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  • USA : Capstone Further Penetrates Pharmaceutical Market With 2MW Combined Heat and Power Application in Northern California
    December 17, 2013
    Capstone Turbine Corporation, the world's leading clean technology manufacturer of microturbine energy systems, announced today it received an order for two C1000 microturbines for use in a combined heat and power application at a pharmaceutical facility in Northern California.

    Regatta Solutions, Capstone Turbine Corporation's west coast distributor, partnered with Energy Systems Development to satisfy the electrical and thermal demands of the pharmaceutical facility in Northern California. The Capstone C1000 microturbines operate in dual mode, meaning they can run in parallel with or separate from the electric utility grid. This ensures the facility has secure and reliable power even during grid outages with no operational downtime. Dual mode operation also provides the benefit of peak shaving, which reduces utility costs during peak hours. Additionally, the exhaust from the microturbines will be captured to provide steam and hot water to the entire facility, raising the overall efficiency of the combined heat and power system to almost 90%.

    "It was a pleasure working with the Energy Systems Development team on this opportunity. This project is another example of smart power application of Capstone's product offering in delivering high energy availability and operationally efficient energy solutions to manufacturers," said Steven Acevedo, President and CEO of Regatta Solutions.
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  • United Kingdom(Great Britain) : EU Urged to Back Industrial Combined Heat and Power
    December 17, 2013
    European Parliament Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras is drawing attention to the major market challenges facing the industrial combined heat and power (CHP) sector. In a question to the European Commission, the Spanish MEP asks what action is being taken to ensure that technologies such as CHP maintain and improve the energy competitiveness of industries in Europe.

    European industry is a large consumer of energy (315 Mtoe per year), and combined heat and power offers businesses a way to reduce their bills and carbon footprint simultaneously. The parliamentary question argues that the EU has a long-term interest in developing all its energy-efficiency potential, pointing out that the European Union continues to support CHP through several directives, including the Energy Efficiency Directive.

    COGEN Europe Managing Director Fiona Riddoch said: “Industrial CHP is a key technology for energy cost savings and carbon reduction today, and is one of the vital tools enabling Europe’s industrial base to achieve the 2020 Strategy goals. A European cogeneration strategy can create thousands of jobs in Europe and build on existing technical strength in the sector. The industry employs over 100,000 European citizens today.”
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  • USA : Wrtsil Supplies Two Power Plants to Chelyabinsk Region in Russia As Part of Local Modernisation Programme
    December 16, 2013
    Wärtsilä, a leading global supplier of flexible and efficient power plant solutions, has been contracted to supply two combined heat and power (CHP) plants to Russia’s Chelyabinsk oblast, in the South Urals region. The power plants are a part of the local administration’s programme to upgrade the district heating system by replacing outdated boiler plants with modern power generation technology.

    The two power plants are built for Perspektiva LLC, a private investment company, and will be located in the towns of Kasli and Karabash. Both power plants will have an output of 20 MW and will be powered by Wärtsilä 34SG engines operating on natural gas. Along with emergency boilers, the power plants will be the sole suppliers of heat to the towns they serve, each comprising approximately 17 thousand inhabitants. Electricity will be fed to the grid. The deliveries are scheduled to be completed by June 2014, and the two plants are planned to be operational in the autumn of 2014 in time for the winter heating season.
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  • South Africa : UNIDO and Austria Sign Agreement on Renewable Energy Centers
    December 14, 2013
    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA), the operational unit of the Austrian Development Cooperation, have signed agreements to support an existing renewable energy and energy efficiency centre in West Africa and to set up three more centers in East and Southern African and in the Caribbean region.

    The four project agreements will receive a total of approximately EUR 3.5 million in funding from the ADA.
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  • USA : Energy Department Announces $150 Million in Tax Credits to Invest in U.S. Clean Energy Manufacturing
    December 12, 2013
    Building on President Obama's Climate Action Plan to continue America's leadership in clean energy innovation, the U.S. Department of Energy today announced $150 million in clean energy tax credits to build U.S. capabilities in clean energy manufacturing. The credits will go towards investments in domestic manufacturing equipment by 12 businesses. Through the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program (48C Program), these awards will help create thousands of jobs across the country and increase U.S. competitiveness in the global clean energy market.

