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Amsterdam, December 11, 2018 – Today GE (NYSE: GE) and Stedin, one of the leading distribution network operators (DNOs) in the Netherlands, went live with the first European implementation of Transmission Forecast (T-Forecast) software from GE’s Grid Solutions. Part of the Digital Energy portfolio, this new solution forecasts power flow across transmission and distribution and is built to help manage increasing levels of renewable energy generation.

Electrical grids were constructed to manage a uniform flow of electricity primarily powered by coal, petroleum and natural gas. The growth of distributed energy resources (DERs) – such as renewable wind and solar energy which ebb and flow based on weather patterns – coupled with the onset of micro-grids and storage alternatives, have increased the variability and complexity in energy flow. Renewable energy’s variability creates new stresses on the grid, including overload and congestion.

Based on GE’s DER Orchestration solution, the T-Forecast software enhances electric power flow look-ahead visibility at the point of interconnection. This allows both Stedin and the transmission system operator (TSO) in the Netherlands to better manage the variability and intermittency of renewable energy generation. The T-Forecast software leverages the TSO’s Balance Responsible Parties declarations and machine learning technologies to compute a reliable forecast of the power flow at 39 primary substations. This supports Stedin’s compliance with regulations associated the EU’s "third energy package" (directive 2009/72/EC and regulation (EC) 714/2009), in particular the codes related to forecasting load flows in the electrical grid.

Stedin is also focused on flexible deployment initiatives – enabling flexible generation and consumption – as an alternative to grid reinforcements. With GE’s T-Forecast solution, Stedin is able to predict where flexible deployment is necessary, thereby lowering the risk of an unbalanced grid or local overload, even when levels of decentralized generation are high and ensuring a stable electricity supply.

“We are excited to deepen our relationship with GE through the implementation of the T-Forecast software solution. With this new technology, we will be able to better predict the energy load flows in the electrical grid, and in turn, we can increase efficiency and reliability for our customers,” said Peter Hermans, CTO of Stedin. “As renewable energy usage continues to increase, this technology provides a seamless path for future required functionalities and market interactions, including using flexibility for congestion management.”

“We are pleased to work with Stedin in delivering GE’s first implementation of T-Forecast technology in Europe,” said Steven Martin, chief digital officer, GE Power. “A joint view of forecasting with high accuracy allows the TSO to balance their transmission grid while allowing Stedin to avoid congestion at the DNO level.”

T-Forecast is architected as a flexible and open modular solution, based on micro-services, meaning it can be easily updated and inserted into any business process with other services, through orchestration, to support multiple use cases. This modularity also enables it to be “pluggable” onto any SCADA from any provider. With its intuitive user experience, T-Forecast delivers actionable insights for managing the interconnections between the Netherland’s transmission and distribution grids, which helps to prevent disturbances and interruptions.

In 2016, nearly 90 percent of new power added to the electric grid was made up of renewable sources in Europe. With two of Europe’s three largest new windfarm projects and strong solar power growth, the Netherlands is playing a key role in driving Europe’s rapid shift away from fossil fuels. The country is also experiencing an increase in electric vehicle (EV) adoption in alignment with the Dutch government’s long-term energy plan which mandates a phase out of all internal combustion engines by 2035.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges: Energy, health, transportation—the essentials of modern life. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers.www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter and on LinkedIn.

About Stedin

Working together towards a lifeworld full of new energy. This is the goal that Stedin works towards every day. To ensure that our more than two million customers can live and work in the most densely populated and industrialised region of the Netherlands: the province of Utrecht and the larger part of the province of Zuid-Holland. A service area with a particularly complex energy infrastructure and a high dependence on energy. With some 3,000 employees, we are working on a sustainable energy supply with more and more local production. A future-proof system that will continue to be reliable and affordable and can be passed on from generation to generation.

 

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(SEOUL – December 10, 2018) - GE Power announced today that the company’s reliable and flexible 6F.03 gas turbines will power Korea Zinc’s LNG Combined Cycle Power Plant located in Onsan, Ulsan City of Korea. Korea Zinc is a world-class general non-ferrous metal smelting company. They produce 18 types of non-ferrous metals from zinc to lead, gold, silver, and copper as well as rare metals such as indium, contributing to the growth of Korea’s basic metal industry for over 40 years.

Korea Zinc’s LNG Combined Cycle Power Plant will produce power for the captive consumption of Korea Zinc, meaning the plant will produce the electricity needed for the local industrial operations at the site. The plant will generate more than 270 MW of power using LNG as a fuel source.

One top officer of Korea Zinc said, “This is a meaningful project that we can generate and supply power on our own using GE's highly reliable gas turbines. GE’s 6F.03 gas turbines are offering superior performance, reliability, and flexibility, which we are exactly looking for. We will continue to collaborate with GE to complete the project successfully and ensure the stable supply of power to Korea Zinc." Two units of GE’s 6F.03 gas turbines will be installed at Korea Zinc Combined Cycle Power Plant, with the goal to be completed by January 2021.

