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IRENA Inks Supplementary Agreement With The UAE

The International Renewable Energy Agency signed a supplementary agreement to the Headquarters Agreement with the United Arab Emirates. The new agreement outlines the specific conditions governing IRENA’s occupancy of its headquarters building in Masdar City. The Headquarters Agreement signed in 2012 is a foundational document that outlines the relationship between the Agency and the government of the host country, the UAE.

His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, inked the agreement in Abu Dhabi. Highlighting the UAE’s progress in the field of renewable energy, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi said that “The UAE is strongly committed to increasing the share of renewables in its energy mix through mega projects, such as the 100 MW Shams 1 concentrated solar power plant, the 1.17 GW Noor Abu Dhabi, and the 5 GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park. Guided by the UAE Energy Strategy 2050, the country has broken the world record for the lowest solar energy cost multiple times.”

He added that “We are pleased to sign the supplementary agreement with IRENA. Hosting the Agency in our flagship Masdar City reinforces the UAE’s leading role as a supporter of global renewables deployment endeavors. The country has implemented multiple grant and soft loan programs to fund clean and renewable energy ventures around the world.”

Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA, said that “Hosting IRENA shows once more the UAE’s long-term commitment to the energy transition. Based in the UAE, IRENA advances low-carbon energy solutions and sustainable development pathways that serve as a strong example to the region and beyond. IRENA’s efforts to promote the deployment of sustainable energy in line with climate and development goals are strengthened by the UAE’s unwavering support.”

Mohamed Jameel Al Ramahi, CEO of Masdar, said that “Masdar is a global leader in renewable energy and sustainable urban development. In ongoing cooperation with IRENA, the company works tirelessly to strike a balance in the energy sector and expedite the shift to a green economy.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Nova Scotia Power Reaches 30% Renewable Energy Milestone

Nova Scotia Power has reached a new renewable energy milestone, delivering 30% of Nova Scotia’s electricity from renewable sources in 2018. Mr Karen Hutt, President & CEO for Nova Scotia Power, said that "Nova Scotians want a cleaner energy future for themselves and our children. But we know as we manage this change, we can’t overlook affordability. So, as we continue to achieve new records in renewable electricity, we remain focused on ensuring electricity prices stay predictable and affordable for our customers."

Over the past five years, annual rate increases have averaged below the rate of inflation for residential customers and most business customers. At the same time, Nova Scotia Power has been a Canadian leader in reducing carbon emissions achieving a 36% reduction from 2005 levels. By comparison, the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris called for a 30% reduction from 2005 levels by 2030. NSP projects achieving a 58% reduction by 2030, almost double the international climate conference’s goal.

Mr Hutt said that "We have made greener, cleaner energy a priority. We have 1,700 employees working in communities throughout Nova Scotia who take pride in delivering on our customers’ expectations that their electricity comes from more sustainable sources, and that the change is managed at an affordable pace."

Today, wind power is the largest contributor to renewable energy in Nova Scotia, accounting for 18% of electricity in 2018. That’s higher than most other provinces and states. Soon, though, hydroelectricity will challenge for Nova Scotia’s top spot in renewable energy, thanks to the Maritime Link subsea transmission line to Newfoundland and Labrador. Accessing hydroelectricity from Newfoundland and Labrador will enable Nova Scotia Power to provide 40% renewable energy in 2020, which will be another milestone achievement.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Smart Energy Fund Invests In Estonian startup Hepta Airborne

Smart Energy Fund powered by Lietuvos Energija (Lithuanian Energy) and managed by Contrarian Ventures invested in Hepta Airborne, Estonia based startup developing solution for automatic power line inspection. Hepta Airborne, a company that offers utilities an inspection drone service, has raised EUR 300 thousand funding in a round led by Contrarian Ventures, marking it the firm’s third investment. Hepta Airborne is focusing on overhead power lines use cases and has already developed a foothold in the Nordic market, where it offers tools for analyzing infrastructure based on the imagery and 3d data. The company also focuses on emergency response after extreme weather events.

Mr Dominykas Tuckus, Lithuanian Energy Board Member and Director of Infrastructure and Development said that “We are consistently investing in solutions that help us to improve the maintenance on our infrastructure. Currently, the vast majority of electricity distribution network inspections are performed by humans. It is time-consuming and costly process. Lietuvos Energija is seeking to create and implement a solution allowing full automation of electricity distribution network inspection process by 2024.”

