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  • 1. Living EnergyThe Magazine for Energy LeadershipIssue 1 | November 2009 Smart Grids A Visionary Approach to Energy Intelligence A New Era in Energy Efficiency ■ The WEC’s Christoph Frei Weighs In ■ A Tour of Innovative Installations Worldwide Clean Energy, Danish Style An Essay from a Land ahead of Its Time
  • 2. Editorial Wolfgang Dehen,Dear Reader, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO of the Energy SectorNever before has the smart manage- inaugural issue will focus on the being one of the companies world-ment and use of energy paid off as magic words: energy efficiency. wide with the most transparent busi-much as it does today. Why? Because Efficiency can be achieved along the ness processes. And excellent, finally,energy efficiency provides both eco- entire energy conversion chain – from not only describes our products, butnomical and ecological benefits. On the the production and transport of oil above all our global team. Well overone hand, the reduced consumption and gas and the various types of power 80,000 people at Siemens Energy workof resources costs less, offering enor- generation, to power transmission with passion, commitment and a pio-mous savings potential for compa- and distribution and ultimately the neering spirit on finding solutionsnies. And on the other hand, nature consumption of electricity. In all our meeting the needs of our customers.profits doubly: Increasingly scarce fos- work, we clearly focus on the needs I hope you will enjoy the informativesil resources are conserved and CO2 of our customers. Some 17,500 engi- articles, interviews and facts featuredemissions are reduced. neers at Siemens Energy work around in this initial issue of our business-We, the Siemens Energy Sector, want the globe on developing products to-business magazine “Living Energy.”to offer a new platform for the theme and solutions that help our customers I wish you a stimulating new viewof energy as a forum for sharing our achieve their individual efficiency of the world of energy!know-how with our customers and And because we feel the most Innovative, responsible, excellent – With best regards,pleasant form of reading is still brows- these are the three values on which alling through an interesting magazine, our actions are based. Innovationswe have launched “Living Energy” like our new SGT5-8000H gas turbinejust for you. In our new publication, or the world’s first 800-kV HVDCprominent experts and prize-winning transmission line. Responsibility thatjournalists will explore one of the is reflected in the way we work withmost urgent challenges of our time: our customers and stakeholders.How can one secure reliable and Siemens, for instance, has been hon-affordable energy supplies that also ored this year for the tenth consecu-protect the climate and environment? tive time for its sustainable businessAppropriately, the articles in this practices. Responsibility also means Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 3
  • 3. Content Content 06 36 44 50 Content The future of undersea oil exploration – in Norway now Renewable energy: North Sea turbines Bavaria: Putting the world’s largest gas turbine into operation Urban integration of high-voltage substations from Doha to CaliforniaCover Story 03 Editorial Features 06 Living Energy recently secured Extolling 24 Photovoltaic 36 Offshore Wind Power an exclusive interview with Switzer- the virtues of Using the sun’s energy to benefit The formidable North Sea off land’s Christoph Frei, Secretary 58 Essay “Smart Grids”: mankind is not a new idea, but the coast of Suffolk in England will General at the World Energy Council Siemens’ Ralf today, Siemens is leading the way soon be home of the largest offshore and former Senior Director of Energy Christian toward capturing its power efficiently wind farm in the world, providing Industries & Strategies at the World Page 28 on much greater scale with state- a reliable source of clean energy to Economic Forum, in which he can- 62 In Short of-the-art photovoltaic technology. nearly half a million homes. didly addresses the global problem of energy demand and consumption vs. energy supply and efficiency. 28 Smart Grids 44 Environmentally Friendly Energy For an accompanying article, energy 70 Imprint Capturing CO2 Finding smarter ways to operate To comply with increasingly tighter specialist and author Craig Morris pro- power distribution grids and updat- EU regulations on emissions from emissions in files ten groundbreaking projects in ing antiquated metering systems fossil fuel power plants, Siemens has Belgium with various sectors that he visited around is a worldwide trend, resulting in stepped up its research and develop- T-Power’s the globe, all aimed at increasing 71 Calendar Richard Snow savings on electricity, costs, “greener” ment in carbon capture technology. efficiency in the energy supply chain. energy consumption, and fewer Trade Fairs and Photos: Ruud Baan, Frédéric Guerdin, Kurt Paulus, Siemens Page 32 problems with power outages. Congresses 50 Urban Integration Someday, high-voltage substations 32 Financing may no longer blemish urban land- Financing a new combined-cycle scapes. In innovative projects around Scottish and power plant in Belgium was a the world, they are already being Southern success despite difficult economic integrated into city streetscapes in Energy’s Colin times, thanks to the project’s strong, not only aesthetically pleasing, but Hood on wind reputable partners, its solid busi- also environmentally conscious ways. power for ness plan, and the integrity of its the future purpose. Page 364 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 5
  • 4. Energy EfficiencyWorld Energy Council headChristoph Frei is also an AdjunctProfessor and Advisor to thePresident of the Swiss FederalInstitute of Technology, Lausanne(EPFL), Switzerland, where heearned his PhD in energy policy “There Is a Lot of Workand sustainable developmentin 2001. to Do Everywhere” Christoph Frei, Secretary General of the World Energy Council and former Senior Director of Energy Industries & Strategy at the World Economic Forum, spoke exclusively to Living Energy on the future of energy. Interview by Craig Morris What is the World Energy Council’s Will the drop in energy demand forecast for energy consumption? slow down economic growth? FREI: There will be great regional FREI: Most economists now agree that differences. In our scenarios, we ex- energy consumption and economic pect energy demand in the developing growth are increasingly decoupled in world to continue to grow strongly, industrialized countries. I don’t think but the developed world should actu- we have too much to worry about ally be able to meet a large share of its here. Lower energy consumption does slightly growing energy demand from not mean a lower standard of living. increased efficiency – and meet possi- bly up to 40 or 50 percent of the cur- Where are we going to get all this rent Kyoto targets through efficiency efficiency from? measures. FREI: There are a lot of areas. To take one example, we have tremendous That is the demand side – will potential in buildings, where a large production be able to keep up? chunk of our energy is consumed – FREI: You are referring to the idea and where little attention has tradi- of peak oil. The overall trend is rising tionally been paid to energy efficiency. prices as we run out of easy oil, and Mobility is another growing area of prices will rise even further when interest. And roughly 50 percent of our we get an international carbon price. electricity is consumed in electric As prices rise, of course, demand and motors, which generally do not run emissions drop. But this is the goal. optimally, so the potential here is If we return to the question of the scar- great. In the production industry, a city of resources, you have to look at lot of systems are quite old and need each source of energy on its own. If we to be modernized. So there is really talk about oil and gas, it is clear that a lot of work to do everywhere. Photo: Ruud Baan easy oil is becoming scarcer, but at the same time, unconventional sourc- Do you think people are willing es are gradually becoming profitable to become more efficient? and will partly counteract that trend. FREI: Mobility is an interesting field Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 7
  • 5. The Energy Conversion Chain: Renewables From Start to Finish 7. UK Wind Farm: Standing in the Sea Power Distribution 9. E-DeMa in Germany: RuhrArea Model Region 10. EDISON in Denmark: Increasing E-Mobility Oil and Gas Power Generation Power Transmission 1. Subsea Exploration in Norway: Not Science Fiction 4. Power Plant in Irsching, Germany: Technology of Tomorrow 8. Tapping Hydropower in China: Novel 2. Carbon-Neutral Pipeline 5. Modernizing Power Plants in Europe: Green Megawatts High-Voltage DC System Increases 3. Coal Liquefaction in South Africa: Synthetic Gas 6. It’s Payback Time – How a ControlSystem Upgrade Saves Money Transmission Capacity by 60 Percent For our author Craig Morris, the mostin this respect. The question of wheth- astonishing figures. For instance, we E-mobility will play an important role interesting part of the tour was “seeing things in person and not just readinger people are willing to drive cars with currently have some 800 million cars in this context. However, there are about them.” He was also especially in-smaller, thriftier engines is an emo-tional one. We do know, however, thatwhen prices rise, people are willing on the road, but that number is set to rise to 2,000 million by 2030 – that’s a 2.5-fold increase. If we wanted to a number of unknowns there as well: The electricity supply will have to de- liver on the demand surge, and we will Innovative Projects terested in demand management, “which I have been following for years.” throughout the Energyto switch to more efficient systems. keep our emissions at the current level, not only need tremendous amountsFor instance, when the price of a bar- we would have to become 2.5 times of lithium for the batteries once theirrel of oil recently rose to more than more efficient in the sector of mobility cost comes down, but also an industry140 dollars, sales of SUVs plummeted. – just to maintain the status quo. So capable of effective recycling.Gasoline prices dropped shortly there-after and have since been rising again,but we can clearly see that a small step each vehicle is going to have to become 2.5 times more efficient, and that is not going to be possible simply by What do we have to do in Copenha- gen to reach these efficiency goals? Conversion Chainwas made in the right direction. changing people’s behavior, not even FREI: The main thing is to get an in-If we take a look at how far we need to with the kind of price increases that ternational carbonprice mechanism. Energy innovation – this catchphrase is on everyone’s lips in the globalizedgo in the field of mobility, we see some occurred last year. Anything less would simply not prop- erly contribute to greater efficiency world of energy. Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of and energy security. The goal in Copen- a complete spectrum for the generation, transmission and distribution of hagen – and in subsequent policies, to Christoph Frei Photo:, Graphic: Rainer Schubert the extent that this goal is not reached power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. Living in December – has to be a strong in- Born in Switzerland in 1969, Christoph Frei became Secretary General at ternational price for carbon. Energy invites you to take a look at ten of the most innovative projects along the World Energy Council in April 2009. He also has an assignment as Adjunct Professor and Advisor to the President of the Swiss Federal Institute of Tech- the entire energy chain, which our journalist researched or visited in person nology, Lausanne (EPFL). From 2001 to 2009, Frei was Senior Director of Is the developing world going to Energy Industries & Strategy at the World Economic Forum and a member of have to pay the same price for a ton – projects that soon may come to a power socket near you.In the Forum’s Executive Council. He holds an electrical engineering degree, of carbon as the developed world does? By Craig Morris an econometrics degree, a master in energy systems and a master in applied ethics and received his PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, FREI: No, that is neither politically Lausanne, in 2001. Frei has led projects on energy security, energy poverty, feasible, nor fair. There will have to sustainable biofuels, and innovation in cities. be quotas that allow the developing If we walk through Siemens’ energy begins: coal, oil and gas, and nuclear. wind – have also increasingly become world to continue its economic devel- sector, we could start where the In recent decades, renewable energy significant players. Siemens is a major opment in the years to come. electricity supply chain traditionally sources – in particular, solar power and technology supplier in each of these8 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 9
  • 6. Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiencysectors, and in June of this year, the a novel all-electric system to liquefy In some projects, the positive environ- low offshore areas – the technology Finally, there is my personal favorite: to be better tailored to production –company announced how various stim- natural gas, thereby boosting its mental impact is considerable, though sounds like it could never work when smart grids. Siemens is working on rather than the other way around,ulus packages across the globe would efficiency by as much as 50 percent. it is not apparent at first glance. For you try to describe it, but since it does, two projects in Germany and Denmark which has been the case up to now.affect it. Over the next three years, A global leader in steam turbines, instance, a new high-voltage DC trans- we will do our best to tell you how. that will allow electricity consumptionthe firm expects to sign 21 billion US Siemens has retrofitted nuclear power mission system that Siemens willdollars worth of new contracts, nearly plants to produce as much as 10 per- complete in China in 2010 allows the8 billion of which will be devoted torenewables and energy efficiency.The next stage in the electricity sup- cent more energy without any other modernization of the plant. And in the field of gas, Siemens is now putting country to tap more hydropower in- stead of adding new coal plants. The CO2 emissions offset amount to a Exploring New Territory in Fossil Fuelsply chain is the transmission system. into operation the world’s largest whopping 33 million tons at the Yun- Oil and gas have been in the news a Siemens products are used in all stages Take a walk with us through threeHere, large central power stations hook combined-cycle gas turbine in Bavaria. nan-Guangdong project alone. lot lately. With prices fluctuating wildly of this sector: onshore and offshore novel sites where Siemens is either in-up to the high-voltage power grid, In the field of coal liquefaction, Siemens In other projects, the positive environ- at the pump, consumers are perhaps drilling, the use of electric drives for creasing the efficiency of the overallwhich later connects via transformers has provided the world’s largest air mental impact is obvious. As mentioned more aware of changes in the crude natural gas liquefaction, the coal-to-liq- process or allowing previouslyto the medium-voltage distribution separation compressors to a South above, Siemens is a global leader in oil market than they are of any other uid process, pipelines, and terminal inaccessible resources to be tapped.system, to which smaller generators African plant. And Siemens may soon steam turbine generators, so it comes source of energy. management.are often connected – wind turbines, be providing an electric compressor as no surprise that Siemens is a leaderfor instance. From there, the grid for a Norwegian subsea oil platform in the steam turbine generator setsbranches off into the low-voltage level that has to run maintenance-free at for concentrated solar power (CSP). 1. Subsea Exploration in Norway: Not Science Fictionthat serves individual buildings. a depth of 3,000 meters underwater. But fewer people may be aware thatAt each of these stages, Siemens is In all of these areas, efficiency is cru- Siemens may have the longest history You may have heard of the recent futuristic station. As easily exploit- to have people manning the station.working to improve energy efficiency cial. After all, fossil and nuclear plants in offshore wind, having taken over best seller The Swarm by German able oil and gas fields become rarer, The solution is to have robots operateand diversify energy production. In will continue to be our main sources Bonus, the firm behind Vindeby, one of novelist Frank Schätzing. The fully engineers are working to reach less independently. For several years, Illustration: Siemensthe following pages, we invite you to of electricity for some time to come, the first offshore wind projects in the automated subsea oil exploration accessible ones. One approach is to Siemens has tested a prototype of itsaccompany me on a visit to some of the so efficient use of these resources will world back in 1991. And in a more described in the book is not fiction, move further out to sea. But at depths electric-driven compressor in an on-most innovative projects that Siemens both extend the range of these energy spectacular development, Siemens has however. Siemens is developing a of 3,000 meters below sea level, water shore application in Holland. It willis working on. At midstream in the sources and reduce the environmen- come up with a solution to allow wind compressor with an integrated elec- pressure is a considerable challenge. provide maintenance-free operationvalue chain, Siemens has developed tal impact. turbines to be put up outside of shal- tric motor that may be used at this It is also impractical at such depths at the required depths. People will still be stationed at sea level, but remote operated vehicles (ROV) will work on the seafloor to tap remote gas resources. Gas pipelines will then fill up right at sea from the ROV. It would be too difficult to have humans stationed so deep on the seafloor.10 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 11