GE and Korea Zinc closely collaborated to build Korea Zinc’s captive power plant for this specific industrial application, and 6F.03 gas turbine - known for best-in-class efficiency and high exhaust energy – was finally selected and will best serve their needs. GE’s 6F.03 gas turbine can generate up to 87 Megawatt (MW) of power in simple cycle. 

Woonsik Ha, executive leader of GE Power in Korea, said, “We are glad that Korea Zinc selected GE’s 6F.03 gas turbine for their captive power plant. Our gas turbines provide high efficiency with durability and flexibility that will enhance Korea Zinc’s productivity.”

According to Korea Power Exchange’s recent research for the self-generation in Korea, most of the captive power plants in Korea are operated by steel, petrochemical, and oil refinery companies that consume large amount of power. It reports that the demand of captive power will, to some extent, increase in near future, depending on economic prospects as well as fuel costs. GE will supply power facilities and cutting-edge technology to create value that helps meet such power demand of Korean companies with its sophisticated gas turbine technology.

GE’s 6F.03 turbines are capable of operating on a wide range of natural gas, distillate, and synthetic fuels. With the large and diversified installed base across 40 countries, there are more than 200 units of GE’s 6F.03 gas turbines in operation globally.

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About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges: Energy, health, transportation—the essentials of modern life. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter  and on LinkedIn.

WILMINGTON, North Carolina—December 10, 2018—GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) announced today its intent to acquire the business and certain assets of REI Nuclear, LLC (REI Nuclear), a Columbia, South Carolina-based decommissioning technology and tooling design company. The acquisition is expected to close by the end of 2018.   

 

REI Nuclear specializes in performing preliminary design, testing, tooling, project management, technical support, segmentation planning and waste management for nuclear facility decommissioning and dismantlement (D&D) projects.

 

“With REI Nuclear’s technical and project planning expertise, we will be able to increase value for our customers by further strengthening the planning and field execution of decommissioning projects,” said Lance Hall, Executive Vice President of GEH. “Together, we are positioned to capitalize on the rapid expansion of decommissioning projects worldwide and support our customers throughout the nuclear power plant lifecycle.”  

 

“The combination of the decades of decommissioning know-how of GEH and REI Nuclear has proven to be a highly successful project team,” said Grant Phillips, CFO, REI Nuclear. “We could not be more pleased to continue supporting GEH in nuclear plant decommissioning projects.”

 

GEH has utilized REI Nuclear technology for projects that include the dismantling of two reactors at the Oskarshamn Nuclear Power Plant near Oskarshamn, Sweden. This work includes cutting and packing reactor internals for final disposal and will continue through 2019.

 

GEH offers comprehensive D&D project expertise, including experience gained from reactor internals replacement projects in Japan and segmentation scope for extended power uprate projects in the U.S.

 

About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

 

Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Paris, France - December 6, 2018:  Addressing the global energy trend for cleaner energy and a reduced carbon footprint, H2V INDUSTRY today announced it has awarded GE Power's Grid Solutions business a contract for the turnkey supply of two 225 kV/30 kV electrical substations. These substations will feed the first 100 MW H2V INDUSTRY production units of the Port-Jérôme factories near Le Havre (76-Normandie) and Loon Plage near Dunkirk (Dunkerque, 59-Nord). H2V INDUSTRY forecasts the creation of approximately 200 jobs at each factory site in France in 2022. According to the “Hydrogen, Scaling up” study conducted by McKinsey for the Hydrogen Council, this energy source could reduce annual CO2 emissions by around 6 metric gigatons, compared with current levels.

World’s First Innovative Mass Production of Green Hydrogen

Recognized as a critical contributor to the energy transition’s success, green hydrogen is the most abundant element on earth and plays an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Green hydrogen contains up to three times more energy per unit mass than diesel, and two and a half times more than natural gas. To address customers’ needs for green hydrogen related to the growing global trend of decarbonization, H2V INDUSTRY’s intends to establish factories in France to support Europe’s energy transition. These factories will focus on the mass production of hydrogen via the electrolysis of water, thereby delivering green hydrogen at a zero-carbon footprint.  

Green Hydrogen and its Zero-Carbon Footprint

Currently, 95 percent of hydrogen is produced from fossil fuel sources resulting in pollution, whereas green hydrogen produced from water and renewable power sources guarantees a zero-carbon footprint. H2V INDUSTRY has chosen the electrolysis of water as the innovative method to produce green hydrogen. The electrolysis of water involves using electrical energy to separate water into hydrogen (H2) and oxygen (O2), thereby converting electrical energy into chemical energy. This green hydrogen can be stored for later use on the network, produced where there is a high concentration of renewables power sources or transported to the consumption sources. It can also be directly injected into industrial processes for decarbonization.

“We are pleased to work with GE’s Grid Solutions because of its undisputed expertise, renowned reliability across the globe, its reputation and quality products. Bringing together our respective competencies is a win-win for both companies,” said Lucien Mallet, H2V INDUSTRY CEO.

