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Siemens wins major HVDC order in Canada

October 29, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, HVDC

Siemens wins major HVDC order in Canada. After the commissioning - planned for 2018 - the approximately 1,400 kilometers long HVDC link Bipole III will connect the Keewatinohk Converter Station, in northern Manitoba, with the Riel Converter Station, close to the provincial capital Winnipeg, by a +/-500 kilovolt (kV) overhead line. The picture shows the converter station of a comparable project in Australia. Photo courtesy of Siemens

Siemens wins major HVDC order in Canada.
After the commissioning – planned for 2018 – the approximately 1,400 kilometers long HVDC link Bipole III will connect the Keewatinohk Converter Station, in northern Manitoba, with the Riel Converter Station, close to the provincial capital Winnipeg, by a +/-500 kilovolt (kV) overhead line. The picture shows the converter station of a comparable project in Australia.
Photo courtesy of Siemens

Siemens has received an order for a high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) power transmission link in Canada.

In a consortium with the construction company Mortenson Construction, Siemens will be supplying both converter stations for the Bipole III HVDC project. Customer is provincially-owned Manitoba Hydro. Siemens is supplying the complete HVDC core technology, based on the well-proven thyristor-technology, while Mortensen Construction will be responsible for the construction of the converter stations. This HVDC link of approximately 1,400 kilometers will connect the Keewatinohk Converter Station, in northern Manitoba near Hudson Bay with the Riel Converter Station, close to the provincial capital Winnipeg in the south of the province, by a +/-500 kilovolt (kV) overhead line. The order is valued at more than CAD 800 million for the consortium. Once it has been commissioned in the summer of 2018, the Bipole III HVDC link will have a transmission capacity of 2,300 megawatts (MW).

This new HVDC link will enhance Manitoba Hydro’s existing HVDC system by increasing overall system reliability. This HVDC link will transport electricity generated by hydroelectric generating stations in the northern part of the province with low losses to southern load centers and Winnipeg. “When it comes to energy-efficient and low-loss transmission of high ratings of electricity over considerable distances, we’re the right partner. Siemens is a leading provider of HVDC technology and with our partner who has the necessary local expertise in the construction we can offer systems tailored to our customers’ requirements”, says Karl Uecker, head of the business segments for HVDC and FACTS solutions within the Siemens Division Energy Management.

The scope of the contract includes the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply and commissioning of all HVDC core components, such as converter valves with direct light-triggered power thyristors, converter transformers, smoothing reactors, protection and I&C equipment, and AC and DC filters. A particular challenge posed by this project is the need to design the system with all its equipment for temperatures as low as -50 degrees Celsius. This new HVDC link will bolster the power supply grid in the province and ensure that the rising demand for energy is met by linking further environmentally-friendly hydro power plants to the power grid.

HVDC transmission is always the technology of choice when conventional methods of energy transport using alternating current reach their technical and economic limits. Compared to a similar three-phase line the transmission losses with an HVDC link are 30 to 40 percent less. The use of HVDC transmission always makes sense when electricity is produced at locations other than where it is needed and must therefore be transported over vast distances to urban and industrial centers.

This article (10-20-14) is an EV News Report repost, credit: Siemens.

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Korea Energizes High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Superconductor Cable

October 29, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, HVDC

Korea Energizes High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Superconductor Cable Image courtesy of CIA

Korea Energizes High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Superconductor Cable
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DEVENS, Mass. – Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO), LS Cable & System, and AMSC (Nasdaq:AMSC), today announced that a high voltage direct current (HVDC) high temperature superconductor (HTS) cable has been energized on Jeju Island’s smart grid demonstration site. The 500 meter, 80kV DC cable is powered by AMSC’s Amperium® HTS wire and installed in KEPCO’s electricity grid.

“We believe Korea is the earliest country in the world to adopt smart and clean energy such as smart grid, Energy Storage System (ESS), and micro grid. The energizing of the first direct current high temperature superconductor cable in a real grid demonstrates KEPCO’s commitment to developing world-class, leading edge technologies,” said Hwan-Eik Cho, President & CEO, KEPCO. “We expect to continue to develop superconductor cable projects with the objective of being the foremost utility in superconductor-enabled solutions.”

