Wind show

Global Windpower 2011 is taking place this week in Anaheim, California. The event got underway with its traditional keynotes by celebrities, government leaders and American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) execs. TV mogul Ted Turner led the way. A big fan of wind, he has started his own venture capital firm to sponsor renewable projects known as Turner Renewable Energy.

 “I’ve never seen anything more clear as the case for wind, solar, and geothermal,” said Turner. “They must be long-term incentives so we can plan intelligently.”


Cheniere Energy has received an order from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) with authorization to export domestically produced natural gas from the Sabine Pass LNG terminal as liquefied natural gas to any country.

Tidal license

The US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) recommended licensing Verdant Power’s Roosevelt Island Tidal Energy (RITE) Project, proposed for installation in the East Channel of the East River in New York City.  The proposed RITE Project would use the natural tidal currents of the East River to generate up to 1 megawatt (MW) of emission-free electricity via turbine generator units anchored on the riverbed. Verdant Power has proposed a three-phased development approach for the RITE Project, beginning in 2012.

Dresser Rand

Dresser-Rand has successfully engineered, manufactured and tested a centrifugal compressor whose discharge pressure exceeds 550 bar (7975 psi) while compressing gases that are heavier than typical offshore natural gas blends, including a CO2-rich gas blend that is nearly 65% heavier than these natural gas blends. While the units will be used in the Oil and Gas upstream market, the technology is applicable to other market segments requiring the compression of carbon dioxide and heavy gases such as urea production and carbon capture and sequestration.

Kobe China

Kobe Steel, Ltd. announces that it has acquired a 44.3% equity share in Wuxi Compressor Co., Ltd., based in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, after reaching agreement with parent company Wuxi Victor Group Co., Ltd.  The investment will enable Kobe Steel to help meet rising demand for process gas (non-standard) compressors in China. 

The acquisition of the Wuxi shares was made through Kobelco (China) Holdings Co., Ltd., Kobe Steel’s China headquarters. This was Kobelco (China) Holdings’ first investment upon its start of operations in April.

Mitsubishi Savannah starts up

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas (MPSA) unveiled on May 11th its $325 million Savannah, GA Machinery Works that will manufacture and service large gas and steam turbines. The construction of the plant marks the first time that Mitsubishi has built a complete turbine manufacturing facility outside of Japan.

Hitachi IGCC

Hitachi has been issued a patent for a low NOx gas turbine combustor for hydrogen combustion, especially in IGCC applications. Below is comments on the technology from Jeff Phillips of EPRI:

"I looked at the brief description of the Hitachi patent and it is different from nitrogen dilution.  They are trying an approach called rich/lean combustion to try to stay away from the high NOx production

region (which occurs right around stoichiometric combustion where you have just enough oxygen to react with all of the fuel). 



At the 2011 Electric Power Conference and Exhibition, Fernanado De Albuquerque, Plant Modernization Division Manager, Companhia Paranaense de Energia (Copel), located in Curitiba, Brazil, discussed Brazil’s outlook for natural gas fired projects. Up until the late 1900s, 95% of the nation’s power generation was hydro. In 2001 and 2002, Brazil suffered brownouts and was subject to power rationing. Shortly thereafter an emergency plan was put in place to construct 49 thermal power stations.

Electric power panel outlines challenges

John Shelk, president and CEO, Electric Power Supply Assn., was keynote speaker at the 13th annual Electric Power Conference and Exhibition in Rosemont, IL. He urged competitiveness and innovation in the power markets and cited reliability as one of the future challenges facing the industry. Maintaining a power surplus was the best way to ensure reliability, he said.

Environmental issues are also a challenge. What’s needed, he said, were analyses of the impact of U.S. EPA rules on the power industry.

Centrax expands into Russia

Russia’s programme of wide-scale modernisation and expansion of its energy infrastructure is proving a powerful incentive for the UK packaging specialist Centrax as it moves to build on its significant market presence in Europe by establishing its first service centre in Russia. “The Centrax facility here in St Petersburg will enable us to manage site activities throughout the Russian federation,” reports Vladimir Skvortsov, General Director of Centrax RUS.


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