Mr Henri Klemmer, the CEO of Hepta Airborne said that “Drone applications are very much a vibrant and moving landscape in terms of how much activity has gone on. For us, we’ve been largely and continuously focused on the commercial aspects of the market that we can solve for really difficult energy sector challenges. But I think others have had some challenges because it’s not the most straightforward thing to figure out a viable business model for scale in the drone space.” That is the reason the team had to develop their own versions of electric and gas-powered UAV platforms to enable their solution to start collecting data for the customers.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Siemens Gamesa Starts Electrothermal Energy Storage Pilot At Hamburg Altenwerder

In a world first, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has begun operation of its electric thermal energy storage system. The heat storage facility, which was ceremonially opened in Hamburg-Altenwerder, contains around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium. It is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and a blower that heats the rock to 750°C. When demand peaks, ETES uses a steam turbine for the re-electrification of the stored energy. The ETES pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week. In addition, the storage capacity of the system remains constant throughout the charging cycles. The aim of the pilot plant is to deliver system evidence of the storage on the grid and to test the heat storage extensively. In a next step, Siemens Gamesa plans to use its storage technology in commercial projects and scale up the storage capacity and power. The goal is to store energy in the range of several GWh in the near future. One gigawatt hour is the equivalent to the daily electricity consumption of around 50,000 households.

The Institute for Engineering Thermodynamics at Hamburg University of Technology and the local utility company Hamburg Energie are partners in the innovative Future Energy Solutions project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy within the “6. Energieforschungsprogramm” research programme. TU Hamburg carries out research into the thermodynamic fundamentals of the solid bulk technology used.

By using standard components, it is possible to convert decommissioned conventional power plants into green storage facilities (second-life option). Hamburg Energie is responsible for marketing the stored energy on the electricity market. The energy provider is developing highly flexible digital control system platforms for virtual power plants. Connected to such an IT platform, ETES can optimally store renewable energy at maximum yield.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Short Term Outlook For Electricity, Coal, Renewables And Emissions From EIA

EIA expects the share of US total utility-scale electricity generation from natural gas-fired power plants to rise from 35% in 2018 to 37% in 2019 and to 38% in 2020. EIA forecasts that the share of generation from coal will average 24% in 2019 and 23% in 2020, down from 27% in 2018. The forecast nuclear share of generation falls from 20% in 2019 to 19% in 2020, reflecting the retirement of some nuclear reactors. Hydropower averages a 7% share of total generation in the forecast for 2019 and 2020, similar to 2018. Wind, solar, and other non hydropower renewables together provided 10% of US generation in 2018. EIA expects they will provide 11% in 2019 and 13% in 2020. EIA forecasts that renewable fuels, including wind, solar, and hydropower, will collectively produce 18% of U.S. electricity in 2019 and almost 20% in 2020. EIA expects that annual generation from wind will surpass hydropower generation for the first time in 2019 to become the leading source of renewable electricity generation and maintain that position in 2020.

EIA forecasts that US coal consumption, which reached a 39-year low of 687 million metric tons in 2018, will fall to 602 MMst in 2019 and to 567 MMst in 2020. The falling consumption reflects lower demand for coal in the electric power sector.

After rising by 2.7% in 2018, EIA forecasts that US energy-related carbon dioxide emissions will decline by 2.0% in 2019 and by 0.9% in 2020. EIA expects US CO2 emissions will fall in 2019 and in 2020 because its forecast assumes that temperatures will return to near normal, and because the forecast share of electricity generated from natural gas and renewables increases while the forecast share generated from coal, which produces more CO2 emissions, decreases. Energy-related CO2 emissions are sensitive to weather, economic growth, energy prices, and fuel mix.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Northvolt Gets Funds For Lithium Ion EV Batteries Factory in Sweden & Plans Second Plant in Germany

Northvolt announced the agreement of a USD 1 billion equity capital raise to enable the establishment of Europe’s first homegrown gigafactory for lithium-ion battery cells, Northvolt Ett, in Skellefteå, Sweden. European Investment Bank has approved in-principle a USD 400 million loan as a part of the total funding for Northvolt Ett. Together with additional debt being raised, the establishment of the initial 16 GWh of lithium-ion battery cell manufacturing capacity at Northvolt Ett is enabled. Building construction work will commence in August with large-scale production estimated to begin in 2021. Northvolt Ett will serve as Northvolt’s primary production site, hosting active material preparation, cell assembly, recycling and auxiliaries. The gigafactory will be expanded to at least 32 GWh.

Volkswagen Group together with funds managed by the Merchant Banking Division of the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc will lead the equity fund raising alongside equity being provided by the BMW Group, AMF, Folksam Group and IMAS Foundation. The transaction is subject to approval from the Swedish Competition Authority.

