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THAMES TIDEWAY TUNNEL London’s Mega Project
“Our vision is to execute a vertically integrated “pit to plug” business with the coal from the proposed Carmichael Mine being transported by rail to the Port of Abbot Point for export to meet consumers’ demands in offshore markets” – Andy Dewis, Vice President of International Solutions, Schneider Electric W I T H O U T A D O U B T, O N E of the biggest
issues monopolizing headlines in 2014 was the energy “crisis:” who was to blame; who had the (right) solution; and, more importantly, who was doing what wrong at that particular moment. Pointing a finger is easy; offering a solution is not yet the company on our cover is doing just that. A leader in global solutions, Schneider Electric seeks to identify and solve energy and sustainability related challenges. Understanding that energy is a necessity—as is conservation— Schneider developed a model to help customers maintain best practices on both sides, balancing energy costs while maintaining production goals. This one is not to be missed. Find it on page 32 Also in this issue, we provide an in-depth look at London’s (literally) ground-breaking project, the Thames Tideway Tunnel, and highlight 10 companies with energy-based breakthroughs.
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THAMES TIDEWAY TUNNEL London’s sewers are groaning under the strain, but by 2023 they will be the future thanks to a megaproject ready to start in 2016. W r i t t e n b y : J O H N O ’ H A N LO N
UTILITIES IT’S REMARKABLE THAT there are only two European projects in the recently released 2015 Strategic Top 100 Global Infrastructure Report, issued by CG-LA Infrastructure. These are not selected by size, complexity or spending, though most of them are big. The focus is on the relationship between governments, private investors and the public. Infrastructure is the internal framework for a country, allowing its economy and citizens to be productive and healthy. Infrastructure is a catalyst for progress and the compilers of this report believe that the right policies and projects create important opportunities for all. The three major criteria for project selection are that it needs to be well on the way through the approvals process, be a clear priority for a country’s growth prospects and reinforce a country’s clear, long-term vision. This vision must define how the infrastructure investment will create well-being by growing the economy or improving public health or overall commutes. It’s not hard to see why the Thames Tideway Tunnel (TTT) made the list this year. Like Crossrail, the other network currently moleing its way beneath the city, it will massively 8
The map illustrates the proposed tunn improve Londoners’ lives. By 2031, 8.6 million people will live in London. An estimated 600,000 new homes will be needed to absorb the growth. The sewerage network, already under severe pressure, needs an upgrade. That’s an important part of the vision. The project will improve the public health, reputation and economy of London; not to mention the thousands of skilled jobs and hundreds of apprenticeships it will create.
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‘By 2031, 8.6 million people will live in London. An estimated 600,000 new homes will be needed to absorb the growth. The sewerage network, already under severe pressure, needs an upgrade’
The TTT is very much a project with legs: three joint ventures have been selected as preferred bidders for the east, central and west contracts. BMB JV, a joint venture of BAM Nuttall Ltd., Morgan Sindall PLC and Balfour Beatty Group Ltd. has been named for the west contract; FLO JV brings together Ferrovial Agroman UK Ltd. and Laing O’Rourke Construction for the central contract; and CVB JV, made up of Costain, Vinci Construction 9
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and Grands Projects Bachy Soletanche, has the east contract. The engineering marvel that is the TTT is 25 kilometres long, descends 30 metres at its western end and 66 metres at its eastern and is over seven metres in diameter. The TTT will be the biggest infrastructure project ever undertaken by the UK water industry. It will follow the route of the River Thames connecting to the combined sewer overflows located along the riverbanks. En route, it will travel underneath all other London
infrastructure and through a variety of different ground environments. It will be dug out by German-made, underground-conditioned, tunnel boring machines (TBMs). These extrude the excavated material, which is removed with a conveyor belt or, in wetter places, a slurry pipeline. As excavation advances, the tunnel is encased in a concrete shell using precast segments. The TBMs are introduced through a vertical shaft. Later, the existing overflow shafts will be connected to the great tunnel, 11
UTILITIES ensuring that the sewage is no longer able to pollute the Thames. The situation is worse now than before Sir Joseph Bazalgette constructed the interceptor sewers in the 1850s. These are still the backbone of London’s sewerage system. During severe storms, Bazalgette’s system was designed to overflow through discharge points on the riverbanks into the River Thames, rather than flooding streets and homes. When designed, this happened once or twice a year.