  • 7. Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency2. Carbon-Neutral Pipeline Power Plants for the FutureIn some respects, the Ruby Pipeline is day – but even that is not special in the the ones pumping the gas – will be Central power plants are our main operators tweak their processes to cause the gas lines were in place,nothing extraordinary. When it opens USA, the world’s largest energy user. powered by greenhouse-gas-free en- source of electricity, and while distrib- provide immediate efficiency gains al- but the plant was partly already outin early 2011, the 1,000-kilometer- What sets off the Ruby from the rest ergy. Their electricity mix will consist uted power is becoming more com- most overnight. Indeed, in one project, of operation. Its now unprofitablelong, 1-meter-diameter tube will trans- are its shoes. Size zero, to be precise. of renewable fuels plus conventional mon, central coal and nuclear plants Siemens’ engineers helped an opera- conventional gas-fired boilers onceport natural gas from the wilds of Thanks to Siemens, the carbon foot- fuels offset by carbon credits. can be expected to continue to pro- tor in the Netherlands to add 35 MW replaced the oil-fired boilers that hadthe US state of Wyoming to other west- print of the pipeline will be null. This “A carbon-neutral pipeline is a first,” vide a large share of our electricity of generating capacity in the short themselves become unprofitable dur-ern states: Oregon, California, Idaho, is because the three STC-SV (08-5-A) says CEO Tom Blades of the Siemens for some time to come. In addition, space of only 35 days. ing the oil crises in the 1970s. In aNevada and Washington. It will have pipeline compressors, three 17-MW Oil & Gas Division. “And that is where since the 1980s, gas turbines have The efficiency gains are even greater way, this gigantic turbine is the thirda huge capacity – hauling some electric motors, and three Perfect Har- we want to be in the oil and gas been very popular as a way of quickly in northern Bavaria, where Siemens is generation at the plant in Irsching –40 million cubic meters of gas per mony drives that Siemens supplies – business.” reacting to rising power demand. testing the world’s largest gas turbine. one that may soon set the industry Siemens has helped a number of plant Siemens and EON chose the site be- standard.3. Coal Liquefaction in South Africa: Synthetic Gas 4. Power Plant in Irsching, Germany: Technology of TomorrowAlong with the USA and China, South liquefied coal is an economic option. In the coal-to-liquid process, highAfrica has considerable coal reserves. Siemens has provided the country concentrations of oxygen are neededIt also has a special history: During with the world’s largest compressor to produce “syngas” (synthetic gas).the years of apartheid, an embargo was for air separation. “The trend is toward As air is cooled down to minus 180 de-imposed on the country, which then larger facilities,” says Jochen Domas, grees Celsius, the various componentshad to resort to coal liquefaction as a Sales Director with Siemens. “Cus- become fluid, allowing them to bea way of producing fuel domestically. tomers prefer to have one large plant captured separately. Nearly pure oxy-These days, South Africa can, of rather than two smaller ones.” This gen can thus be used for the combus-course, buy oil on the global market, approach lowers overall project costs tion process.but its prices have risen enough that without reducing efficiency. Author Craig Morris visits the world’s largest gas turbine in an open-cycle power plant. The turbine is already installed and is currently waiting for the steam turbine and balance of plant to be added downstream. itself has an efficiency of around 40 percent, and the downstream steam turbine, which will operate at around 600° C, adds on another 20 percent- age points. “The 600° C water steam cycle with HRSG squeezes more out of the exhaust gas. Temperature of the In Irsching, Bavaria, Siemens is put- says, “Not only is this turbine extra residual exhaust is then only around ting the world’s largest gas turbine large, it also is extra efficient – thanks 85° C,” Fischer explains. Photos: Siemens, Kurt Paulus into operation in a combined-cycle to reduced losses – and this brings While Siemens’ F series gas turbines unit in cooperation with EON. As overall operating costs down.” currently makes up roughly two-thirds Siemens Program Manager Willibald The firing temperature has been of the firm’s gas turbine sales, Fischer Fischer explains, the prototype of increased by about 100 K, “which plac- says, “The H series is the technology this turbine – the H series – was built es even greater challenges on the of tomorrow. A lot of our customers in Berlin in 2007 and has since been nickel-based alloys that stand directly are very interested in this project, andAt Sasol’s coal-to-liquid plant in Secunda, South Africa, a series of chemical processes convert coal into synthetic fuels. tested on site in Irsching. Fischer in the hot-gas path.” The gas turbine we receive a lot of visitors in Irsching.”12 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 13
  • 8. Two of Siemens’ staff get almostdirectly to grips with the world’s larg-est gas turbine, located at Siemens’test facility in Irsching, Germany. Photo: Kurt Paulus
  • 9. Energy EfficiencyThe installation of a modernsteam turbine can improveplant efficiency considerably. 5. Modernizing Power Plants in Europe: Green Megawatts Often, aging power plants can be mod- Region Europe, Asia, Middle East. Another example is the coal plant ernized to produce more power. For One such project is the Borssele nucle- in Farge near Bremen, Germany. instance, Siemens can retrofit the rotor ar plant in the Netherlands, where an Here, the plant’s total capacity was in- section of steam turbines used both additional 35 MW were added on in creased from 318 to 345 MW, with in coal-fired and nuclear power plants a mere 35 days. “The payback in such CO2 emissions being reduced by up to by applying novel blading and sealing projects – the euro per megawatt – is 100,000 tons per annum. In the pro- technologies. “I can think of a lot of surprisingly great,” Henkel explains. cess, the plant’s service life was ex- examples where we have done that – The new components extend the service tended by 15 years. “We speak of this at plants with outputs ranging from life of the power plants, which are gen- added generation as ‘green mega- 200 to 1,200 MW,” says Norbert Henkel, erally at least 20 years old when mod- watts,’” Henkel says. Director Steam Plant Modernization ernized, and they improve efficiency. 6. It’s Payback Time – How a Control-System Upgrade Saves Money About 100 kilometers west of Phoenix, extra hawkeyed on return on invest- flexibility, plant security, as well as Arizona (USA), the mountainous des- ment and on improving competitive- employee morale right after project ert is the home of New Harquahala ness in the merchant power playfield. completion. Tangible savings totaled Generating Company (NHGC), a com- Both the owner and the plant saw up to more than half a million dollars bined-cycle, 1,080-MW gas-fired gen- the opportunity of achieving their busi- per year. Around two-thirds of it came erating plant that sells “merchant” ness objectives by upgrading the plant from improved reliability and avail- power. Unlike conventional utilities, control system to Siemens’ fourth- ability by significantly reduced control merchant power plants, like NHGC, are generation controls technology SPPA- system trips, which kept the plant in privately owned and sell power directly T3000 in fall of 2007. They immedi- closer alignment to its long-term ser- to wholesale buyers at competitive ately jumped into action. They were vice agreements. The rest came from rates in unregulated power markets. not disappointed by the returns. The savings of time and effort in adminis- When it comes to justifying any new plant saw intangible benefits from tration. Numbers talk and they all capital investment, NHGC’s owner is various areas: system operability and speak an important word: PROFIT. Renewables: Offshore Wind and Large-Scale Solar Since last fall, Siemens has a Solar molten salt runs through the glass source of electricity. At least in theory. Power Business with two focal points: tubes atop the parabolic troughs. In practice, offshore wind turbines large-scale rooftop and ground-mount- This approach allows salt to be stored must withstand harsher weather ed crystalline photovoltaic arrays, and so the plant can run at night plus en- conditions than onshore turbines do. concentrated solar power (CSP). As ables higher temperatures, and there- Siemens is well positioned to offer part of its intention to drive technology by greater power production. Siemens the most robust turbines on the mar- in solar thermal power plants, Siemens has a 90 percent share of the parabolic ket. The world’s first offshore wind in March 2009 bought a significant CSP market with its steam turbines. farm went up in 1991 off the coast of stake in Italy’s Archimede Solar Energy. Siemens is also focusing on a sector Denmark. Siemens later acquired the The company has innovated in CSP: that has proven quite exciting offshore. company behind that project: Bonus Photo: Siemens Instead of using oil as the heat transfer The energy potential per turbine is Energy. As a result, Siemens has nearly fluid in parabolic troughs, with the much greater at sea, where wind veloc- two decades of experience in the fledg- heat being passed on to the molten salt ities are higher and steadier than on ling offshore wind market – more in the boiler via a heat exchanger, the land, making wind a more reliable than any other company worldwide. Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 17
  • 10. Energy Efficiency tached; these anchors prevent the the turbine standing without sinking for the generator at the top of the turbine from drifting across the sea. it. The problem becomes even more tower – is filled with heavy equip- The challenge here is to provide difficult when we realize that the ment. enough weight at the bottom to keep turbine’s nacelle – the round casing Power Transmission – Enabling Large-Scale Clean Energy Around a century ago, one of the first transport electricity from Niagara direct current has begun making a standardization struggles in industrial Falls to Buffalo, New York, by demon- comeback for transmission with the history took place between George strating that AC was more efficient latest technology. Indeed, most talk Westinghouse and Thomas Edison. In than DC in power transmission. about “super grids” revolves around what has become known as the “Battle For most of the 20th century, direct high-voltage direct-current (HVDC) of Currents,” Westinghouse and his current was therefore mainly used to transmission. Siemens is a forerun- colleague Nikola Tesla succeeded in supply power directly to power con- ner in this field. getting alternating current used to sumers. But in an interesting reversal, 8. Tapping Hydropower in China: Novel High-Voltage DC System Increases Transmission Capacity by 60 Percent were then installed on site.” In total, site.” Once assembled, the equipment 24 transformers with four different is gigantic. “We increased the trans- YELLOW CHINA SEA types are installed at each station mission capacity by over 60 percent Shanghai with one spare for each type. “If one from around 3 to 5 GW at one go, and 40 km of the transformers needs to be re- we are working on 6.4 and 7.2 GW in Gezhouba M W / 1,0 1,200 Anshun placed, it could take months to get other projects.” a new one out here, so we chose to “But the air clearance grew by 100 per- 3, Xingren 0 00 3,0 keep one for each type in reserve on cent in the process here,” Häusler M Tian- 00 W 1,2 MW /9 shengqiao 25 40 km Guangzhou km 1,800 M W / 960 km Zhaoqing Shenzen Kunming 5,000 MW / 1,400 km Photos: Siemens, Kurt Paulus, Graphic: independent Medien-Design Sharing power in China: HVDC systems.Off the shelf: Siemens has the right-sized turbines, ready today for commercial installation and operation. By providing an 800-kV direct-current transmission system, Siemens allows China to connect a large hydropower plant to its quickly expanding grid7. UK Wind Farm: Standing in the Sea instead of adding on additional coal plants. The remoteness of the site wasAt the Lynn and Inner Dowsing Off- will be surpassed by Greater Gabbard’s You may be familiar with the slogan, the first problem. “We specially de-shore Wind Farms some 5 kilometers 504 MW – see p. 36.) “Weebles wobble, but they don’t fall signed the actual transformer units tooff the shore of Lincolnshire, UK, But the waters around these two proj- down.” Siemens is using the basic idea fit through the mountain tunnels bySiemens has supplied 54 of its SWT- ects off the coast of Skegness are behind these toys for “floating” wind train,” explains Marcus Häusler, Tech-3.6-107 turbines for an overall capacity relatively shallow, with a maximum turbines: The bottom is weighted so nical Director System & Equipmentof 194 MW, making these two adjacent depth of around 13 meters. Siemens is that the turbine always stands upright. Engineering HVDC at Siemens. “Theprojects the largest collective wind going further to find ways of installing There are three anchors on the seafloor connector arms, the transformer bush- Craig Morris (right) discusses the model of the HVDC station with Siemens Technicalfarm in the world. (A year later they turbines at much greater depths. to which the turbine is flexibly at- ings, as well as parts of the windings, Director Marcus Häusler.18 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 19
  • 11. Behemoths in action – as this “snapshot” from UHV DC transformer shows, the equipment is the size of the entire building. Those are not ants in the pictures, they are people. explains. Some of the equipment 10 meters up is a challenge.” Where or North America too, but as Director therefore has to be twice as far from possible, Siemens suspended some Technical Marketing & Innovations the ground – 10 meters instead of equipment to allow it to move flexibly HVDC Dietmar Retzmann explains, 5 meters up. “If you then consider that during earthquakes while retaining “China’s grids are incredibly dynamic. a single piece of equipment can weigh the required distance from the ground. The European grid would first have around 30 tons, and this region is Siemens’ 800-kV DC transmission to be expanded for this technology to prone to earthquakes, suspending it could, of course, be used in Europe be used properly.” Changes in Demand Side Management One level down from transmission of power in the grid. For instance, As intermittent renewable energy comes the distribution grid. Here, heating and cooling loads are fairly provides an ever larger share of our power begins to be channeled to spe- easy to shift across the day. Air-condi- electricity supply, such solutions will Photo: Siemens, 3-D Graphic: Siemens cific consumers. At this level, man- tioners can be switched off for 15 min- become indispensable. Within the agement of energy demand and cen- utes without any noticeable rise in next decades we will need to be able tral control of distributed power can temperature in most buildings, but the to shift part of our consumption to lower peaks and raise valleys in de- relief for the grid would be clearly the hours when the wind is blowing mand, thereby lowering power costs noticeable. Likewise, industrial freez- and the sun is shining. overall and increasing power quality. ing units can run full blast when Two Siemens’ staff look With demand side management, electricity is plentiful and switch offover an ultra-high-voltage power consumers can be switched for brief periods when power be- (UHV) DC converter. on and off depending on the amount comes scarce. Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 21
  • 12. Energy Efficiency Energy Efficiency9. E-DeMa in Germany: Ruhr Area Model Region 10. EDISON in Denmark: Increasing E-Mobility Glossary explains Prof. Dr. Michael Laskowski, The EDISON Project (Electric vehicles charge. Ultimately, the goal is to allow ■ Combined Cycle: A normal gas tur- who represents RWE in the project. in a Distributed and Integrated market people to quickly recharge their cars bine has two parts waste heat for each “Besides the development of new tech- using Sustainable energy and Open during a coffee break or lunch so that part of electricity. In combined-cycle nologies, creating standards that can Networks) aims to ramp up electric drivers can continue for another 200 plants, this waste heat is used to drive be used everywhere is our focus,” says mobility and to provide a way to store or 300 kilometers without having to a second, steam-generated turbine Michael Oltersdorf, Deputy Manager intermittent renewable electricity. wait hours to charge their cars. in order to increase overall efficiency. of the project at Siemens. For instance, Based in Denmark, the project focuses The project was launched in March ■ Arc Distance: When an electric dis- one goal is to find out which applianc- on “plug-in hybrids,” which you can 2009 and is to be completed in charge occurs, electricity travels es could be centrally controlled by plug into a socket and charge. As an December 2011. through a medium that is normally means of which technology. “We have employee who handles marketing for not conductive – such as air. In weld- to make sure that the cost benefits e-cars at Siemens explains, Siemens Craig Morris is a US journalist and translator ing, this event is used productively,Talking about E-DeMa – Michael Oltersdorf, Dieter König, Heike Kück make the extra cost of whatever embed- is also investigating the idea of battery based in Germany. He is the author of Energy but in transmission lines undesired Switch (2006) and has acted as an energyand Prof. Dr. Michael Laskowski explain the concept to author Craig Morris ded systems we have to install worth swapping, where the entire battery consultant to the US National Renewables Energy electric discharges are generally(second from left). the investment,” explains Dieter König system can be removed in only a few Laboratory and the US Solar Electric Power prevented by making sure that the of the University of Dortmund. minutes and replaced with fully Association. He publishes original work in the distance between discharging com- German and US press.The overriding aim of the E-DeMa from the German Federal Ministry Of course, Siemens is itself an appli- charged batteries. ponents is greater than the arc thatproject is to link the fields of energy of Economics and Technology’s frame- ance manufacturer, but Siemens Siemens is also working to set up would be, energy management and work program E-Energy. RWE Energy, Smart Grid Competence Manager Heike charging spots in public spaces. The ■ Peak Shaving: Power generationinformation and communication tech- Siemens AG, ef.Ruhr, Miele, SWK Kück says Miele was chosen as a proj- car identifies itself via the cable con- Further Information capacity has to be able to meet peaknology (ICT). The E-DeMa (develop- (Stadtwerke Krefeld-Gruppe) and Pro- ect partner to ensure that the project nection controlled by the onboard demand, but demand generally only and demonstration of locally net- Syst are the partners in this project. would be spread more evenly across unit. Only then will the charging spots peaks twice a day for just a few min-worked energy systems to the e-energy “Our goal is to reduce carbon emis- the industry. The E-DeMa project is cur- release the power, Siemens says. Sven utes. The rest of the time, many of emobilitymarketplace of the future) research sions, increase energy efficiency, and rently in the specification phase and Holthusen, who represents Siemens these generators run far below capac-project is receiving financial support ensure a reliable power supply,” will be rolled out in 2011 and 2012. in the EDISON project, says that, in ity or are switched off completely. newsletter addition to normal 3.7-kW household Engineers are now working to spread sockets, “We are also looking into some of that peak demand across ways of charging batteries faster via the day more evenly. 11-kW, 22-kW, 44-kW and possibly www.powergeneration. ■ Intelligent Meters: Conventional even greater kilowatt connections.” power meters only record power The car would then report its charg- www.powergeneration. consumption. More advanced power Management of ing abilities to the charging spot, which meters are able to indicate to house- In-house applications distributed generation would provide the fastest possible holds whether there is a shortfall Marketplace ICT Box * Using incentives of energy or excess of electricity on the grid exchange, energy supply so that consumption can be tailored Photo:, Graphics: Golden Section Graphics, Siemens companies and network operators to power production. ■ Plug-In Hybrids: Hybrid vehicles currently on the market have small via DSL, GPRS, PLC Market for energy services battery systems to improve fuel effi- ciency. Future hybrids will have large batteries and small gasoline-pow- Distribution network ered engines to increase the range Operation with online of the electric motor. These cars will information about medium- and low-voltage grids (smart grid) then fully charge from wall sockets. ■ Concentrated Solar Power: Solar heat can be used not only to heat * Value-added services • Information about actual energy buildings, but also to generate elec- consumption • Information about price signal tricity. In this technology, which is • Load management... In the electricity supply of the future, various generators – including intermittent to be used in the recently founded De- Bidirectional communication for technical renewables – will provide power irrespective of demand, which will then partly have Load management of appliances Smart metering for electricity, and commercial data (e.g. meter data, sertec project, solar heat is used to gas, district heating, water... measured values, commands...) to be tailored to supply. Electric vehicles may be one practical way of storing excess power, since cars generally are in motion only 10 percent of the time. Our vehicles drive a conventional steam turbine.Genie in a box – E-DeMa uses web-enabled smart metering and load management to work together to sink energy demand would then not only run on excess clean power, but also export power back to the For further glossary terms see:and carbon emissions while maintaining reliability. grid in case of shortfalls. Consumers will also have consoles to control their systems. Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 23