In cooperation with the Volkswagen Group, the company also announced plans to establish a second gigafactory with an intended location in Lower Saxony, Germany. In addition to the gigafactory in Sweden, Volkswagen and Northvolt plan to set up a 50/50 joint venture to establish a 16 GWh battery cell factory with an intended location in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony, Germany. Volkswagen is investing around USD 1 billion in joint battery activities with Northvolt. A part of the amount is intended for the joint venture, another part of the total amount will be invested directly in Northvolt. The production facility is scheduled to start manufacturing battery cells for Volkswagen from late 2023 or early 2024 and could be increased to 24 GWh over the following years.

Northvolt is a European supplier of sustainable, high-quality battery cells and systems. Founded in 2016 to enable the European transition to a decarbonized future, the company has made swift progress on its mission to deliver the world’s greenest lithium-ion battery with a minimal CO2 footprint and the highest ambitions for recycling. Among Northvolt industrial partners and customers are ABB, BMW Group, Scania, Siemens, Vattenfall, Vestas and the Volkswagen Group. For more information visit

Source : Strategic Research Institute
DEWA Breaks World Record For Re-Engineering Gas Turbine Overhaul

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority has broken the world record in major inspection outages by re-engineering the Gas Turbine SGT-4000F overhaul process at the Jebel Ali Power and Desalination Complex. DEWA succeeded the completion of its major inspection outage within 11 working days compared to 30 working days previously. This allows a 63% reduction in outage duration, leading to increased availability of its gas turbines.

These gas turbines, along with the steam turbines in the same train, provide 63.2% of DEWA’s gas plant power generation capacity, and 55% of the total thermal energy needed to produce desalinated water that DEWA provides to Dubai.

The project’s objectives were to strengthen and highlight Dubai's position as a leader in technological transformation. There are a total of 461 similar units worldwide, with 46 in the UAE. The lessons learned from DEWA’s achievement helped global users to use these turbines as a benchmark to improve their operating costs and availability of their services, and improve their environmental footprint.

Since the project’s success, the major inspection outage period over the next 12 years is expected to result in an increase in the availability of high-efficiency units and use by 756 days. In addition, DEWA managed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 394,632 tonnes in a year, equivalent to 18.13 million trees.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
China 2018 Thermal Power Investment Lowest Since 2004 – CEC

China's total investment in thermal power construction last year fell to its lowest level since 2004, according to data from an official industry group, as the country tried to restrict investment in polluting projects. The China Electricity Council which represents power generators, plant builders and equipment manufacturers, said investment in new thermal power plants reached 78.6 billion yuan (USD 11.35 billion) in 2018, down 8.3% on the year and amounting to 28% of total spending in the sector.

CEC said in a report published that of the total, coal-fired capacity investment stood at CNY 6.44 billion, down 8.8% on the year. Total power investment fell 3.9% on the year to CNY 278.7 billion. Spending on hydropower construction rose 12.7% to 70 billion yuan, while nuclear investment inched down 1.6% to 44.7 billion yuan.

However, policies aimed at curbing overcapacity and tackling a subsidy payment shortfall meant that solar power investment plummeted 27.4% to CNY 20.7 billion in 2018, while wind power also dropped 5.2% to CNY 64.6 billion.

China has vowed to reduce its dependence on polluting fossil fuels, and it aims to bring the share of coal in its overall energy mix to 58% by next year, down from 68.5% in 2012.

Source : Reuters
Wartsila And Summit Ink Service Agreement For Gazipur Power Plant In Bangladesh

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed two major Maintenance management and operational advisory agreements with Summit Group, the largest independent power producer in Bangladesh and longstanding partner. The seven-year agreements represent the biggest ever signed service deals, in terms of MW generation, in the Bangladesh energy sector. The orders were booked by Wärtsilä in Q2, 2019. The lifecycle solution agreements cover two power plants located in Gazipur, Dhaka owned by Summit Gazipur II Power Ltd and Ace Alliance Power Ltd (Gazipur I), a subsidiary of Summit Power Limited, a publicly listed company in Bangladesh. The combined electrical output capacity of the plants is 464 MW. The agreements are designed to meet the customers’ needs for ensuring maximum availability of the installations, optimising operating costs, and delivering reliable supplies to the Bangladesh’s national grid.

In addition to seven years of scheduled maintenance, the agreements include yearly maintenance management coordination and condition-based maintenance services. CBM keeps the thermal and mechanical load at an optimum level for operation conditions, and enables savings in fuel consumption, while simultaneously providing a more environmentally sound operation.