"As the grid is becoming increasingly complex, integrating more renewable energy sources and more storage, we are pleased to partner with H2V INDUSTRY on this exciting initiative. A major enabler in the production and transmission of green energy, this contract with H2V INDUSTRY is part of our global strategy to help transform energy networks," said Julien Pelcot, GE’s Grid Solutions Sales Director, France/Belux.  

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Notes to Editors:

About H2V INDUSTRY:

World leader in energy transition, H2V INDUSTRY is the first company to produce massively hydrogen by electrolysis of water based on low-carbon energy to meet the global needs of industry and transport. Each plant represents an investment of 500 million euros and the creation of 200 jobs.

The developments led by the company rely on the expertise of teams whose know-how makes the company unique. Created in 2016 by Lucien Mallet, H2V INDUSTRY has chosen a solid option to build a resilient company. For more information, visit the company website: www.h2vindustry.com

Follow H2V INDUSTRY on LinkedIn and Facebook.

About GE Power:

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter  and on LinkedIn.

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Paris, France – 6 décembre 2018 : Pour répondre à la tendance globale pour une énergie plus propre et une empreinte carbone réduite, H2V INDUSTRY a annoncé aujourd’hui avoir confié à GE Power's Grid Solutions un contrat pour la fourniture « clé en main » de deux sous-stations électriques 225 kV/30 kV. Ces sous-stations alimenteront les premières unités de production de 100 MW des usines de Port-Jérôme près du Havre (76-Normandie) et de Loon Plage près de Dunkerque (59-Nord) en France. H2V INDUSTRY envisage la création de 200 emplois directs par usine en France en 2022. Selon l’enquête sur l’intensification de l’hydrogène menée par McKinsey pour le Conseil de l’Industrie de l’Hydrogène, l’hydrogène pourrait réduire les émissions annuelles de CO2 de 6 Gigatonnes, par rapport aux niveaux actuels.

Première mondiale de production massive d’hydrogène

Reconnu comme un contributeur essentiel à la réussite de la transition énergétique, l’hydrogène est l’élément le plus abondant dans l’univers et joue un rôle majeur dans la réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre. L’hydrogène vert contient jusqu’à trois fois plus d’énergie par unité de masse que le diesel, et deux fois et demi plus que le gaz naturel. Pour répondre aux besoins des clients pour de l’hydrogène vert en lien avec la tendance croissante de décarbonisation, H2V INDUSTRY envisage d’installer des usines en France pour contribuer à la transition énergétique en Europe. Ces usines vont principalement produire en masse de l’hydrogène via le procédé d’électrolyse de l’eau, fournissant ainsi de l’hydrogène vert garantissant une empreinte carbone nulle.  

Hydrogène vert et son empreinte carbone nulle

Actuellement 95% de l’hydrogène est fabriqué à partir d’hydrocarbures polluants. En revanche, fabriqué à partir d’eau et d’électricité issue d’énergies renouvelables, l’hydrogène vert est le gage d’une empreinte carbone nulle. H2V INDUSTRY a choisi la méthode de l’électrolyse de l’eau comme moyen innovant de produire l’hydrogène vert. Le procédé d’électrolyse de l’eau implique l’utilisation de l’énergie électrique pour décomposer l’eau en hydrogène (H2) et oxygène (O2), convertissant ainsi l’énergie électrique en énergie chimique. Cet hydrogène peut alors être stocké pour une utilisation ultérieure sur le réseau, produit sur les lieux de forte concentration en énergies renouvelables, puis transporté jusqu’aux lieux de consommation. Il peut être également directement injecté dans les processus industriels qui doivent se décarboner.

« Nous nous félicitons d’avoir choisi GE’s Grid Solutions tout d’abord pour son expertise incontestée, sa fiabilité mondialement reconnue et la réputation de la qualité des équipements proposés. Nous bénéficierons de nos compétences respectives. » précise Lucien Mallet, Président de H2V INDUSTRY.

« Alors que le réseau se complexifie en intégrant plus de sources d’énergies renouvelables et plus de stockage, nous nous réjouissons d’accompagner H2V INDUSTRY sur cette première mondiale. Acteur majeur dans la production et le transport de l’énergie verte, ce contrat avec H2V INDUSTRY s’inscrit dans notre stratégie globale d’accompagnement de la transition énergétique. » nous confie Julien Pelcot, Directeur Commercial France/Belux chez GE’s Grid Solutions.

 

 

À propos de H2V INDUSTRY

Leader mondial de la transition énergétique, H2V INDUSTRY est la première entreprise qui propose de produire massivement de l’hydrogène par électrolyse de l’eau à base d’énergie décarbonée pour satisfaire les besoins mondiaux de l’industrie et des transports. Chaque usine représente un investissement de 500 millions d’euros et la création de 200 emplois.

Les développements menés par l’entreprise s’appuient sur l’expertise des équipes dont le savoir-faire rend la société unique. Créée en 2016 par Lucien Mallet, H2V INDUSTRY a choisi une solide option pour construire une société résiliente. Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site Web de l’entreprise : www.h2vindustry.com.

Suivez H2V INDUSTRY sur LinkedIn et Facebook.

