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ABB has completed its MISTRAL41 range of low-voltage consumer units with the launch of a new multimedia model.

Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, applauds Governor Jerry Brown and the California State Legislature for passing landmark Senate Bill (SB) 100, which sets the largest-scale zero-emission electricity targets ever established for a U.S. state.

ABB will enable the world’s largest digital substation with the upgrade of one of the biggest air insulated substations (AIS) ever built for the Belarus Ministry of Energy and its transmission utility Mogilevenergo.

As energy trading companies move more and more activities to the cloud, we sat down with Amir Soufizadeh, heading the Commodities and utilities Practice at BJSS, to get his thoughts on the pitfalls to avoid when migrating to the cloud, his take on security concerns, and his vision on the current and upcoming industry trends.

The Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India as part of its overall outreach to the Indian Diaspora regularly organizes Pravasi Bharatiya Divas conferences on specific themes.

Siemens has been positioned in the “Leaders” category in this year’s IDC MarketScape* study on North American Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) vendors.

ABB has been named #8 in Fortune magazine’s “Change the World” rankings for the company’s efforts to speed up adoption of clean-energy electric transportation. The list, Fortune said, honors companies that “have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy.”

Energy Storage North America (ESNA), the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage, has released its full Conference and Expo program, which will explore and illuminate the role of energy storage at the intersection of the power and transportation industries.

The new MTU Onsite Energy 20V 4000 DS3600 genset was recently launched on the market.

Vattenfall is further expanding its solar electricity generation and is currently checking the extent to which areas at the company's German pumped storage plants are suitable.

Ten women entrepreneurs have been selected as the first cohort into the POWERED Accelerator programme and will now receive financial and business support to develop their businesses and deliver solutions in access to energy across India.

National Power Parks Management Company Limited , Harbin Electric International Company Limited and GE announced the completion of the Balloki power plant, following the successful conclusion of all commissioning works and performance-related tests.

In collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Energy, Siemens and its consortium partners, Orascom Construction and Elsewedy Electric, announced the completion of the Egypt Megaproject in record time.

The Hydropower business of GE Renewable Energy announced during the Hydrovision conference taking place in Charlotte, NC, that it has been chosen by Seattle City Light (SCL), the seventh largest publicly owned utility in the US, to rebuild three generators in the powerhouse of the Boundary Dam.

With a production of more than 342 TWh around 35.5 % of the electricity generated from renewable energy sources hydropower makes a significant contribution to achieving the EU target of 34 % of electricity generation from renewable energy sources by 2020, referring to the actual figures of VGB PowerTech e.V..

Energy storage technologies have huge potential to significantly contribute to the transformation of Indian electric grid towards a greener, resilient and reliable grid within next decade.

The Power2Drive Europe exhibition took place for the first time in 2018 under the umbrella of The smarter E Europe and was an instant success with exhibitors and visitors.

Energy company E.ON and technology provider Vertiv are combining their know-how in the field of energy solutions for critical infrastructures.

SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. , a global leader in smart energy, is unveiling its residential electric vehicle charging station at Intersolar Europe.

Emerson announced it has released the Copeland Scroll™ ZF54K5 compressor, a capacity extension of the Copeland Scroll K5 compressor, offering facility operators a new solution to assist with meeting sustainability goals while helping to lower costs and boost energy efficiency.

The automotive industry is in a state of flux, with electric vehicles becoming increasingly attractive to car fleet operators, companies and private individuals.

Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, announced the acquisition of its tenth wind project – the 100-megawatt (MW) Wildhorse Mountain Wind Facility, located in Pushmataha County, OK.

Arriva, one of Europe’s leading passenger transport providers, has announced almost all its UK bus and rail sites will be powered by 100% renewable electricity* after entering a three-year electricity supply contract with SSE Business Energy in the UK.

PennWell and MKI (Masyarakat Ketenagalistrikan Indonesia), the Indonesian Electrical Power Society, are proud to announce a special Cooperation Partnership that sees POWER-GEN Asia* and the highly-respected National Electricity Day coming together this year to create an exciting joint power generation event, called The 73rd Indonesia National Electricity Day - POWER-GEN Asia.