Today it happens weekly, on average. During its construction, between 2016 and 2023, the project will employ upward of 9,000 people at peak times. Given the continued national predominance of men over women in construction jobs, TTT’s CEO Andy Mitchell has set an interesting goal: achieve gender parity by 2023. While admitting that as a white, middleaged male he is part of the problem, Mitchell exhibits an enlightened attitude towards the issue.
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Apprentices on the Thames Tideway Tunnel “This is not really a man’s world—we need women and we need diversity,” he says. “It’s a fact that a diverse workforce is a more productive one. If we are to deliver infrastructure that is of most use to society, we are more likely to achieve that with a team that is representative of that society.” It will be an uphill task. Over a six-month period at the start of 2014, only 21 percent of job applicants were female. “At the peak of construction, we’ll be creating more than 4,000 direct
jobs and another 5,000 indirect. We need to make sure that when we advertise those roles we’re getting a far better rate of female applicants than we are now,” Mitchell admits. “Gender parity is a bold statement, and maybe it is too ambitious, but I don’t see the point in striving for anything less. If we achieve this goal, I believe it will change the face of construction for future generations.” This policy may have been the deciding factor in securing the TTT a place in the Strategic Top 100. 13
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Solar Energy Solar energy may be good for the environment but will it ever be good for the wallet?
R E N E WA B L E S WHEN YOUâ€™RE CEO and financial advisers question the true price of solar energy modifications to your enterprise, you might ask them to consider the cost of not having an off-the-grid capable power backup in these unsettling times. The shortest route to winning the battle against an energy deficit, even a temporary one, is developing solar energy applications set up for permanent use or for mobility that fit perfectly into your industrial and commercial needs. Your attention to finding ways to keep the industry running with quality and precision, even in emergency situations, unexpected disruptions or a terrorist event, could (or should) impact the government to broaden the alternative solar energy sector technologies. The government
City-based solar power site
The Camp Roberts military facility in has a responsibility to negotiate through any growth barriers such as advanced quality standards, proper solar power-efficiency component designs, as well as off-the-grid energy production incentives. Innovations to Plague Traditional Solar Installation Models and Domestic Utilities The Department of Defenseâ€™s Strategic Environmental Research and Development program served as the umbrella agency for a Nanosolar, 1-megawatt solar ground-mount
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California uses a similar solar array to produce 1-megawatts of power onsite
â€˜The government has a responsibility to negotiate through any growth barriers such as advanced quality standards, proper solar powerefficiency component designs, as well as off-the-grid energy production incentivesâ€™
array for Camp Roberts, the California National Guard facility. The project is about to be completed in mid-2015, in partnership with the Department of Energy and the EPA. Reduced costs of solar power through breakthroughs in solar technology and solar cell efficiency set a new trend in calculating overall costs and installed costs to reflect savings when compared to a similar traditional electricity-based system. This overall cost (including labor cost, installation and equipment costs) will serve as a new model for domestic 17
R E N E WA B L E S low-cost leaders of the renewable solar sector. This model covers the following innovations that addressed key solutions for reduced costs: • Pre-assembly of solar panels into cartridges • Cartridges are fitted into prepared piers • Methods to reduce the risks of breakage The above changes will plague solar corporations using the conventional
silicon solar cell model installations. Modified Siemens reactors are still the most commonly used processes for polysilicon production to supply the solar industry. However, FBR production is growing in market share every year. Lead Upstream Analyst Shyam Mehta, from the GMT Research Team recently reported, “We have a very positive outlook on the ‘fluidized bed reactor’ (FBR) technology which is expected to make up the larger portion of polysilicon production
