Foster Wheeler: Supply solar steam generator equipment
A Foster Wheeler AG subsidiary of its Global Power Group was awarded a contract for the design, supply and advisory services for two sets of solar steam generators at the Valle 1 and Valle 2 Solar Thermal Power Plants located in San José del Valle (Cadiz, Spain). The steam generators include: preheaters, superheaters, reheaters and kettle-type evaporators; in addition to high and low pressure feedwater heaters.
The plants are owned by Torresol Energy, a company created by SENER with 60 percent ownership and 40 percent ownership by the Abu-Dhabi-based company Masdar. The contract was awarded from the EPC contractor of the project—which is a joint venture developed by SENER and COBRA, both Spanish companies. The plants will have an installed power capacity of 50 MWe each. Equipment is expected to be delivered in the first quarter of 2011.
The plants will utilize the concentrated parabolic trough technology SENERtrough—developed by SENER. The energy storage tanks have the capacity to allow up to seven hours of operation without sun radiation. The goal is for the plants to operate for roughly 3,500 hours annually, and approximately 95,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions are expected to be eliminated.
“This award is a decisive step forward for Foster Wheeler’s strategy regarding solar thermal technology. It reflects our client´s confidence in the excellent performance of Foster Wheeler and also confirms the high quality standards and features of our design for the demanding heat exchanger equipment required by solar thermal power plants that utilize molten salts and oil as thermal heat transfer fluids,” comments Eric Svendsen, chief executive officer of Foster Wheeler Energia, S.L. in Madrid.
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
TEVOCS has announced the launch of a powerful series of universal portable power stations that provide reliable power for off-grid situations, travel, home backup and more. With an impressive 2080WH capacity and 2000W output, the TEVOCS power station is billed as 'the ultimate power station for modern life' and is available here.
Enlight Renewable Energy has completed the acquisition of 90.1% of the holdings in Clēnera LLC, a leading and seasoned company in the field of initiation, development, construction and operation of solar energy and energy storage projects in the United States.
Last month Canadian Solar Inc. was awarded the first utility-scale battery storage project in Colombia of 45 MW/45 MWh. The project was awarded in the public tender launched by Colombia's Ministry of Energy and Mines, via its affiliate UPME, the Mining and Energy Planning Unit.