À propos de GE Power

GE Power est un leader mondial de l’énergie qui fournit des technologies, des solutions et des services pour l’ensemble de la chaîne de valeur de l’énergie, de la production à la consommation.

Implanté dans plus de 180 pays, notre technologie alimente un tiers de la planète en électricité, équipe 90% des gestionnaires de réseaux de transport d’électricité dans le monde, et 40 % de l’électricité distribuée dans le monde est gérée par nos logiciels. Via une innovation incessante et des partenariats durables avec nos clients, nous développons les technologies énergétiques de demain et améliorons les réseaux électriques dont nous dépendons. Pour plus d’informations, visitez le site Web de l’entreprise à l’adresse suivante : www.gepower.com. Suivez GE Power sur Twitter @GE Power et sur LinkedIn à la page GE Power.

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• Orders for leading HA gas turbine booked in the third quarter in Florida and Taiwan

• Customers Invenergy and Bahrain Aluminum’s HA-power plants successfully first fired

• Gas will play a vital role in a cleaner energy future according to newly announced GE Gas Power CEO Scott Strazik, keynoting today at POWER-GEN International

ORLANDO – December 5, 2018 – GE today announced orders and continued strong momentum for the company’s flagship HA, the largest and most efficient gas turbine fleet in the industry, at POWER-GEN International in Orlando, Florida.

The company announced it will partner with electric utility Tampa Electric (TECO), an Emera company, to modernize Big Bend Power Station in Hillsborough County, Florida, using GE’s advanced gas and steam turbine technology and services. The modernized Big Bend Power Station will help TECO produce electricity in an amount equivalent to the needs of more than 750,000 Florida households using two of GE’s industry-leading 7HA gas turbines and a comprehensive upgrade for the steam turbine island.

Independent power producer Chiahui Corporation will use the HA, the industry’s most efficient heavy-duty gas turbine, as part of a full turnkey power expansion project at Chiahui Power Plant in Chiayi Province, Taiwan. GE’s 7HA.02 gas turbine will be part of the expansion to increase the plant’s generation potential, and it will be the third HA gas turbine in Taiwan, enhancing the country’s ability to generate flexible, reliable and affordable electricity from natural gas.

GE’s customers have also announced major operational milestones for several HA-powered facilities around the world, including Invenergy’s Lackawanna Energy Center in Jessup, Pennsylvania, United States, and Aluminium Bahrain (Alba)’s Unit 1 at Power Station 5 in Bahrain. Both customers have achieved first fire status for the HA units —a significant milestone for plants preparing to become commercially operational and provide electricity to the grid.

 

In addition, GE shared that its fleet of more than 30 HA gas turbines commercially operating around the world has surpassed 220,000 operating hours, and has added 19 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity worldwide. The HA remains the fastest-growing fleet of gas turbines today, with 83 orders by 35 customers in 16 countries.

Natural gas power plants have a lifespan measured in decades, and customers look to GE to provide total plant solutions across the entire lifecycle of their power generation assets. To that end, GE also announced today that it has completed Europe’s first 9EMax gas turbine upgrade at the Czech Power Station, providing significantly more power, incremental revenue generation, and greater efficiency. This is GE’s fifth 9EMax upgrade, built on its deep experience of a global fleet of more than 700 9E gas turbines, and you can read more about this announcement here.

Powering to a Cleaner Energy Future with Gas

GE today also reaffirmed its foundational belief that natural gas generation will fuel the future of electricity through its ongoing grand transformation. Onstage at the industry’s largest annual gathering, newly announced GE Gas Power CEO Scott Strazik articulated a balanced environment for gas power with headwinds associated with renewables growth and tailwinds with supply growth and power density. “Gas power is well positioned to play a vital role replacing coal and nuclear retirements while complementing renewables growth in different parts of the energy landscape. It’s dispatchable, flexible, affordable, and fast.”

In a new whitepaper released this week citing the International Energy Agency’s most recent World Energy Outlook, GE said that “the contribution of gas to powering the world through 2040 is vital by almost any measure, across markets and sectors.” Natural gas generation is also a perfect complement to other technologies that will power the future of electricity: from energy storage and renewable energy sources such as wind and hydro to high-voltage grid technologies such as high-voltage direct current (HVDC).

Strazik continued, “Natural gas generation will continue to fuel the future of our world with its ability to support increased levels of renewable energy and provide efficient and flexible electricity to people who need it.”

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About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter  and on LinkedIn.

About GE’s HA Gas Turbine

GE Power’s HA gas turbine is the world’s most efficient, largest, and fastest growing gas turbine fleet for both 50 and 60 Hz sectors. Operating with up to 64% net combined cycle efficiency, GE Power’s HA is the most efficient gas turbine in the world when compared to competing technologies. GE’s HA gas turbine is also the fastest growing fleet in the industry with more than 83 orders by 35 customers in 16 countries and has achieved more than 220,000 operating hours to date. You can learn more about the HA gas turbine fleet here.