HVDC HTS cables are power dense and have zero resistance, making them an ideal solution to moving large amounts of power underground and with a minimal footprint. Capable of conducting 150 times the amount of electricity that can be conducted by copper or aluminum devices of the same size, HVDC HTS cables also benefit from no electrical losses, making them a perfect conductor of electricity. Designs exist for future cables that the Company anticipates will be capable of moving up to 10 gigawatts (GW) of power within an 8 meter right-of-way. A similar overhead circuit would require multiple extremely high voltage circuits and an approximately 120 meter right–of-way.

“The HVDC superconducting cable system offers transmission performance superior to that of the alternating current (AC) system. Interest in this technology has been building up in Asia, the United States and Europe, where new power network implementation is needed,” said Ja-Eun Koo, President and CEO, LS Cable & System.

“We remain focused on continuing to enhance our knowledge base and experience with superconductor cables so that we are well positioned to capitalize on opportunities around the world.”

In 2011, KEPCO, LS Cable & System, and AMSC energized a 22.9 kV AC cable system at the I’cheon substation located near the city of Seoul. The cable successfully operated for two years. At the time of installation, it was the longest distribution voltage superconductor power cable in operation. KEPCO is also conducting type testing for a one kilometer, 154kV AC cable system that utilizes AMSC’s Amperium HTS wire.

“With the energizing of the HVDC cable at Jeju Island, KEPCO and LS Cable have taken another step forward in upgrading Korea’s electricity network and fulfilling KEPCO’s vision of securing a world-class competitive edge through the development of green and smart technologies,” said Daniel P. McGahn, President and CEO, AMSC.

Amperium wire is manufactured utilizing a proprietary process at AMSC’s headquarters in Devens, Massachusetts – the world’s largest commercial-scale HTS wire manufacturing facility. The wire can be used to increase efficiency and reduce the size and weight of a wide variety of applications, including power cables, motors, generators and defense systems. To learn more, visit www.amsc.com/products/amperiumwire.

About Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO)

KEPCO is South Korea’s sole power distributor, serving 13 million households. It also generates approximately 90% of Korea’s power supply and is one of the world’s top 10 electric utilities, with an installed capacity of nearly 64,000 MW (primarily from thermal and nuclear plants). More information is available at http://www.kepco.co.kr/eng/.

About LS Cable & System

LS stands for “Leading Solution.” LS Group spun off from LG Group in 2003, Korea’s 15th-largest conglomerate and the 3rd-largest power cable maker in the world, is leading the industry of energy and telecommunications systems. LS Cable & System, the flagship company of the conglomerate, is a global provider of cables and systems for the power and telecommunications industry. LS Cable & System also leads high-technology programs, including the production of high temperature superconductor power cables and submarine power transmission cables. LS Cable & System has 35 factories, 45 sales offices and subsidiaries and 4 R&D centers in 23 countries. More information is available at http://www.lscns.com/.

About AMSC

AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world’s demand for smarter, cleaner … better energy. Through its Windtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides wind turbine electronic controls and systems, designs and engineering services that reduce the cost of wind energy. Through its Gridtec™ Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency, and performance. The company’s solutions are now powering gigawatts of renewable energy globally and enhancing the performance and reliability of power networks in more than a dozen countries. Founded in 1987, AMSC is headquartered near Boston, Massachusetts with operations in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. For more information, please visit http://www.amsc.com.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: AMSC.

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Presentation of the ZeEUS bus in Stockholm

October 29, 2014 in Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV News, Politics

In the photo, from the left: •Mr. Håkan Agnevall, CEO of Volvo Bus Corporation •Mr. Torbjörn Wahlborg, CEO Vattenfall Nordic Region •Ms. Anna Johansson, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure •Ms. Stephanie Leonard, ZeEUS Project Manager, UITP •Mr. Anders Lindström, CEO of Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL) Photo courtesy of ZeEUS

In the photo, from the left:
•Mr. Håkan Agnevall, CEO of Volvo Bus Corporation
•Mr. Torbjörn Wahlborg, CEO Vattenfall Nordic Region
•Ms. Anna Johansson, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure
•Ms. Stephanie Leonard, ZeEUS Project Manager, UITP
•Mr. Anders Lindström, CEO of Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL)
Photo courtesy of ZeEUS

Yesterday Volvo presented the ZeEUS 12m plug-in hybrid bus at the Stockholm Fair, the largest public transport event in the Scandinavian region.

