burn combustion, higher efficiency and lower emissions. J920 FleXtra engine efficiency remains high even in tropical regions and high altitudes.

Two-stage turbocharging enables more than 90 percent total efficiency when the J920 FleXtra engine is used in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant application that produces hot water. Using the J920 FleXtra engine’s exhaust heat, a hot water temperature of up to 130°C (266°F) can feed a district heating system and maintain a water return temperature of up to 70°C (158°F). (article continues)

TEMPLE 1 COMMISSIONED
BY DICK FLANAGAN

L to R: Lee Peterson (Temple EDF), Troy Fraser (Texas Senate), Todd Carter (Panda), Janice Carter (Panda), Robert W. Carter (Panda); Drayton McLane, Jr. (McLane); Mary McLaughlin (Bechtel); Danny Dunn (Mayor, Temple), Barry Nicholls (Siemens).

TEMPLE, TX – Panda Power Funds, Siemens Energy and Bechtel Power dedicated the Panda Temple 1 Power Project located at the Synergy Industrial Park on September 25th, 2014. The project on a 250 acre greenfield site started by excavating 80,000 cubic yards of dirt; pouring 24,000 cubic yards of concrete and installing 1,086 tons of steel, 24 miles of pipe and 284 miles of electrical cable. World-Gen and other media were invited to this first Flex-Plant in commercial operation in Texas. The plant has been strategically located to meet electricity demand in the “Texas Triangle”, an area bordered by Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, four of the fasted growing metropolitan areas in the United States.

Siemens Energy supplied the natural- gas-fired Combined Cycle Power Plant in consortium with its partner, Bechtel. The multi-shaft plant is a Siemens Flex-Plant configuration, with a gross installed electrical capacity of 758 megawatts. Innovative design features are incorporated to enable fast start, and fast ramping up and down across a large operating window from low plant turndown to high plant output with Carbon Monoxide (CO) emissions less than 10 parts-per-million (ppm), and Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) emissions less than 2.0 ppm.

Siemens also delivered two SGT6- 5000F gas turbines, one SST6-5000 steam turbine, two SGen6-1000A generators, one SGen6- 2000H generator, the SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and control system as well as two Benson heavy duct-fired heat recovery steam generators manufactured by NEM USA Corp and other key cycle components. A long-term service agreement is also in place for the main generation components. Bechtel was responsible for the balance of the plant engineering, overall plant construction, procurement, and led the commissioning of the facility. The gas turbines for this project are equipped with Shaping Power™, a feature which enables higher power output on higher temperature days.

“Siemens fast and efficient Flex- Plant technology is a perfect fit in balancing intermittent renewable resources and providing low cost electricity,” said Martin Tartibi, Senior Executive Vice President at Siemens Energy Solutions Americas. “The Panda Temple plant is the third Flex-Plant in commercial operation in the United States and it will be considered one of the cleanest fossil-fueled plants in the nation.”

“Temple was our very first project working with Siemens, and we made the right choice," said Todd Carter, President of Panda Power Funds and a member of World-Gen’s Class of 2013. “We are impressed with their state of the art technological power plant solutions and service.”

“Panda Temple I represents a tremendous team effort, including our consortium partner Siemens and Panda Power Funds, both of which worked seamlessly to bring the plant online early, which was important for our customer and the community,” said Mary McLaughlin, president of Bechtel’s thermal power business line. “We are pleased to have delivered a quality plant safely. As a result of a strong safety culture, the team worked the duration of the project without a single lost-time accident.”

About 70 percent of the project’s subcontractors and 80 percent of Bechtel’s craft workers were from Texas.

Bechtel introduced a pilot program, Military Relations Strategic Initiative, at Temple I to hire separated military veterans at Ft. Hood to fill 15 positions during construction. The Bechtel initiative is planning to fill a total of 600 positions with returning veterans company-wide.

Bechtel and Siemens also are working as a consortium to deliver the Panda Temple II Generating Station, adjacent to Panda Temple I; the Panda Sherman Power Project in Sherman, Texas; and the Panda Stonewall Power Project in Leesburg, Virginia. The projects are similar in size to Panda Temple I and, when completed, will collectively generate enough electricity to power almost 3 million homes.

Panda Power Funds is a private equity firm headquartered in Dallas that has the ability to develop, acquire, construct, finance and operate utility-scale, natural gas-fueled power generation facilities. Panda has two 758 megawatt combined-cycle power plants in operation in Temple and Sherman, Texas and three combined-cycle power plants currently under construction in Texas and Pennsylvania with a total capacity of more than 2,400 megawatts. Panda Power Funds also has two power projects in advanced development: a 778 megawatt combined-cycle power plant in Northern Virginia and an 859 megawatt power facility in Southern Maryland. The fund built a 20 megawatt solar farm in Southwest New Jersey that is one of the largest solar facilities in the Northeast United States.

