GLASTONBURY, CT - PW Power Systems, a
group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.,
announced the successful completion of the initial verification
tests for its latest aero-derivative power solution,
the FT4000® gas turbine. World-Gen spoke by
phone to Chuck Levey and Dave Maher upon completion
of the initial phase of validation testing conducted
on its first FT4000® engine on the Pratt & Whitney
engine test facility in Florida. "The final integration of both the high pressure
THE NETHERLANDS GREENOVATES
Maeslant Gate – The surge barrier is the last part of
Delta Works, a series of dams and dikes commissioned
after the North Sea flood of 1953.
AMSTERDAM, NE - The Netherlands Ministry
of Foreign Affairs invited World-Gen to a five day press
tour hosted by Dr. Peter Stoel that started in
Amsterdam. Renee Jones-Bos, Secretary General of the
Ministry said that, “The Netherlands is often referred
to as Holland.” The recent tour consisted of a series of
site visits to seven of twelve Netherland provinces
where public-private partnerships, innovations, incubators
and university spinoffs were showcased as the
country transitions to sustainable energy.
PAN EUROPEAN DCA
The capital city of Amsterdam is joining London,
Paris and Frankfurt to be a green data center as a
member of PEDCA. PEDCA is the first research and
development FP7 grant of euro 1.7 million for 18
months ending December, 2014 to address the data
center sector. Forty-one private companies are participating
in this “Green IT Initiative,” Maikel Bouricins,
Project Manager, told World-Gen. The Geyser project is
to design, implement and validate a fully innovative
DENVER, CO - GE invited World-Gen to the official
launch of its new, 10 megawatt Jenbacher J920 FleXtra
gas engine designed for the 60 Hz North American market.
The launch was announced by Lorraine Bolsinger,
president and CEO for GE’s Distributed Power at a press
conference held during the American Public Power
Association (APPA) 2014 conference and expo in Denver.
She also announced a memorandum of understanding
with Sky Global Partners to supply the IPP with six of its
natural gas-fueled J920 FleXtra gas engines.
“Our Jenbacher J920 FleXtra gas engines offer best
in class electrical efficiency of 49 percent for 60Hz adding
up to big savings in fuel over the life cycle of any plant.
For example, over 15 years, a US facility could realize fuel
savings of as much as $15 million for a 100-MW J920
FleXtra power plant,” Bolsinger said. Featuring a five-minute
start up, the J920 FleXtra is scalable for any plant size.
“The installed capacity of non-dispatchable resources
such as wind and solar has doubled since 2010 and is
expected to increase further in the coming decade. They
must be supported by complementary generation to maintain
a stable grid,” added Bolsinger.
“The J920 FleXtra
can be activated during periods of low renewable power
supply or during tariff spikes. Conversely, the J920
FleXtra can be quickly curtailed during spells of high
feed in of renewable energy or low energy prices.”
J920 FleXtra enables the integration of renewables onto
the grid and is well suited for regions with water constraints
due to its lower water consumption, and was
developed as a modular system with a small footprint.
The complete J920 engine’s turbocharger module
consists of four turbo-chargers, a two-stage turbocharging
system, intercoolers, gas train, oil and water heat exchangers,
blow-by system, and an electrical cabinet. This
enables excellent lean-burn combustion, higher efficiency
and lower emissions. J920 FleXtra engine efficiency
remains high even in tropical regions and high altitudes.
Two-stage turbocharging enables more than 90 percent
total efficiency when the J920 FleXtra engine is used
in a combined heat and power (CHP) plant application
that produces hot water. Using the J920 FleXtra engine’s
exhaust heat, a hot water temperature of up to 130°C (266°F) can feed a district heating system
and maintain a water return temperature
of up to 70°C (158°F). (article continues)
|TEMPLE 1 COMMISSIONED
BY DICK FLANAGAN
L to R: Lee Peterson (Temple EDF), Troy Fraser (Texas Senate), Todd Carter (Panda), Janice Carter
(Panda), Robert W. Carter (Panda); Drayton McLane, Jr. (McLane); Mary McLaughlin (Bechtel);
Danny Dunn (Mayor, Temple), Barry Nicholls (Siemens).
TEMPLE, TX – Panda Power
Funds, Siemens Energy and Bechtel
Power dedicated the Panda Temple 1
Power Project located at the Synergy
Industrial Park on September 25th, 2014.
