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WITH GE’S ENGINE EXCHANGE PROGRAM, GRUPO LOSAN BOOSTS THE RELIABILITY AND EFFICIENCY OF ITS COMETA P
Monday, October 8, 2018
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HOUSTON, TX -- GE’s Power Services business announced the completion of an aeroderivative gas turbine exchange at COMETA’s Talosa plant in Soria, Spain. COMETA, owned by Grupo LOSAN, is a major European producer of wood-based panels and faced the need to modernize its natural gas-fired plant to keep its industrial processes competitive globally.

"At our Talosa facility, we power our industrial process and sell the extra electricity produced by the turbine. Also, the exhaust gas is used to supply heat to the wood and chipboard factory and to a heat recovery steam generator that produces steam delivering an additional 3,000 kilowatt-hours," said José Luis Lázaro, deputy general manager, Losán Group, COMETA. "We needed an upgrade that provided us with more flexibility to balance the intermittent nature of the power grid. GE’s engine exchange with a new turbine was the best and most cost-effective solution for greater flexibility, reliability and performance to support our many industrial processes. Furthermore, the financing and leasing options included in GE’s exchange program met our requirements without impacting our own financing capacity."

For the project, COMETA decided on a new GE LM2500 Base SAC aeroderivative gas turbine rather than a second overhaul of its existing engine, which had already reached 100,000 running hours. GE’s solution of a new engine rather than an overhaul for a third life cycle reduces the shutdown period and offsets the cost of a replacement engine. The new engine will result in an output increase of at least 2 percent, a heat rate improvement of at least 3 percent and increased electrical efficiency by at least 1 percent. The deal includes a multiyear service agreement through the end of 2023.

"This project marks our continuous commitment in supporting customers with holistic service solutions, whether it be maintenance, repair, overhaul or engine exchange," said Martin O’Neill, general manager of Aeroderivative Gas Turbines and Gas Turbine Cross-Fleet solutions for GE’s Power Services business. “GE’s engine exchange program is vital for companies like Grupo LOSAN with aging fleets that have the need to increase efficiency and output. This program is crucial especially in Europe where flexible power and reliability are needed to ensure continuous industrial operations and balance the intermittency of the grid."

GE’s aeroderivative engine exchange program is specifically made for customers that seek to reduce overall life cycle costs and provide a lower-cost method for maintaining unit availability. Customers can improve site availability by leasing equipment from GE when their own equipment is at a depot for repair or when their equipment is being repaired on-site.

GE can exchange existing engines with a new engine, a refurbished engine or a partial-life engine on-site, which would require only a two-to-three-day outage. As the original equipment manufacturer, GE not only has the largest engine exchange pool available, but also has a steady supply of new engines that provide the latest and greatest technology improvements. Additionally, GE can offer fully refurbished engines as a lower-cost alternative.

Source:  GE
Associated URL: https://www.genewsroom.com/press-releases/ge%E2%80%99s-engine-exchange-program-grupo-losan-boosts-reliability-and-efficiency-its-cometa
Source Date: October 8, 2018
Posted: 10/09/2018

 
 
CAPSTONE CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS PRESENCE IN THE PERMAIN BASIN WITH A 2MW LONG-TERM RENTAL
Monday, October 8, 2018
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VAN NUYS, Calif., -- Capstone Turbine Corporation (www.capstoneturbine.com) has announced that it continues to expand into the Permian Basin with a 2 megawatt (MW) long-term rental for one of the world’s largest oil and gas producers. The long-term rental order, secured by Capstone’s new distribution partner, Lone Star Power Solutions, is expected to be delivered and commissioned in November.

The Permian Basin is a sedimentary basin spanning much of West Texas and Southeastern New Mexico. It is widely considered one of the most abundant oil and natural gas geologic basins in the United States and reportedly holds the largest crude oil fields in the United States, including more than 20 of the nation’s top 100 oil fields. Additionally, improved oil recovery techniques and technologies including water flooding and carbon dioxide injection have increased production levels in the basin. Capstone, therefore, considers penetrating existing and new customers in the Permian Basin to be a critical part of its near-term double-digit growth strategy.

"This long-term 2 MW rental is a significant opportunity for us as this is our first foray of Capstone microturbine technology with this major oil and gas company in the Permian," said Darren Jamison, Capstone’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "This significant oil and gas company is primarily focused on the exploration, development, production, refining and marketing of oil and natural gas, as well as related chemicals, and this rental, if successful, could potentially lead to additional long-term rentals and future product purchases as they operate in more than 70 countries worldwide," concluded Mr. Jamison.

