The largest and most efficient gas turbine plant in the world has gone into commercial operation at Bagland Bay in Wales – a single-shaft 480 MW combined-cycle installation equipped with GE Power’s H System. The GE 109H combined-cycle package is the first gas turbine combined-cycle technology capable of achieving 60 percent thermal efficiency. GE projects a gas-fired combined cycle plant configured with the H System could realize fuel cost savings of $2 million a year compared to today’s most efficient combined-cycle plants, which operate at efficiencies of 57 to 58 percent. GE expects to begin offering the H System as a commercial product in the last quarter of 2003.
Cinergy has announced its intention to make absolute reductions of its greenhouse gas emissions. The company is partnering with Environmental Defense, a national advocacy group, to develop a program to cut greenhouse gas emissions from Cinergy’s fossil fuel-powered electrical plants in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, and has pledged to stabilize greenhouse gas emissions at 5 percent below 2000 levels in the 2010-2012 timeframe.
FuelCell Energy’s (FCE) Asia-Pacific strategic partner Marubeni Corporation has released for production its three MW order for Direct FuelCell power plants for new customer commitments. FCE has also invested $2 million in Versa Power Systems in order to provide greater input in the solid oxide fuel cell technology developed for DOE’s Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance.
The Nuclear Energy Institute reports that 2002 marked the fourth consecutive year that U.S. nuclear power plants were the lowest cost electricity producers of baseload electricity. Production costs – meaning fuel and plant O&M – averaged 1.71 cents/kWh at nuclear plants in 31 states. Coal-fired power plants were 1.85 cents/kWh; natural gas plants, 4.06 cents/kWh; and oil-fired plants, 4.41 cents/kWh.
In response to the Long Island Power Authority’s request for proposals for new energy sources, KeySpan Corp. and American National Power have formed a joint venture to build power plants on Long Island, New York. Electricity demand on Long Island is growing by about 100 MW annually.
ADA-ES has entered into an agreement with Dominion Ash, a provider of fly ash products, to further develop and market Dominion’s microwave carbon burnout technology, a process that efficiently removes carbon from the ash residue at coal-fired plants.
Caterpillar and Eaton Corp. have announced a joint venture to provide a total systems approach to integrated electric power solutions. The venture combines the global resources and expertise of Caterpillar, its dealer network, and Eaton’s Cutler-Hammer Group.
Babcock & Wilcox has signed a 10-year wet electrostatic precipitator license with F.L. Smidth Airtech giving B&W the right to sell, engineer, design, manufacture, construct, startup and service FLS-AT vertical and horizontal flow WESPs for large electric utility power plants.
Professional Systems Engineering and Proto-Power Corp. have announced a teaming association to provide nuclear security consulting, design and engineering services nationwide.
Japan’s Kyowa Exeo Corp. has started marketing a wind power generation system featuring propellers that can create electricity regardless of the direction in which the wind is blowing. The Hybrid Wings power generation system has a set of two blades: one that spins due to winds that blow horizontally and the other that spins due to winds that blow vertically. This mechanism allows the system to generate energy from light winds blowing at speeds as slow as six to seven feet per second.
Southern States Power Co. has entered into a one-year product re-seller agreement with Shell Solar Industries.