The project on a 250 acre greenfield site
started by excavating 80,000 cubic yards
of dirt; pouring 24,000 cubic yards of
concrete and installing 1,086 tons of
steel, 24 miles of pipe and 284 miles of
electrical cable. World-Gen and other
media were invited to this first Flex-Plant
in commercial operation in Texas. The
plant has been strategically located to
meet electricity demand in the “Texas
Triangle”, an area bordered by Dallas,
Austin, San Antonio and Houston, four of
the fasted growing metropolitan areas in
the United States.
Siemens Energy supplied the natural-
gas-fired Combined Cycle Power
Plant in consortium with its partner,
Bechtel. The multi-shaft plant is a
Siemens Flex-Plant configuration, with a
gross installed electrical capacity of 758
megawatts. Innovative design features
are incorporated to enable fast start, and
fast ramping up and down across a large
operating window from low plant turndown
to high plant output with Carbon
Monoxide (CO) emissions less than 10
parts-per-million (ppm), and Nitrogen
Oxide (NOx) emissions less than 2.0
Siemens also delivered two SGT6-
5000F gas turbines, one SST6-5000
steam turbine, two SGen6-1000A
generators, one SGen6- 2000H generator,
the SPPA-T3000 instrumentation and
control system as well as two Benson
heavy duct-fired heat recovery steam
generators manufactured by NEM USA
Corp and other key cycle components. A
long-term service agreement is also in
place for the main generation components. Bechtel was responsible for
the balance of the plant engineering,
overall plant construction, procurement,
and led the commissioning of the facility.
The gas turbines for this project are
equipped with Shaping Power™, a feature
which enables higher power output on
higher temperature days.
“Siemens fast and efficient Flex-
Plant technology is a perfect fit in balancing
intermittent renewable resources and
providing low cost electricity,” said
Martin Tartibi, Senior Executive Vice
President at Siemens Energy Solutions
Americas. “The Panda Temple plant is
the third Flex-Plant in commercial operation
in the United States and it will be
considered one of the cleanest fossil-fueled
plants in the nation.”
“Temple was our very first project
working with Siemens, and we made the
right choice," said Todd Carter,
President of Panda Power Funds and a
member of World-Gen’s Class of 2013.
“We are impressed with their state of the
art technological power plant solutions
“Panda Temple I represents a tremendous
team effort, including our consortium
partner Siemens and Panda
Power Funds, both of which worked
seamlessly to bring the plant online
early, which was important for our customer
and the community,” said Mary
McLaughlin, president of Bechtel’s thermal
power business line. “We are
pleased to have delivered a quality plant
safely. As a result of a strong safety culture,
the team worked the duration of
the project without a single lost-time
About 70 percent of the project’s
subcontractors and 80 percent of
Bechtel’s craft workers were from Texas.
Bechtel introduced a pilot program,
Military Relations Strategic Initiative, at
Temple I to hire separated military veterans
at Ft. Hood to fill 15 positions during
construction. The Bechtel initiative is
planning to fill a total of 600 positions
with returning veterans company-wide.
Bechtel and Siemens also are
working as a consortium to deliver the
Panda Temple II Generating Station,
adjacent to Panda Temple I; the Panda
Sherman Power Project in Sherman,
Texas; and the Panda Stonewall Power
Project in Leesburg, Virginia. The
projects are similar in size to Panda
Temple I and, when completed, will
collectively generate enough electricity
to power almost 3 million homes.
Panda Power Funds is a private
equity firm headquartered in Dallas that
has the ability to develop, acquire, construct,
finance and operate utility-scale,
natural gas-fueled power generation
facilities. Panda has two 758 megawatt
combined-cycle power plants in operation
in Temple and Sherman, Texas and
three combined-cycle power plants currently
under construction in Texas and
Pennsylvania with a total capacity of
more than 2,400 megawatts. Panda
Power Funds also has two power projects
in advanced development: a 778 megawatt
combined-cycle power plant in
Northern Virginia and an 859 megawatt
power facility in Southern Maryland.
The fund built a 20 megawatt solar farm
in Southwest New Jersey that is one of
the largest solar facilities in the
Northeast United States.
Panda has a 59 person, full service
professional team. Employees average
more than 20 years of industry experience
and 7 years tenure at Panda Funds,
and the fund has financed approximately
$4 billion of generating capacity during a
two year period.
|CAPE WIND ANCHORS
BY DICK FLANAGAN AND MARTY PILSCH
BOSTON, MA – The Massachusetts
Port of New Bedford, the Nation’s number
one fishing port is soon to become the
Nation’s number one port for the first offshore
wind farm of 468 megawatts. Jim
Gordon, President of Cape Wind,
announced that he has entered into an
anchor lease agreement with the
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
to stage its historic, First-in-the-Nation offshore wind project out of
the South Coast Marine Commerce
Terminal located on New Bedford harbor.