The oil and gas company sought a flexible and scalable energy solution that could be quickly and easily deployed within 45 days and be seamlessly expanded in the future to accommodate the growing energy needs of its installations. Capstone microturbines are extremely reliable, modular, inherently redundant by design and can be easily expanded or relocated to accommodate changes in customer’s future site loads.

Natural gas generators are gaining popularity in the rental market due to their lower emission profile compared to the high environmental impact of diesel rental generators. Capstone microturbines are recognized as the low emission leader in the stationary power space. Rental customers are also looking to capitalize on the benefits offered by Capstone microturbine technology. According to a study by Technavio on the global power rental market from 2016-2020, the rental gas generator segment was valued at $846 million in 2015 and is expected to reach $1.2 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of 6.7%.

"It is great to see another win for one of our newest distribution partners as they capitalize on the flexibility of our C1000 Signature Series product," said Jim Crouse, Capstone’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "With today’s high oil prices we continue to see expanding opportunities in the North American energy market as customer activity picks up and they continue to find value in our compact, quiet and reliable microturbines," added Mr. Crouse.

Source:  Capstone
Associated URL: https://www.capstoneturbine.com/news/press-releases/detail/3636/
Source Date: October 8, 2018
Posted: 10/09/2018

 
 
GENERAL ATOMICS JOINS THE NUCLEAR ENERGY INSTITUTE IN SUPPORT OF A DOD MICRO-REACTOR PROGRAM
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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SAN DIEGO - General Atomics (GA) expresses its support for the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) report, "Roadmap for the Deployment of Micro-Reactors for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Domestic Installations," released earlier today. The report lays out a clear path toward deploying small (<10 MWe) nuclear reactors at DoD installations in potentially as little as five years.

Both Congress and the DoD have identified energy security as a key issue for the U.S. Armed Forces. As the military becomes more reliant on advanced computing and networking for its mission-critical tasks, and moves toward the deployment of advanced weapons with large power demands, it has become critically dependent on resilient sources of electricity.

Yet, almost all DoD installations currently depend on grid power, which can suffer outages at any time. Backup electricity is provided by diesel generators that lack sufficient reliability and are themselves dependent on limited local fuel storage. In part because of these concerns, Congress has directed DoD and the Department of Energy (DOE) to study the possible deployment of small nuclear reactors no later than 2027.

Micro-reactors have the potential to supply clean, resilient, always-on electricity to U.S. military bases, particularly installations in remote areas of the U.S. that are dependent on outside fuel deliveries. Ninety percent of U.S. military installations have electrical loads that could be served by an array of four 10-MWe nuclear plants. These smaller plants could also provide heating, desalination, and other services where necessary.

Very small nuclear reactors can be factory-manufactured and assembled much more rapidly than large commercial nuclear plants. Also unlike larger plants, they can be developed and deployed in much shorter periods of time. As the NEI report explains, the first such system could be deployed domestically by the DoD in as little as five to seven years with sufficient funding and support, especially from DOE and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

GA is developing a mobile nuclear power supply that is truck/air shippable and would fit in a standard military shipping container. This modular, autonomous system has a load-following generating capacity of up to 10 MWe and a refueling period greater than 10 years. The design builds on GA’s six decades of experience in nuclear energy: designing and building 65 TRIGA® research reactors, the most successful reactor in history; building the Peach Bottom and Fort St. Vrain gas-cooled reactors in Pennsylvania and Colorado; and developing the EM2 helium-cooled fast reactor design.

The compact power supply also leverages GA’s development of high-temperature materials and fuels that enable high performance, a high degree of safety, and protection against potential threats. Its autonomous features derive from GA’s integrated defense systems (e.g., unmanned aircraft missions) and supply of military hardware for power production, communications and mission control. GA will support the micro-reactor program with its decades of experience in successfully partnering with DoD on large defense contracts.

The use of very small nuclear reactors for resilient power in remote locations is an increasingly popular option also being examined by other nations. Both Canada and the U.K. have advanced government programs underway with the goal of deploying small reactors within the next decade.

Source:  General Atomics
Associated URL: http://www.ga.com/general-atomics-joins-the-nuclear-energy-institute-in-support-of-a-department-of-defense-micro-reactor-program
Source Date: October 4, 2018
Posted: 10/09/2018

 

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