Siemens and Northvolt announced a partnership for the development of best-in-class technology to produce high-quality, green lithium-ion batteries. The partnership, which will be supported by Siemens through an investment of EUR 10 million, also includes the supply of lithium-ion batteries.

ICCI 2018 Energy and Environment Fair and Conference organized by Sektörel Fuarcılık and supported by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources held in between 2 - 4 May in Istanbul.

International technology group ANDRITZ has been awarded an order by Zellstoff Pöls to optimize operations at its pulp mill in Pöls, Austria. The goal is to increase production, while stabilizing the pulp mill’s production process and optimizing chemical use at the same time.

ABB showcases leading-edge technologies at Build4Asia 2018, Hong Kong from May 9-11. Exhibits include ABB Ability™enabled solutions, which provide asset management by collecting, monitoring and analyzing data.

The infrastructure development of Electrical Vehicles (EVs) has become the need of the hour even though being at a nascent stage.

Fluidic Energy™ was named a 2017 New Energy Pioneer at the 10th annual Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Summit in New York City.

The upward trend for photovoltaic installations is driving growth in the electricity storage market too. The industry is picking up steam thanks to lower costs and an increasingly diverse range of possible applications. According to IHS Markit, in 2017 alone 1.9 gigawatts of storage capacity were installed worldwide.

Stäubli Robotics, one of the leading international players in robotics automation, and Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, have further developed their partnership by signing a long-term agreement to integrate customized Stäubli TS series four axis SCARA robots into Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Machine architecture and platform.

The technology group Wärtsilä continues its strong presence in Senegal with the signing of a contract to engineer, manufacture and deliver a 130 MW Flexicycle plant to be an integral part of Senegal’s energy future.

OSIsoft LLC, a leader in operational intelligence, released a new edition of PI Integrator for Business Analytics today to reduce the cost and complexity of industrial analytics and bridge the gap between operations and IT.

Inverters have become all-rounders, used not just for converting direct current into alternating current but for analyzing and controlling PV installations as well as solar batteries, power-to-heat and smart home solutions.

DFID India and Shell Foundation in partnership with Zone Startups India announced the POWERED Entrepreneurship program. This is a first of its kind program, globally, to nurture and support women entrepreneurs building ventures in the energy value chain.

E-mobility and charging infrastructure are the pillars for achieving a clean energy supply in the transportation sector, which is why these topics are front and center at the first Power2Drive Europe.

According to experts of the VII Global Energy Prize Summitunprecedented policy actions will determine future energy mix. Fostering the climate of trust and encouraging international dialogue will serve as key instruments in the formation of balance in the digital world.

The premiere of The smarter E Europe marks the beginning of a new era: With four energy exhibitions, the innovative platform will showcase the key topics of tomorrow’s energy world.

The expansion of cogeneration systems (also known as combined heat and power, CHP) has an important role to play on the road to a modern energy world.

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) was selected by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to participate in a collaborative research effort to explore new ways solar energy can improve the affordability, reliability, and resiliency of the nation’s electric grid.

Heidenheim, Germany. Voith has won the order to modernize a motor-generator in the Vianden pumped storage plant in Luxembourg. The project covers the design, calculation, construction, delivery and assembly of one of the two most powerful machines in the facility.

Global utility company ENGIE (www.Engie-Africa.com) and off-grid energy leader Fenix International (www.FenixIntl.com) have closed their acquisition agreement.

Just a decade ago, a hydroblasting contractor was considered cutting-edge if he owned a spinning nozzle for his shotgun and a 2-D tank cleaning tool.

Every year the industry’s key players gather at ees Europe, Europe’s largest and most-visited exhibition for batteries and energy storage systems, which brings together manufacturers, service providers, project developers, investors, systems integrators and research institutes from all over the world in Munich, Germany.

ENGIE has become a primary partner of Energy Observer, the first ship in the world fully powered by hydrogen and renewable energy to make a world tour.

French state-owned utility EDF plans to invest 8 billion euros (S$13.03 billion) between 2018 and 2035 to become a European market leader in electricity storage, the company said on Tuesday.

Enel S.p.A. announces that the last of the conditions precedent has been met for the reorganisation of the Enel Group’s shareholdings in Chile , approved on December 20th, 2017, by the Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meetings of the subsidiaries Enel Chile S.A. and Enel Generación Chile S.A.