The two-year lease agreement calls
for Cape Wind to pay MassCEC $4.5 million
in rent for use of its 28-acre facility.
The terminal is the first facility of its kind
in North America, and has been specifically
designed to handle the heavy loads
associated with the staging of offshore
Courtesy – Siemens
The terms of the lease include an
option for two one-year extensions.
Edward Anthes-Washburn, Deputy
Director at the Port of New Bedford told
World-Gen that the name “South East
Marine Commerce Terminal” is being
reviewed for a change to “New Bedford
Marine Commerce Terminal.”
Construction of the terminal is 80 percent
complete and is scheduled to be completed
in December, 2014.
The initial project will begin with
the arrival of components by special vessels
owned by Hansa Lines, (HY-Lift).
There are more than 742,000 acres
in federal waters off the shore of
Massachusetts – the largest offshore
wind planning area along the East Coast.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s
National Renewable Energy Lab estimates
that the area has the potential to
generate between 4,000 and 5,000 megawatts
of clean energy, enough to power
more than half of the homes in
The federal government will be
conducting an auction to lease this area for
commercial wind energy development in
December, 2014. DOE estimates that 43,000
new jobs will be created in the offshore
wind industry by 2030. Mass CEC CEO
Alicia Barton said, “The clean energy
industry already employs 80,000 workers.”
Governor Patrick’s Administration
made strategic investments to position the
Commonwealth as the national hub for
emerging offshore wind industry. Along
with the construction of the Terminal, the
Commonwealth has constructed the Wind
Technology Testing Center in Boston;
invested in workforce training programs;
commenced a supply chain analysis to
survey and connect Massachusetts companies
to offshore wind developers and
contractors; conducted marine wildlife
surveys in the region’s offshore wind
planning area and began a transmission
study to assess the most cost effective
routes and interconnection locations.
Siemens and Cape Wind have
signed a major contract in which Siemens
will supply Cape Wind 130 of its 3.6
megawatt offshore wind turbines, an offshore
Electric Service Platform (ESP)
and a service agreement for the first 15
years of commercial operations. Siemens
is subcontracting the manufacturing of
the ESP to Cianbro to be fabricated in its
facility in Brewer, ME. The ESP was
designed for Cianbro by Moffatt and
Nichol Engineers of Norfolk, VA. The
turbines will be floated to the wind farm
by specially constructed Jones Act barges
with American crews, constructed and
owned by East Coast companies, Weeks
Marine and Cashman.
Cape Wind has sold 77 ½%of its
power output in long term Power
Purchase Agreements to National Grid
and NSTAR, the two largest electric utilities
in Massachusetts, Cape Wind’s
Mark Rodgers told World-Gen during a
visit to his Boston office.
Seaports in North America have
been active in the handling of energy
generating products for centuries.
Beginning with the era of the great sailing
ships, including the New England
whaling fleets, to the present day bulk
carriers now serving global markets.
Ports such as New Bedford, Boston and
Portland, Maine were the hubs from
which whale oil flowed to the inland populations.
Today, the goals of the ports in
the U.S. are similar to those in New
England during the early days, however,
the challenges to meet those goals have
The nation’s ports began handling
wooden kegs of whale oil with rope and
tackle ships gear. Over a three hundred
year period, the development of energy
related cargo handling methods have
included new technologies, larger capacity
storage facilities at or near dockside,
higher speed unloading and expanded
receiving and storing sites.
As cargo volumes continued to
place greater demands, seaports, railroads
and road conveyance also responded.
Increased demands and the development
of multi- modal carriers have
brought new challenges to the ports.
The movement of increasing quantities
of dry bulk energy products such as
coal and wood pellets, have brought not
only increases in deep water outlets but
also improved land access along the US
As America’s population grew, coast
line expansion continued and additional
ports were created to support the new
centers. In addition, seaports were developed
based upon their proximity to
demand, created by development of
export cargoes nearby and necessary
import cargo to support the growth.
Eventually, ports along the US South
Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific
Coast, the Great Lakes and rivers such as
the Mississippi began handling much
needed products. New territories such as
Alaska and Hawaii were opened and seaport
Along with expansion, a certain
amount of redundancy occurred and
many of the busiest ports in the early
days began to fade away.
PORT OF NEW BEDFORD
With the opening of new territories,
new ports were created to not only support
the burgeoning populations but also
new commerce developing around them.