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Country’s utilities and government regulators are focused on aggressive electrification, decentralization, and digitization efforts, report finds

A second structural impediment to fully realizing DER benefits is the current grid planning approach, which biases grid design toward traditional infrastructure rather than distributed alternatives, even if distributed solutions better meet grid needs. Outdated planning approaches rely on static assumptions about DER capabilities and focus primarily on mitigating potential DER integration challenges, rather than proactively harnessing these flexible assets.

Section II demonstrated how California could realize an additional $1.4 billion per year by 2020 in net benefits from the deployment of new DERs during the 2016-2020 timeframe. This state-wide methodology was then applied to the planned distribution capacity projects for California’s most recent GRC request, showing how the deployment of DERs in lieu of planned distribution capacity expansion projects in PG&E’s next rate case could save customers over $100 million. 

Motivated by the challenge faced in designing a grid appropriate to the 21st century, this report first focuses on determining the quantifiable net economic benefits that DERs can offer to society. The approach taken builds on existing avoided cost methodologies – which have already been applied to DERs by industry leaders – while introducing updated methods to hardto-quantify DER benefit categories that are excluded from traditional analyses. While the final net benefit calculation derived in this report is specific to California, the overall methodological advancements developed here are applicable across the U.S. Moreover, the ultimate conclusion from this analysis – that DERs offer a better alternative to many traditional infrastructure solutions in advancing the 21st century grid – should also hold true across the U.S., although the exact net benefits of DERs will vary across regions.

Designing the electric grid for the 21st century is one of today’s most important and exciting societal challenges. Regulators, legislators, utilities, and private industry are evaluating ways to both modernize the aging grid and decarbonize our electricity supply, while also enabling customer choice, increasing resiliency and reliability, and improving public safety, all at an affordable cost.

The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases.

Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e. biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e. ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind). VRE has four characteristics that require specific measures to integrate these technologies into current power systems: 1) variability due to the temporal availability of resources; 2) uncertainty due to unexpected changes in resource availability; 3) location-specific properties due to the geographical availability of resources; and 4) low marginal costs since the resources are freely available.

A transition towards high shares of VRE requires a re-thinking of the design, operation and planning of future power systems from a technical and economic point of view. In such a system, supply and demand will be matched in a much more concerted and flexible way. From a technical perspective, VRE generation can be ideally combined with smart grid technologies, energy storage and more flexible generation technologies. From an economic perspective, the regulatory framework will need to be adjusted to account for the cost structure of VRE integration, to allow for new services and revenue channels, and to support new business models.

There are several technological options that can help to integrate VRE into the power system grid: system-friendly VREs, flexible generation, grid extension, smart grid technologies, and storage technologies. New advances in wind and solar PV technologies allow them to be used over a wider range of conditions and provide ancillary services like frequency and voltage control. Flexible generation requires changes in the energy mix to optimise production from both dispatchable and non-dispatchable resources. Smart grid technologies can act as an enabler for VRE integration, given their ability to reduce the variability in the system by allowing the integration of renewables into diverse electricity resources, including load control (e.g. Demand Side Management (DSM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and enhancing the grid operation and therefore helping to efficiently manage the system’s variability by implementing advanced technologies (e.g. smart inverters, Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and Fault Ride Through (FRT) capabilities).

Energy storage technologies can alleviate short-term variability (up to 2 Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids | Technology Brief several hours), or longer-term variability through pumped-storage hydroelectricity, thermal energy storage or the conversion of electricity into hydrogen or gas.

Two immediate applications for deploying innovative technologies and operation modes for VRE integration are mini-grids and island systems. The high costs for power generation in these markets make VREs and grid integration technologies economically attractive since they can simultaneously improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of these power systems. This is, for example, the case of the Smart Grid demonstration project in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Furthermore, the right assessment and understanding of VRE integration costs are relevant for policy making and system planning. Any economic analysis of the transition towards renewables-based power systems should, therefore, consider all different cost components for VRE grid integration, such as grid costs (e.g. expansion and upgrading), capacity costs and balancing costs. Integration costs are due not only to the specific characteristics of VRE technologies but also to the power system and its adaptability to greater variability. Therefore, these costs should be carefully interpreted and not entirely attributed to VRE, especially when the system is not flexible enough to deal with variability (i.e. in the short-term).

Moreover, RE integration delivers broader benefits beyond purely economic ones, such as social and environmental benefits. Even though not straightforward, these externalities should be considered and quantified in order to integrate them into the decision-making process and maximise socio-economic benefits.

Due to the rapid technological progress and multiple grid integration options available, policy makers should build a framework for RE grid integration based on the current characteristic of the system, developing technological opportunities and long-term impacts and targets. In particular, policy makers should adopt a long-term vision for their transition towards renewables and set regulatory frameworks and market designs to foster both RE development and management of greater system variability. Such regulatory frameworks could include new markets for ancillary services and price signals for RE power generators that incentivise the reduction of integration costs.

Source: IEA-ETSAP and IRENA

A power crisis is looming large on India and the country needs to immediately start planning coal-based power plants and transmission corridors to avert it, experts have cautioned.

This is also the "first intra-state transmission system project" won by the company under tariff-based competitive bidding, according to a filing to the BSE.

Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL) Wednesday said it has bagged orders worth Rs 1,322 crore in domestic and overseas markets.