The bus was unveiled by Jörgen Sjöstedt, Volvo Director for the Nordic region and, after a short reception, 5 keynote speeches from the partners of the Stockholm demo ensued:

  1. Mr. Håkan Agnevall CEO of Volvo Bus Corporation
  2. Ms. Anna Johansson, Swedish Minister for Infrastructure
  3. Mr. Anders Lindström, CEO of Storstockholms Lokaltrafik (SL)
  4. Mr. Torbjörn Wahlborg, CEO of Vattenfall Nordic Region
  5. Ms. Stephanie Leonard, ZeEUS Project Manager, UITP

Eight Volvo 7900 buses will be put in operation in Stockholm as a part of the ZeEUS project with two running from mid-december onwards and all eight put in operation within the first quarter of 2015. This demonstration will be the biggest core demonstration, turning an entire line electric with eight buses in demanding Scaninavian operational conditions.

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: ZeEUS.

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WAVE Announces First Commercial Deployment of 50 kW Wireless Charging System for Electric Buses at Launch Ceremony on October 29, 2014

October 29, 2014 in Electric Bus, Electric Vehicles, EV charging, EV News

WAVE Announces First Commercial Deployment of 50 kW Wireless Charging System for Electric Buses at Launch Ceremony on October 29, 2014 Image courtesy of WAVE

WAVE Announces First Commercial Deployment of 50 kW Wireless Charging System for Electric Buses at Launch Ceremony on October 29, 2014
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SALT LAKE CITY, UT, USA – Wireless Advanced Vehicle Electrification (WAVE) today (10-22-14) announced its upcoming event on October 29 to commence commercial deployment of a 50 kW wirelessly powered electric bus serving a light rail “TRAX” station in Salt Lake City. WAVE’s state-of-the-art Wireless Power Transfer (WPT) technology used in the project is the most powerful and efficient single pad wireless charging system ever deployed by a U.S. company for public transit.

The Utah Transit Authority (UTA) partnered with WAVE to complete the project after receiving a $2,692,000 Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) Grant from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). WAVE and the University of Utah purchased a Zero Emission Propulsion System (ZEPS) bus from Complete Coach Works with non-grant funding, in addition to WAVE further funding development of the technology and execution of the project.

“This launch is a key moment in our short history, marking a culmination of years of hard work to develop, finance and build a 50 kW wireless charging system,” said Michael Masquelier, WAVE Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer. “We’re excited to officially demonstrate how this technology has set a new benchmark that will change the transit industry in America and around the world.”

WAVE-powered buses are charged wirelessly from a charging pad embedded in the roadbed and another identical pad mounted underneath the bus. WAVE’s WPT is created through magnetic fields that move power from underneath the roadway to the vehicle, without wires or cables, while the vehicle is stationary and loading/off-loading passengers. Charging vehicles wirelessly reduces the required on-board battery size, increases battery life by avoiding deep cycling and extends vehicle range.

Traditionally, the transit industry has been hesitant to adopt electric buses on a broad scale – even though electric buses are cheaper to operate and maintain – due to valid challenges about the range and cost of electric buses created by the inherent limitations of current battery technology. Batteries are expensive, heavy and large; however the WAVE WPT technology overcomes these challenges by reducing the size of the batteries needed to operate an electric bus. WAVE does this by using advances in power electronics – the same advances that give us today’s smartphones and laptops – to provide a cheaper and more effective way of powering electric buses.

The WAVE WPT technology facilitates the integration of electric buses into transit fleets. “Without wireless charging developers like WAVE, transit agencies and fleet owners would be stuck with existing battery technology, which prevents the wide scale adoption of battery powered, all-electric vehicles,” said Masquelier.

Additionally, improving Utah’s air quality continues to be a priority initiative for both residents and statewide legislators alike. “This technology was supported from the beginning by the State of Utah through the Utah Science Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative, and we are thrilled that a USTAR-supported company, with technology developed by Utah State University, is creating jobs in Utah that will improve the quality of life of transit users both in Utah and nationwide,” said Greg Bell, chairman of the USTAR Governing Authority.

For UTA, the WAVE project represents its first experience with electric buses. “The potential of the WAVE technology is exciting,” said UTA President and CEO Michael Allegra. “We are always looking at ways to make our system more sustainable and better for the environment. WAVE is leading the way in this new technology.”

“Utah has struggled with air quality for a long time, and we are happy to contribute to implementing a long-term solution that can be applied both here and in other states,” said Masquelier.