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) joins Oesterreichs Energie, the association of the Austrian electricity industry, in Saalfelden to deliver its innovative three-day Red Team/Blue Team training programme. The training is specifically designed for energy utilities to boost cyber security skills and awareness, helping protect Europe’s power grids as security grows increasingly important. As an industry association working in the interest of the Austrian power sector, the programme forms an important part of Oesterreichs Energie’s commitment to security.

 

Around Europe, trends such as the rise of the smart grid, electric vehicle infrastructure and smart metering are making cyber security more important than ever. As electricity infrastructure becomes more connected, it faces additional challenges. Alongside new systems, critical operational technology (OT), which was previously analogue and unconnected, now needs appropriate security solutions and methods, requiring new skills and practices. As one of the most advanced nations in Europe in terms of its smart meter roll-out, Austria is keenly aware of the challenges. With its members accounting for more than 90 per cent of the country’s electricity supply between them, Oesterreichs Energie takes these cyber security challenges very seriously.

 

Michael John, Director, Operations at ENCS comments: “Oesterreichs Energie has shown real leadership for the Austrian electricity sector on cyber security and we’re very pleased to be part of that. To successfully protect our power grids, we need to share expertise and collaborate: across Europe, across companies and across teams. The power of Red Team/Blue Team is it gets people from different teams working together – IT professionals and engineers – to protect the grid in a joined-up way.”

 

Launched in November 2017, the ENCS Red Team/Blue Team programme is the most immersive and innovative cyber security training in the energy sector. Unlike traditional training constrained to a set of specific scenarios, ENCS has designed a unique, open-ended environment, simulating a grid operator. Named Gridnet, the simulated company includes physical utility devices such as a medium voltage circuit breaker, routers, protocol gateways and protection relays. This is supplemented by a virtualised 40-substation network, a simulated grid environment and a SCADA network, to name just a few features. Two days of classroom learning is followed by a day-long live exercise where participants are split into attackers (Red Team) and defenders (Blue Team) to put their new knowledge into practice and see if they can infiltrate or defend Gridnet.

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About Oesterreichs Energie

Since 1953, Oesterreichs Energie has represented the combined interests of the electricity industry vis-à-vis political and administrative partners as well as the general public. As the coordinating centre for addressing issues involving energy, Oesterreichs Energie works closely with political institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations and provides a voice for the power industry in communicating with its customers. Oesterreichs Energie brings together some 140 member power utilities with a workforce of 21,500. Combined, these generate over 90 percent of Austria‘s electricity and are responsible for the country‘s power transportation and distribution networks.

 

About ENCS

The European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) is a non-profit organization that brings together critical infrastructure stakeholders and security experts to deploy secure European critical energy grids and infrastructure. Founded in 2012, ENCS has dedicated researchers and test specialists who work with members and partners on applied research, defining technical security requirements, component and end-to-end testing, as well as education & training. ENCS uses its network in academia, government and business to provide cyber security solutions and counsel dedicated to the needs of national Distribution System Operators (DSO), Transport System Operators (TSOs) and regulators.

 

NF Energy Saving Corporation , a leading energy saving service solutions provider for China's power, petrochemical, coal, metallurgy, construction and municipal infrastructure development industries, announced that it recently signed two sales contracts, having an aggregate value of $2,500,000, to supply valves. 

Based on its recent analysis of the waste heat recovery solutions industry, Frost & Sullivan recognizes MTPV Power Corporation with the 2017 Global Technology Leadership Award for its breakthrough waste heat recovery solution, the EBLADE™ Power Platform, which converts high-temperature waste heat directly into electrical energy.

Duke Energy is committing $500,000 to help fund an American Lung Association program targeting high-emitting wood stoves in North Carolina – replacing them with cleaner, more efficient models.

Belden Universal, a leading manufacturer of high-quality cardan joints, cardan shafts, and power transmission components, announces important improvements to its joints for pick-and-place applications (Delta Robots).

The Iberdrola Innovation Middle East centre, a new research and development hub developed by energy company Iberdrola in Doha, was launched yesterday at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP).