  • 13. Photovoltaic Photovoltaic “The trend is clearly to bigger plants – 100 MWp or larger.” Jens Vorbrodt, General Manager for Solar Power, Siemens Renewable Energy Division turns mass into energy. After convert- ing hydrogen to helium, the sun re- leases about 4 million tons per second of energy into space. From another perspective, even if you total all the en- ergy that will be obtained forever from coal, oil, natural gas and uranium, the solar energy that reaches the surface of the earth is about two times that amount, each and every year. Convert- ing that energy into electricity is, at least in principle, a fairly simple pro- cess involving a photovoltaic (PV) sys- tem (PV = “photo” [light] plus “voltaic” [electricity]) that utilizes cells, or semiconductors, on solar panels. Today’s solar energy facilities are effi- cient, extremely powerful and profit- able. Solar energy is the fastest-growing energy technology in the world, ac- cording to the Renewables Global Status Report, recently published by the Re- newable Energy Policy Network (www.** Modern PV cells are de- Impressions from Ferrarelle PV power plant, Italy. signed to capture photons (particles of light) and turn them into electricity. The best of today’s silicon-based PV modules can reach an efficiency ratingPhotovoltaic Energy: Solar Power When a 16th-century pope needed cutting-edge technology, he turned to hopes to build a 300- to 400-million- euro project and harness 100 MWp of of over 18 percent; around 15 percent efficiency is now standard.for the 21st Century Michelangelo. The great Renaissance artist was asked to guide construction photovoltaic energy. The power gener- ated will operate the Vatican radio Even though meteorological and envi- ronmental factors are highly variable on St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. station, which broadcasts around the over time, the sun is a reliable and con- Photo: Antonio Zambardino / Contrasto Michelangelo’s dome is still the tallest world. The radio station needs only stant source of energy. The amount ofSeveral current developments and projects around the globe point to photo- in the world, and the Basilica endures one-tenth of the energy that will be solar radiation that reaches the earthvoltaic energy being used in increasingly larger installations in the future. as an artistic and structural wonder. produced, and the surplus energy varies according to weather, water va- Now, less than half a millennium later, could meet the electricity needs of por in the air, time of day and season.Siemens’ mission is making solar power affordable for the world, with new the Vatican imagines a technological 40,000 homes near Rome. Also affecting irradiation levels are par-plants that feature technologically better, less expensive, individually cus- wonder for the 21st century. It will rely Using the power of the sun to benefit ticles in the air such as dust and pollu- on one of the oldest power sources in mankind is not a new idea – we are tion, the amount of solar activity oc-tomized components. our universe that we know of, the sun. just getting better at doing it. The sun curring, and the earth’s distance from According to Bloomberg,* the Vatican is a vast natural atomic furnace that the sun. “The weather on a day-to-dayBy Peggy S. Allen *Source: **Source: Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 25
  • 14. Photovoltaic PhotovoltaicGlossary ized mounting system that allows tional plants. Financial incentives, such Summary 1 MWp to be generated on an area that as Feed in Tariffs (FiT) and net meter-■ Solar Energy / Solar Power: is too small for standard solutions. ing make investment in PV power prof- Siemens helps its customers produce Electromagnetic energy generated Another 5-million-euro project, also itable and allow producers to sell clean renewable energy by continu- by the sun (solar radiation). in Italy, went into operation at the end power into the grid. ously innovating and optimizing solar■ Photon: A particle of light that acts of 2008. The PV plant for Ferrarelle Siemens is able to completely engineer power solutions. Photovoltaic (PV) as an individual unit of energy. S.p.A., an Italian bottled water compa- the installation of plants and offer energy is a rapidly growing field with■ Photovoltaic / PV: “Photo” (light) ny, took less than six months to real- nonstandard solutions, while provid- a worldwide trend toward bigger in- plus “voltaic” (electricity); the pro- ize, from awarding the contract to ing performance guarantees of 20 years stallations (100 MWp or more). These cess of directly converting sunlight project completion. Building the in- or more. Ongoing monitoring of the facilities are efficient, very powerful (photons) into electricity without stallation, over an area of three foot- entire system and preventative mainte- and highly profitable. mechanical conversion. ball fields, took less than one month. nance are further services aimed at Modern PV cells capture particles of■ Photovoltaic System / PV System: The rapid construction was facilitated upholding performance standards. By light (photons) and transfer them into A complete set of components for by using prefabricated, lightweight planning and delivering a fully per- electricity. Siemens’ Renewable Energy converting sunlight into electricity by aluminum supports to hold over 4,000 sonalized, integrated design solution, Division offers full service and all-in- the photovoltaic process, including Sharp solar modules, which were con- Siemens, like Michelangelo, can craft clusive delivery on PV-related products the array and balance of system nected to three Siemens SINVERT a masterpiece. and is currently focusing on large- components. inverters and a Geafol voltage trans- scale projects.■ Photovoltaic Cell / PV Cell / Solar former. The residents of 350 apart- Cell: The smallest part of a solar ments in the town of Ricardo, north panel; the semiconductor element of Naples, now have efficient and that converts sunlight into electric environmentally friendly electricity. Peggy S. Allen is an American/Swiss freelance current. The USA could become another im- journalist based in Zurich. She writes about Further Information■ PV Module: Packaged, intercon- portant market – despite, or perhaps a variety of topics, but has a special interest in emerging technologies. She has worked with nected photovoltaic cells designed because of, the country’s economic many US publications, including the New York to produce power when exposed downturn. “It’s a well-known fact that Times, Newsweek and Forbes. to sunlight. President Barack Obama favors solar energy development and encourages For further glossary terms see: Americans to use more renewable energy,” says Vorbrodt. But he also notes that the USA are a challenging market. “It’s a big country, and each state has its own set of regulations,” PV Measurement Standards he explains. In the USA, projects are often conceived and financed by inde- Photovoltaic (PV) technology is developing rapidly, and new commercial Using prefabricated, lightweight aluminum supports like these, Siemens built pendent power producers (IPPs) rather uses are continually being discovered. Simultaneously, measurement a photovoltaic plant in Italy in just one month that serves 350 families. than by a government-owned utility, standards for the industry and for the individual components of PV-gen- which can complicate development. erated power are improving. The quality of industry production advances Some states, such as California, which as better measurement standards become available to accurately exam-basis seems to change a lot. But on a 15 percent of the PV industry.“ Newer The Next Frontiers has a climate well suited to harness- ine and compare all areas of production. PV cell (or solar cell) efficiency20-year cycle, which is the time frame production standards will make even In each of the past two years, 2007 ing solar power, show particular inter- is the single most important measurement. The expected economic returnused in our contracts for a PV facility, bigger facilities possible,” says Vor- and 2008, three out of the five biggest est in many forms of greener power. of the PV facility is also closely related to cell efficiency.the sunshine for a given location will brodt. “The trend is clearly to bigger PV installations have been in Spain. In 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzen- To gauge how well things are working, a PV reference cell is used. It isonly vary by 3 percent,” says Jens Vor- plants – 100 MWp or larger.” Attractive financial incentives by the egger upgraded an initiative that now designed to accurately reflect the conditions of an individual project. Thisbrodt, Head of Solar Power at the Re- By 2020, Siemens predicts that there government helped spur development. requires California utilities to reach reference cell is carefully matched to the specifications of the site as itnewable Energy Division of Siemens AG. will be a 300-billion-euro market in Siemens, working to meet the particu- a goal of 33 percent renewable energy would operate under ideal conditions. Siemens certifies and guarantees renewable energy. More than half of lar needs of their client, provided the Photo: Alfred Buellesbach / Visum in their electrical mix by 2020. performance and quality in all of its installations. Every project has custom-Not Your Father’s PV System the total renewables market will be in electrical components for one huge The goal of a PV facility is to produce tailored components selected by Siemens to be suitable for the particularSiemens’ Renewable Energy Division solar energy, and more than 40 per- project that generates 20 MWp. That and deliver the right electrical output requirements of each installation. The reference cell allows comparisonis currently concentrating on building cent of the PV industry will be focused plant, the largest in the world at the at minimum cost with a short payback between expected results and performance under real conditions.big projects like the one the Vatican on large-scale projects. In the future, time it was finished, can provide ener- period and a high level of efficiency. “A full-service and -maintenance contract is required,” says Jens Vorbrodt,is planning and connecting them to that could mean PV electrical generat- gy for up to 8,000 average households. The eventual financial goal is to reach “to ensure the high performance of the PV power plant over the mini-on-grid utilities. Large-scale PV proj- ing plants that produce even more Italy is a current focus for Siemens- “grid parity,” meaning PV-generated mum 20-year expected operation period.”ects – plants that produce 20, 40 or than the 300- to 500-MWp plants, while built projects. A 5-million-euro project electricity is equally as economical to50 MWp – make up only about 10 to 60 MWp is the largest installation today. in Rende, Italy, has a special custom- produce as grid power from conven-26 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 27
  • 15. Smart Grids Smart Grids Siemens’ Man in the Grid Ralf Christian is leading Siemens’ push toward new products and technologies to meet the challenges of flexible electricity distribution systems integrating renewable power sources such as wind and solar energy. The development of smart grids is a major part of that job. By Haig Simonian A lot is currently being said about house gases. That means using re- major energy source here. But rather smart grids, but not everyone newables, such as wind and solar than heating during peak consump- seems to have the same definition. power. But unlike traditional power tion periods, water could be heated What do you understand by stations, the electricity generated by when green electricity was most read- the term? renewables fluctuates for obvious ily available, and then stored in well- CHRISTIAN: Let’s look at where we’re reasons, such as clouds or time of day. insulated tanks. coming from. Today’s grids were built As we currently don’t have very effec- Finally, although the technology is still 40 to 50 years ago with no communi- tive ways of storing electricity, the a little way off, there’s the electric car. cations and little automation. They only way to fully exploit renewables Just imagine battery storage require- were made for peak loads – a bit like is through smart grids. If you want ments and the possibility to recharge highways built to cope with morning to become a greener society and re- at times when significant amounts of or afternoon rush hour. But in many duce your CO2 footprint, you need to renewably generated power make elec- cases, they don’t use all their capacity, consume electricity when it’s avail- tricity tariffs particularly favorable. or only do for part of the time. able from green sources. This means “Smart grids” is an expression for dif- steering demand. Otherwise, you ferent ways of using a grid more effec- could find yourself having to shut off tively – especially in view of future wind parks, which are among the Ralf Christian demands. For generators, this means cleanest sources of electricity, because Ralf Christian, 45, is Chief Execu- that in a context of rising electricity there’s not enough demand when tive of the Power Distribution demand, existing infrastructure is they’re at peak output. Division of Siemens Energy and used more efficiently to avoid unnec- President of the newly formed T&D essary new capacity investment. It’s But that surely means storing Europe Association. With a back- like keeping your existing two- or electricity. Haven’t you just said ground in economics, business three-lane highway, but managing the that’s hard to do? administration and computers, he traffic better. For consumers, smart CHRISTIAN: In the past, we said gen- started his career at Siemens. He grids represent much greater freedom eration followed demand: In future, rejoined in 2004 as head of the – principally the ability to consume we’ll need a system where generators high-voltage division in the trans- electricity more cost-effectively at home can steer the load. If you want to ex- mission and distribution group, by choosing between tariffs via a ploit renewables, you need smart con- moving to his present position in small box – call it a “pricing manager.” sumption. Failing large-scale storage January 2008. Although not a sci- systems, we need to consider alterna- entist or an engineer, he notes: That’s fine. But where does renew- tives. Take heating. Rather than main- “My job is not to design a high-volt- able energy fit in? taining a constant temperature, the age circuit breaker. The priority is CHRISTIAN: Traditionally, power occupants of an office building could to bring a lot of experience from stations were built relatively close to consider a range, where heating would different industries. Don’t forget, consumption centers, and could be run be turned on in periods when green Photo: Kurt Paulus contacts between supplier and cus- up or down, depending on demand. power was most readily available, tomer happen at many levels. We Now, we’re concerned about climate and temperatures allowed to fluctuate have the right team.” change and the need to cut fossil fuel somewhat thereafter. Water heating consumption for reducing green- is another case. Electricity could be a Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 29
  • 16. Smart Grids notably the USA, are now putting ture allowing large-scale exchanges Glossary real money on the table. Previously, of electricity, notably that produced by it was harder to generalize, as there big wind or solar energy parks, and ■ Smart Grid: A smart grid is were so many different elements in- the integration of tens of thousands of an integrated transmission sys- volved. But one could say countries small-scale renewable energy sources. tem for the delivery of electricity with particularly antiquated grid or The former will be the backbone of from producers to consumers. metering systems were those moving the system, the latter will be what I call The system is smart in that it uses fastest ahead, as were those with “pro-sumers,” producing and consum- digital technologies to optimize particularly active renewable energy ing power. Smart grids will make it efficiency, save energy and costs programs because of their natural possible to use an increasing number and to provide increased reliabil- resources. of renewable energy sources in the ity and transparency. Smart gridsHaig Simonian of the Financial Times (l.) interviewing Ralf Christian about smart grids for Living Energy. Italy is a good example of the first generating grid of the future. are being promoted in many areas category. It has become a front-runner Haig Simonian is Switzerland and Austria to address energy, environmen- in installing what I’d call “somewhat” correspondent of the Financial Times. tal and reliability issues for elec-That all sounds fine, but doesn’t and that boosts innovation. Think of But even before the financial crisis, smart meters. Past outages and a new tric metering also have to be mobile phones and the huge variety of governments were growing increas- regulatory structure, which imposes Further Informationa part of the picture? offers available from different provid- ingly active as people grew more penalties for blackouts, stimulated in- For further glossary terms see:CHRISTIAN: Smart metering will be ers. Competition has stimulated new concerned about climate change. His- vestment. Don’t forget that smart me- for steering demand. Current- ideas and accelerated change. Siemens torically, the priority was security of ters are the best way for a generator smartgridly, householders have a flat rate, re- is in a position to talk to all the par- supply. With liberalization, the focus or distributor to detect problems at thegardless of when they consume their ties involved. shifted to lower prices and raising local level. Before, the first hint ofelectricity. If you want to adapt to the competition. Afterwards came environ- trouble only came when customersavailability of renewables, you need What’s the role of governments ment and climate change concerns. started calling to complain. For years,to influence consumers to use powerwhen it’s most readily available. That in all this? CHRISTIAN: You’ve got to distinguish For large-scale use of renewables, you have to have a completely new way “intelligence” in the grid was only at the transmission level. Pioneers’ Dialoguecan only come about using flexible between before the financial crisis, of managing the grid. I’d say that in Scandinavia is a prime example of The development of a sustainable and environmentally friendly energytariffs, and those in turn require in- and after. Since the crisis, many gov- the past three to four years, politi- the second group. Denmark, in partic- future is not just about creating “green” methods of energy production.stalling some form of communicating, ernments – notably the US – have cians have started to understand that ular, has exploited its natural advan- Just as important is the delivery of energy from the points of productionintelligent metering. launched huge infrastructure invest- it’s not just about generation sources, tages and invested heavily in wind to the points of consumption. Modernization and innovation in the energy ment programs. The USA alone plan but also having the right grid. So power – which, of course, means in- grid system represents a massive and unavoidable investment of techno-What is Siemens’ role in all this? to spend more than 600 