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VESTAS CHALLENGES SCALING RULES WITH MULTI-ROTOR CONCEPT DEMONSTRATION TURBINE
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Source: Vestas

AARHUS, Denmark - In cooperation with the Technical University of Denmark, Vestas is installing a concept demonstrator to test the technical feasibility to operate and control a multi-rotor turbine.

Continuing to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) over the long-term will require new solutions and a new way of thinking. With this concept demonstrator, Vestas challenges the core scaling rules that turbines have to grow in size to increase their energy output as well as transport and installation challenges in some markets. Many new load and control features will need to be developed, tested, and proven to assess the technical and eventually the commercial feasibility of the concept, and first after successful demonstration will Vestas know more about the possible use of the technologies.

"Installing a concept turbine shows that innovation sometimes entails entirely new thinking and new approaches. This process of continuous innovation and exploration is extremely important. It provides us with essential knowledge that can help us bring down our products’ cost of energy and integrate key technologies to solve our customers’ challenges. Ultimately, the goal is to assess if we can build an even more cost-efficient turbine by challenging the scaling rules", says Jorge Magalhaes, Senior Vice President, Vestas Innovation & Concepts.

With the Technical University of Denmark as a research partner, the multi-rotor concept demonstrator is being erected at the Risø test site near Roskilde, Denmark, where it will be studied closely in the coming years in order to test specific functionalities.

Source:  Vestas
Associated URL: https://www.vestas.com/~/media/vestas/media/news%20and%20announcements/news/2016/160420_nr_uk_vws.pdf
Source Date: April 20, 2016
Posted: 04/20/2016

 
 
DELIVERY OF DDG-1000 SLIPS THREE YEARS
Monday, April 25, 2016

Source: U.S. Navy/General Dynamics

BATH, Maine - The delivery of the DDG-1000 USS Zumwalt is now expected to be delayed by a further three years with initial combat capability pushed back until December 2019. This is more than four years later than the Navy projected in 2010 and more than a year later than estimated last year, based on a comparison of the latest annual Pentagon report with past editions. The Navy has updated its acquisition benchmarks for the program, including cost and schedule milestones. "The DDG-1000 will begin acceptance trials later this month, and the ship is on track for commissioning on Oct. 15, 2016," Capt. Thurraya Kent, a Navy spokeswoman said.

At least some of the problems with the DDG-1000 stem from the complexity of activating the ship's fully integrated power system. The ship engineeringd esign de-emphasizes the distinction between propulsion and power generation machinery with all the electricity generated on board being fed into a common pool that powers all of its systems, including weapons, sensors and propulsion.

Source:  http://pilotonline.com/news/military/new-stealthy-destroyer-s-delivery-to-navy-s
Source Date: April 25, 2016
Author: Tony Capaccio  
Posted: 04/19/2016

 
 
ROLLS-ROYCE SUPPLIES 36 GAS GENSETS FOR POWER PLANT IN GHANA
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Source: Rolls-Royce Power Systems

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany - Rolls-Royce has delivered 36 MTU Onsite Energy brand natural-gas-powered gensets for a gas power plant in Accra, Ghana. The Type 16V 4000 L32 gensets produce 1,560 kW of electric power and will feed 56 MW into the country’s public grid. The VRA Tema Thermal Power Plant was built and is operated by the VPower Group, a world leader in decentralized power generation.

The power plant is scheduled to go into operation from May 2016 and is expected to play a significant role in stabilizing the country’s power supply network. The high-speed gas engines will be serviced by MTU Asia in cooperation with MTU South Africa. MTU Onsite Energy is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

Ghana suffers from a shortage of electric power and the Ghanaian Energy Commission has resolved to feed an extra 3,000 MW into the public grid by 2020. Major oil and gas fields have been under development since 2007 and since that time these two fuels have been the primary sources of energy within the country.

Andrea Nono, MTU South Africa, CEO, said: "Our gas-powered engines are particularly well-suited for distributed power plants such as those in Ghana. They offer rapid solutions that can be implemented in a relatively short time and are thus capable of helping to stabilize public power supplies."

MTU Onsite Energy and VPower recently announced a strategic agreement that strengthened their partnership in power generation markets across China and the rest of Asia.

Source:  Rolls Royce
Associated URL: http://www.rolls-royce.com/media/press-releases/yr-2016/pr-19-04-2016-rr-supplie
Source Date: April 19, 2016
Posted: 04/19/2016

 

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