How GE won big at Hinkley
Today, GE announced that it has received approval for a US $1.9 billion contract at the UK’s newly greenlighted Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.
When the UK government gave its approval for the project it paved the way for Steam Power Systems, a part of GE Power, to supply two conventional power islands to the site. The islands will include two of the US utility giant’s 1,770MW Arabelle steam turbines and generators.
According to GE, the company’s steam turbine technology is in use in over half of the world’s nuclear power plants. The Arabelle turbine technology, which GE acquired when it purchased Alstom Power last year, has been the largest turbine of its kind in operation for the past decade.
“Producing power that meets today’s greenhouse gas emission standards is a top priority,” said Andreas Lusch, President and CEO of GE’s Steam Power Systems . “The Arabelle turbine represents six decades of nuclear steam turbine expertise and it’s the most powerful turbine in the world by output. We are pleased to continue to work with EDF Energy to deliver clean, reliable power that will bolster the UK’s energy infrastructure.”
GE has been working alongside Hinkley Point C’s owners, France’s EDF Energy, for over six months to conduct safety classification studies, pre-engineering and other planning activities. When the power station is complete, it will be able to meet seven percent of the UK’s electricity demand, meeting the needs of six million homes across the country.
In a statement, GE has said that it is now prepared to move forward with the next phase of design and engineering at Hinkley Point C.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.