For the University of Utah, the WAVE project demonstrates a commitment to sustainability on campus. “The University of Utah is committed to sustainability, and this electric shuttle not only helps the U work toward its sustainability goals, but also serves to further the use of electric vehicles by mass transportation systems throughout the state and country,” said Alma Allred, director of Commuter Services at the University. “As this technology is tested and refined in a real-world environment here at the U, it can develop into something that is both affordable and reliable and ready for use on a broader scale.”

“The commercial launch is a huge benchmark for us,” said Masquelier. “To be the first company to deploy this type of technology, and help improve Utah’s air quality is rewarding, and affirms we are headed in the right direction.”

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: WAVE.

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NRG Energy Celebrates the Spanish Town Estate Solar Development in U.S. Virgin Islands

October 29, 2014 in Environment, EV News, Greentech, Solar

Unveiling of a New Emission-Free Solar facility for St. Croix that will Power Approximately 1,500 Homes and Reduce Reliance on Imported Diesel Fuel

NRG Energy Celebrates the Spanish Town Estate Solar Development in U.S. Virgin Islands Photo courtesy of NRG

NRG Energy Celebrates the Spanish Town Estate Solar Development in U.S. Virgin Islands
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ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands – During a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony, NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG), one of the largest solar companies in the U.S., celebrated the installation of the Spanish Town Estate Solar Project on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

By harnessing the island’s bountiful sunlight, the Spanish Town Estate facility stands ready to generate 4 megawatts (MWac) of clean, emission-free energy, enough to power the homes of approximately 1,500 customers of the U.S. Virgin Island Water and Power Authority (WAPA). The ground-mounted photovoltaic power plant is positioned on 17 acres in Estate Spanish Town, and is connected directly to the new Gregory E. Willocks Substation at the same location.

NRG executives joined representatives from project partners Toshiba International Corporation and WAPA to tour the Spanish Town Estate facility and the new substation after the official ribbon-cutting. The Spanish Town Estate project will be an important step toward the U.S. Virgin Islands and St. Croix achieving their renewable energy goal to reduce fossil fuel-based energy consumption by 60 percent over the next decade. During construction, the project created nearly 100 direct and indirect jobs and injected an estimated $3 million into the local economy.

“Now home to NRG’s first solar facility in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Spanish Town Estate stands out as an example of how Caribbean nations can tap the power of the sun to provide clean energy to residents without compromising the island’s natural beauty,” said Edouard MacGuffie, vice president of development, NRG Renew Caribbean region. “At NRG Renew, we are proud to celebrate this milestone alongside our partners and we look forward to bringing the power of solar energy to other Caribbean nations looking to follow the precedent we set here in St. Croix.”

“Like several of the other green energy initiatives that the Authority is pursuing, this project will result in lowering energy costs for our customers,” said Hugo Hodge Jr., executive director, U.S. Virgin Island Water and Power Authority. “It will generate clean, reliable solar power for delivery to WAPA customers, and help the Virgin Islands and St. Croix achieve our renewable energy goals for the coming years.”

“With the Spanish Town Estate facility,Toshiba worked with project owner NRG and continued with our mission to bring environmentally friendly options for energy generation to the U.S. Virgin Islands,” said Mark Lonkevych, business unit manager atToshiba. “Since we signed our initial agreement with WAPA in 2012,Toshiba has been proud of the progress we have made and how the Spanish Town Estate facility maintains the pristine beauty of the island which was not compromised by economic factors and the detrimental effects of importing and using fossil fuels.”

While Toshiba served as the lead engineering, procurement and construction through completion, NRG, through its subsidiaries, is now the sole owner of the Spanish Town Estate facility.

This project, which is NRG’s first public solar facility in the U.S. Virgin Islands, highlights a commitment to the region and expands NRG’s efforts in the Caribbean, which also include solar projects in Haiti; a solar installation which will begin next year in St. John and a microgrid installation under development on Necker Island.

About NRG Energy and NRG Renew

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) is leading customer-driven change in the U.S. energy industry by delivering cleaner and smarter energy choices, while building on the strength of the nation’s largest and most diverse competitive power portfolio. A Fortune 250 company, we create value through reliable and efficient conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions. Our retail electricity providers serve almost 3 million residential and commercial customers throughout the country. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG Energy on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy and @NRGMedia.

NRG Renew, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, oversees the operation of more than 150 renewable energy projects in the US and internationally. NRG and its companies own or operate approximately 4,500 gross megawatts (MWac) of solar and wind capacity1.

More information is available at http://www.nrg.com/renew

This article is an EV News Report repost, credit: NRG.