Late last year, Southern Company was named to Black Enterprise’s list of the “50 Best Companies for Diversity” for 2017.

The technology group Wärtsilä and AGL Energy Limited, one of Australia’s leading integrated energy companies, have signed the contract for a new 211 MW power plant.

Duke Energy, along with joint owners American Electric Power (AEP) and Dayton Power & Light (DP&L), finalized the sales transaction of their retired Walter C. Beckjord coal-fired power plant in Clermont County, Ohio, to Commercial Liability Partners (CLP). CLP will repurpose much of the property on site for future development.

Scott Pruitt, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Neil Chatterjee, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Commissioner, visited the 1,168-MW Northfield Mountain Generating Station last week.

GE Healthcare announced its being recognized as one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2018.

HRH The Prince of Wales took a stroll down London’s new energy superhighway when he descended deep beneath the capital’s streets to visit National Grid’s London Power Tunnels project.

In parallel to the “Photovoltaica” congress of renewable energies in Marrakech, Voltalia (Euronext Paris, ISIN code: FR0011995588) (www.Voltalia.com) announces it has obtained permits for two hydropower plants of 9.8 MW and 7.2 MW in Morocco.

Leading manufacturers of medical equipments, General Electric, will soon set up a centre of excellence for skill development in the city-based Sri Ramakrishna Hospital, a senior company official said on Saturday.

The technology group Wärtsilä is expanding the service offering of its QuantiServ business line with the acquisition of the American engineering company LOCK-N-STITCH. The acquisition strengthens Wärtsilä’s service portfolio for customers operating multiple brands.

The technology group Wärtsilä has been chosen to supply the fast, flexible and highly efficient capacity needed by Australian integrated energy company, AGL Energy Limited. South Australia, where the new plant is to be located, is a market with high usage of renewables.

Western Australia’s regional electricity provider Horizon Power is conducting a body of research over the next three years with the aim of increasing distributed photovoltaic system penetration throughout its remote networks.

ACCIONA Agua has completed construction of a desalination plant that will provide high-quality demineralised water to the Sarlux refinery (part of the Italian energy group Saras Spa), located in Sarroch, near Cagliari, in Sardinia (Italy).

ees North America, the leading exhibition and conference for the electrical    energy storage industry, announced its third annual event will feature Power2Drive, a new special exhibition devoted to the rapidly growing electric vehicle industry and charging technology.

Evonik and Siemens are planning to use electricity from renewable sources and bacteria to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into specialty chemicals.

Addressing the larger issues, challenges, emerging trends and wide array of opportunities for Energy Storage, Micro-grids and Electric Vehicle solutions in India Energy Storage India (ESI) 2018 on 11th january started with a big bang.

TEPCO is joining with Japanese car maker Nissan Middle East FZE (Hereinafter referred to as Nissan) and the Saudi Electricity Company (Hereinafter referred to as SEC) to test the feasibility of electric vehicles in the harsh climate of Saudi Arabia.

Smart Neighborhood™ at Pulte's Altus at the Quarter development. The new, state-of-the art Pulte Homes community is located in Atlanta's Upper West Side, one of the city's most vibrant and popular areas.

Northern Powergrid, the company responsible for the power network in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, has restored power to all its customers whose electricity supply was affected after Storm Eleanor hit the region.   

Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has been  pioneer in technology adoption and innovation while also setting industry benchmarks in operational & sustainability aspects.

Energy Storage India (ESI) 2018, India’s leading international conference and expo for energy storage is going to address the larger issues, challenges, emerging trends and wide array of opportunities for Energy Storage, Micro-grids and Electric Vehicle solutions in India.

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), India’s leading alliance on energy storage, announced start up pitch competition and innovation pavilion for Energy Storage India (ESI) 2018 during Jan 10th to 12th in New Delhi.

SRC Energy Inc. , an oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, announced that it has closed on the undeveloped leasehold and non-operated producing properties related to the previously announced Greeley Crescent II Acquisition. 

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group (www.IsDB.org), signed a EUR 110.5 Million Murabaha Financing Agreement (CFA Franc 72.5 Billion), in favor of SENELEC (Senegal National Power Company) to enhance the country's power system efficiency.

