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Ballard provides backup to Indian 4G network

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:12 -- Anonymous
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Ballard’s ElectraGen™-ME to supply backup power Indian 4G network
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Canadian Ballard Power System has received and order for 100 fuel cell units to provide backup power to Indian Reliance Jio’s telecom network.

The purchase order comes after 12 months of extensive tests conducted by the telecom company, after which Ballard’s ElectraGen™-ME methanol-fueled system was selected.

The ElectraGen™-ME fuel cell comes in 2.5 kW and 5kW configurations and VRLA batteries as a bridging energy component.

Being the only company with a pan-Indian broadband wireless access license, Reliance Jio is currently in the process of building a new 4G telecom network.

The delivery of the initial order is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

Generac with residential backup kit

Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:06 -- Anonymous
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Generac has launched a backup power kit for the home.
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US generator manufacturer, Generac has introduced a new all-inclusive residential backup power kit.

The kit consists of the HomeLink 6500E portable generator and the HomeLink upgradeable manual transfer switch.

The generator has an AC rated power output at 6500 watts, runs on a 60 Hz frequency  with an AC voltage of 120/240 VAC. It also features a plug-in battery charger and a runtime of 12 hours on a 50% load.


Silicon Valley brings solar backup to homeowners

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 15:41 -- Anonymous
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The privately held Silicon Valley ESS company Juicebox Energy has designed a system to supply back-up power in grid failure support, and off-grid solar configurations for homeowners.

The 8.6 kWh JuiceBox system contains lithium-ion nickel manganese cobalt batteries and uses a battery management system to control the lithium-ion cells.

It also contains a system controller to manage the inverter/charger interface to ensure control of charge and has redundant protection mechanisms to prevent over voltage, over current, under voltage and over temperature conditions.

 With a capacity of 172Ah the ESS can operate at between -10c and 50c with a rated power of 4.3kW.

Each configuration delivers shifting, back-up power, energy efficiency and enables participation in emerging transactive energy exchanges.

Founded in 2013 the company is targeting the growing residential energy storage market with web-connected product that can be installed on new and existing solar energy installations.

Saft delivers backup power to Bangladesh

Tue, 04/14/2015 - 14:10 -- Anonymous
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French Saft Groupe is set to deliver two large battery systems to provide backup power at Shanghai Electric Group Company’s power plant in Bangladesh.

Each of the battery systems will consist of 175 of Saft’s nickel-cadmium batteries, SBLE700, which has a nominal capacity of 700 Ah ready to provide autonomous power, should the main plant power supply be interrupted.

The batteries will be deployed to Shanghai Electric Group’s 225 MW combined cycle power plant in Bangladesh’ third largest city Khulna. Delivery will take place in mid-2015.

Clarke Energy to supply five GE diesel engines to Nigeria

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:23 -- Anonymous
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UK-based power provider Clarke Energy is to deliver five diesel engines to Nigerian company Lagos’ Flour Mills.

The diesel engines are designed to deliver up to 12.5MW of electrical power. The delivery is aimed to help the country’s energy distribution challenges and encourage the growing industrial sector.

Two of the engines will be used at the Kano facility in northern Nigeria, in order to maintain power for production. The General Electric engines will deliver 5 MW of baseload electrical power, with an expected capital payback in less than 12 months on diesel fuel cost savings. The other three engines will be installed at Flour Mills' headquarters in Lagos that already uses 11 of GE’s J620 gas engines. The diesel engines are aimed to provide backup power.

“As Nigeria continues to grow its industrial might in the global economy, we have opted to invest in General Electric’s new 616 diesel engines to deliver higher fuel efficiency at our sites in Lagos and Kano,” said Paul Gbededo, chief executive officer, Flour Mills of Nigeria.

“Our new 616 diesel engine is the first high-speed model for power generation, allowing us to serve customers with a wider reciprocating engine portfolio,” said Cory Nelson, general manager diesel engines of General Electric’s distributed power business.

Corvus Energy to provide hybrid ferry with energy storage system

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 12:10 -- Anonymous
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Battery storage maker Corvus Energy is to supply an energy storage system (ESS) to Spanish shipyard LaNaval for the production of a hybrid compressed natural gas (CNG) ferry.

The ESS comprises 48V lithium-ion battery modules with 1.6MWh capacity. The ESS will be used for backup power and aims to increase the energy efficiency of the ferry. The ESS can also be used to provide power-up and power-down capabilities.