The project was awarded to the company through competitive bidding prices and commissioned in December 2017.

REC has a loan book of Rs 2 lakh crore and provides loans to power generation companies, transmission companies, state electricity boards and renewable energy providers.

Sterlite group CEO Pratik Agarwal said the country will soon need to award tenders for large transmission lines, on the lines of Green energy corridors.

RYE BROOK, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Xylem Inc. (NYSE: XYL), a leading global water technology company dedicated to solving the world’s most challenging water issues, announced plans to partner with Imagine H2O, a non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs build and scale solutions to solve the world’s water challenges.

Xylem joins Imagine H2O as a Sustaining Core Sponsor to support the organization’s flagship accelerator. Since 2009, over 100 startups have participated in the program, which provides access to customers and investors as well as cash awards, industry insight and capacity building resources. In 2018, Imagine H2O's accelerator companies and alumni collectively raised over $140 million in venture financing. More than 270 startups from 40 countries applied for the 12 available positions in the organization’s 2019 accelerator, its 10th annual program. The cohort will be announced in January.

“With water challenges rapidly escalating around the globe, it’s critically important to drive innovation and advance data-fueled solutions that can exponentially increase water and energy efficiencies to expand water accessibility and protect our environment,” said Jay Iyengar, Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at Xylem. “Xylem is committed to leading the digital transformation of water, and we are thrilled to partner with Imagine H2O, which is playing a pivotal role in promoting innovation across the water industry.”

Ms. Iyengar continued: “We look forward to working with Imagine H2O, and leveraging the strength of our experts and technologies, to champion the next generation of innovative water start-ups and the courageous entrepreneurs who lead them – and to working together to help convene and amplify the global conversation about solving water.”

“This partnership opens our global innovation ecosystem to Xylem’s wealth of water engineers and experts with the common goal of solving water,” said Scott Bryan, President of Imagine H2O. “And we are looking forward to a long future of collaboration.”

About Xylem

Xylem (XYL) is a leading global water technology company committed to developing innovative technology solutions to the world’s water challenges. The Company’s products and services move, treat, analyze, monitor and return water to the environment in public utility, industrial, residential and commercial building services settings. Xylem also provides a leading portfolio of smart metering, network technologies and advanced infrastructure analytics solutions for water, electric and gas utilities. The Company’s more than 16,500 employees bring broad applications expertise with a strong focus on identifying comprehensive, sustainable solutions. Headquartered in Rye Brook, New York with 2017 revenue of $4.7 billion, Xylem does business in more than 150 countries through a number of market-leading product brands.

The name Xylem is derived from classical Greek and is the tissue that transports water in plants, highlighting the engineering efficiency of our water-centric business by linking it with the best water transportation of all – that which occurs in nature. For more information, please visit us at www.xylem.com.

About Imagine H2O

Imagine H2O is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people to deploy and develop innovation to solve water challenges globally. The organization’s water innovation accelerator provides entrepreneurs with the resources, insight and visibility to launch and scale water solutions. By partnering with industry and policy experts and a global network of customers and investors, Imagine H2O has become a proven path to market for emerging water technology businesses. Join us at www.ImagineH2O.org.

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, 14. Dezember, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Celgard, LLC („Celgard"), eine Tochtergesellschaft der Polypore International, LP, hat beim US-Bezirksgericht des Northern District of California Klage gegen die MTI Corporation („MTI") eingereicht. Bei der MIT handelt es sich um einen Händler von keramikbeschichteten Separatoren für Lithiumbatterien mit Sitz in Richmond, Kalifornien, USA.

Die Klage unterstellt, dass MTI das Patent Nr. 6.432.586 von Celgard verletzt hat, das für eine Erfindung ausgestellt worden war, die als „Separator for a High Energy Rechargeable Lithium Battery" (Separator für wiederaufladbare Hochenergie-Lithiumbatterien) bezeichnet wird. Das Patent, um das es in der Klage geht, umfasst Separatoren aus Lithium-Ionen-Batterien, die aus einer keramischen Verbundschicht bestehen und ursprünglich von Celgard für wiederaufladbare Lithiumbatterien entwickelt worden waren. Die Klage fordert eine richterliche Verfügung, die verhindert, dass MTI keramikbeschichtete Separatoren für Batterien verkaufen kann, die das Patent von Celgard verletzen, sowie einen Schadenersatz.

Eine gesonderte Klage, die Celgard beim US-Bezirksgericht des Western District of North Carolina gegen MTI einreichte, fordert eine richterliche Verfügung, welche die Verletzung der Markenrechte von Celgard durch MTI und den Verkauf unautorisierter und gefälschter keramischer Separatoren von Batterien unter dem eingetragenen Markennamen Celgard® und mit Celgard®-Etikettierung verhindert. Zudem wird Schadensersatz gefordert.

Celgard unternimmt diese Maßnahmen zum Schutz ihrer Vermögenswerte und Kunden und wird auch weiterhin entsprechend nötige Schritte einleiten, um die unlautere Nutzung ihres geistigen Eigentums zu verhindern.