Panda has a 59 person, full service professional team. Employees average more than 20 years of industry experience and 7 years tenure at Panda Funds, and the fund has financed approximately $4 billion of generating capacity during a two year period.

CAPE WIND ANCHORS
BY DICK FLANAGAN AND MARTY PILSCH

BOSTON, MA – The Massachusetts Port of New Bedford, the Nation’s number one fishing port is soon to become the Nation’s number one port for the first offshore wind farm of 468 megawatts. Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind, announced that he has entered into an anchor lease agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center to stage its historic, First-in-the-Nation offshore wind project out of the South Coast Marine Commerce Terminal located on New Bedford harbor.

The two-year lease agreement calls for Cape Wind to pay MassCEC $4.5 million in rent for use of its 28-acre facility. The terminal is the first facility of its kind in North America, and has been specifically designed to handle the heavy loads associated with the staging of offshore wind projects.



Courtesy – Siemens

The terms of the lease include an option for two one-year extensions.

Edward Anthes-Washburn, Deputy Director at the Port of New Bedford told World-Gen that the name “South East Marine Commerce Terminal” is being reviewed for a change to “New Bedford Marine Commerce Terminal.” Construction of the terminal is 80 percent complete and is scheduled to be completed in December, 2014.

The initial project will begin with the arrival of components by special vessels owned by Hansa Lines, (HY-Lift).

AUCTION

There are more than 742,000 acres in federal waters off the shore of Massachusetts – the largest offshore wind planning area along the East Coast. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab estimates that the area has the potential to generate between 4,000 and 5,000 megawatts of clean energy, enough to power more than half of the homes in Massachusetts.

The federal government will be conducting an auction to lease this area for commercial wind energy development in December, 2014. DOE estimates that 43,000 new jobs will be created in the offshore wind industry by 2030. Mass CEC CEO Alicia Barton said, “The clean energy industry already employs 80,000 workers.”

STRATEGIC INVESTMENTS

Governor Patrick’s Administration made strategic investments to position the Commonwealth as the national hub for emerging offshore wind industry. Along with the construction of the Terminal, the Commonwealth has constructed the Wind Technology Testing Center in Boston; invested in workforce training programs; commenced a supply chain analysis to survey and connect Massachusetts companies to offshore wind developers and contractors; conducted marine wildlife surveys in the region’s offshore wind planning area and began a transmission study to assess the most cost effective routes and interconnection locations.

SIEMENS SIGNED

Siemens and Cape Wind have signed a major contract in which Siemens will supply Cape Wind 130 of its 3.6 megawatt offshore wind turbines, an offshore Electric Service Platform (ESP) and a service agreement for the first 15 years of commercial operations. Siemens is subcontracting the manufacturing of the ESP to Cianbro to be fabricated in its facility in Brewer, ME. The ESP was designed for Cianbro by Moffatt and Nichol Engineers of Norfolk, VA. The turbines will be floated to the wind farm by specially constructed Jones Act barges with American crews, constructed and owned by East Coast companies, Weeks Marine and Cashman.

Cape Wind has sold 77 ½%of its power output in long term Power Purchase Agreements to National Grid and NSTAR, the two largest electric utilities in Massachusetts, Cape Wind’s Mark Rodgers told World-Gen during a visit to his Boston office.

Seaports in North America have been active in the handling of energy generating products for centuries. Beginning with the era of the great sailing ships, including the New England whaling fleets, to the present day bulk carriers now serving global markets. Ports such as New Bedford, Boston and Portland, Maine were the hubs from which whale oil flowed to the inland populations. Today, the goals of the ports in the U.S. are similar to those in New England during the early days, however, the challenges to meet those goals have changed dramatically.

The nation’s ports began handling wooden kegs of whale oil with rope and tackle ships gear. Over a three hundred year period, the development of energy related cargo handling methods have included new technologies, larger capacity storage facilities at or near dockside, higher speed unloading and expanded receiving and storing sites.

As cargo volumes continued to place greater demands, seaports, railroads and road conveyance also responded. Increased demands and the development of multi- modal carriers have brought new challenges to the ports.

The movement of increasing quantities of dry bulk energy products such as coal and wood pellets, have brought not only increases in deep water outlets but also improved land access along the US coast lines.