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(for crystalline PV modules).” GMT research is predicting that FBR capacities will double 2014 production of 26,000 metric tons to 46,000 metric tons this year. This trend will continue for the next two years. Solar energy should be as cheap as grid-supplied electric in just a couple of years. Large commercial facilities with flat roofs or unassigned acreage will save considerable costs. The DOE has passed its milestones while fully expecting to achieve their 2015 deadline for the Nanosolar facility model in California. SERDP is quoted as saying, “This model also demonstrates that U.S.manufactured solar technology and U.S.-generated solar power can provide energy, security and independence to the U.S. military. This range of power plant outputs could be readily constructed at DoD installations nationwide.” Polysilicon from 2015-2018 Supply, demand, cost and pricing expected during this period based on current annual production capacity is 70,000 metric tons coming online in 2015. Another 61,000 metric tons is scheduled to come online in 2016. This
will bring global polysilicon capacity to 437,000 metric tons. This is enough to support 85 GW of crystalline silicon for PV module production. The demand for polysilicon in 2016 is already set at 60 GW of PV. Fluidized bed reactor production costs have an ultimately lower cash floor than the Siemens process. While these prospects for FBR polysilicon are good, there is a lack of newly planned FBR plants set for scaling up and operating before 2018. GMT says this technology will only represent about 15 percent of the market by 2018. Predicted Strong Profits We know through popular solar watchdogs like industry-leading consulting firms that the battle for 19
R E N E WA B L E S local solar markets is in full force. The consulting firm specializing in everything solar power, ©PHOTON Consulting LLC, identifies the primary goal of the PV sector players as complete domination of local markets. For this reason, traditional utilities will strategically fight back with merciless tactics as they struggle under the loss of profits, volume and future revenue. The PV sector growth is forecasting that by 2015-2016, a supreme battle for the growing number of local markets is intent on development of solar monopolies. Strong profits in the financial and ownership sectors of solar systems are attracting fresh blood from the natural gas, mobile telecom, building securities and other sectors. Corporate forward thinkers are researching possible tactics for mitigating risks and unlocking new value capture. They are looking at projections through 2018 for pricing, supply chain, demand and cost as well. Efforts to Develop All U.S. Areas with Renewable Solar Power The United States Department of Energy’s program, the Sunshot Initiative, is a national collaborate 20
effort that is succeeding to drive down soft-costs. Their efforts are presently driving innovations to reduce costs to make solar energy fully costcompetitive with American traditional energy sources before 2019. Sunshot, continuously working through the U. S. Department of Energy, is positioned to drive down the cost of solar energy to $0.06 per kilowatt-hour. Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu agrees that we have already achieved grid-parity in many areas where unsubsidized solar power is even with or cheaper than retail electrical prices. Chu believes that solar is very close to being as cheap as any power sources in the U.S. He said, “This is not something that’s going to happen all over
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Many manufacturing facilities use solar-diesel powered back up systems the U.S. in 20 or 30 years. This is spreading within this decade. Maybe even sooner!” Global Efforts Two corporations working out of Dubai, Adenium Energy Capital (present at last week’s International Renewable Energy Storage Conference, held in Düsseldorf, Germany) and Enerwhere are collaborating and ready to deploy their fleet of mobile, solar-powered systems around the Middle East. These mobile
systems will provide renewable solar power to industrial locations, worker accommodation facilities and construction sites on a rental or Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) basis. “This addition of solar power to our diesel-powered mini-grid will provide fuel plus emissions savings of up to 40 percent. There is no upfront investment for our customers,” said the Enerwhere rep. “The solardiesel hybrid solutions are providing 15-20 percent financial savings above their diesel only systems.” 21
Energy Breakthroughs Hoverboards aside, these 10 technologies debuted to save energy and the planet.