Source : Strategic Research Institute
Kenya-Ethiopia Power Highway Is A Game Changer

Business Daily Africa reported that transmission line nearing completion to link Kenya to its northern neighbour Ethiopia for regional electricity trade comes with many firsts. For starters, the 1,045km line (433 km in Ethiopia and 612 km in Kenya) is the longest in East and Central Africa. Construction is complete on the Ethiopia’s side, being shorter, while Kenya’s side is over 90% complete and is expected to go live early next year. The line, interconnecting at the Moyale common border, has the capacity to carry 2,000 megawatts of electricity in either direction, the capacity being higher than Kenya’s current maximum consumption (peak demand) of about 1,900 MW.

On Kenya’s side, it’s being built by the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company. With the line, comes yet another first. It’s set to be the region’s first 500kV high-voltage direct current line.

Currently, the 400kV Loiyangalani-Suswa 435km line built last year and connecting Turkana wind farm to the national grid holds the top spot in the region in terms of capacity, along with the 400kV Mombasa-Nairobi 428km line completed in 2017.

Equally, the Kenya-Ethiopia interconnector line, also known as the Eastern Electricity Highway, is Kenya’s first direct current line. All the other transmission and distribution lines in the country are alternating current wires.

The project is developed by a consortium of contractors comprising Germany-based Siemens for the converter station, KEC International of India, Larsen and Toubro of India and Kalpataru Power Transmission of India. China Electric Power Equipment and Technology Company is overseeing the line construction.

Source : Business Daily Africa
Wartsila Launches Modular Solution For Providing Ready To Go Power Plants

Wärtsilä Modular Block is a reliable and efficient solution for sustainable power generation, with fast delivery and installation. The Wärtsilä Modular Block power plant solution is a pre-fabricated, modularly configured, and expandable enclosure for Wärtsilä medium-speed 34SG gas engine generators. Aside from the gas engine generator, the Wärtsilä Modular Block concept’s enclosure also incorporates engine-specific auxiliary units. The solution enables to reduce the on-site installation time from several months to a few weeks, depending on the full scope of supply. The concept thus makes Wärtsilä’s advanced medium-speed engine technology available for applications where it would not otherwise be viable with a conventional custom designed permanent building. Medium-speed engine technology has inherently higher efficiency and lower lifecycle costs than containerised high-speed engines or gas turbine solutions.

Wärtsilä can offer the Wärtsilä Modular Block as a full engineering, procurement and construction project. The solution is easily expandable to accommodate increased energy demand, and to respond to fast-growing customer business needs. The concept also enables dismantling and relocation, meaning it also offers new business models, such as power as a service or rentals.

The Wärtsilä Modular Block is easy to integrate with renewable energy and storage systems. It is ideal for providing grid stability and balancing when integrating renewable energy sources with intermittent production.

The flexibility of the concept enables its timely expansion with minimal front-end investments, or relocation to accommodate changing power generating requirements. This, combined with the high efficiency of the power generation asset, the minimised on-site installation time, and its configurability with external systems makes the Wärtsilä Modular Block an excellent solution for many power generation enterprises. It can be a perfect fit for industrial customers or utilities, and for independent power producers associated with them.

Antti Kämi, Vice President, Engine Power Plants, Wärtsilä Energy Business said that “This takes our well established experience and know-how in prefabricated modular power plants to the next level, combining modularity and ease of use with superior medium-speed engine performance. Modular Block, being a cost-effective solution that is configurable to different needs, scalable and re-deployable, brings fast and reliable power wherever needed.”

Source : Strategic Research Institute
ENGIE Issues EUR 1.5 Billion Of Green Bonds

On 14 June, ENGIE launched a EUR 1.5 billion bond issuance in green bonds format: the issuance proceeds will be used exclusively to finance numerous green projects in the area of renewable energies and energy services developed by the Group across the world. With this new issue, the total outstanding amount of green bonds issued by ENGIE is EUR 8.75 billion, meaning that the Group is now the largest corporate issuer of green bonds.

This issue has been made in two tranches of EUR 750 million each, for periods of 8 and 20 years. These new bond investments carry coupons of 0.375% and 1.375% respectively – i.e. an average coupon of 0.875% for a bond issue with an average term of 14 years. Furthermore, the Group is shoring up its appeal for green investors, to whom more than 75% of bonds have been allotted.

Mr Judith Hartmann, ENGIE’s EVP and CFO said that “ENGIE has undertaken to reconcile the company's long-term vision with the financial objectives of investors. Green bonds, which help fund our clients' zero carbon transition, are an essential lever for doing so.”

Green finance has a key role to play in helping to deliver the energy transition. As a pioneer in green finance, ENGIE has proceeded with 6 issuances of green bonds since 2014, including one worth EUR 1 billion in January 2019.

Source : Strategic Research Institut
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