2017: The year’s biggest Power Technology stories

2 January 2018 (Last Updated January 5th, 2018 11:50)

Siemens collaborated with Duke Energy to develop gas turbine technologies, and a new report said offshore wind could bring £2.9bn to UK economy by 2030. Power-technology wraps-up the key headlines from 2017.

2017: The year’s biggest Power Technology stories
Rendering of Duke Energy’s LCCT generation site expansion. Credit: Siemens

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 has 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.


New report said offshore wind could bring £2.9bn to UK economy by 2030

A report released by UK-based power plant consultant Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult demonstrated that the offshore wind industry had potential to add as much as £2.9bn to the UK economy by 2030.

Titled ‘Economic Value of Offshore Wind: Benefits to the UK of Supporting the Industry’, the report showed that the UK had already begun to benefit from the maturing offshore wind sector.

Continued cost reductions and rising amounts of UK content in projects ensured a significant rise in the economic return.


GE to supply 123 turbines for Coopers Gap windfarm in Australia

GE entered an agreement with Powering Australian Renewables Fund (PARF) to deliver and install 123 wind turbines for the 453MW Coopers Gap windfarm, which was being built at Cooranga North, near Brisbane, Australia.

The deal involved the delivery of 91 GE 3.6MW turbines with 137m rotors and 32 GE 3.8MW turbines with 130m rotors.

GE also entered a 25-year full service agreement to maintain the Coopers Gap facility.


Longroad Energy purchased 7X Energy’s 3GW solar portfolio in US

Utility-scale renewable power company Longroad Energy acquired a 3GW solar development portfolio in the US from 7X Energy.

The acquired portfolio covers a wide range of solar projects across the country in several of Longroad Energy’s target markets. Chief information officer Charles Spiliotis said: “We are pleased to be working together with 7X Energy to bring these projects to market and excited to accelerate our solar platform.

“7X is bringing in-depth market knowledge and an accomplished team that can get these deals done.”


EON planned to develop airborne wind technology test site in Ireland

Germany-based energy provider EON was set to develop, construct, and operate a demonstration site for airborne wind technology in County Mayo in Ireland.

The firm also entered a collaboration agreement with the Netherlands-based airborne wind energy firm Ampyx Power.

Under the agreement, Ampyx agreed to be the first user to test its 2MW airborne wind energy system at the site.


Siemens and AES agreed to create new energy storage technology JV

Siemens entered a deal with AES to form 50/50 joint venture (JV) company Fluence.

The JV was intended to provide power storage technology and services, combining AES’ experience in deploying energy storage with Siemens’ global sales presence. It also planned to bring together AES Advancion and Siemens Siestorage platforms.

In addition, Fluence intended to offer scalable, flexible, and cost-competitive energy storage solutions to its customers.


SMA planned to provide 1.2GW inverter power for solar projects in Australia

SMA’s Australian unit entered a set of deals to supply more than 1.2GW of inverter power to around 20 utility scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in Australia.

The projects featured capacities ranging from 10MW to 270MW, and were developed using SMA’s medium-voltage power station (MVPS) and power plant controller solutions.

The MVPS combines PV inverters, transformers, and medium-voltage switchgears in a container. It is designed to reduce transport, installation, and operating costs.


NEXTracker provided advanced tracker technology to 750MW plant in Mexico

Flex company NEXTracker supplied advanced single-axis trackers to a 750MW solarpower plant in Northern Mexico.

Being one of the largest solar facilities in the Western Hemisphere, the grid-connected plant agreed to supply the Northern Mexico region under a long-term contract.

Expected to enter commercial operations by the middle of next year, NEXTracker delivered more than 200MW of single-axis trackers to the project site.


UK to provide £557m in CfD auction for new renewable energy projects

The UK Government revealed that it will provide up to £557m for renewable energy projects in a contracts for difference (CfD) auction round planned for 2019.

The funding will support the development of less established renewable technologies and help develop new wind projects on remote Scottish islands.

This move is part of the government’s upcoming Clean Growth Strategy, which includes several proposals on housing, power, business, transport, and the environment to help the country transform towards a low-carbon economy.


Siemens secured wind turbines contract in northern Germany

Siemens Wind Power secured two contracts for supplying 13 of its gearless turbines to Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein states in northern Germany.

As part of the deal, Siemens Wind Power was responsible for installation and commissioning of six SWT-3.3-130 units to WPD Windpark Damme, an electric utility company operating in Damme region.

Siemens also agreed to supply seven SWT-3.0-113 units for the Karlum project in the northern part of Schleswig-Holstein.