TOP 10 ENERGY HAS COME a long way over the years. We all rely on energy to use in our daily lives â€“ while at home and when conducting business. Advancements within the energy sector make using energy even more convenient. Since innovations within the energy sector are ongoing, there are always breakthroughs being implemented to help energy work even more efficiently than it already does. Here is an overview of the latest top 10 energy breakthroughs.
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In 2012, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology developed the first self-charging battery pack. Instead of requiring re-charging by plugging it into an electrical outlet, these special battery packs are able to charge by manipulating the lithum ions in the battery. Researchers at the institute have made recent advancements in their inventions, enabling the battery pack to charge even more efficiently. By using nanocomposite film in order to accomplish this goal, researchers were also able to increase the storage capacity of the batteries, as well. 24
With more and more consumers seeking wearable electronic devices, these devices are becoming increasingly popular. However, a poor battery life is a common complaint among consumers. This is what prompted researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science to begin researching a way to remedy this problem. Through their extensive research, these researchers have discovered a way to keep these devices charged through the wearerâ€™s body heat.
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Businesses and homeowners are always looking for ways to save as much as possible on their energy costs. In an effort to fulfill this need, AutoGrid Systems, with the assistance of ARPA-E, has created cuttingedge software with the ability to monitor real-time energy usage. With the ability to keep track of exactly how much energy is being used in real-time, home and business owners can effectively limit their energy usage and save on their bills. 25
BMWâ€™s i3, a super long-range electric vehicle, was recently introduced to the public. Previous electric vehicles required frequent recharging, but the i3 boasts the ability to operate for up to 100 miles before recharging is required. The battery of this BMW must simply be charged for 3 hours (as opposed to the traditional 12).
ULTRA-FAST ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT PANELS
Singapore scientists have developed an electrical circuit that works even more optimally than the current already efficient microprocessors. These newly-designed, ultra-fast electrical circuits can operate tens of thousands times faster than traditional processors. This is a major breakthrough that has the potential to modernize the use of high-speed electronics, improving consumersâ€™ enjoyment of these items, in addition to the functioning of businesses.
WORLDâ€™S FIRST BATTERYOPERATED AIRPLANE
A French airplane maker recently began testing out the prototype of an airplane that is completely powered by batteries. Once the airplane successfully passes the testing phase, creators intend to sell a two-seater plane, and eventually a four-seat choice.
A NEW LONG-LASTING LIGHT BULB
A company called “The Finally Light Bulb Company” recently created a non-LED bulb that is 75 percent more energy efficient than traditional bulbs. The Acandescent bulb, which lasts up to 15 times longer than standard bulbs, is based on the induction technology. A copper coil is used to produce light, and users can expect the light to be the same as the light produced by traditional bulbs, only a great deal more energy efficient. 28
FUSION ENERGY THROUGH HIGHPOWERED LASERS
Scientists in California, at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have recently made an important breakthrough. While experimenting with high-powered lasers, these researchers were able to create fusion energy. While this can’t yet be relied on as an alternative form of energy, it is hoped that in the future scientists will find a way to utilize the sun and stars as a power source.
PRODUCING HYDROGEN TO HELP CONSUMERS SAVE ON ENERGY COSTS
Despite the fact that the current hydrogen production is performed in a state-of-the-art manner, technology researchers at Glasgow have made a recent discovery that will improve the production even more. The Glasgow chemists have created a newer and more efficient hydrogen that is created 30 times faster than traditional types. This will help consumers save a great deal on their energy costs by using this cleaner, more efficient type of energy. 29
NANOMATERIAL COULD IMPROVE THE PRODUCTION OF SOLAR ENERGY
Technology researchers at UC San Diego recently introduced a new nanomaterial that has the potential to increase the production of solar energy derived from the sun. This might soon be possible because the nanomaterial will make it easier to absorb and convert solar energy. While the research is still being conducted, researchers are confident that this breakthrough will save homeowners and businesses millions each year.