Informationen zu Celgard, LLC
Celgard, LLC spezialisiert sich auf die Entwicklung, Herstellung und Vermarktung beschichteter und unbeschichteter mikroporöser Membranen im Trockenverfahren, die als Separatoren in diversen Lithium-Ionen-Batterien dienen und eine wesentliche Rolle bezüglich der Leistung, Lebensdauer und Sicherheit von Lithiumzellen einnehmen. Die Batterie-Separatortechnologie von Celgard wird in Lithiumbatterien von Elektrofahrzeugen, diversen Energiespeichersystemen und sonstigen speziellen Anwendungen genutzt.

Celgard ist eine hundertprozentige Tochtergesellschaft der Polypore International, LP. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf www.celgard.com.

Informationen zu Polypore International, LP
Polypore International, LP, eine Gesellschaft des Asahi-Kasei-Konzerns, spezialisiert sich auf hochwertige mikroporöse Membranen, die in Elektrofahrzeugen, Energiespeicher- und Notstromsystemen, tragbaren Geräten der Unterhaltungselektronik, Autos, LKWs, Bussen und Gabelstaplern verwendet werden. Als internationales High-Tech-Unternehmen mit Sitz in Charlotte, North Carolina und Produktionsanlagen sowie Vertriebsniederlassungen in neun Ländern auf sechs Kontinenten wird Polypore International, LP am Markt sehr geschätzt. Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf www.polypore.com.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) meteorologists are forecasting that the next series of winter storms will impact Northern and Central California today through Monday.

The first storm that arrives today isn’t expected to produce significant rain although conditions will be breezy along the North Coast and the Sacramento Valley. The Sunday storm is expected to be stronger, bringing heavy rain at times across much of the PG&E service area. Breezy to gusty Southerly winds will last from early Sunday to early Monday along the North Coast and the Sacramento Valley, with strongest winds anticipated Sunday afternoon and evening.

"December continues to be a rainy month for much of California, and that precipitation is much needed," said PG&E meteorologist Mike Voss. "We want to remind our customers to be weather aware, to drive safely and to prepare for outages, in case they occur."

PG&E’s meteorology team has developed a Storm Outage Prediction Model that incorporates real-time weather forecasts, historic data and system knowledge to accurately show where and when storm impacts will be most severe. This model enables the company to pre-stage crews and equipment as storms approach to enable rapid response to outages.

Safety reminders

  • If you see a downed power line, assume it is energized and extremely dangerous. Do not touch or try to move it—and keep yourself and others away. If you see damaged power lines or electrical equipment, call 911 immediately and then notify PG&E at 1-800-743-5002.
  • If a power line falls across a car that you're in, stay in the car. If you must get out of the car due to a fire or other immediate life-threatening situation, do your best to jump clear of the car and land on both feet. Be sure that no part of your body is touching the car when your feet touch the ground.
  • During a power outage, use battery-operated flashlights, and not candles, due to the risk of fire. If you must use candles, keep them away from drapes, lampshades and small children. Do not leave candles unattended.
  • Don't use grills or other outdoor appliances or equipment indoors for space heating or cooking, as these devices may emit carbon monoxide.
  • Customers with generators should make sure they are properly installed by a licensed electrician. Improperly installed generators pose a significant danger to crews working on power lines. Operate your generator outside. Never operate it inside a building or garage.
  • If you experience an outage, unplug or turn off all electrical appliances to avoid overloading circuits and to prevent fire hazards when power is restored. Simply leave a single lamp on to alert you when power returns. Turn your appliances back on one at a time when conditions return to normal.
  • Check and restock your emergency kits with flashlights, batteries, bottled water, non-perishable foods, medicines, etc. Also, ensure a portable, battery-operated radio, TV or NOAA radio is on hand.
  • If you are driving and encounter emergency vehicles with activated lights and sirens, remember to move over as it's the law in California.

Outage information

For more information about outages and ways to prepare and stay safe during the storm, please visit www.pge.com/stormsafety.

If outages occur, customers can find details and information on restoration by:

  • Clicking onto www.pge.com/outages and signing up for outage alerts via text, email or phone
  • Following PG&E on social media for updates
  • Calling PG&E’s outage information line at 1-800-743-5002.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and pge.com/news.

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Equinor submitted a winning bid of $135 million for one of three lease areas in the online offshore wind auction concluded today by the US Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

Equinor secured lease area OCS-A 0520, a 128,811 acre site in the federal auction.

Equinor will now have the opportunity to explore the potential development of offshore wind farms to provide the region with a significant, long-term source of renewable electricity.

“We are excited to have secured this attractive opportunity, Equinor’s second offshore wind lease in the United States. This acquisition complements our existing position on the US East Coast and gives us a foothold to engage in the Massachusetts and wider New England market, a region notable for its strong commitment to offshore wind,” says Christer af Geijerstam, President of Equinor Wind US.

A stronghold on the US East coast

The new lease located south of Massachusetts and east of New York gives Equinor a strong strategic position. The company now holds leases within reach of some of the most important markets for offshore wind in the US. Equinor firmly believes in the long-term regional potential for offshore wind as a major local source of renewable, reliable and cost-effective energy.

