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  • USA : Criticism of Utilities for Fixing Stand-By Rate Prohibitive to CHP
    July 01, 2014
    The barriers often imposed on combined heat and power by utilities in the US was highlighted again this week when a college in the state of Iowa ruled out using the technology as a result of prohibitive rate policies.Midwest Energy News reports that Luther College in Iowa has been forced to shelve its plans to adopt CHP as a means of cutting energy consumption. The college were interested in the installation of a 1.4 MW gas turbine, which would generate half the electricity used on the campus each year. The same system was to be used for combined heat and power purposes.
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  • USA : Power Plant Operations Threatened by Russia-Based Malware
    July 01, 2014
    A US online security group has detected a cybercrime operation that poses a serious potential threat to power plant operations in Europe and America.

    The group have uncovered the "Energetic Bear" malware operated by a state-backed group with early indications suggesting origination in Russia. The organisation behind the cyber attack is believed to have compromised the computer systems of more than 1,000 organisations in 84 countries in a campaign spanning 18 months. The malware is similar to the Stuxnet computer programme created by the US and Israel that succeeded in infecting and sabotaging Iran's uranium enrichment facilities two years ago.
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  • United Kingdom(Great Britain) : City Signs Pact for New Heat and Power at Rec Center
    July 01, 2014
    A new power source will soon keep the Dublin Community Recreation Center running. Dublin City Council members last week approved a contract with IGS Energy and Hull Associates for combined heat and power service at the recreation center. Natural gas will provide 60 percent of the power to the recreation center with a combined heat and power system for the next 15 years, per the lease approved by council last week.

    "A major benefit of this technology will be the ability to utilize 'waste' heat from the engine to assist in providing the hot water needed to heat much of the DCRC in the winter and the pools year round," the staff report to council stated.
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  • United Kingdom(Great Britain) : ENER-G Launches New CHP Service
    June 24, 2014
    UK-based ENER-G has launched a new service managing compliance and certification for the Combined Heat and Power Quality Assurance programme (CHPQA). This certification is required as qualification for a raft of government incentives, particularly exemption from Climate Change Levy (CCL).

    ENER-G says it has launched the programme as data shows that almost one in six UK CHP customers are failing to register for CHPQA and hence are losing substantial financial benefits.
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  • Belgium : No Energy Transition Without Sustainable Heat
    June 24, 2014
    Heating and cooling account for nearly half of the final energy consumed in the European Union. Marie Donnelly, Director of Renewables, Research and Innovation, and Energy Efficiency in DG Energy, underlined the European Commission's growing awareness of the need to address this key sector as part of the EU's broader energy policy during a special event in Brussels.
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  • Malaysia : Siemens-led Consortium Wins Petronas Cogeneration Project
    June 24, 2014
    Siemens and MMC Engineering Services has secured a contract from Petronas to construct the 1200 MW Pengerang co-generation plant (PCP) in Malaysia. Siemens will build the plant featuring four cogeneration units with each comprising an H class gas turbine and a waste-heat recovery steam generator. Each unit will also have a steam turbine, associated mechanical and electrical systems and an instrumentation and control system.

    After completion, the plant will have the capacity to produce about 1,480 tonnes per hour of steam for the Petronas Pengerang integrated complex (PIC) development in Pengerang, Southern Johor, Malaysia.
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  • USA : FuelCell Energy Announces Combined Heat and Power Fuel Cell Solution for University of California, Irvine Medical Center
    June 20, 2014
    FuelCell Energy, Inc., a global leader in the design, manufacture, operation and service of ultra-clean, efficient and reliable fuel cell power plants, announced the development of a project to install a 1.4 megawatt (MW) fuel cell power plant to provide both electricity and usable high quality heat to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center. The power plant will generate about 30 percent of the facility power needs, while the heat produced will be used in a direct exhaust absorption chiller to produce 200 tons of cooling for an office building and associated institutional requirements. The medical center, a campus with a 412-bed acute care facility, will enjoy the benefits of clean, quiet and affordable on-site power while avoiding a capital investment by purchasing the power and heat under a multi-year power purchase agreement. FuelCell Energy will install, operate and maintain the plant.
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  • China : Analysis: Goldwind Develops Micro-Grid Systems
    June 20, 2014
    Goldwind has announced that the micro-grid system it has been developing for the past four years has begun to feed electricity into the local power grid, bringing the company extra income in addition to supplying energy for its own use. It is considering taking it on to the open market.

    The two gas engines, introduced earlier this year, help smooth the operation of the micro-grid system and the outer grid. But the two conventional generators will play a key role in an independent micro-grid system, such as one set up in a remote area. The system is being viewed as a plausible one-stop power solution for isolated islands and landlocked border check points, giving the closed, self-sufficient micro-grid system strategic importance. And the gas machines are relied upon for generating the electricity when wind and solar units are not delivering.
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  • Mongolia : Mongolia, GDF Suez-led Group Sign 450MW Power Plant Agreement
    June 20, 2014
    A GDF Suez SA-led group signed a concession agreement today with the Mongolian government to build a $1.2 billion power plant in Ulaanbaatar.

    GDF, Sojitz Corp. (2768), Posco Energy Corp. and Mongolia's Newcom Group, signed the 25-year concession agreement at Government House, according to Unenbat Baatar, the chief executive officer of Newcom. The 450-megawatt combined heat and power plant is scheduled for commissioning in 2017.
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  • Poland : Cornerstone Investor Announced for Cogeneration Fund Aimed at Central Europe
    June 19, 2014
    The Exergy Efficient Energy Fund ("E3F"), the new €350m energy infrastructure fund being raised by EnerCap Capital Partners has signed a Letter of Intent with Polskie Inwestycje Rozwojowe S.A. (PIR S.A.) as the cornerstone investor.

    The Exergy fund is a 10-year closed end private equity fund which will focus on investments in primarily new and existing high efficiency cogeneration projects in Central Europe. In particular, the Fund is targeting to deploy 50% of its capital on project opportunities in Poland. Mariusz Grendowicz, CEO of PIR, said, "Our investment of €40m into E3F will see up to €175m of new investment into replacing or upgrading key Polish energy infrastructure which is vital for future growth."
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