billion euro. political awareness about the need stalling smart grids. Northern Germany logical and financial resources at public and private levels in order to keep upCHRISTIAN: Smart grids involve the Not all of that is going into power, but for grid investment has surged. is also moving ahead, and the UK is with increased energy demand and different means of production.entire electricity production and dis- electricity is an important part. With- quickly catching up with plans for off- For this reason, Siemens invited leading stakeholders from the fields oftribution chain. Siemens is the only in electricity, about 40 billion euro Are any countries or regions par- shore wind parks. business, politics and science to a Pioneers’ Dialogue workshop in Germanycompany that can offer everything from in the USA are earmarked for trans- ticularly ahead? on May 13 and 14 in the Bavarian village of Feldafing to discuss the topicsmart generation, through all the mission and distribution. There’s real CHRISTIAN: The financial crisis has So what does this all mean for my “Innovative Power Grids for Europe.”grid elements for transport and distri- money on the table now. changed everything. Some countries, electricity bill? The event in Germany was the first of a series of Pioneers’ Dialogue work-bution, to a full array of products at CHRISTIAN: That depends largely shops that Siemens will host worldwide on a regular basis. It was a uniquehome. From end to end, everything on whether you can benefit from “time forum of high-ranking key decision makers from leading European utilities,that’s required, Siemens is alone of use” tariffs. Already, pilot projects the European Commission, selected nongovernmental organizations,in having such a complete portfolio. meeting the right conditions have environmental organizations, CEOs of Siemens client companies, and lead- revealed savings of about 30 percent ing experts from Siemens AG. The goals of the forum were to developHasn’t moving to smart grids through changed behavior alone. common perspectives on innovative grids, to identify opportunities forbeen complicated by deregulation, Households end up consuming less new solutions and relevant decision criteria for innovative grids, and to setprivatization and all the other power, but above all, consume it at up joint initiatives to drive innovative grids forward.big changes of recent years? the most cost-effective times. By promoting and actively participating in these workshops, Siemens posi- Photos: Kurt Paulus, Graphic: SiemensCHRISTIAN: In the past, vertically in- tioned itself as a pioneer in the area of innovative grids. Pioneers’ Dialoguestegrated power utilities might have So are smart grids going to save are aimed not only at building important relationships, but also determiningmade adopting new technology, such the world? the expectations and requirements of key customers and stakeholders, mak-as smart grids, easier because there CHRISTIAN: It’s not so much a question ing Siemens an important player in future discussions and developments.was only one partner to talk to. On the of how much electricity we save, but An integratedother hand, one could also ask how how much “dirty” electricity. We now Contact: Dr. Andreas Luxa, tel.: +49 (0) 91317-31791, transmissionkeen monopolies were to innovate. system leads have the technology to become increas- E-mail: andreas.luxa@siemens.comToday, you have so many different ac- to smart con- ingly independent of fossil fuels. Thistors, there’s much more competition, sumption. will require two things: an infrastruc-30 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 31
  • 17. Financing FinancingRichard Snow, Irishnational and CEOof Belgium’s T-Power. T-Power: Independent’s Day in Belgium Siemens is building a highly efficient combined-cycle power plant in Belgium for a joint venture of three companies. Financed and procured in the midst of a grim financial crisis, it is the first major independent power production (IPP) project this country has ever seen. Ten international banks teamed up to provide 390 million euro in loans, with the remainder put forward by the shareholders. By Stefan Nicola Richard Snow darts out of the eleva- April. During the week, it’s “work, tor, his right arm already half extended work, work,” he says, and on weekends, to shake another man’s hand and get when he flies back home to the UK, things going. “Ah, there you are, “my wife has all sorts of jobs lined pleased to meet you!” up for me.” In a bid to permanently Mr. Snow, a man of many roles, has move to Brussels, Snow says he is no time to lose. As the Chief Executive looking for houses in the European Officer of T-Power, he is the general capital, but really, when would he manager of a 450-million-euro power have time to do that? Right now, most plant project, but also its coordinator, of his time is devoted to T-Power, a quasi-CFO, and the person with the joint venture between Tessenderlo, mixed blessing of having to confront Siemens Project Ventures (SPV) and the press. Snow’s office – which he says independent power generation com- with a smile is “the size of a cupboard” pany International Power, which – is located in downtown Brussels, just bought the project package from origi- Photo: Frédéric Guerdin a stone’s throw from the European nal lead developer Advanced Power. Parliament, in the headquarters of Bel- It was formed to build, own and oper- gian chemicals company Tessenderlo, ate a gas-fired power station on the where he spends his busy workdays. Tessenderlo industrial park in Flanders, At night, he returns to his Brussels some 80 kilometers northeast hotel, where he has been staying since of Brussels.32 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 33
  • 18. Financing Financing to run the highly flexible power station plant can be operated at varying loads, tor, in a bid to prepare the building according to its individual needs. and that’s very important,” he says. site, had leveled the ground and According to a recent statement by “Because whatever we expect a power covered it with over 40,000 tons of Paymon Aliabadi, CEO of Essent Trad- plant to do today won’t likely be true crushed rubble. It later surfaced that ing, “This transaction provides Essent in ten years’ time. Environmental this material is contaminated with with an important strategic position standards will change, and there may asbestos at varying levels, from just in the Belgian power market. The be a need to reduce emissions, so over zero to nearly 500 milligram per T-Power tolling contract further ex- new technologies may need to be devel- kilogram. Siemens has vowed to do tends our commitment to develop our oped. Siemens has demonstrated in a thorough clean-up of the site. “We competitive and flexible generation the past that this is within its capabili- have hired an asbestos expert who portfolio in support of our market ties, and therefore we can expect is examining the ground and will pro- activities in Belgium.” Siemens to deliver if required.” pose a clean-up concept to the envi- Siemens Power, SFS and SPV – it’s A long-term servicing agreement with ronmental agency,” says Michael Eck- easy to get confused by the many Siemens ensures that T-Power will get ert, of Siemens Power. Richard Snow different companies involved in the quick replacement of spare parts, is nevertheless confident that the project that are in some way linked further boosting the plant’s and the project will make its shareholders very to Siemens. The connection between region’s supply security. happy. “We will soon have a power shareholder SPV and its parent com- plant that – if it performs the way we pany SFS has helped establish con- Right on Schedule – Almost expect it to – will return our investors’ tacts with Siemens Power and eased T-Power’s location within the Tessen- money and make a profit.” negotiations, but all parties involved derlo industrial park is a further plus:“The fact that banks were willing to provide financing at say investment and power plant con- struction are clearly separated. Not only will it be placed near an energy-intense chemicals plant, it can Stefan Nicola, a politics and energy journalist based in Berlin, is working for United Press Inter- that difficult time speaks for the credibility of the project.” “There are no links between us and also draw upon Tessenderlo’s excellent national (UPI) as its Europe correspondent. He also writes for the European Energy Review, a Siemens when it comes to procure- power grid connection – a rare treat bimonthly energy magazine for decision makers. ment. Financing each other would only in a densely populated country such Richard Snow, CEO of Belgium’s T-Power hurt the overall project,” says SPV’s as Belgium. Schulz. “As a supplier, Siemens wants Already, T-Power is doing a lot of to make money, and so do we as in- construction in the Tessenderlo switch- vestors.” yard, where transformers are installed The basics involved in doing that and the grid connections established. sound promising: Snow, an electrical Later this year, the company will startGroundwork for the 420-MW, single- Services (SFS) that has invested in sev- tional banks teamed up to provide engineer with nearly four decades building a gas pipeline to connectshaft unit has already started; founda- eral power plants over the past years. 390 million euro in loans, with the of experience managing power plants the plant to the network of Essent’s gastions will be laid toward the end of “It’s the first project in Belgium that remainder put forward by the share- in the USA and Europe, says the plant’s provider, less than 3 kilometers away.this year. But once the plant is ready received a private power generation holders. flexibility and Siemens’ involvement So technically, everything is on sched- Further Informationfor commercial operation, expected license,” says Schulz. “We now have Snow says the involvement of major ensure that T-Power will be ready to ule – had it not been for an unfortu-in June 2011, it is supposed to be one an alternative to the established sup- players such as Siemens and SFS, serve Europe’s energy future – no mat- nate mishap linked to a subcontractor the most efficient in Europe. Outfit- pliers.” as well as the project’s solid business ter how that may look. “This power working for Siemens. The subcontrac-ted with a Siemens SGT5-4000F gas plan and strong contracting helpedturbine, the plant can boast a near- Successful Funding: close the deal. “The fact that it was58 percent efficiency, making it more an Early Christmas Present financed at the height of the financialenvironmentally compatible than That alternative didn’t come easy. crisis speaks for the credibility ofmost other fossil fuel power stations.“This is state-of-the-art technology,” SPV had to negotiate with banks in the midst of a grim financial crisis. the project,” Snow says. The contract- ing is based mainly on a 15-year toll- Introducing Siemens Financial ServicesSnow says proudly. “It was a really difficult time,” says ing agreement T-Power signed with Siemens Financial Services (SFS) is an international provider tries, with a focus on Europe, North America and the Asia-But before construction could start, Roger Ernst of SPV, adding that his Essent, the big Dutch power provider, of financial solutions in the business-to-business area. With Pacific region. The Siemens subsidiary, which calls someseveral hurdles had to be overcome. negotiation team was also a bit lucky: in August 2008. The group’s energy about 1,900 employees, this Munich-based company offers 90 percent of EURO STOXX 50 companies its customers, aimsThe project had to be carefully planned It had asked for a binding loan offer trader, Essent Trading, has agreed a broad range of financial solutions – from equipment and to offer customized solutions: To equip the traffic light system Photos: Frédéric Guerdinfor several years, because T-Power at the end of September, when the to purchase T-Power’s electricity out- infrastructure financing through working capital finance to of the southern German city of Freiburg with efficient LEDventured into uncharted territory when financial crisis hadn’t yet shown its put and sell it on the market, “so we treasury services, fund management and insurance solutions. technology, for example, SFS created an individual 15-yearit tried to enter the Belgium power worst face. “A lot of negotiations and are independent from any market Relying on its financial expertise and industry know-how in financing plan tailored to the city’s particular needs.generation market, says Hans-Joachim concessions were necessary, but we risks,” Snow says. For Essent, the plant a wide range of sectors, SFS is active in more than 30 coun-Schulz, Managing Director of SPV, a reached financial close shortly before adds flexibility to its large energy port-group company of Siemens Financial Christmas,” says Ernst. Ten interna- folio: The company provides the gas34 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 35
  • 19. “Calm at sea! The sunbeams flicker falling on the level water and athwart the liquid jewels ploughs the ship her emerald furrow.” Winds of Change for Renewable EnergySo wrote the illustrious German poetHeinrich Heine of the North Sea. Perhapsthe Germans have always been able to bringa positive attitude to these waters, famedmore in Britain for their grey hue and badweather. By harnessing their power for whatwill be the world’s largest offshore windfarm, Siemens Energy will connect an impor-tant renewable source of electricity to When completed, the Greater Gabbard installation will look a lot like this offshorethe grid of the UK. wind farm in Lillgrund, Sweden. Photo: SiemensBy Daniel Whitaker
  • 20. Offshore Wind Power Offshore Wind Power Graphic: independent Medien-Design Photos: Ian Berry/Agentur Focus Norwich NORTH SEA SUFFOLK Sizewell Village 132 kV Ipswich Greater Gabbard offshore substation – main platform with Greater Gabbard onshore substation at Leiston: power quality for grid access of world’s Greater a weight of 2,000 tons. Rollout party at Hartlepool and prepa- largest wind farm – components for three SVC Plus systems “under construction.” Gabbard rations for shipping to the offshore position. 500 MW 140 x 3.6 MW London38 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 39
  • 21. Offshore Wind Power Offshore Wind Power will also amount to the world’s largest and commissioned from UK manufac- sea-land grid connection. turers in Hartlepool and South Shields. On the other side of the country, an The remote surveillance systems that Innovation Meets Experience: SVC Plus® optimistic John Willcock sits at his will monitor the turbines and the col- Tackles Changing Energy Demands desk in Siemens’ Manchester base. lector substations on the platforms His office has just been confirmed as come from the Siemens Industry sector. Three SVC Plus systems are located in noise emissions thanks to the use the company’s first center of compe- the onshore substation at Leiston, Suffolk. of modular multilever converter tence for offshore grid connections Managing Challenges What is SVC Plus? technology outside of Germany, and he’s quick to and Risks SVC stands for Static Var Compensa- ■ Increased adaptability for limited point out that the collaboration from A few desks away from Willcock’s tion, a technology for power quality space due to compact, standardized the Power Transmission team in office, project manager Anwer Amara- in high-voltage systems. Plus is component design Germany has directly led to the UK’s Korba says Greater Gabbard is his Siemens’ innovative and universally ■ Fast, efficient cost-effective solution success so far. “We’re at the start, “biggest and most complex challenge applicable solution for grid access of ■ Reduces time and resources needed the exciting bit,” he says. The govern- so far” in a successful decade with renewable energies and for enhance- for project development, installation ment’s 2020 renewable obligation Siemens since cutting his teeth in ment of grid efficiency. and commissioning has given a strong impetus to offshore Algeria’s gas industry. His experi- New Power Industry Challenges ■ Fewer components mean simplifiedConstruction site at Leiston with two of three compensation circuits. wind farm plans around the British enced team brings specialist engineer- Power producers and system operators design, planning and engineeringThe substation connects the 132-kV AC sea cables from the offshore platform coast. Rob Hastings, the UK Crown ing talent from well beyond Europe. all over the world are faced with in- taskswith the grid on the mainland. Estate’s Director of Marine Estates, Ahmed Shafiu, for example, who creasing demands for highly efficient seems to agree. He has offered up leas- manages the vital interface with the power transmission, low-cost power es on designated seabed on behalf of owners of the UK transmission system, delivery, and high system securityCertainly the North Sea has always our current reliance on fossil fuel, that same Royal Family that came over National Grid, is from the Maldives. (no blackouts).linked the UK and Germany, allowing both the east coast of Britain and the from Hanover, and admits that “wind Beyond its human resources, Amara-trade and the Anglo-Saxon migration north coast of Germany will join other energy is the only renewable technol- Korba’s team draws on Siemens’ broad Benefits of SVC Plusthat created one-half of British culture. parts of the planet vulnerable to a ogy that can deliver the required – and proven – technology portfolio. ■ Improved dynamic stability of trans-The British Royal Family also made future of rising sea levels. quantity by the required timescales.” The connection from the turbine is mission systemsthis maritime crossing, after leaving All of these issues come together 25 All of this new capacity needs to be secured with the only modular circuit ■ Increased power quality; reductiontheir home in Hanover for several kilometers off the coast of the English connected to the existing grid, which breaker able to be installed in wind of risk of voltage collapse and black-generations of new employment at county of Suffolk in that same North is currently set up for inland fossil turbines. The team’s interaction with outBuckingham Palace. Sea, where Siemens is building what plants, not to take in power along the National Grid is eased by prior inten- ■ Highly efficient flicker reduction Outside, a nondescript whiteToday, the North Sea represents both will be the world’s largest offshore more sparsely populated coast. That sive network and system studies carried in industrial applications containerized solution; inside,a great resource and a devastating wind farm, Greater Gabbard. Some means a great deal of new investment out by the Siemens design experts at ■ Low harmonic generation and low high-tech power electronics.threat for the two countries. The op- 140 giant turbines each reach 130 me- in connections and high-voltage trans- the Siemens head office for grid con-portunity lies in what Heine called “the ters at blade tip – almost half the mission networks, and John Willcock, nections based in Erlangen, Germany.uncouth North wind” and how it can height of the Eiffel Tower – and cover Director of Major Projects for Trans- The transformers are some of thebe harnessed to generate electricity. an area the size of Birmingham or mission for Siemens, and his team are world’s most reliable, built by SiemensPrime Minister Gordon Brown has en- Munich. They can rotate 360 degrees, the people to help make that happen. in Dresden and Linz. The team itself Siemens as their partner for the wind plains that at a total value of 1.5 billionthusiastically called for a massive as well as tilt up and down, in order While Willcock feels “there’s momen- seems to hum like a perfectly efficient turbines, with Fluor as balance-of- pounds, Greater Gabbard is the com-33,000 MW of new wind-fueled power for their great blades to catch the tum now,” Greater Gabbard will still machine. plant contractor, who in turn has en- pany’s largest generation project ever.for the UK by 2020, while Brussels has winds that whip up over this stretch of be an important test case. Siemens The project is jointly owned by Air- gaged Siemens to design and build “But it won’t be the last of its kind,”underscored this by decreeing that a water. Acting through the generators has the chance to show what it can do tricity, the renewables arm of Scottish the grid connection. he says with assurance. “The naturefifth of all EU generation must be re- inside each turbine, 504 MW of power – bringing together skills from work and Southern Energy (SSE), and RWE From his own headquarters in the of the business is changing. We hopenewable by then. The attraction is can be produced, transforming on on oil and gas platforms in other npower renewables, the UK subsidiary Scottish city of Perth, Colin Hood, for a major project every 18 months.” Photo: Ian Berry/Agentur Focus, Graphic: Siemensclear: This power source produces zero two great sea platforms into a voltage stretches of the North Sea, experience of RWE Innogy. They have chosen SSE’s Chief Operating Officer, ex- It isn’t only that Europe is turningcarbon emissions, and even though of 132 kV, and then exported through with onshore substation design, con- from fossil fuels to renewables as angeneration is intermittent, the cost undersea cables to the mainland. struction and connection, and over a energy source, but also, as Hood says,of wind power itself is minimal. And Back on the Suffolk shore, a substa- century of playing a major part in the that “the future lies in joint venturesmore specifically, the British Isles tion, combined with compensation British electricity sector. There isn’t “Greater Gabbard represents an impor- and long-term relationships.”are famously windswept: 40 percent equipment, will ensure a safe connec- another company in the UK that spans The amount of funds needed for eachof the wind potential of the European tion to the UK’s national electricity the spectrum of energy production tant step toward the increasing use major new offshore wind farm andland mass is in the UK, and its sur-rounding seas are gustier still. grid. The destination of much of the flow will be 120 kilometers southwest: in this way. At Greater Gabbard, most of the components are provided by of renewable energy to meet the UK’s the range of skills required to build them well, combined with those risksBut the danger associated with this electricity-hungry London, where it Siemens. The main external-sourced electricity needs.” that no technological skill can over-same stretch of sea is just as evident. could provide clean energy to over subsupply are the two offshore come, mean that strong, enduringUnless renewable energy replaces 280,000 homes. Together, these links platforms, which are manufactured Andreas J. Goss, CEO of Siemens UK partnerships are a must. A lot of new40 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 41