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he industrial landscape today is plagued with complex energy management challenges. Businesses are under increasing pressure to meet tight production demands while delivering quality goods and services, at a lower cost, with minimum impact on the environment. Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management and offers its clients solutions and services from a device level all the way to an enterprise level. The company’s suite of solutions and team of experts can provide clients with real insight into energy consumption. Armed with this knowledge, their clients can identify possible savings - and with Schneider’s help - can balance their energy costs and production goals. Not only can Schneider help reduce costs by optimising its clients’ energy needs, but it can also improve the overall efficiency of individual enterprises. Schneider Electric is a global organisation, employing in excess of 170,000 individuals with an annual turnover of approximately €25 billion. The company is divided into five individual divisions, which are Industry, Buildings, IT, Technology and Governance. Schneider Electric’s Global Solutions department spans all five divisions to provide energy and sustainability services to its global client base. “Our mantra as an organisation is to help customers to identify processes and target strategies for addressing sustainability and energy challenges. We then help them deploy bespoke technology solutions in order to address those
challenges. In effect, we span the entire Schneider Group and help to deploy the resources across Schneider in the right way for the right type of company. That can be the PV division as part of a renewable energy strategy for a customer or any associated technology applications within that,” explains Andy Dewis, vice president of international solutions EMEIA. Schneider Electric as a group focuses predominantly on two business segments corporate clients and regions (governments, cities, districts and counties). In both instances the Global Solutions team helps identify energy and sustainability related challenges to deliver five to ten year plans for its clients. Alongside
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energy to the world. It also has a scheme called the energy university – an online service, which is free to organisations, regions and the general public. Looking to the future So what does the future hold for Schneider Electric? “We are looking at future trends and how we can move forward in a more digital and resource constrained world,” explains Dewis. “We have a big focus on helping our customer be more connected through technology and through our people and the skills and services we provide. “We then also have a challenge to try and address consumption in its most holistic form. We know that energy demand will come under constrain and we can see shifts in global population spending as middle incomes increase in the developing world – all these elements will effect where our resources go and that represents a challenges for our customers. “We are focused on helping organisations understand how the lack of resources can affect them and how the impact of major shifts such as climate change are going to affect their organisation. We want to educate them to recognise a risk today as a potential opportunity tomorrow,” he says. “Ultimately, we’re helping our customers do more with less - harming no one and benefitting everyone. We are trying to ensure we can sustain a level of quality, stability and sustainability in people’s lives and our customers’ organisations.” Dewis concludes.
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lectrical power utilities are working diligently to meet renewable energy mandates enacted by many governments around the world. This massive undertaking demands more widespread deployment of both grid-scale and distributed renewable resources. However, wind and solar energy generation poses significant integration challenges. Both resources can be intermittent and can cause serious power grid reliability and stability issues, while also impacting electric service quality for businesses and consumers. In Africa there is much potential for off-grid renewable generation, which has developed in response to the often poor coverage provided by national grids. It is here where intermittent generation can have the most far reaching
effects, since reverting back to the grid can often prove fruitless. In some cases connecting to weaker grids can also be problematic given the low inertia of this type of generation. Another concern that arises when generation surpasses demand is bi-directional power flow which can further impact grid stability and reliability. Todayâ€™s systems were built to handle a one-way flow of power from centralised generators, down transmission and distribution lines to loads. Distributed energy storage systems, particularly when located in close proximity to renewable resources, are well suited to address the key challenges associated with renewable energy supplies.