Port development continues today in
response to the availability of both
import and export commodities, especially
those that are energy related.
As these commodities evolve, the
search for increased volumes and cleaner,
more affordable products have moved
our energy related efforts toward new
sources. In this search, Seaports such as
New Bedford again have become the hub
of the logistics chain, playing a key role
in what and where the tools used to
develop wind power are concentrated.
According to a Presidential initiative
in 2007, areas with good wind resources
could provide up to 20% of the electrical
supply in the USA. The potential to harness
wind power, immediately became a
hot topic. A number of years ago, members
of the energy, logistics, equipment,
consulting, manufacturing and port industries
gathered to discuss the challenges
and opportunities presented by the creation
and handling of wind farms and the
feasibility of wind power generation at the
levels that were eagerly anticipated. Wind
energy as a dynamic commodity, promised
immense benefits to the American
economy including reduced costs of
power, creation of new jobs in domestic
production and new found prosperity to
the logistics community.
WIND POWERING AMERICA
In a Wind Powering America
Program Overview, the U.S. Department
of Energy indicated that the anticipated
results of the development of wind projects
would be a direct spin-off of over $400 billion
in economic development and 180,000
jobs. While the potential of wind power to
develop these results is possible, private
involvement in segments of the projects
has remained in the manufacturing sector.
The significance of this project is
two-fold. First, it has helped transform a
port whose significance in the development
of the seafaring history of the
United States has all but been forgotten,
and two, it provides a demonstration of
the ability of public and private sectors
and foreign and domestic commercial
entities to work together to provide the
capability of U.S. populations to improve
their stake in affordable electric power
Richard T. Flanagan
PW Power Systems, a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
Ltd., announced the successful completion of the initial verification tests for
its latest aero-derivative power solution, the FT4000™ gas turbine. World-Gen spoke by phone to Chuck Levey and Dave Maher on the eve of the release
of the first FT4000 assembly heading to Exelon from new assembly and testing
facilities in Palm Beach, FL. Maher took us back in time to the design>
objective of the FT4000 and Levey highlighted its evolution to the oil and gas
industry. Begins on page 1.
The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs invited World-Gen to a five
day press tour hosted by Dr. Peter Stoel that started in Amsterdam. The recent
tour consisted of a series of site visits to seven of twelve Netherland provinces
where public-private partnerships, innovations, incubators and university spinoffs were showcased as the country
transitions to sustainable energy, starts on page 1.
GE invited World-Gen to the official launch of its new, 10 megawatt Jenbacker J920 FleXtra gas engine
designed for the 60 Hz North American market. The launch was announced by Lorraine Bolsinger, president
and CEO for GE’s Distributed Power at a press conference held during the American Public Power Association
(APPA) 2014 conference and expo in Denver, covered on page 1.
Microgrids have become a hot topic in industry news describing installations popping up across the country,
particularly at universities and on military bases. The Solar Electric Power Association held a webinar on July
31 profiling two microgrids in San Diego Gas & Electric’s service territory, Lyn Corum reports on page 11.
The Renewable Fuel Standard was designed to increase production and use of domestic biofuels as a way to
reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil. It is also intended to mitigate the environmental impact of transportation
fuel use. The program promotes competition within the U.S. transportation fuel market, ensuring that consumers
benefit, Paul Winters explains on page 12.
The Massachusetts Port of New Bedford, the Nation’s number one fishing port is soon to become the Nation’s
number one port for the first offshore wind farm of 468 megawatts. Jim Gordon, President of Cape Wind,
announced that he has entered into a two year lease agreement with the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
(MassCEC). This feature is on page 13.
James Cater answers this question: Does solar really save costs for society as a whole? Or does it simply shift
the costs from solar customers to utilities, and in turn to other electricity customers who don’t use solar? Can
utilities set rates that are fair to all? Read what he has to say on page 14.
Panda Power Funds, Siemens Energy and Bechtel Power dedicated the Panda Temple 1 Power Project located
at the Synergy Industrial Park on September 25th, 2014. The plant has been strategically located to meet electricity
demand in the “Texas Triangle”, an area bordered by Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Houston, four of
the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States. See page 15 for the details.
AES launched its energy storage business six years ago with the commercial operation of AES Los Andes
ES, a 24MW, lithium–ion based energy storage system located in the Atacama desert in northern Chile. AES
has developed and operates over 200MW of lithium–ion battery based energy storage resources and continues to
develop and offer energy storage solutions to utilities globally, Brett Galura says on page 16.
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