  • 22. Offshore Wind Power Offshore Wind Power also create peril. Ron Smith, Siemens aspects of this turn in Europe’s and Glossary“Nobody has a track record like UK’s Head of Transmission and Distri- indeed the world’s approach to energy, Siemens in offshore turbines and bution, knows this from years spent working with offshore oil rigs. “The there are some close links to the past. Sir William Siemens, another German ■ Compensation System (Siemens SVC Plus®): A system grid connections.” North Sea can be a dark, cold place so who crossed the North Sea from that uses power electronics, re- our focus has to be on ensuring our Hamburg, was later knighted by Queen actors and capacitors to ensure Kevin McCullough, CEO of RWE npower renewables people are safe when working on off- Victoria. The Siemens organization that the power and voltage com- shore projects.” He goes on to say, that he founded was also a great suc- ing from the wind turbines meet “We are developing remote diagnostic cess in Britain, where he married, the exact requirements of thecapacity will be needed, and the ferred technology partner. “They’re and condition monitoring solutions is buried, and where he served as per- UK electricity grid.government will be looking to award a trusted supplier, and they won’t walk which will allow 24-hour monitoring sonal advisor to the government on ■ Monopiles: Substructuresgeneration licenses to consortia that away from issues,” says Hood. His at onshore control centers of all off- the laying that each of the 3.6-MW turbinescan point to a solid track record in con- counterpart, Kevin McCullough, Chief shore installations and which will of international telegraph cables. are built on, providing supportstruction, operation and connection. Operating Officer at RWE npower re- minimize the need for physical inspec- Indeed, the UK headquarters is only and stability. Made of steel andHood knows that there will always be newables, agrees. “Nobody has a track tions by our service team.” “Greater Gabbard a few kilometers from Godalming, hammered precisely into thedangers. He notes that the rolled and record like Siemens in offshore tur- And the underlying mood is very posi- won’t be the last which in 1881 saw the world’s first sand below, they are built to with-welded steel used for the wind tur- bines and grid connections,” he says, tive. “It’s an unprecedented time of ever electric street lighting and its first stand the battering of the tidebines required “an armed escort from adding that he also appreciates their change,” says Kevin McCullough, while of its kind. The ever commercial generation of electri- and winds for decades.the Chinese Navy as it sailed from commitment to service. Ron Smith thinks it’s “the most excit- cal power – organized by Sir William. ■ Siprotec / Sicam System:Shanghai through waters favored by ing era in my very varied 34 years with nature of the busi- The Godalming plant was also driven Protection, monitoring and con-Somali pirates – just in case.” But with A Look to the Future, Siemens.” And continues, “With such ness is changing.” by nature’s power – in this case, trol equipment which can be re-the right partners, the risks can be a Nod to the Past change, our customers are looking for a water wheel. motely controlled by the custom-minimized and the inevitable problems It isn’t just managing financial risk a safe pair of hands and we know we Colin Hood, COO of Scottish er, ensuring that all is functioning and Southern Energyconfronted. The goal is that offshore that the companies involved in Greater can offer this given the significant Daniel Whitaker is a London-based freelance well both offshore and onshore.capacity building will eventually be- Gabbard care about. Everyone ad- experience we’ve gained over recent journalist who specializes in writing about ■ Gas-Insulated Switchgear (NX technology, business and economics. His workcome “more like a conveyor belt – a heres to the health and safety mantra years. During this time we’ve been has appeared in such prestigious publications Plus 33 kV, 8DA10 13.9 kV andprogram of works, rather than individ- “zero harm.” High turbines and off- working in close and collaborative part- as the Financial Times, the Times, the Observer, 8DN8 132 kV): Compact andual projects,” says Hood. shore platforms will always be danger- nerships with our traditional UK cus- targets are met. Our customers are the Economist and the Daily Telegraph, maintenance-free switchgear en- among others.For both client companies, there was ous workplaces, the very winds that tomers and it is a real pleasure to depending on our technology and our sure highly reliable distributionno doubt that Siemens was their pre- make Greater Gabbard so attractive extend that approach to new custom- people to increase efficiency and lower of electricity with advanced safety ers in the offshore sector such as SSE, their environmental impact, and we’re features on both substations. RWE, Vattenfall and E.ON.” in a unique position to help them right ■ Transformers (132/21 kV There is also the possibility that wind across the energy chain, from oil and Summary and 33/132 kV): Situated on the will do better than “zero harm” to gas production through to power gen- offshore platforms and onshore the environment. Initial reports show eration, transmission, distribution and The Rise of Wind substations, these raise and lower that the monopiles on which the tur- metering services.” • Across the world, there is growing the power’s voltage for more bines rest soon become unique habitats Key to the ongoing success of the demand for renewable energy, efficient transport of electricity. for mollusks and marine life which business is the development of local and offshore wind in particular. attract fish. competency. As Saul explains, “Greater The UK will be a major market. For further glossary terms see: Jens-Peter Saul, Head of Siemens Gabbard is a good example of how Energy for Northwest Europe, who building up a strong local team in off- Greater Gabbard oversees all of Siemens’ involvement shore grid connections as well as our • Siemens is building the world’s Photos: Getty Images, Scottish and Southern Energy in Greater Gabbard, says, “We are wind turbine business is paying off. largest offshore wind farm in the entering a new energy age.” But his We have improved the relationships North Sea, 25 kilometers off the pride goes beyond Siemens being the with our customers as we are able to coast of Suffolk, for two client com- market leader in offshore grid con- get closer to them. We are far more panies: Scottish and Southern nections, and wind turbines in North- responsive, and as a result we are now Energy (SSE) and RWE npower west Europe including the UK. a clear market leader. Our customers renewables. Saul adds, “Our customers expect more know that they can contract wind tur- Further Information reliable, economical and environmen- bines and grid connections and that The Role of Siemens tally responsible solutions than ever Siemens can provide the systems that • Siemens was chosen because of before. During the next decade, the UK will work together as an integrated its portfolio of products, its repu- grid will undergo structural change to package. tation for service and reliability, svc-plus connect renewable energy sources and No other supplier can deliver both.” and in particular for its skill at Gabbard’s goal: harnessing the power of the North Sea’s fierce winds. ensure the government’s 2020 energy And for all of the future-oriented grid connections.42 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 43
  • 23. Capturing Carbonfor a Better ClimateThe energy sector in Europe is coming under increasing pressure fromboth the European Union and the international community to reduceits emissions and improve efficiency as global warming progresses.Together with key partners, Siemens is exploring the potential of carboncapture technology, which is expected to be a significant step towardenvironmentally friendly energy production in both existing and futurefossil fuel power plants.By Rhea Wessel Photo: Christian Höhn
  • 24. New postcombustion carbon capture technologies will help limit emissions from fossil fuel power plants.With new environmental regulations implementing a pilot project to test the technology will be available com- plants or IRCC with carbon capture At Staudinger Unit 5 in the E.ON Kraft- E.ON. Kruhl and his team are in chargefrom the European Union coming into postcombustion capture technology mercially before the end of the next for natural gas-fired plants), integrated werke plant in Grosskrotzenburg, Ger- of examining carbon capture technol-effect, particularly those that will re- from Siemens that is used for coal- decade. carbon capture (or oxyfuel) and post- many, E.ON and Siemens have teamed ogies from a strategic perspective.quire all new fossil fuel power plants fired plants. Statkraft is conducting Power plants are seen as one of the key combustion carbon capture (from flue up to test CO2 capture technology un- In the pilot plant that will be operatedto be ready to capture CO2, energy pro- a study of how carbon capture tech- targets for emission reductions since gases of conventional power plants, der real-world conditions after years of roughly 15 months during the project,viders around Europe are beginning nology works on gas-fired combined- they are estimated to contribute about based on a carbon scrubbing process). testing the technology in the lab. It is CO2 will be removed from a small por-to test carbon capture technology that cycle power plants. 26 percent of all man-made greenhouse Still, by adding carbon capture tech- the first demonstration of Siemens’ tion of the power plant’s flue gas withhelps limit the emissions of power Both projects will move forward the gas emissions, the source of which nology to reduce CO2 emissions of proprietary technology with flue gas special cleaning agents. This will hap-plants. development of carbon capture tech- could be isolated at stationary points. plants, utility companies reduce the from coal combustion in Germany.Companies such as German utility nology that enables climate-friendly Over the past decades, the efficiency overall efficiency of the plant. Hence, At Staudinger, E.ON and Siemens are GlossaryE.ON and Norwegian utility Statkraft energy production. The European of coal-fired power plants has already one of the focuses of carbon capture setting up a facility to test the solventare considering different varieties Union is expected to support large- increased significantly. For example, technology studies is on increasing used, says Dr. Jörg Kruhl, Head of Tech- ■ Flue Gas: Combustion exhaust gasof technology. At a power plant near scale demonstrations of postcombus- plants designed and built by Siemens their efficiency. nology Policy, New Technologies at produced at power plants.Frankfurt, E.ON and Siemens are tion carbon capture technology, and reach efficiency ratings of about 46 ■ Post-Combustion Carbon Capture percent with highly efficient steam for Power Plants: Removes CO2 turbines. On average, fossil fuel plants from a power plant’s flue gas usingSummary are forecast to increase their efficiency Power Generation (in 1,000 TWh1) special cleaning agents before the by 10 percent by 2030. Renewables Renewables cleaned gases are discharged to theGiven new environmental regulations from the European Union, energy provid- But even if the amount of fossil fuels (excl. hydro) 33,000 TWh (excl. hydro) atmosphere via the plant’s stack; in 2008: 581 TWh Renewables in 2030: 5,583 TWhers around Europe are beginning to test carbon capture technology that helps needed for future power generation 2.3% p.a. 17 technology can be used in well-known (3% of total) (17% of total)limit the CO2 emissions of power plants. Siemens is offering IGCC technology decreases on a relative basis as a result Hydro Others fossil fuel power plant processes. 15 Biomassfor precombustion capture and developing a proprietary process for postcom- of this improved efficiency and better Solar Nuclear 1 ■ Precombustion Carbon Capture Geo- 20,300 TWh Solar 29bustion capture in close collaboration with utilities. The German utility E.ON availability of renewable energy sourc- 15 14 for Power Plants: A method for thermal 12 2 3 Photos: Christian Höhn, Graphic: Siemens Biomass Gasand the Norwegian utility Statkraft are considering several different varieties es, the absolute usage will increase 16 pretreating fuel gas and extracting 20of technology. At a power plant near Frankfurt, E.ON and Siemens are implement- by almost 60 percent by 2030, accord- 47 13 CO2 before combustion; treated Wind 38 Fossil 2 21 Oil 4ing a pilot project to test post-combustion capture technology from Siemens ing to an International Energy Agency fuels gas volume is only 1 percent com- 6 Coalthat is used for coal-fired plants. The Norwegian utility Statkraft is conducting (IEA) forecast. 68 53 31 52 pared to postcombustion capture,a study of how postcombustion carbon capture technology works on gas-fired Hence, scientists are pinning hopes 41 Geo- Wind with more than twice the CO2 con- thermalcombined-cycle power plants. Both projects will contribute to moving forward on three types of carbon capture and centration. 2008 2030the development of carbon capture technology. Within a decade, the European storage (CCS) technologies for environ- Source: Siemens Energy Sector, GS4 base case 1Terawatt hours Values in percentUnion will support large-scale demonstrations of postcombustion carbon mentally friendly energy production: For further glossary terms see:capture technology, and the technology is expected to become available com- precombustion carbon capture (called Renewables are gaining in importance – but fossil fuels will continue IGCC with carbon capture for coal to be the mainstay of energy production.46 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 47
  • 25. Environmentally Friendly Energy Environmentally Friendly Energy ing plants, since it can be retrofitted Cleaned flue gas with Desorber top Siemens CO2 able energy, the company is in con- near-zero solvent slip condenser compression and can be used at new plants. solutions stant dialogue with partners and poli- E.ON Kraftwerke Project Overview “We can’t change the investments we Lean solvent cooler ticians about the energy market. Lean solvent (Postcombustion Carbon Capture Pilot) have already made in coal plants. If “We want to better understand the CCS becomes a business case, we can CO2 stream price implications of capture technolo- Absorber with minimal ■ Start of pilot operations: ■ Technology focus: Build pilot add the technology to existing power for CO2 Desorber for impurities gies on the power market to be a scrubbing solvent Summer 2009 CO2 capture system for coal-fired plants,” says Kruhl, adding, “We can from regeneration knowledgeable partner for a dialogue,” flue gas ■ Planned end of pilot operations: plant verify the option to implement the says Elvestad. Low solvent End of 2010 ■ Pilot focus: Test cleaning agent’s technology later, showing politicians Low solvent degradation degradation The study, which has a budget of Flue gas ■ Location: Staudinger Unit 5, long-term chemical stability and and the public that the investment cooler Heat 1.7 million euro, is being conducted Reboiler with low a hard-coal-fired power plant efficiency of the process under is sustainable.” exchanger energy demand in three phases. In Phase 1, which lean/rich near Hanau, Germany, owned by real power plant conditions The test at Staudinger Unit 5 will be solvent is currently underway, Siemens is German utility E.ON ■ Pilot focus: Optimize energy conducted in a column of the usual Flue gas Rich solvent Low-pressure steam from power plant designing and adapting the process blower consumption of the carbon cap- height of 35 meters but only 20 centi- for this application. In Phase 2, the ture technology meters in diameter instead of the ap- capture-ready plant that could be ret- ■ Goal: Gather necessary experi- proximately 12 meters for first demon- Flue gas from rofitted with postcombustion capture ence and knowledge to provide stration projects. desulphurization plant technology will be developed. As they large-scale demonstration plants Kruhl says his company chose to test select the plant’s elements, the part- around 2015 the technology from Siemens, given Siemens’ postcombustion capture process has lower environmental impact ners are looking for possible efficiency ■ Funding: Private funding and the company’s expertise in designing and is more energy-efficient than other capture processes. improvements and identifying where funding from the German Federal and constructing power plants and its to reserve extra space for adding the Ministry of Economics under the know-how in chemistry. The Siemens capture technology at a later time. In Business partners: E.ON and COORETEC Initiative process uses amino acid salts to clean of postcombustion carbon capture tech- times – for instance when the sun is Phase 3, the scientists will investigate Siemens at the Staudinger plant. the flue gas. The solvent features nology in gas-fired, combined-cycle not shining or the wind is not blowing the impact of the carbon capture plant low absorption enthalpy and near-zero power plants. Since January, the part- – and less at others. on the dynamic behavior of the gas- Statkraft Project Overview vapor