This new lease is part of Equinor’s commitment to taking a leadership position in renewable energy development in the US. In December 2016, Equinor won the federal lease auction of 80,000 acres south of New York and east of New Jersey. Equinor is currently developing projects in that lease area for the offshore-wind markets in both states; Empire Wind in New York and Boardwalk Wind in New Jersey. In total, Equinor’s US offshore wind portfolio now has the potential to power more than two million homes with, renewable power.

“The US northeast presents Equinor with the near-term potential to build a second industrial offshore wind hub for the company, adding to our existing position in the United Kingdom,” Pål Eitrheim, Equinor’s Executive Vice President for New Energy Solutions, said.

Equinor is building a material position in renewable energy and evolving into a broad energy company. Equinor now powers more than one million European homes with renewable wind power from four projects in the United Kingdom and Germany. Equinor commissioned the world’s first floating offshore wind farm last year, off the coast of Scotland, a technology essential to the development of offshore wind in many locations around the world, including the west coast of the US. Equinor is also developing offshore wind in Poland, as well as solar energy in Brazil and Argentina.

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The "Global Lubricants Market, by Type, by Applications, by Additives, by Region; Size and Forecast, 2018-2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

Global Lubricants Market report provides analysis for the period 2014-2025, wherein the period from 2018 to 2025 is the forecast period and 2017 is base year. The market study reveals that the Global Lubricants Market is expected to grow over a CAGR of 3.5% during 2018-2025 in terms of value.

The increasing number of passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle, and growth in the aviation and marine industries are expected to drive the lubricants market, globally.

Moreover, Industrial sector growth is propelled by strong global trade, rising commodity prices and supportive domestic policies in developing economies like India, China, Indonesia and South Korea markets. Thus, Strong domestic growth, chiefly GDP growth fueled by private consumption and fixed investment has accelerated industrial sector progress which has positively influenced application of lubricants in industrial sector.

Key Stakeholders

  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • British Petroleum
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Total S.A.
  • Chevron

Companies in this industry are following different strategies to strengthen their market position. For instance, In April, 2018 Exxon Mobil has acquired the PT Federal Karyatama, the Indonesian manufacturer and marketer of lubricant. It includes the oil brand, the distribution as well as the blending plant. It strengthens the footprint of Exxon in Indonesia. They have a defined line of work and work close to consumer demands, thereby establishing a sustainable market across the globe.

Key Topics Covered

1. Research Framework

2. Research Methodology

3. Executive summary

4. Industry Insights

5. Global Lubricants Market Overview

6. Lubricants Market, By Types

7. Lubricants Market, By Applications

8. Lubricants Market, By Additive

9. Lubricants Market, By Region

10. Company Profiles

  • Amsoil Inc.
  • British Petroleum
  • Castrol
  • Chevron
  • ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Fuchs Group
  • Idemitsu Kosan Co. Ltd.
  • Lukoil
  • Pennzoil
  • PetroChina
  • Petronas Lubricant International
  • Royal Dutch Shell
  • Sinopec Corp.
  • Total S.A.
  • Valvoline International Inc.

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/6vm6l5/global_lubricants?w=4

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The global compressed natural gas market is expected to post a CAGR of close to 17% during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.

A key factor driving the growth of the market is the increase in the number of CNG vehicles. CNG for automobiles has proven to be an eco-friendly technology, thereby providing better air quality and sustainability. This makes CNG vehicles ideal for the urban environment. Favorable government regulations combined with CNG infrastructure development has increased consumer acceptance and cost competitiveness of CNG vehicles.

This market research report on the global compressed natural gas (CNG) market 2019-2023 also provides an analysis of the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook during the forecast period. Technavio classifies an emerging trend as a major factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

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In this report, Technavio highlights the increase in the supply of natural gas as one of the key emerging trends in the global compressed natural gas market:

Global compressed natural gas market: Increase in supply of natural gas

Natural gas has become one of the fastest growing fossil fuels globally owing to the growth of the supply of tight gas, coalbed methane, and shale gas. Hence, the global oil and gas industry has experienced rapid growth in the unconventional oil and gas resources sector. Furthermore, as per the IEA, the natural gas consumption is expected to increase from 3,630 billion cubic meters in 2016 to 4,000 billion cubic meters by 2022.

“In countries such as the US and Russia, the increase in the natural gas production will boost the supply of natural gas, thereby enabling to fulfill the growing demand for CNG as a transportation fuel across the world. Hence, this will augment the growth of the global CNG market during the forecast period,” says a senior analyst at Technavio for research on oil and gas.

Global compressed natural gas market: Segmentation analysis

This market research report segments the global compressed natural gas market by application (LDV and M&HDV) and geographical regions (APAC, EMEA, and the Americas).

The LDV segment held the largest market share in 2018, accounting for over 61% of the market. This application segment is expected to dominate the global market throughout the forecast period.

APAC led the market in 2018 with a market share of over 41%. This region is expected to dominate the market through 2023, with over 1% increase in its market share.

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