    The President's Climate Action Plan laid out steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution in the United States, including deploying clean energy, building a 21st century transportation sector and cutting energy waste in homes, businesses and factories. The 48C Program supports this overall strategy to slow the effects of climate change, while continuing American leadership in clean energy innovation. The Departments of Energy and the Treasury worked in partnership to develop, launch, and award the funds for this program. The Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit authorized Treasury to provide developers with an investment tax credit of 30 percent for the manufacture of particular types of energy equipment. Funded at $2.3 billion, the tax credit was made available to 183 domestic clean energy manufacturing facilities during Phase I of the program. Today’s awards, or Phase II, were launched to utilize $150 million in tax credits that were not used by the previous awardees and support projects that must be placed in service by 2017.
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  • Mexico : Door Opens Slightly for Private Energy Investment in Mexico
    December 11, 2013
    After several days of intense negotiations, the Mexican Senate today approved the partial reform of the nation’s energy sector - specifically, Articles 25, 27, and 28 of the Constitution. With 95 votes in favor and 28 against, the energy sector will open to private investment, both local and international.

    Private companies, both local and international, will be able to participate in the extraction process of crude and natural gas. Before this reform, Pemex was the only one that could process natural gas and process it into basic petrochemical products; now other companies can join it. This includes the creation of a National Center for the Control of Natural Gas as a decentralized public entity, in charge of the national duct system for the transportation and storage of natural gas.
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  • Australia : Australia Reaches 3 GW Solar Renewable Energy Milestone
    December 09, 2013
    Solar industry consulting firm SunWiz reported Australia installed 3 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic energy projects, with rooftop arrays accounting for the majority of the renewable energy generation.

    This growth could be attributed to tariffs as well as household demand for solar energy in the face of increasing costs for grid-powered electricity, Australian-based news source Renew Economy said. In addition to residential rooftop solar installations, commercial rooftops are also increasing in numbers.
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  • Ivory Coast : Ivory Coast Cogeneration Plant Expansion to Include German Air-cooled Condenser
    December 08, 2013
    As part of a 255 MW expansion, a cogeneration power plant in Abidjan, Ivory Coast is set to receive a 120 MW air-cooled condenser and 18 fan units from German firm GEA Heat Exchangers.

    The 321 MW natural gas-fired plant is owned and operated by the Ivorian Electricity Production Company (CIPREL). Its three-phase expansion, during which it will also receive five GE gas turbines, is financed by the World Bank and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. A planned further expansion phase is set to switch to combined-cycle turbines, bringing the plant's capacity to 543 MW.
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  • Slovakia : ElectraTherm Supplies Units for Slovakian District Heating Scheme
    December 05, 2013
    ElectraTherm has shipped a 10-unit order of Green Machines to Slovakia, which will have a significant benefit to the area's cost savings and energy efficiency targets.

    The Green Machines will be deployed on a centralized district heating system in Slovakia as a means of increasing on-site efficiency and generating renewable energy.

    Energy efficiency measures on district heating and cooling applications have become increasingly important in Europe where heating represents the largest energy end-use. According to the Euro Heat and Power Association, heating represents approximately 50% of total final energy consumption in Europe. Interest in efficiency measures on district heating systems that are technologically-dated and under increasing demand has led to Slovakia's innovative use of waste heat technology and interest from other European regions with similar challenges.
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  • USA : DOE Awards $2.2 Million to Facilitate New Energy Projects
    December 05, 2013
    The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded $2.2 million in grant money to a Colorado nonprofit dedicated to facilitating development of local, on-site energy systems that reduce costs, improve efficiency and strengthen energy resilience.

    The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project, based in Boulder, will help roll-out a program that encourages industry and communities to adopt systems known as combined heat and power (CHP) systems. According to the DOE, the U.S. has a goal of installing more than 120 gigawatts of CHP projects, up from the current 82 gigawatts. Reaching that goal, according to the DOE, would reduce emissions as much as taking 25 million cars off the road.
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