Electric vehicles powered by solar or wind are the key to developing a new, climate-friendly and sustainable model of mobility worldwide. For e- mobility to catch on, there is one pressing need in particular: comprehensive charging infrastructure.

MA Business, organisers of the highly influential Energy from Waste Conference, today announced details of the 14th annual event, taking place 27th February-1st March 2018 in London. 

U.S.-based NRG Systems announced that Lasser Eólica has joined its global network of service partners and dealers. Based in Spain, Lasser Eólica engineers, installs, and maintains met tower systems across Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East.

From international partnerships to cross-border storage projects, the globalization of the energy storage industry is picking up steam. Companies are stepping up their activities abroad and tapping into new sales markets.

ENGIE (www.ENGIE.com) announces that an agreement was reached with two South African energy services companies, Thermaire Investments (Pty) Ltd (http://Thermaire.co.za) and Ampair (Pty) Ltd (http://Ampair.co.za) to acquire 100% of their respective shares1.

Electric vehicle leaders, Nissan, and leading UK energy technology company OVO, today announce a new collaboration to accelerate the adoption of home battery storage in the UK.

GE Renewable Energy today announced it has more than 60,000 MW of onshore wind turbines installed across the globe.

The $1 billion Kirikkale Power Plant in Turkey was inaugurated by ACWA Power in an official ceremony, hosted by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan with the participation of Berat Albayrak, the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources.

India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA) along with Indian Electric al & Electronics Manufacturers Association (IEEMA) recently conducted a two day Masterclass on Energy Storage Technology, Applications & Manufacturing Process at Mumbai making it first of its kind in India.

Huge potential, unlimited opportunities – this is how energy experts in the region describe the East African power sector.

To improve performance and provide valuable insights and visibility into plant and turbine operations, GE’s Power Services business (www.GEpower.com) announced it has signed an agreement with Azito Energie S.A. (Azito) (www.AzitoEnergie.com) to upgrade two gas turbines at the company’s combined-cycle power plant.

SRC Energy Inc , an oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Denver-Julesburg Basin, announced that it has entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement to acquire certain undeveloped land and non-operated production from Noble Energy for consideration of $568 million in cash, subject to customary purchase price adjustments.

Southern Company subsidiary PowerSecure has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for additional support to repair the power grid in Puerto Rico.

GE and Exelon announced a multi-year agreement to deploy GE’s portfolio of Predix software solutions across the energy company’s six electric utilities to further enhance reliability and efficient service to their more than 10 million customers.

At the Minds + Machines Industrial Internet conference GE announced a wide-ranging software and professional services agreement with the New York State Power Authority (NYPA) to advance NYPA’s goal to be the world’s first fully digital utility.

Power Integrations , the leader in high-voltage integrated circuits for energy-efficient power conversion, announced the opening of a new location in Penang, Malaysia.

Azure Power , a leading independent solar power producer in India, announced that it has won a 250 megawatt (MW) solar project in an auction conducted by NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN).

Allied Power has been awarded a five-year contract to provide maintenance and modification services for fourteen (14) Exelon Corporation (EXC) nuclear plant sites in five states as well as fleet wide staff augmentation services.

Shell has signed an agreement to buy NewMotion, one of Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging providers.

General Electric announced that Dana Engineering, GE’s Channel Partner for Jenbacher gas engines, will provide six Jenbacher Type 4 gas engines to Concord Green Energy Sdn Bhd (CGE) for its biogas projects to generate electricity from palm oil mill effluent (POME) discharged by Federal Land Development Authority (FELDA) palm oil mills. This waste-to-energy project will generate 5.6 MW of power across four FELDA mills.

Another page in Queensland’s renewable energy boom story has been turned with Queensland Government-Owned generator – CS Energy – entering a 10 year-agreement with the 60 megawatt Kennedy Energy Park near Hughenden in North Queensland.

Bosch’s new 48-volt battery for hybrids is in demand by automakers across the globe. Similar to the Bosch e-axle, this innovative 48-volt battery is standardized for easy integration into new vehicle models. Established manufacturers and start-ups alike can thus eliminate long and expensive development processes.

Siemens Gamesa has secured an order from the Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute for the supply of 34 MW in China1.

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