pressure, permitting an eco- ners have been studying how the tech- The study with Siemens is particularly fired power plant. nomic and environmentally friendly nology needs to be adapted to the spe- interesting for Statkraft, given its “We would like to shut down the plant (Postcombustion Carbon Capture Study) capture process. Based on the project cial conditions of this particular type market ambition to be the European when market conditions are not favor- ■ Started in January 2009 with exhibits high oxygen content, results, Siemens will then be able to of power plant. Specifically, they are leader in environmentally friendly able. This becomes more complicated Norwegian utility Statkraft resulting in potentially negative evaluate the impact on the life cycle examining the impact of the plant’s energy, including being an active con- when a carbon capture facility is pres- ■ To be completed early 2011 impacts on known solvents costs on the plant including operation- conditions on the Siemens solvent. tributor to sustainable development ent. We want to know what kind of ■ Based in Oslo ■ Challenge: These types of plants al costs and availability and reliability For example, the flue gas in this type within the European energy market. operating regimes would be necessary,” ■ Technology focus: Study how to have frequent changes in load re- which are key parameters to optimiz- of plant has a lower CO2 concentration Another reason Statkraft is participat- says Elvestad. adapt proprietary carbon capture quirements, since they make up ing the technology. than in coal-fired plants, but it has a ing: It is preparing itself to meet the When the study is complete, Statkraft technology to a gas-fired, for lack of solar-produced power The partners will focus their research higher oxygen content, which can lead EU’s upcoming requirements that new will be able to use what it has learned combined-cycle power plant when the sun is not shining on measuring the conditions, such to higher solvent degradation. Re- plants be capture ready by being able in future designs and for its specifica- ■ Study focus: Investigate the be- or lack of wind-produced power as the degradation of the solvent and searchers will also study how to opti- to be retrofitted with the technology tions for market tenders. For Siemens, havior of Siemens’ solvent under when the wind isn’t blowing the capture rates, so that both parties mize the efficiency of the process for within the next few years. the goal is to optimize the process the special flue gas conditions ■ Goal: Optimize carbon capture can gain experience with the technol- plants with varying loads, i.e. plants “A major part of the study will be to to enable easy backfitting of the carbon ■ Challenge: Flue gas from com- process for easy backfitting ogy and better understand how to that produce more electricity at certain create a design for a gas-fired power capture system for future combined- bined-cycle power plants has of a CO2 capture system in future maximize its efficiency. plant and to identify all areas which cycle power plants. a lower CO2 concentration than combined-cycle plants “We have to learn the full thermody- could involve a low amount of pre- that of coal-fired plants, and ■ Funding: Private namic process to see how to improve investment to avoid larger investments Rhea Wessel is a freelance business and it. Once this is done, the next step is to later if capture is required,” says Simen science writer based in Frankfurt, Germany. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, do it on a larger scale,” says Kruhl. Elvestad, Statkraft’s project manager, Time magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, Photos: Christian Höhn, Graphic: Siemens The POSTCAP pilot project at Stauding- adding, “We want to investigate how the Wall Street Journal and Science Businesspen before the cleaned flue gases gies by examining the technical as er Unit 5 project is partly funded by a carbon capture and storage plant magazine, among others.are discharged to the atmosphere via well as the economical aspects. the COORETEC Initiative of the German could be operated in conjunction withthe plant’s stack. Researchers hope “Though we are still evaluating the Federal Ministry of Economics. a gas-fired power plant on a flexibleto gain insight on the long-term chem- matter, we have come to the conclusion basis. We will study how to ramp upical stability of the cleaning agent and that postcombustion technology has Siemens CCS Study for and ramp down the capture process.”confirm the process efficiency. key advantages,” says Kruhl. Statkraft’s Gas-Fired Plants A third reason Statkraft ordered the Further InformationKruhl says that E.ON has considered For one, the technology is seen as an In another project, Siemens has Structured packings are inside the ab- study, to be finished in early 2011, isthe advantages and disadvantages economically viable way to meet up- teamed up with the Norwegian utility sorber and desorber columns to provide to learn about market price dynamics. all three carbon capture technolo- coming emissions standards for exist- Statkraft Energi AS to conduct a study high-contact surface for gas and liquid. As one of Europe’s leaders in renew-48 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 49
  • 26. Urban Integration Urban Integration GIS Substations That Embellish, Not Blemish the Urban Streetscape In the past, high-voltage substations were always industrial- looking eyesores that, whenever possible, were banished from urban centers. Today, Siemens Energy’s state-of-the-art technology, engineering and design of gas-insulated switch- gear (GIS) substations mean that utilities can integrate high- voltage substations into urban settings in a way that makes them virtually invisible and entirely compatible with densely populated districts. By Ward PincusEnergy as art: This architecturallystriking structure in Qatar, Photo: SiemensWest Bay, houses a high-voltagesubstation.50 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 51
  • 27. Urban Integration Urban Integration the surrounding urban environments, planning each substation to meet the nents can include instruction and train- including noise and electromagnetic client’s specific requirements. ing courses for owner-operators and field emissions. The Siemens technol- “The high reliability and low life cycle round-the-clock after-sales service. ogy that achieves this is both econom- costs of our switchgear are based on Now that Siemens’ enhanced technol- ical and ecological, with low losses our strong experience in design and ogy has led to such a happy marriage and up to 90 percent reduction in engineering. For more than 40 years, of form and function, GIS substations electromagnetic field emissions that we’ve been manufacturing gas-insulat- are being welcomed back into urban provides reliable protection for oper- ed switchgear, and our innovation is areas, bringing increased efficiency ating personnel and environments. brought into our product,” Strassburg- and savings to both energy providers These are virtually maintenance-free er adds. The high quality is not just and users. systems with low life cycle costs and a result of experience and innovation, high levels of reliability and safety, an but excellence in the manufacturing issue of particular concern in urban process as well. “While it’s not a semi- Case Studies settings, where large numbers of peo- conductor factory, there is a slight ple are in close proximity to the sub- overpressure inside the GIS manufac- 1 Architecturally Integrated, station buildings. turing plants to keep dust out. This Partially Subsurface Substa- clean atmosphere ensures the highest tion in Shanghai, China Sophisticated reliability, as does our expertise in The major redevelopment of an early Project Management the installation and commissioning 20th-century Shanghai neighborhood Reliability also is ensured through of the equipment,” he says. into the trendy shopping, entertain- the secondary engineering of these sys- Supporting the turnkey solution is ment and leisure district of Shanghai tems, as well as the Siemens turnkey Siemens’ access to a large selection of Xintiandi meant the area would need design, procurement, installation and products from its Power Transmission a new substation. However, esthetic commissioning on site. and Distribution Divisions, as well as and space constraints dictated that the 2 Because of the many new and complex the whole of Siemens AG, while its structure would have to be fully inte- aspects of today’s GIS substations, strong relationships with subcontrac- grated into the streetscape. The solu-Since producing its first GIS equipment 40 years ago, Siemens has continued todevelop increasingly innovative technology. This has resulted in virtually mainte- much more sophisticated project man- tors and other suppliers mean Siemens tion, facilitated by Siemens’ light-nance-free modular switchgear systems that are one-third the original size, allowing agement skills also are required. With can deliver in excellent quality, on time weight and compact GIS technology,them to blend inconspicuously into urban landscapes, as with this parking deck more than 40 years of GIS manufac- and on budget. Other turnkey compo- is the 110-kV multistory Shanghaiin Doha, Qatar. turing experience, the largest installed base of gas-insulated switchgear and a decades-long track record of superior Global Reach: Innovative Siemens Substations Profiled in This ArticleUtility and power distribution compa- Smaller Substation Footprint turnkey provisioning, Siemens is wellnies around the globe are increasingly Around the world, Siemens is building positioned to meet this new marketlooking to reduce transmission losses substations in nontraditional styles demand.and enhance energy efficiency by that meet the increasingly small plot “We can provide a one-stop shop,bringing high-voltage and extra-high- sizes, while also blending into the from supporting the planning phasevoltage lines closer to their end users. surrounding environment – or even of construction that ensures a solu-This means placing substations in making architectural statements them- tion that provides the best, most eco-the middle of urban areas where space selves. These substations are some- 2 nomical design given the available 7is limited. However, they also are de- times underground or incorporated The compact, yet powerful switchgear space constraints, to the engineering, 6 2 1manding that substation buildings be into other structures; they are often inside the Doha installation. installation and commissioning,” 4 Photos: Siemens, Graphic: independent Medien-Design 5 8integrated into the surrounding urban multistory and almost always feature Strassburger says.environment in an esthetically pleas- design and architectural embellish- Although Siemens has been manufac-ing manner, rather than stick out the ments. To meet such complex specifi- Manager Turnkey High-Voltage Sub- turing GIS equipment for decades,way the plain, box-shaped industrial cations, a whole range of competencies station Solutions at Siemens AG in its continued innovation has resultedsubstations did in the past. not necessary when building plain- Germany. “Now we can incorporate the in decreasing the original size of theSiemens Energy, with its in-house walled structures now come into play. substation into the architecture or put GIS by two-thirds to produce somecenters of competence in equipment “Our technology, design and engineer- it underground.” of the narrowest bays for high-voltage 3manufacture, design, electrical and ing mean we are able to construct a The challenge is not only to give sub- switchgear (as little as 800 millime-civil engineering, installation and com- fully integrated high-voltage substa- stations a smaller footprint in urban ters wide), as well as a modular struc- 1 Shanghai, China 2 Doha, Qatarmissioning, is providing turnkey solu- tion in the middle of a town. In the settings – with all the engineering ture for problem-free extensions and 3 Sydney, Australia 4 Tehri, Indiations that are setting the standard past, if this was done, everyone could that this requires – but also to ensure virtually maintenance-free systems – 5 Mecca, Saudi Arabia 6 Anaheim,for how this new client-driven trend see it, and it was unattractive,” says that the substations are reliable and all of which gives Siemens designers California 7 St. Gallen, Switzerlandis being met. Bert Strassburger, Product Portfolio have the smallest possible impact on and engineers greater flexibility in 8 Dubai, United Arab Emirates52 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 53
  • 28. Urban Integration Urban Integration 3 Multistory, Partly Under- West Bay Super 1 substation reflects double-bus GIS with 24 bays and a the scale of the city’s greenfield devel- ground Substation in Sydney, shunt reactor connected to the 132-kV opment projects, as well as a commit- Australia bus for reactive power support and ment by Kahramaa, the Qatar General Safety and extremely tight space voltage control. Electricity & Water Corporation, to constraints were the top consider- 4 Underground Substation have these substations – irrespective ations in developing the Haymarket of their size – complement the sur- bulk-power substation in Sydney, Aus- for Hydroelectric Power- rounding cityscape. tralia. Located in the central business house in Tehri, India Despite the enormous power require- district, the multistory 330/132-kV Reliability and ease of installation ments of the substation, Siemens was substation was built across three were crucial considerations when in- able to control the building and plot underground and two aboveground stalling the 420-kV substation at the size, in part by installing the GIS type mezzanine floors. Given the large remote setting of the Tehri Dam and 8DN8 with 51 bays in a double-bus-bar population density of workers and Hydroelectric Power Plant, located in configuration – given that each bay residents in the area, the substation the Himalayan foothills in India. The is just 800 millimeters wide and space incorporated the most sophisticated 1,000-MW power plant and associated utilization is further enhanced by the safety standards through integrated substation are located in a 400-meter- 8DN8’s modular configuration. As monitoring, control and protection long, 45-meter-high cavern, near the well, the GIS type 8DN9, with 28 bays equipment and systems, as well as an base of the 260-meter-high dam, one in a double-bus-bar configuration SF6 gas management plan. The com- of the highest in the world. Siemens in this solution, has a bay width of pact Siemens GIS and transformers installed a 420-kV GIS type 8DQ1 with only 1,500 millimeters. The substation were crucial components to meeting seven bays. The compact and light- also includes six Siemens 200-MVA the space constraints, as was the weight GIS substantially eased the cost transformers, an 11-kV GIS with Siemens building management sys- of transportation to and installation 87 panels and two 60-MVAr, 220-kV tem, which monitors key interior at the underground cavern location. shunt reactors. environmental elements such as ven- Given that the entire cavern had to be As the project’s turnkey contractor, tilation, air-conditioning, lighting carved out, the narrow bay width of Siemens finished the building with and power supply. the GIS provided an additional benefit.1 design embellishments that reflect the The substation is integrated into a Siemens also installed three 420-kVIn order to quench the thirst for energy of megacities such as Shanghai, high-voltage substations are erected in densely contemporary feel of the surrounding shopping complex and includes three 1-phase gas-insulated high-voltagebuilt-up and busy city centers with increased regularity. district and make a striking architec- 400-MVA transformers with a mesh lines (GIL), with a total length of tural statement. 330-kV bus of four GIS bays, a 132-kV 2,400 meters, the longest gas-insulat- Zizhong substation, most of which ed tubular lines that Siemens has is located underground. installed to date. Running through The one floor of the substation above a 700-meter tunnel, the gas-insulated ■ Ventilation systems for transformer cooling ground is finished using a stone simi- (radiators) and building air-condition chillers lines link to transmission lines out- lar to that of the traditional buildings ■ Stores/offices, entrance from public side. The extremely reliable GIL has pedestrian area in the district, while most of the ■ Central control room (protection and SCADA lower transmission losses than cables facility is below ground, including the system panels, telecom equipment) or overhead lines and is well suited ■ Building services (e.g. air-conditioning, Siemens 110-kV GIS type 8DN8 with fire protection panel) for laying in tunnels. six bays. The switchgear’s space-saving ■ Car park ■ Primary equipment floor (330/132-kV GIS, 5 Multistory Substation design and low weight made it ideal for the small footprint required of gas-insulated transformers and reactor) on Small Plot in Mecca, ■ Cables and auxiliary supplies this substation. Its high reliability Saudi Arabia and extremely low levels of noise and Land comes at a premium in the field emission (EMC) made it the ideal densely built-up neighborhood of Photos: Siemens, Graphic: Rainer Schubert choice for this mixed-use urban Harat Al Bab, adjacent to the Grand neighborhood. Mosque in the Holy City of Mecca. Meanwhile, electricity demand in 2 Design Integration the area is rising quickly as a number of Massive Substation of plots are being developed and in Doha, Qatar redeveloped with taller, higher-end Doha, the capital of Qatar, is experi- structures than in the past. The cast1 encing a construction boom that is aluminum casing of the SiemensMost of Shanghai’s 100-kV Zizhong substation is located underground. The part necessitating a corresponding invest- 3 110-kV type 8DN8 GIS makes its eightthat shows above ground is well integrated in a public park in the Xintiandi area. ment in its power infrastructure. The A cross section of the Haymarket multistory substation in Sydney, Australia. bays in the Harat Al Bab substation54 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 55