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In Africa there is much potential for off-grid renewable generation, which has developed in response to the often poor coverage provided by national grids
Variability in output from wind and solar energy generation can create rapid swings in local and feeder-level voltage, but distributed energy storage can provide fast response to help firm up voltage levels and effectively fill in gaps created by large voltage fluctuations. Co-locating storage and renewable energy resources gives utilities a particularly effective way of managing unwanted voltage changes, allowing them to maintain grid stability whilst meeting power quality requirements. Distributed energy storage systems also provide an easily deployed energy resource for utilities, allowing them to ensure renewable energy supplies are available to meet demand. Renewable energy generated when demand is low can then be stored to meet future demand. Energy storage can be deployed in smaller capacity sizes, which can help avoid establishing a completely new plant. Distributed energy storage also supports other useful grid functions. For example: peak shaving, which can provide further savings by reducing the need to maintain conventional generation, and maintaining grid capacity to meet peak demand. For more information on the latest battery storage technology, come to African Utility Week & Clean Power Conference. The Renewables: Wind & Solar track will have a dedicated session with presentations addressing uses for next generation energy storage on Wednesday 13 May 2015.
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Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen) is Kenya’s leading power generation company, producing some 80 percent of the country’s electricity, overwhelmingly from sustainable sources Written by: John O’Hanlon Produced by: Richard Deane 55
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hen it comes to sustainable power, meeting emission targets, and rolling back the advance of global warming it would be hard to beat Kenya which has no coal plants and very few diesel or heavy fuel oil (HFO) generating stations. The nation has no fewer than 14 hydroelectric schemes on which it has traditionally relied for most of its power. Kenya has an estimated hydropower potential of about 6,000MW as of December 2014 comprising large hydros (sites with capacity of more than 10MW) and small hydros. Potential for small hydros is over 3,000MW, of which about 25MW has been developed. However hydro power, like wind power, is a variable resource. Over the last three years or so both the long and the short rains across East Africa have been disappointing and consequently many dams have dried up or been depleted. Fortunately Kenya has another renewable resource, and one that is much more robust. Geothermal power generation has proven to be a highly effective technology in places, like the Great Rift Valley, where volcanic activity creates hotspots near the surface. In the decades since the inauguration of Olkaria I Power Station in 1981, the first geothermal power plant in Africa, Kenya has forged for itself a leadership position in this field. In Kenya more than 14 high temperature potential sites occur along the Rift Valley with an estimated potential of more than 10,000 MW. Other locations include
Chyulu, Homa Hills in Nyanza, Mwananyamala at the Coast and Nyambene Ridges. Geothermal now accounts for 51 percent of the national power generation mix and has averaged 41 percent over the last six months. This has resulted in a decline in reliance on hydro and thermal sources leading to a reduction in the cost of electricity by more than 30 percent and a more reliable base; at best hydroelectric stations can only run at around 70 percent efficiency whereas geothermal plants typically achieve over 90 percent. KenGen is not resting on its laurels; by 2018 a further 460 MW of geothermal may be developed. If this is achieved, the amount of electricity generated by hydro power could be reduced to 28 percent of the total mix.
