June's top stories: Siemens collaborates with Duke Energy, UN chief urges US to retain Paris climate deal

Siemens entered an agreement with Duke Energy to support development of gas turbine technologies, UN chief urged US to retain Paris climate deal. Power-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from June, 2017.


Siemens collaborated with Duke Energy to develop gas turbine technologies

Siemens entered an agreement with Duke Energy to support development of gas turbine technologies.

The agreement involves Duke Energy’s plan to expand its Lincoln County Combustion Turbine (LCCT) generation site in North Carolina, US.

Duke Energy submitted a proposal to the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for the expansion, which will see Siemens as the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor, supplying its advanced gas turbine unit.


UN chief urged US to retain Paris climate deal

The United Nations' (UN) secretary-general António Guterres urged US President Donald Trump to retain the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

The call was made following Trump’s announcement to withdraw the US from the agreement, which aims to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and promote security worldwide.

The UN also called upon the US Government and other countries in the world to build a sustainable future for the next generations.


Hot trial began at Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania

The Lithuania-based Ignalina nuclear power plant (INPP) began the hot trial phase of a solid radioactive waste management and storage facility (SWMSF) built by Nukem Technologies.

Radioactive materials were used in the trial, which seeks to verify that the SWMSF performance complies with the technical specification.

The trial represented an important step forward in the decommissioning process, which is managed by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).


LACI launched Energize California initiative to support clean energy economy

Non-profit, public-private partnership The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) introduced new initiative Energize California to enhance Southern California's clean energy economy in the US.

The initiative will support the industry and help entrepreneurs access technical services required to bring new technologies to market.

Launched with a six-year, $5m grant from California Energy Commission (CEC), Energize California is part of CEC’s statewide initiative to meet increasing demand for innovation in the energy sector as more renewable resources are installed.


DONG Energy to install battery system at Burbo Bank offshore windfarm, UK

DONG Energy unveiled plans to install a battery system into its 90MW Burbo Bank offshore windfarm in the UK.

This will help deliver frequency response, a mechanism used by the UK’s National Grid to help manage grid stability. The 2MW battery system will be supplied by ABB and is expected to be installed by the end of this year.

Once installed, the battery system will improve the capability of the windfarm and enable fast and inexpensive frequency support. It will also help the windfarm’s consumers to save money.


Georgia Power to receive $3.68bn from Toshiba to expand Vogtle nuclear plant in US

Southern Company's subsidiary Georgia Power signed an agreement with Japan’s Toshiba for the receipt of an $3.68bn contribution to help expand the Vogtle nuclear power plant in the US.

The fund will be offered in instalments from October 2017 to January 2021. It will be used to build two new units of the plant.

Toshiba made the commitment after Georgia Power took over the Vogtle plant project from its unit Westinghouse, which filed for bankruptcy in March this year. The Vogtle project is now jointly-owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power, and Dalton Utilities.


ABB provided critical components for newfloating solar test-bed in Singapore

Global technology group ABB supplied critical components for a new floating solar photovoltaic (PV) test bed situated in Tengeh Reservoir, Singapore.

The company provided 100kW of TRIO-50 solar invertersto Phoenix Solar, which is one of several system integrators for the project.

The inverters convert direct current (DC) produced in solar panels into alternating current for use in electrical grids. For the new floating solar project, ABB has also supplied low-voltage moulded case and miniature circuit breakers to protect the electrical circuits on the water.


Siemens to install 16 turbines on EnBW’s windpower project in Germany

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy secured a contract to supply and install 16 direct-drive SWT-7.0-154 wind turbines on EnBW’s 112MW Albatros offshore windpower plant in the north of Borkum Island in the German North Sea.

The installation will be carried out on monopile foundations and the grid connection will be achieved through a Siemens offshore transformer module (OTM).

In February this year, Siemens won a contract to provide 71 offshore wind turbines for EnBW’s Hohe See offshore wind project, which is situated near to the Albatros project.


Offshore Energy proposed new windfarm in Australia

Offshore Energy unveiled a proposal to establish an offshore windfarm in Australia featuring up to 250 turbines.

If approved, the farm will be built within a 574km² area off the coast of Gippsland in eastern Victoria, Australia. To be developed with A$8bn ($6bn) investment, the farm will be able to generate around 8,000GWh of electricity per year, representing around 18% of Victoria’s power usage, which is enough to supply 1.2 million homes.

Offshore Energy has been working with the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments to conduct a formal feasibility assessment of the project, named Star of the South. This study is expected to take three years to complete.


PT SB and China Huadian to develop two 300MW coal-fired power plants in Indonesia

BlackGold Natural Resources’ subsidiary PT Samantaka Batubara (PT SB) entered a conditional term sheet with China Huadian Engineering for the joint development of two new 300MW coal-fired power plants in Riau province, Indonesia.

The deal also includes the construction, operation, and maintenance of the Riau-1 Project. The latest agreement follows a deal that was announced in December 2015 when BlackGold signed a consortium agreement with China Huadian to provide electric power to Indonesia’s state-run power distribution company PT PLN (Persero).

BlackGold and China Huadian are set to form a joint venture (JV) as part of the new term sheet. Consummation of the planned JV is subject to the successful award of the bid by PLN to the consortium of PT SB and China Huadian.