  • 29. Urban Integration Some design and engineering compact and lightweight enough to is so integrated into the sur- facilitate the engineering of a safe rounding environment that it and cost-effective multistory solution. is hardly noticeable. Beneath The special significance of the district this inviting park in Anaheim, California (top) is a Siemens means that the high-quality engineer- GIS substation. Even its emer- ing and manufacture of the GIS, its gency exit (bottom) has been extreme reliability, and Siemens’ con- turned into an attractive trol, protection and reporting equip-6 feature. ment are particularly crucial compo- nents of this turnkey solution. The substation is one of several Siemens has built for the Saudi Electricity Com- pany in the highly significant district surrounding the Grand Mosque. 6 Substation underneath Neighborhood Park in Anaheim, California The increasing load demand, both current and future, in this high-in- come residential neighborhood in Anaheim, California, and the require- ment that it be both reliable and eco- nomical, meant the Anaheim Public Utility needed to put a substation in the area. However, it didn’t want to6 compromise the look of the bucolic 8 neighborhood, so it mandated the sub- The traditional structure housing a substation in the Old Town area of Dubai, UAE. Siemens technology, turnkey design, station be situated below ground, procurement, secondary engineering, installation and commissioning ensure that its substations are reliable and have the thereby making it virtually invisible smallest possible impact on the surrounding urban landscape and the people living and working nearby. and quiet. It also was critical that the equipment be able to withstand seismic events, given the location in they also generally have little spare medium-voltage gas-insulated NX which would run the facility. earthquake-prone Southern Califor- land for facilities such as substations. PLUS with 24 panels and two 25-MVA Siemens handled the entire process, nia. As the turnkey provider, Siemens In this case, the Municipality of transformers. including design, engineering, pro- not only constructed the substation St. Gallen also wanted a solution that curement, site management, con- but also laid soil and landscaped it would not detract from the design 8 Architectural Integration in struction, installation and commis- with terracing, grass and foliage to of the Breitfeld Stadium. Siemens Dubai, United Arab Emirates sioning. Siemens equipment included create a new park for the community. engineered a safe, virtually invisible The top priority for the real estate a 132-kV GIS type 8DN8 with eight The compact and reliable Siemens and cost-effective solution that developer of the Old Town neighbor- bays and an 11-kV vacuum circuit switchgear was a key component of placed the two-level substation below hood in Dubai was to ensure that the breaker switchgear type 8BK20 with this space-constrained solution that ground. The lightweight and compact 132/11-kV substation would blend 59 panels. included a Siemens 69-kV GIS with Siemens GIS facilitated the civil engi- into the distinctive architecture of the eight bays, two 56-MVA transformers neering and installation of the solu- surrounding area, which was built to Ward Pincus, a freelance writer based in Dubai, and a 12-kV medium voltage system tion. Prefabricated concrete slabs that evoke Dubai’s traditional wind tower United Arab Emirates, has written on health, science and technology issues for publications Photos: Charles Crowell/Aurora, Siemens with 20 panels. Only a single, partially can be removed with relative ease buildings. With the full design/build in North America, Europe and the Middle East. exposed section of wall at one side were used to cover the transformer turnkey for the project, Siemens He is a former correspondent for The Associated of the park terracing provides access opening. hired a specialty contractor to give Press in Dubai. to the substation. As well, Siemens’ project manage- the building’s façade the right finish, ment expertise enabled the smooth down to the shade of exterior paint. 7 Underground Substation integration of the substation con- At the same time, Siemens had to Integrated into Stadium Further Information struction, installation and commis- provide the full switchgear, transform-7 in St. Gallen, Switzerland sioning within the larger stadium er, protection, monitoring and con- the Breitfeld soccer stadium in St. Gallen, Switzerland, Siemens engineered Not only are major sports venues worksite. Siemens provided a GIS nectivity solution specified by the safe and virtually invisible two-level substation placed below ground. large consumers of electricity, but type 8DN9 with four bays, a 10-kV Dubai Electricity and Water Authority,56 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 57
  • 30. EssayJØRGEN KJEMS, PhD, is an independent R&D consultant for the Technical University of Denmark, the DanishMinistry of Science and Innovation, the Danish Ministry of Climate and Energy, and the European Commission inthe area of materials research, research infrastructure, energy and international cooperation.He received his PhD in solid state physics from the Technical University, Lyngby, and Risø National Laboratory, andwas managing director of the Risø National Laboratory for ten years, followed by two years as the director ofthe Technical University of Denmark. Dr. Kjems is the author and coauthor of about 150 scientific papers publishedin national as well as international scientific periodicals. He is a member of the Danish Union of Engineers,the Danish Physical Society, and the European Physical Society.Illustration by BURKHARD NEIEClean Energy – Danish StyleDenmark has been a leader in alternative energy since as far back as the1950s, tapping wind power and other renewable sources in its vision fora completely fossil-free energy system. In the following essay, Danish energyexpert Jørgen Kjems provides an update on the latest developments.By Jørgen Kjems, Senior R&D Consultant, Former Director of Risø National Laboratory, DenmarkDanish society is poised to make only beneficial for the environment, structure and operations, spearheadedclean energy a way of life and a way but is also feasible and holds potential now by six proclaimed energy citiesof living. Hosting the COP15 event for sustainable economic growth. in Denmark that are working hard toin December 2009 has triggered an Rural communities like the island of become climate neutral. This has en-avalanche of activities by government, Lolland have seen a dwindling ship- couraged the government to set a long-local administrations, business and yard industry replaced by a booming term vision for a completely fossil-nongovernmental as well as indus- supply industry for wind turbines over free energy system for Denmark, andtrial organizations. COP15 is seen as the past decades. This has strength- to commission a panel to show howa golden opportunity to gain more visi- ened entrepreneurial courage, and the it can be done.bility in global audiences and markets. island is now testing ground for aMany of the projects now in the works domestic hydrogen energy society as A Long Tradition of Energyare part of concerted efforts directly well as maritime algae-based biomass Awarenessaimed at the COP15 gatherings in production. The renowned Roskilde Denmark has a history of quite radicalCopenhagen. They ride on a wave of Rock Festival has become a meeting developments and transitions in themore spontaneous initiatives by citizen place where scientists from the nearby energy system in response to emerginggroups, municipalities, universities Risø Laboratory debate climate issues energy challenges and changing in-and research institutions, individual and demonstrate polymer-based solar ternational circumstances. A nationalcompanies and trade organizations. cells embedded in clothing. Town- electric power grid was establishedAll of this reflects a consensus opinion ships have set ambitious goals for cli- in the 1950s based on centralized pow-that a low-carbon economy is not mate-proof developments of infra- er stations that were mainly fueled by Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 59
  • 31. Essay Essay oil. At the same time, district heating renewable energy sources (2008). technologies. It could have been a systems were established in many As a result Denmark has in fact become fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. “A low-carbon economy is towns – using excess heat from power more than energy self-sufficient – However, it is no coincidence that stations where feasible. The oil crisis mainly due to the North Sea energy modern wind power development took not only beneficial for the“It is no in the 1970s induced a rapid shift to coal at power plants and larger dis- resources. Economists still argue whether all place in Denmark. Wind climate conditions in Denmark environment, but is also coincidence trict heating plants. It also triggered a decision to build a natural gas grid these investments have been prudent from an overall economic perspective. are good, and wind power has for centuries been exploited. In the 19th feasible and holds potential that modern that could tap the recently discovered energy resources in the North Sea. The buildup of wind power and the maturing of the technology behind it century, there were more than 2,000 wind grain mills in Denmark. In the for sustainable economic wind power In the 1990s, government regulation introduced an increasing amount of have required substantial subsidies from government and customers. On early 20th century, these were replaced by other power sources, but wind growth.” development biomass (mainly straw) substituting for coal at power plants. Many district the other hand, this has led to a rapid growth of a successful energy indus- power development was never com- pletely abandoned. Engineer Johannes heating plants switched to natural try, with exports growing twice as fast Juul designed and built the so-called took place gas and combined power and heat pro- as the Danish industrial average. Gedser Turbine in 1957 with a capacity duction. That same period saw the of 200 kW. The novel three-blade in Denmark.” rapid growth of wind power in Den- Lessons for Other Emerging Technologies concept became the model for Danish Another important lesson learned timal economic and societal use of mark. In the beginning, the expansion wind turbine industry and is now a concerns the interaction modes be- wind resources. More end-use flexi- was land based, but it has taken place The development of the Danish wind global industry standard. tween industry and science. Mutual bility and means for shifting of loads almost exclusively offshore in the last turbine industry is an interesting story The energy debate in the 1970s in trust and respect turned out to be would be beneficial. This has trig- decade. About 20 percent of the total – one that contains lessons to be Denmark was spurred by the oil crisis a prerequisite for a constructive dia- gered an ambitious plan to introduce final energy consumption is based on learned for other emerging energy and by nuclear power issues. Renew- logue and the efficient flow of knowl- electric vehicles on a large scale in ables gained both public and political edge. The scientists gained credibility Denmark, with the first tests already support, while the established energy and acceptance by agreeing to work in 2009 and a large-scale commercial utilities and the industry remained on short-term problems facing the launch planned for 2011. The idea skeptical. It was realized early on, how- developers. In turn, the industry part- is to build a system where car batter- ever, that a concerted effort on tech- ners supported grant applications to ies are charged when the wind isFacts and Figures* nology and quality learning curves was tackle longer-term issues connected blowing and used as backup power needed. This led in 1980 to the cre- to wind resource modeling, the aero- in shortage periods. “Currently, America produces less than efficiencies, but the Danish increase is companies and employs 32,000 people. ation of a Danish test station for wind elasticity theory, and numerical mod- As a first step, a project named EDISON3 percent of its electricity from renewable among the greatest in the OECD area. In 2008, the Danish wind energy indus- turbines at Risø, whose certificates els of turbulent flow – the results was launched in September 2008 tosources, like wind and solar. Denmark 19 percent of total energy consumption try exported wind technology to a value were required to obtain government of which have become essential ele- develop the technical solutions andgets almost 20 percent of its electricity comes from renewable resources (bio- of 5.7 billion euro, up 20 percent from subsidies and whose databases with ments of the modern design and deci- supporting infrastructure and to carryfrom wind power,” said US president gas 3 percent, heat pumps 8 percent, 2007. “Tackling climate change is a operational data and faults reports sion-making toolbox for both manu- out tests in real-life conditions onBarack Obama, visiting a wind power straw 14 percent, wind 20 percent, waste pro-growth strategy,” says Jørgen Mads quickly became a valuable asset for facturers and developers of wind the island of Bornholm. The tests areplant in Iowa on Earth Day 2009. biodegradable 23 percent and wood Clausen, Chairman of Danfoss, one of the whole industry. farms. As a result, 20 percent of the part of building a national facilityDenmark is a small north European coun- 32 percent). Wind power accounts for Denmark’s largest industrial companies electricity supply in Denmark is now that offers a full-scale demonstrationtry with 5.5 million inhabitants and about 20 percent of the electricity and a leader in development and pro- Learning from Denmark’s generated by wind, and two of the of the power system at Bornholm. Ita labor force of 2.8 million (agriculture production with 3,200 MW of installed duction of mechanical and electronic Example largest wind turbine manufacturers, will be Europe’s most powerful real-3 percent, industry 21 percent, and capacity. More than 1,500 MW new products and controls. A synergetic loop of interactions in VESTAS and Siemens Wind Power, time power system simulator, capableservices 76 percent). GDP per capita is offshore wind farms are planned for the Denmark has an ambitious Kyoto target the wind energy community started have their base here. of simulating larger complex electric-31,120 euro (2008 est.). next five years by DONG Energy alone. to reduce emissions of greenhouse gasses early on. It involved manufacturers, ity grids than any other EuropeanSince 1980, the Danish economy has DONG is one of Northern Europe’s lead- by 21 percent in the period 2008–2012, customers, scientists and regulators. Small Country, Big Energy facility. Wind power penetration willgrown by 78 percent, while energy con- ing energy groups. “We’ve obtained a relative to 1990. So far, the emissions It was not without conflicts, but in Gains reach 30 percent of the electricitysumption has remained more or less lot of experience in this field and commit- of greenhouse gasses have been re- hindsight it is easy to see that it was Accommodating 20 percent of wind supply when more large-scale offshoreconstant, and CO2 emissions have been ted to using our specialized knowledge,” duced from 79 million tons CO2 equiva- this special Danish dialogue, combined power in the Danish electricity system wind farms come online in the com-reduced. This development reflects an says Anders Eldrup, CEO of DONG Energy. lent in 1990 to 66 million tons CO2 with fierce competition between the is possible because Denmark is part ing years. Danish companies intend toincrease in energy and CO2 efficiency. 10 percent of the total Danish exports, equivalent in 2006. different manufacturers, that gave the of the Nord Pool power exchange mar- continue their growth in world mar-A majority of countries have seen under- or 7.7 billion euro, was cleantech in industry a leading edge. It enabled ket and has good interconnections kets once the economic climate im-lying increases in their energy and CO2 2007. The sector comprises nearly 500 *Source: Danish Energy Agency the very rapid upscaling to megawatt to Germany. Nevertheless, fluctuating proves. units, and it led eventually to a domi- wind conditions and power consump- nant role for Danish manufacturers tion patterns, combined with inade- in the global markets. quate regulation, leads to less than op-60 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 61
  • 32. In Short In Short In Short Wind Turbines for China Siemens is expanding its global man- of our manufacturing network for The world of energy is alive and pulsing. From school projects ufacturing network for wind turbines wind turbines to optimally meet the to continental power schemes, here is an overview. and is building a new production fa- needs of our customers in Asia, Europe cility in Lingang New City in Shanghai. and America.” The new production By establishing this new rotor blade site will have a total space of 180,000 and nacelle plant, the company is fur- square meters and be situated at an ther strengthening its environmental excellent location with regard to ship-“Green” Production Plant in Berlin for portfolio. This new facility is sched- ping and traffic facilities, being in the uled to take up operation in the second direct vicinity of the Yang Shan deep- Gas Turbine Components half of 2010, initially with 400 employ- sea harbor. Siemens will initially pro- ees. The wind turbines produced in duce blades for 2.3- and 3.6-MW wind On May 28, Siemens opened a new gas turbine operations in Berlin, will Shanghai will be for the Chinese mar- turbine plants. These blades will be 3000-square-meter facility in Berlin to produce approximately 14,000 vanes ket and for export. Siemens is invest- produced using the IntegralBlade pro- manufacture blades and vanes for the and blades annually. Its energy-saving ing more than 60 million euro in cess patented by Siemens, without eco-friendly gas turbines the compa- design has earned the EU’s “Green setting up this new location. any glued joints that are susceptible ny already produces in its existing Building” label. The Berlin plants com- “Siemens is expanding its commit- to damage. Wind turbine plant nacelles The future is bright for wind power plant in that city. On hand to help cel- prise Siemens Energy’s Competence ment to environmentally friendly will also be produced at this new plant. technology in China. ebrate this expansion were Siemens Center for the production of high-effi- energy technology in China with this A nacelle is mounted on the top of the CEO Peter Loescher and Germany’s ciency gas turbines with ratings up new wind turbine production facility tower and supports the rotor as well Minister for Economics and Technology, to 375 MW. Gas turbines contribute in Shanghai,” declares Wolfgang as encloses a wind turbine plant’s however. Since Siemens entered the Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. The new nearly a quarter of Siemens’ total rev- Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg (left) Dehen, CEO of the Siemens Energy major components for electric power market for wind turbines through the facility, which adds 200 jobs to the enue, making Siemens the world’s and Peter Loescher (center) at the start Sector and member of the managing generation; these include the gearbox, acquisition of the Danish company 2,800 Siemens already supports in its leading green infrastructure provider. of the new Berlin production facility. board of Siemens AG on the occasion the drive train, and the control elec- Bonus Energy in 2004, it has substan- of the laying of the cornerstone in tronics. tially expanded its worldwide fabrica- Shanghai on May 22, 2009. “China The production capacity for the new tion capacities. Plans for building of could soon become the largest wind facility is initially planned at 500 MW a new facility for wind turbine plants energy market in the world, and with annually. The first wind turbine blades in Hutchinson, Kansas (USA), were A Safer Energy Workplace our new production facility in Shanghai and nacelles are scheduled to leave just recently announced by Siemens. we are establishing an excellent start- the plant in time for the Expo 2010 Siemens also recently established Photos: Siemens More secure, more sustainable, and as active support by employees and ing position for meeting the growing international exhibition in Shanghai. rotor blade fabrication facilities in Fort safer – expectations for the energy management alike. demand of this exciting market. Siemens has already reserved addi- Madison, Iowa (USA), and in Engesvang, workplace at construction sites are Siemens Energy has been very dili- In addition, we are also rigorously tional space in Lingang for potential Denmark. The Danish locations Brande higher than ever today, reflecting gent with EHS issues, with many work advancing the internationalization expansion of this production facility, and Aalborg have additionally been changing attitudes around the world safety matters having already been expanded, and new research and de- on how business in general is to be addressed and implemented in the Wolfgang Dehen, velopment centers have also been set done. Environmental, health and safety organization and additional measures CEO Energy Sector up in Germany, Holland, the UK, the and Member of (EHS) issues concretely reflect one currently in progress. EHS statistics USA and Denmark. The number of the Managing aspect of this change. Customer EHS are continuously compiled for all of Board, Siemens AG Siemens employees involved in the awareness is continually on the in- Siemens’ new-build power plant sites, (center), and wind energy business has grown from crease, while at the same time a trans- and the resulting summary is made Richard Hausmann, 800 in 2004 to currently over 5,500. formation in business cultures is available for specific regions and areas CEO of Siemens This corresponds to an increase of Photos: Martin Mustermann under way. of activity. For example, the Lost Time North East Asia over 680 percent. Work safety requires conscientious Accident Frequency Rate (number and Siemens Ltd. Wind turbine plants are an important China (at far left), implementation of EHS issues, of injuries resulting in at least one component of the Siemens environ- with customers at processes and regulations, as well day of lost time × 100,000 : number of the opening cere- mental portfolio, which earned the hours worked) for Siemens Energy’s monies of the new company revenues of nearly 19 billion Work safety is also an issue new-build power plants worldwide was wind turbine pro- euro in fiscal 2008, roughly a quarter in the energy workplace. 0.19 in 2008. duction facility in of Siemens’ total revenues. Shanghai. 62 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 63