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Decreasing the country’s reliance on hydro power would likely be beneficial, because lower rain levels have decreased hydro power output. Drought can be a big problem when it occurs because river flows often reduce to a trickle. Climate change is believed by some to intensify droughts so shifting away from hydro power is probably a good decision. Albert Mugo was appointed as Managing Director and CEO of KenGen in January 2014, having previously served for close to six years as its Business Development and Strategy Director. His first task was to complete development of 280MW of geothermal power plants in order to help the country reduce reliance on expensive thermal power and weather dependent hydropower generation. A year into his job he had grounds for considerable satisfaction when on 19 February, Olkaria I units four and five were inaugurated by Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda, accompanied by his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta. The inauguration of the two units marked the final phase of the 280MW geothermal power project at Olkaria. Mugo estimates that Olkaria now saves the country $273 million (about Sh24 billion) a year compared with the cost of thermal generation. But Mugo’s task is far from done. He now aims to increase the installed capacity from the current 2,000MW to 5,000MW over the next three years. “Our strategy now is to push forward with the projects that we have lined up, and in the
Side view of the 140MW Ikaria IV power plant
The 140MW Olkaria IV power plant commissioned in October 2014 by president Uhuru Kenyatta
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next year or two we hope to bring in additional capacity of up to 385 MW, all from geothermal.” Geothermal sites need to be determined with care, he explains. “We have been fortunate in the Olkaria area, where we’ve identified potentially 1,000 MW. So far we have only developed 440 MW there, so we still have a lot more to do.” The future is geothermal, he firmly believes, but he is far from presiding over a one-resource policy. Hydropower will always be an important part of the mix and he keeps an eye on the natural gas reserves lately discovered in Northern Kenya, near Garissa, and at the coast. Additionally, KenGen has a wind farm generating 25 MW very close to Nairobi, and plans to develop another 100MW of wind power by 2018. In addition private companies are interested in creating up to 500MW. “We see a lot of potential in wind power” said Mugo. “Wind looks like becoming a big thing in Kenya, and we are part of a group of businesses developing wind power in the country.” Coal is another possibility, as Kenya contemplates becoming a coal producing nation. According to the Ministry of Energy, the Mui Basin
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180 kilometres to the east of Nairobi could yield an estimated one billion tonnes of coal, valued at $75 billion, and could produce 5,000MW of electricity if a thermal generating station could be built close by. The government is currently looking for mining companies to exploit the coal, so that project is some way down the line. For the time being the most promising area remains geothermal technology and KenGen has unique expertise. “We are expanding quite rapidly” said Mugo, “and looking at the company to provide leadership in the geothermal area. We have been cooperating with countries round the region in terms of providing expertise and
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have been called in as a consultant in Rwanda, the Comoros, Zambia, and Sudan. Uganda also has shown interest in asking our people to go and help them develop geothermal capacity.” He is also looking at innovative means of financing new geothermal projects. “So far we have always developed our power plants through debt finance, with KenGen providing some equity: now we are looking at going into joint ventures, with private companies joining with KenGen in a public/private partnership (PPP) and developing that project together. That is what we are trying to do with Olkaria VI.” The first step, he explained, is to invite an expressions of interest (EoI) from potential bidders, then to issue a request for proposal (RfP) to those that offer best value.” EoIs have already been issued for
Aerial photo of the 140MW Olkaria 1 project which was commissioned by president Kagame of the Republic of Rwanda
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“We are getting a consultant to look at the Olkaria area to see where we could establish industrial parks, what infrastructure would be required and which industries would benefit most” – Albert Mugo, CEO
the next phase of Olkaria, Olkaria VI, which will be the first test for the PPP model, he stated. The land holding at Olkaria is very large compared with the footprint of the installed plant and the drilling locations. This means potential for industrial development right above the geothermal resource. Factories on the site would benefit from inexpensive and dependable power, and in addition a source of steam which many industries require. “This idea has attracted quite a lot of interest, and we are getting a consultant to look at the Olkaria area to see where we could establish these industrial parks, what infrastructure would be required and which industries would
benefit most. The government is very keen to see this happen” The income from leasing out the land for industrial development and more importantly the sale of both electricity and steam, would go straight to KenGen’s bottom line. Mugo has recently meeting at which he shared his 2014 financial results with his shareholders. It was an agreeable occasion for all: geothermal has really impacted the top line, with revenue to December 2014 up 37 percent on the previous half year. Revenue from electricity sales jumped by a third to Ksh11.6 billion from Ksh8.4 billion in December 2013. Profit before tax showed a 100 percent improvement. The shareholders, including the Kenyan government which holds a 70 percent stake, are very much behind KenGen since it cleared with no problem a $300 million loan from the French Development Agency to fund Olkaria development back in 2009. Not surprisingly they are extremely keen to support future development, he says. “We are also looking at restructuring our balance sheet to give us more headroom for debt: so we are planning a rights issue and asking investors to put Ksh 30 billion into the company.” Mugo also said the firm is in discussions with the government to convert up to KSHs 20 billion of loans to KenGen into equity during the rights issue. If this can all happen by September this year as planned the company will be in excellent shape to meet its future obligation to catalyse Kenya’s growing prosperity.
