September top stories: Vattenfall orders MHI Vestas turbines, Siemens launches Sicam A8000

Vattenfall has placed an order with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for 11 turbines, and Siemens has introduced the Sicam A8000 modular equipment series. Power-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from September 2016.


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Vattenfall orders MHI Vestas turbines for Aberdeen Offshore Windfarm, UK

Swedish power company Vattenfall placed an order with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind for 11 turbines to be installed at a windfarm off the coast of Aberdeen, UK.

Under the contract, MHI Vestas will be delivering the V164-8.0 MW turbines, which will be supplied for the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (EOWDC). The company will also provide support and services for the turbines for up to 20 years to optimise power production.

Siemens introduces telecontrol and power grid automation system

Siemens introduced the Sicam A8000 modular equipment series, its new telecontrol and power grid automation system.

The combination of power supply, processor, and expansion modules can be used in substations for distribution network automation, for connecting renewable energy sources, in power supply applications or railway power supply systems.

The compact CP-8000 device comes with a power supply and a display with function keys, as well as binary inputs and outputs.

UK approves plan to build electrical system at Triton Knoll windfarm

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The UK Government approved plans proposing a development of electrical systems to process power from turbines of the Triton Knoll windfarm in Lincolnshire.

In development since 2004, the farm was granted a permit for offshore turbines in 2013.

A substation will be built near Skegness in addition to a large connection facility at Bicker Fen, which will feed processed power into the national grid. These facilities will be linked to the farm through 64km underground cables.

GE to supply 16 power transformers to Karpowership’s floating power plants

General Electric (GE) was set to supply 16 power transformers to Turkey-based Karadeniz Energy Group’s affiliate Karpowership, which operates floating power plants, called Powerships.

The transformers will be installed in four new ships, which have a total installed capacity of 1GW and provide short-term power supply by connecting to the electrical grid.

Under a contract signed last year, GE's grid solutions business has already delivered 16 transformers to the company, with an installed capacity of 1.5GW. The additional transformers will enable Karpowership to connect its plants with a total installed capacity of 2.5GW.

Gamesa to provide maintenance for 69MW windfarm in Sicily, Italy

Gamesa signed an agreement with energy firm Alpiq for the maintenance of a 69MW wind complex in Sicily, Italy.

Comissioned in 2008, the Ramacca windfarm is equipped with 46 ECO80 turbines. Gamesa will be responsible for maintenance work at the site for a three-year period.

This contract adds to the company's previous business in Europe, including a contract to deliver 11MW of turbines to the Netherlands, along with a further five contracts in France, Italy, and Greece for the installation of 72MW in total.

Danvest and Pon Power introduce a compact hybrid system for solar-diesel microgrids

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Danish manufacturer of diesel generators Danvest and Scandinavian distributor Pon Power launched new cmpact hybrid system for solar–diesel microgrids.

Featuring Danvest’s unique, low-load and reverse-power operation and fast-response capabilities, the new series has been designed to automatically integrate photovoltaic systems with diesel power.

Hybrid plants run on solarpower during the day when the sun's radiation is at peak levels. They respond to any drop in solar output or increase in power demand. The generator sets act as an active spinning reserve with very small amounts of fuel consumption.

India's Tata Power finalises $1.4bn purchase of Welspun Renewables Energy

Tata Power Renewable Energy (TPREL) completed the acquisition of Welspun Renewables Energy in deal worth $1.4bn.

The Indian companies reached an initial agreement in June. With this acquisition, TPREL’s renewable assets portfolio has increased to more than 2.3GW, making it the largest clean power company in India.

US Government publishes strategic plan to increase offshore wind energy development

The US Government published a strategic plan to continue accelerating the development of offshore wind energy in the country.

Called 'National Offshore Wind Strategy: Facilitating the Development of the Offshore Wind Industry in the United States', the plan was announced by secretary of energy Ernest Moniz and secretary of the interior Sally Jewell.

The plan details the present state of offshore wind in the country, highlighting actions and innovations required to cut deployment costs and timelines, as well as offering a roadmap to support the growth and success of the industry.

UK Government approves Hinkley Point

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The UK Government gave approval to Hinkley Point after imposing safeguards on future projects.

Following a comprehensive review and a revised agreement with EDF, the government has decided to proceed with construction.

The agreement now states the government can prevent the sale of EDF’s controlling stake before the completion of construction without any prior notification or agreement. The government will also be able to intervene in the sale of EDF’s stake once the plant is in operation.

Valmet to deliver biomass-fired boiler plant, biofuel storage, and conveyor systems to HOFOR

Valmet secured a €150m contract to deliver a biomass-fired boiler plant, related biofuel storage, and conveyor systems to HOFOR's Amagerværket heat and power plant in Copenhagen.

Valmet's pulp and energy business president Bertel Karlstedt said: “The HOFOR biomass plant will be by value Valmet's largest boiler plant delivery so far.

“We have been able to use experiences from earlier similar type of projects in the design. The plant will fulfil tightening environmental requirements by utilising efficient firing technique.