  • 33. In Short In Short New Wind E-Mobility Roadshow Kickoff in Berlin Turbine At a kickoff event on July 15 in Berlin, Siemens Energy and RWE announced electric cars can be both charged as well as discharged. It can thus serve charging spots for electric vehicles at various locations in Germany. The Production their cooperation in electric vehicle technology. Siemens is not only par- as an intermediate storage device for electric power from fluctuating focus will be on Berlin with 20 charg- ing spots. The experience obtained Facility for ticipating in the E-Mobility Roadshow but is also a partner in implementing generation sources like wind and solar. Equipped with modern control sys- here will be integrated in the imple- mentation of a larger infrastructure the infrastructure for electric cars. tems, electric cars become an integral for charging spots. Kansas As a mobile electric storage system, mobile component of a stable power Siemens is already active in e-mobility grid and sustainable power supply. with its Corporate Technology depart- “Filling up” an electric car. Since the batteries in electric cars can ment as well as in the Energy and Siemens will be building a new pro- be charged at varying times, renew- Industry sectors. E-mobility presents duction facility for wind turbines in able energy subject to daily and sea- special requirements for the electric Hutchinson, Kansas. When the plant sonal fluctuation can be better ex- vehicles as well as the design of the goes into operation, the strong and ploited. This results in a more flexible power grid infrastructure. Areas of increasing demand for wind turbine and environmentally compatible research include electric power gener- equipment in North and South Ameri- entire energy system. In addition, elec- ation and distribution, traffic and ca will be more effectively met. tric cars use energy resources much energy management, intelligent elec- The 300,000-square-foot Hutchinson more efficiently than combustion tric meters, power electronics, soft-Hywind: offshore wind power production. facility will produce nacelles, to be engines ware and sensors as well as the electric used in the company’s reliable 2.3-MW Over the course of the cooperation motors and recovery and storage ofHywind: Installation of First wind turbine product family. Initially, the factory’s planned annual output with RWE, Siemens will install 40 energy. will be approximately 650 nacelles –Floating Wind Turbine or 1,500 MW. The USA have been identified as oneSiemens and StatoilHydro haveinstalled the world’s first floating This can limit the large-scale ex- ploitation of offshore wind power of the world’s fastest-growing wind energy markets. Combined with the The Most Influential Woman in Powerwind turbine. The turbine is locat- particularly in countries with little recently opened rotor blade manufac-ed approximately 12 kilometers or now shallow water areas near turing facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, At this year’s 2nd annual Africa Energy the mentorship and on-the-job train- I want to be an inspiration to allsoutheast of Karmøy in Norway at the coastline. Siemens is significantly strengthening Awards, held in Johannesburg, South ing of many local citizens. “We did women to show what can be achieveda water depth of about 220 meters. The wind turbine supplied by its US presence and increasing prox- Africa, earlier this year, Siemens’ Ute this not only to promote a healthy fu- through creativity and hard work.”The Hywind project was devel- Siemens is a SWT-2.3-82 with a imity to its customers there. These Menikheim was recognized with the ture for the energy industry in Africa,oped by StatoilHydro, and Siemens 65-meter hub height. StatoilHydro expansions fit very well with political “Most Influential Woman in Power” but also to make a difference in thesupplied the SWT-2.3-MW wind is responsible for the floating struc- developments under the Obama ad- award. The award was created to hon- lives of the people there,” says Me-turbine with a rotor diameter of ture, which consists of a steel float- ministration. or a woman who is an acknowledged nikheim. “I had a brilliant team in82 meters. Over the next two years er filled with ballast. This floating In addition to long-term plans for leader in the industry, who has a vision South Africa, and this award belongsthe floating wind turbine will be element extends 100 meters be- clean energy production, there are for the power industry and is striving to them, too. Step by step, we madetested to provide a thorough anal- neath the surface and is fastened immediate steps for the introduction to attain that goal, who faces the chal- an impact on that country.”ysis of this innovative concept. to the seabed by three anchor of environmentally friendly technolo- lenges of the energy head on, and Menikheim believes that the powerHywind is designed to be suitable wires. StatoilHydro and Siemens gies, the expansion of the power who believes in the empowerment of industry is “the most invigoratingfor installation in water depths be- have jointly developed a special grid, multiyear production tax credits, women in the Africa power sector. Ute sector – it plays a vital role in stimu-tween 120 and 700 meters, which control system for the Hywind tur- and regulations to reduce CO2 emis- Menikheim is truly the embodiment lating the economy and contributingcould open up many new possibili- bine to address the special operat- sions. With President Obama’s cam- of these characteristics. During her to an improved quality of life.” Theties for offshore wind turbine ing conditions of a floating struc- paign promises of investing 150 billion four-year assignment as Divisional empowerment of women – providingtechnology. Existing offshore tur- ture. In particular, the advanced dollars over the next ten years in the Director of Instrumentation and Con- employment opportunities for them Photos: Siemensbines are mounted firmly on the control system takes advantage development of clean energy sources, trol for Siemens in South Africa, she beyond traditional menial work –seabed. However, foundations of the turbine’s ability to dampen the prospects for success for the and her team not only emphasized was, and still is, especially close tobecome very expensive at water out part of the wave-induced mo- new wind turbine facilities are very uncompromising quality and value for Menikheim’s heart. “Women have the Ute Menikheim with her award.depths of more than 30–50 meters. tions of the floating system. promising indeed. their customers, but also advocated ability to make a difference, and64 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 65
  • 34. In Short In Short Wind Power Facility Best in Test Buildings Opened In April 2008, Siemens Energy opened one of the world’s biggest test centers for large compressor by Danish Prince Consort trains for use in the oil and gas industry. At a cost of around 100 million euro, the Mega Test Center With all of the pomp and splendor of a royal visit, the in Duisburg, Germany (see photo, left) is currently new buildings at the Siemens wind power plant facility Siemens’ largest single investment in Europe. in Brande, Denmark, were opened on June 4 by his Royal “The test center strengthens Siemens’ position as Highness Prince Henrik, the Prince Consort. Amid fes- one of the leading suppliers on the growing oil and tivities marked by flags and high spirits, the distin- gas market,” says Tom Blades, CEO of the Siemens guished visitor was present to inaugurate the new office Oil & Gas Division. The first year of operation saw and canteen buildings. comprehensive testing successfully completed on no Prince Henrik was welcomed by Andreas Nauen, CEO fewer than 25 compressor trains. These trains, com- of Siemens Wind Power, Kai-Eberhard Lueg, CFO of prising the complete steam and electric drive sys- Siemens Wind Power, and employees of the Brande facility. tems, massive multistage compressors and all The visit represented extensive preparations on the part ancillaries can be as large as a good-sized house, of many Siemens employees, with nothing left to chance. weigh in at many hundreds of tons and consume During a brief tour of the production facility, the emi- enough energy to power a small town. nent guest was shown the inside of a wind turbine nacelle. Desertec: an ambitious While touring the new canteen, Prince Henrik was clear- plan for clean power on a continental scale. ly moved to see more than 500 employees waving flags and giving him a standing ovation. The flags of many of Advanced High-Voltage Study Project Winners from the 53 nations represented by the workforce at the head- Power Line at Frankfurt Airport Singapore Visit Germany quarters in Brande were flown during the festivities,Clean Power demonstrating the tremendous cultural diversity within Siemens Wind Power. When the red ribbon was cut to On June 15, RWE Transportnetz Strom GmbH, based in Dortmund, Germany, gave the go-ahead for the installation of a gas-insulat- Winners of the 2009 National Weather Study Project (NWSP) in Singapore earned a tripfrom Africa mark the opening there was a drum solo and a cheer from the employees. ed, extra-high-voltage transmission line (GIL) at Frankfurt Airport. Siemens Energy is replacing a 1-kilometer-long high-voltage to Germany in July. NWSP was founded by Senoko Power, a leading Siemens customer in overhead line with a buried, gas-insulated extra-high-voltage trans- Singapore. Siemens Energy Sector SingaporeTogether with other industry leaders, Siemens Energy mission line. Two GIL systems, with a transmission capacity of cosponsors the annual competition, which At front from left: CFO of Siemens Wind Poweris participating in the Desertec initiative to provide about 1,800 MVA each, will connect a 380-kV transformer substa- aims to increase awareness among students Kai-Eberhard Lueg, His Royal Highness Prince Henrik,sustainable power based on renewables to Europe, the the Prince Consort, and CEO of Siemens Wind Power tion in the northwest of the airport that has already been con- about the impact of climate change on theMiddle East and North Africa. A corresponding mem- Andreas Nauen at the opening of the new wind power structed using Siemens’ compact gas-insulated switchgear. environment. Participants prepare projectsorandum of understanding was signed for environ- plant buildings in Brande, Denmark. that demonstrate how this problem couldmentally friendly power generation using solar ther- be dealt with now and in the future. This year,mal power plants in the Sahara and wind farms in the popular event attracted 235 teams fromNorth Africa. The power generated is to be transport- 152 schools in Singapore. Winning projectsed to the load centers where it is needed. A technical Siemens Broadens were chosen in primary school, high schooland financial concept is being developed. and college level categories.The potential is enormous. The earth’s desert regions Environmental Portfolioreceive more energy in a mere six hours than the total Singapore students touring consumption in an entire year. In the Sahara, Siemens Energy has acquired the majority of Steinmüller Engi-the sun shines 4,800 hours per year (roughly three neering GmbH (Gummersbach, Germany), a provider of engi-times more than in Germany) and provides the poten- neering for innovative CO2- and NOx-reducing combustion tech- Martin Mustermanntial for clean solar power. Solar thermal power plants nologies and exhaust-gas cleaning systems for fossil fuel powercovering an area of 300 by 300 kilometers could meet plants. Steinmüller has a workforce of more than 60. Alreadyworldwide energy needs. Countries such as Morocco well established in the US marketplace with its Environmental Photos: Siemensor Egypt also offer excellent potential for developing Systems and Service business, Siemens Energy is now expandingwind power. The Desertec initiative aims to meet 15 to its environmental presence to Europe. The company will retain20 percent of the European power demand using the name Steinmüller Engineering GmbH and continue to oper-solar- and wind-based electricity by 2050. ate from its Gummersbach location.66 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 67
  • 35. In Short In Short Most Flexible andTransformer with Biopetroleum Environmentally FriendlyUsually, when we think of rapeseed insulation fluid based on rapeseed oil. ployed by Siemens, the insulator fluid Combined-Cycle Poweroil, it is in the context of salad dressing This innovative development is espe- provides combustion resistance supe- Plant for Rotterdamor low-cholesterol cooking. Siemens, cially interesting for customers who rior to the mineral oils used in con-however, has developed a hermetically not only place a value on the environ- ventional devices. In addition, the flu-sealed power transformer with the mentally friendly production of power, id is completely biodegradable, with Siemens Energy is currently con- but on its transmission as well. no danger of water contamination. structing one of Europe’s most envi- Modern power transformers are in- The fluid demonstrates slower cellu- ronmentally friendly fossil-fired pow- creasingly confronted by two chal- lose aging in comparison to mineral er plants in the Netherlands. The lenges. First, they are designed to re- oil. Which means longer lifetime for state-of-the-art combined-cycle gas quire low maintenance, and second, the transformer. The device can also turbine (CCGT) power plant, which they need to be environmentally be used in areas where fire protection will be located in the Europoort area friendly. These two qualities have is technically difficult and can be of Rotterdam Harbor, was ordered by been combined in a new power trans- operated in areas with strict environ- Enecogen, a partnership of the Dutch former produced by the Siemens mental controls. In addition to the Eneco and Danish DONG Energy utili- transformer factory in Dresden, Ger- many. The new device is filled with advantages of the rapeseed oil insula- tor, the hermetic encapsulation pro- Siemens Awarded the ties. The 700-million-euro project, which includes a long-term service a rapeseed oil-based ester fluid as its vides additional performance, security Steel Innovation Prize contract, is scheduled to go on line in insulator and is hermetically sealed. and construction advantages. late 2011 with an output of about Biodegradable materials are becom- Currently, the new transformer is for New Turbine 870 MW. ingly increasingly important for ener- in operation in Teinach in the Black Thanks to their modular design, plants gy providers. However, this must Forrest. The goal is to optimize the For its innovative gas turbine type of this type offer more adaptability not come at the cost of performance, transformer on the basis of the knowl- SGT5-8000H, Siemens Energy was to specific customer and site require-Not just a pretty face. Rapeseed resilience or durability. In the case edge gained here, especially with a awarded the special “Climate Protec- ments. With NOx emissions of less Siemens Energy wasoil is now being used in advanced of the rapeseed oil-based ester em- view toward broader commercial use. tion with Steel” category of the Steel than 10 ppm and a plant efficiency of recently awardedelectric transformers. Innovation Prize. The award-winning more than 59 percent, the Enecogen the Steel Innovation turbine has a total weight of 440 Prize for its power- project will be one of Europe’s most ef- tons and consists of about 95 per- ful, yet efficient and ficient fossil fuel power plants in its cent steel. Despite its imposing size environmentally class. Due to the very competitive andInnovator Coauthors Definitive Book and strength, the machine is not just brute heavy metal, but a remark- friendly SGT5-8000H gas turbine (shown flexible project offering, Siemens Energy Solutions had been chosen as above).for Combined-Cycle Power Plants able example of high technology that brings an important contribu- methods with ultramodern manufac- turnkey supplier. In addition to the main components – gas turbine, steam tion to global climate protection. turing technology. The turbine con- turbine and generator – Siemens willWithin the complex field of com- rating on most of the others. reference guide. When combined with a steam tur- sists of more than 7,000 individual also supply the entire electrical andbined-cycle steam and turbine power Rukes, whose distinguished career Combined-Cycle bine, the new gas turbine will set parts ranging in size from minute I&C systems and handle long-termgeneration technology, one book has has seen him being recognized with Gas & Steam Tur- a new world record for efficiency for to mammoth. On its own, the SGT5- plant maintenance. The Enecogen part-stood apart as the standard reference: the prestigious Siemens Top Innova- bine Power Plants combined-cycle power plants. The 8000H can generate 375 MW of elec- ners see the use of high-efficient andCombined-Cycle Gas & Steam Turbine tor Prize for outstanding innovations is unique in that it increased efficiency saves fuel, pro- trical power. When combined with flexible gas-fired power plants and gas Photos: M. Ruckszio/Naturbildportal, SiemensPower Plants, edited by Rolf Kehlhofer in fossil fuel power plant solutions, doesn’t just pro- tects resources, and reduces CO2 a steam turbine, this is increased to storage as a means to balance theet al., has played a defining role and is proud to have been a part of the vide a description emissions. The reduction in CO2 over 570 MW, enough to power a city more volatile wind power production.influenced a generation of students, project. He is especially satisfied that of a specific power emissions is the equivalent of 10,000 of 3 million people, such as Berlin.engineers and developers. Siemens technology is now being fea- plant, but exam- mid-sized cars driving 20,000 kilo- In addition to the Steel InnovationFor the third edition of this milestone tured in this reference that will have ines the underly- meters per year. Prize, Siemens’ operational SGT5-work, renowned Siemens innovator an important influence on the next ing physical principles as well. This The Steel Innovation Prize is award- 8000H power plant Irsching 4 near Photos: Martin MustermannDr. Bert Rukes and his team have add- generation of students and engineers. equips the reader with the tools to ed every three years by the Steel Ingolstadt has been recognized ased their expertise in expanding and Rukes notes that during his many design a power plant. The book tar- Information Center of the German a specially designated area by therevising the book. Their contribution years in the industry, this was the only gets a global audience, and its intend- steel industry. The new Siemens tur- “Germany, Land of Ideas” initiativewas to provide all of the content for a book that continually found itself in ed readership consists of both stu- bine uniquely combines convention- under the auspices of German presi-number of chapters as well as collabo- his hands when he looked for a dents and engineers. al heavy-machine construction dent Horst Koehler. Signing ceremony for the new CCGT project.68 Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · Living Energy · Issue 1/ November 2009 · 69
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