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CPP delivers turnkey solutions that adopt full responsibil projects for comprehensive success. Written by: Andrew Rossillo Produced by: Wayne Masciotro
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onsolidated Power Projects (CPP) is an Australian electrical engineering company that specialises in providing project engineering and construction services for Electrical Infrastructure from Medium Voltage (MV) through to Extra High Voltage (EHV) installations throughout Australia. CPPâ€™s high voltage electrical infrastructure services include project scoping, 74
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$170 Million PRODUCTS/ SERVICES Consolidated Power Projects (CPP) is an Australian electrical engineering company that specialises in providing project engineering and construction services for Electrical Infrastructure from Medium Voltage (MV) through to Extra High Voltage (EHV) installations throughout Australia. In operation since 1996, the company has successfully completed over 250 projects throughout Australia through complete turnkey solutions. These turnkey solutions include conceptual design through to final commissioning through the critical orchestration of experienced engineers, designers, project managers and construction personnel. It is in this way that CPP takes full responsibility for the entire project, allowing their clients to optimise their operations and focus on their highest income producing activities.
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Brazilian Wind Energy Association Written by: Elbia Silva Gannoum | Produced by: Danilo Stefanelli
epresenting companies in the supply chain of the wind industry, ABEE贸lica, a private non-profit institution, effectively contributes, since its foundation, to the development and recognition of wind energy as a clean, renewable source, of low environmental impact, strategic and competitive for the composition of the national energy matrix. To advocates and promote the deployment and production of wind power in the energy matrix, the ABEE贸lica has worked continuosly and strategically, representing its members, at different institutions. The Association has ongoing relationships with key government agencies active in matters relating to energy, environment and sustainability, market regulation, among others. Simultaneously, ABEE贸lica organizes events that promote the relationship and businesses among its members, such as Business Meetings, Breakfast with Associates, workshops on regulation, courses and also the biggest event on wind energy in the Southern Hemisphere: the
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Conference and the Tradeshow Brazil Windpower. Moreover, ABEEólica is constantly present in major national and international events of the wind industry, as well as events in the national power sector, with the mission to share information about wind power and its exponential growth trajectory in Brazil. Mission: Insert and sustain the production of wind energy as a source of national energy matrix, promoting competitiveness, consolidation and sustainability of the wind energy industry. Vision: To be recognized as the association that represents the supply chain industry in a legitimate, ethical and transparent manner. Values: • Quality, ethics and compliance with legislation • Social and environmental responsibility • Sustainability
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the country and abroad. In addition, ABEE贸lica has a team dedicated entirely to the Association and its members led by Elbia and by the Technical Director, Sandro Yamamoto. They are, in all, four areas in workforce: Technical Coordination, Regulation and Infrastructure; Relationship coordination with Associates; Financial Administrative Coordination; and Executive Secretary. Sector Wind energy, energy source generated from wind is one of the called non-conventional renewable energies because of its merits. It is clean, socially just and with a very low environmental impact, wind power is a real option for composition of various global electrical grids to generate energy without polluting, without the use of water for cooling or its process cleaning and harmonious coexistence of economic activities already carried out in the production environment. In Brazil, wind power is a key part of the energy matrix, representing in the end of 2014 over 4% of this matrix with a total of about installed capacity of 6GW. This source has brought to the country an economic and sustainable option to achieve the level of second most competitive market source. The exponential growth of wind power in Brazil is positively estimated by 2050 scenarios, with 80GW of installed wind capacity, and will represent 15% to 20% of the matrix.
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