AEP to demonstrate sulfer battery

American Electric Power (AEP), along with a team of partners, will conduct a U.S. demonstration to test the combined power quality and peak shaving capabilities of the sodium sulfer NAS battery. The demonstration project at an AEP office in suburban Columbus is expected to be in service by mid-2002. Cost, performance and benefits will be evaluated in the following two years. AEP, AEP EmTech, Tokyo Electric Power Co., and NGK Insulators have finalized the agreement.

NYPA to install fuel cell plants

UTC Fuel Cells has sold eight PC25 fuel cell power plants to the New York Power Authority (NYPA). The sale is one of UTC Fuel Cells’ largest commercial orders ever, according to company representatives. The 200 kW units will produce power for four wastewater treatment plants in New York City. Waste gas produced in the water treatment process will fuel the power plant. NYPA plans to install the units at various plants in Brooklyn, Staten Island, Bronx and Queens.

Siemens Solar introduces new system

Siemens Solar Industries has introduced its earthsafe 20 solar electric system, which converts solar power to utility power and provides emergency back-up power. The system includes solar panels, electrical interface and back-up power equipment. According to the company, this is the first system that includes all system functions in a single controller unit, which provides conversion from DC to AC, control for utility interruption and charging capability.

CERA offers microturbine data

Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA) is providing its client manufacturers, customers and utilities access to operating microturbine generators through a standard Web browser at Clients can create reports that analyze electricity production, efficiency, heat production and fuel quality, as well as compare operating results to manufacturers’ specifications. Clients are also able to track the effects of temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure on performance and evaluate power quality delivered from the individual microturbine generators. The microturbine test stand used for CERA’s assessments is located on the University of California campus in Irvine and is administered by Southern California Edison.

Black & Veatch will be a part of biomass study

Black & Veatch, Energy Products of Idaho and Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) have been selected by the Western Regional Biomass Energy Program–funded by the DOE–to perform a feasibility study of an add-on fluidized bed biomass gasifier at an NPPD coal power plant. The study will examine the feasibility of integrating a biomass gasifier with an existing coal boiler to replace up to 15 percent of the coal with gas produced from biomass composed primarily of waste wood.

UK National Grid goes for ION meters

Power Measurement and C-Matic Systems Ltd. have been selected by National Grid of the UK to supply ION digital power meters to monitor power quality characteristics of traction supply points, such as the Channel Tunnel. The ION 7600 device will be used to monitor the levels of harmonics and disturbances.

Wartsila garners contracts

Wartsila North America, a subsidiary of Helsinki, Finland-based Wartsila Corp., has won two contracts worth $20 million combined for its PeakingPlus power plants, a reciprocating engine power plant design offered in the gas-fired intermediate peaking market. The orders are for a publicly owned utility in Spokane, Wash., and the terms were not disclosed.

SCAQMD buys microturbines

The governing board of California’s South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) approved $6.2 million to purchase and install microturbines and associated equipment from Capstone Turbine Corp. The action provides a $3.7 million firm purchase order for microturbines, $1.65 million for installation and related equipment and the remaining $850,000 for future purchases.

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