As America’s population grew, coast line expansion continued and additional ports were created to support the new centers. In addition, seaports were developed based upon their proximity to demand, created by development of export cargoes nearby and necessary import cargo to support the growth. Eventually, ports along the US South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific Coast, the Great Lakes and rivers such as the Mississippi began handling much needed products. New territories such as Alaska and Hawaii were opened and seaport development followed.

Along with expansion, a certain amount of redundancy occurred and many of the busiest ports in the early days began to fade away.

PORT OF NEW BEDFORD

With the opening of new territories, new ports were created to not only support the burgeoning populations but also new commerce developing around them. Port development continues today in response to the availability of both import and export commodities, especially those that are energy related.

As these commodities evolve, the search for increased volumes and cleaner, more affordable products have moved our energy related efforts toward new sources. In this search, Seaports such as New Bedford again have become the hub of the logistics chain, playing a key role in what and where the tools used to develop wind power are concentrated.

According to a Presidential initiative in 2007, areas with good wind resources could provide up to 20% of the electrical supply in the USA. The potential to harness wind power, immediately became a hot topic. A number of years ago, members of the energy, logistics, equipment, consulting, manufacturing and port industries gathered to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by the creation and handling of wind farms and the feasibility of wind power generation at the levels that were eagerly anticipated. Wind energy as a dynamic commodity, promised immense benefits to the American economy including reduced costs of power, creation of new jobs in domestic production and new found prosperity to the logistics community.

WIND POWERING AMERICA

In a Wind Powering America Program Overview, the U.S. Department of Energy indicated that the anticipated results of the development of wind projects would be a direct spin-off of over $400 billion in economic development and 180,000 jobs. While the potential of wind power to develop these results is possible, private involvement in segments of the projects has remained in the manufacturing sector.

The significance of this project is two-fold. First, it has helped transform a port whose significance in the development of the seafaring history of the United States has all but been forgotten, and two, it provides a demonstration of the ability of public and private sectors and foreign and domestic commercial entities to work together to provide the capability of U.S. populations to improve their stake in affordable electric power generation.

 


Richard T. Flanagan














PW Power Systems, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., announced the successful completion of the initial verification tests for its latest aero-derivative power solution, the FT4000™ gas turbine. World-Gen spoke by phone to Chuck Levey and Dave Maher on the eve of the release of the first FT4000 assembly heading to Exelon from new assembly and testing facilities in Palm Beach, FL. Maher took us back in time to the design> objective of the FT4000 and Levey highlighted its evolution to the oil and gas industry. Begins on page 1.

The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited World-Gen to a five day press tour hosted by Dr. Peter Stoel that started in Amsterdam. The recent tour consisted of a series of site visits to seven of twelve Netherland provinces where public-private partnerships, innovations, incubators and university spinoffs were showcased as the country transitions to sustainable energy, starts on page 1.

GE invited World-Gen to the official launch of its new, 10 megawatt Jenbacker J920 FleXtra gas engine designed for the 60 Hz North American market. The launch was announced by Lorraine Bolsinger, president and CEO for GE’s Distributed Power at a press conference held during the American Public Power Association (APPA) 2014 conference and expo in Denver, covered on page 1.

Microgrids have become a hot topic in industry news describing installations popping up across the country, particularly at universities and on military bases. The Solar Electric Power Association held a webinar on July 31 profiling two microgrids in San Diego Gas & Electric’s service territory, Lyn Corum reports on page 11.

The Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to increase production and use of domestic biofuels as a way to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. It is also intended to mitigate the environmental impact of transportation fuel use. The program promotes competition within the U.S. transportation fuel market, ensuring that consumers benefit, Paul Winters explains on page 12.

The Massachusetts Port of New Bedford, the Nation’s number one fishing port is soon to become the Nation’s number one port for the first offshore wind farm of 468 megawatts. Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind, announced that he has entered into a two year lease agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC). This feature is on page 13.

James Cater answers this question: Does solar really save costs for society as a whole? Or does it simply shift the costs from solar customers to utilities, and in turn to other electricity customers who don’t use solar? Can utilities set rates that are fair to all? Read what he has to say on page 14.

Panda Power Funds, Siemens Energy and Bechtel Power dedicated the Panda Temple 1 Power Project located at the Synergy Industrial Park on September 25th, 2014. The plant has been strategically located to meet electricity demand in the “Texas Triangle”, an area bordered by Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, four of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. See page 15 for the details.

AES launched its energy storage business six years ago with the commercial operation of AES Los Andes ES, a 24MW, lithium–ion based energy storage system located in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. AES has developed and operates over 200MW of lithium–ion battery based energy storage resources and continues to develop and offer energy storage solutions to utilities globally, Brett Galura says on page 16.

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