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General Electric to supply 25MW turbines to Nigeria

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 09:56 -- Anonymous
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General Electric is to provide three 25MW aeroderivative gas turbines to GEL Utility Limited (GEL) in Nigeria.

GEL is to install the trailer-mounted turbines at Nigerian’s National Petroleum Corporation’s (NNPC) state oil refinery at Port Harcourt to overcome chronic local grid outages and generate uninterruptible power. The engines are designed to provide baseload and backup power to support refinery operations.

The 49-year-old Port Harcourt facility is the country’s largest oil refinery and aims to regain full capacity for refining from its present 30% output. It has a total maximum capacity of 210,000 barrels per day.

“This project was not only important in getting the refinery back into full operation, but also to support Nigeria's long-term economic interests by achieving optimum refining capacity," said GEL chief executive Akinowole Omoboriowo.

The chronic power outages have forced Nigeria to import large amounts of refined petroleum to meet the electricity demand. The installation of General Electric’s turbines is to reduce the imports.

The units will start operations this month.

GEL signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Nigerian National Power Petroleum Corporation to modernise also two other refineries in the country.

Critical Power Supplies adds Flow Battery’s backup system to portfolio

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Anonymous
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Energy solutions supplier Critical Power Supplies has added Flow Battery’s compressed-air battery system to its product portfolio.

The Pnu Power system for uninterruptible power supply (UPS) applications uses compressed-air cylinders to drive a scroll generator that is designed to deliver up to 4kW of AC or DC backup power, according to Flow Battery.

The compressed-air battery system aims to be more cost-effective in comparison to conventional UPS and more reliable than lead-acid batteries. The system has a low maintenance and a consistent performance, claimed Chester-based Flow Battery.

The service life of the Pnu Power range is expected to be more than 40 years.

Flow Battery recently installed a compressed-air backup at National Grid’s Elland substation in Yorkshire, UK.

Acta and Dantherm partner to develop arctic backup power system

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 16:19 -- Anonymous
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Italy-based Acta and Danish Dantherm Power have teamed up to develop a self-recharging fuel cell based backup power system.

The power solution will be deployed on an island close to the Arctic Circle and powered by a wind turbine.

Dantherm will integrate Acta’s electrolyser, which facilitates hydrogen production, with its fuel cell backup power system in order to meet the requirements for off-grid power in cold and remote geographic regions. It aims to demonstrate the suitability of the system for renewable energy storage applications under harsh conditions.

“We see a significant opportunity for fuel cell backup power systems for remote locations including cold environments, where the ability to generate hydrogen onsite from renewable power sources is a key enabler,” said Paolo Bert, CEO of Acta and added: “We look forward to the success of the partnership with Dantherm and to extending our reach into the telecommunications backup power market together with them."

The shipment is set for September this year.

Acta and Dantherm stated that they are discussing further deployments across the Nordic region.

According to Acta, the supply of fuel cell back-up power systems for telecommunications base stations is a large and fast-growing market, especially in extensively bad-grid and off-grid locations such as in Asia and Africa. Battery sales to the Chinese telecommunication industry are currently valued at $4.7 billion to $7.8 billion per annum, stated the company.

Dantherm is a subsidiary of energy backup supplier Ballard Power Systems and utilises the manufacturer’s fuel cell backup power system for telecom suppliers.

Aggreko powers 2014 Ryder Cup

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 17:06 -- Anonymous
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Power supplier Aggreko is to provide 17MW of temporary power to the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland.

The contract includes technical power supply to broadcasters, backup support on location at Gleneagles and air conditioning for on site facilities. Around 40 different temporary structures will need to be powered and cooled.

Aggreko plans to perform its uninterruptible TwinPack generators at the golf event. The generators work together in one container and are designed to minimise sound emissions from power production.

Around 600 distribution boards will be utilised to connect and feed power supplies around the golf course.

"Aggreko has vast experience of providing temporary power and temperature control solutions at golf tournaments. Doing so at the 2014 Ryder Cup, which is on our doorstep and is perhaps higher profile than any previous tournament is a great privilege,” said Angus Cockburn, interim chief executive officer of Aggreko, who stepped into the role after Rupert Soames left to join outsourcing business Serco.

The Ryder Cup is only one of Aggreko’s major event assignments in the past. The company provided power for five FIFA World Cups, nine Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as for four previous Ryder Cups in Europe.

The 2014 Ryder Cup will take place on 23-28 September.


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