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  • Itaipu Dam is Starting a Global Modernization, Replacing Obsolete Equipment by More Advanced Technologies
  • The GE Consortium Will Provide Electrical Equipment for the 24 Overhead Cranes and Gantries Needed to Lift Heavy Equipment for the Plant Revamp
  • GE’s Contribution Will Guarantee a 20-Year Extension of the Cranes’ Operating Lifetime

PARIS—14 November 2018—The GE (NYSE: GE) consortium, established by GE Power and CIE Sociedad Anonima, has been chosen by Itaipu Binacional to provide electrical equipment for the early stages of the modernization project of the Itaipu Dam.

Located at the border between Brazil and Paraguay, reaching nearly 200 meters high and 8 kilometers long, the Itaipu Dam has a total power generation capacity of 14 gigawatts, enough to meet 75 percent of total Paraguay electricity needs and about 15 percent of Brazil at the same time.

Having produced more than 2.5 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) of power since 1984, Itaipu Dam is the largest hydro plant in the world in cumulated power and the second in terms of installed power. Recently, Itaipu Binacional has announced a 10-year program to modernize the plant, replacing obsolete equipment installed 30 years ago by more advanced technologies and machinery.

The three-year contract between the GE consortium and Itaipu Binacional will focus on the electrical modernization of the 24 overhead cranes, essential to lift the heavy equipment—such as hydro turbines—for the modernization. The lifting equipment, dating from 1984, has a lifting capacity from 10 up to 1,000 tons. For this mission, GE will provide AC motors, low-voltage drives and programmable logical controllers and encoders, which will help extend the cranes’ lifetime for another 20 years. This upgrade will be the first step of the global modernization project.

“Regarded as a great source of national pride, the Itaipu hydroelectric plant has produced more electricity than any other hydro infrastructure in the world. In 2016, it also set a new world record for annual energy generation with the production of 103.1 million MWh,” said Mauro José Corbellini, executive techinical director, Itaipu Binacional. “The modernization of this monumental site will breathe new life into the decades-old infrastructure, and the partnership with GE is the first crucial step to start the journey.”

“We are excited to be part of this vast modernization project, helping Itaipu Dam to improve its supply of energy and maintain its key role in clean energy generation for both Paraguay and Brazil. Our electrical equipment will help the 24 overhead cranes and gantries to operate effectively and safely, enabling them to bring together key plant equipment with precision and efficiency,” said Gagan Sood, CEO of Industry, Power and Wind segment, GE’s Power Conversion business.

“The one decade-long modernization project will help the Itaipu hydro plant to continue to provide colossal energy output. Electrification is our strength to perpetuate our commitment to develop hydroelectric energy as an efficient, viable and sustainable power resource, either via new builds or upgrades,” said Azeez Mohammed, president and CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business.

About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) drives the world forward by tackling its biggest challenges: Energy, health, transportation—the essentials of modern life. By combining world-class engineering with software and analytics, GE helps the world work more efficiently, reliably, and safely. For more than 125 years, GE has invented the future of industry, and today it leads new paradigms in additive manufacturing, materials science, and data analytics. GE people are global, diverse and dedicated, operating with the highest integrity and passion to fulfill GE’s mission and deliver for our customers. www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter  and on LinkedIn.


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WILMINGTON, North Carolina—November 13, 2018—GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) and its PRISM technology have been selected by Battelle Energy Alliance (BEA) to support the U.S. Department of Energy’s Versatile Test Reactor (VTR) program which seeks to utilize fast neutron spectrum technology to support accelerated development of fuels and materials for U.S. advanced reactors.

The project is focused on advancing the reactor design and developing cost estimates for a new fast spectrum neutron irradiation capability. The results of the project will help inform a DOE decision about whether to construct a sodium-cooled fast test reactor that could become operational as early as 2026. GEH and Bechtel National Inc. will advance the design and cost estimates for the VTR based on GEH’s PRISM technology.   

“The VTR is a vital and strategic project for the U.S. and its promising advanced reactor industry, and we applaud the administration and Congress for making this technology a priority,” said Jay Wileman, GEH President and CEO. “Our VTR project team combines GEH’s strength as a nuclear plant vendor, service provider and nuclear fuel fabricator with Bechtel’s strength in nuclear project management, engineering, procurement and construction. The mature PRISM technology is ideally suited to meet the VTR mission needs.”

“The U.S. currently has no capability to test these fuels and materials,” said Peggy McCullough, a Bechtel senior vice president and general manager of Bechtel’s Nuclear, Security, and Operations business line. “Advanced reactors hold great promise but their components need the proper testing before they can be licensed and used in energy-producing reactors. That’s what the Versatile Test Reactor will provide. It’s extremely important for the science community, industry, regulators, and the future of nuclear energy research.”

Building on the proven principles of the EBR-II, an integral sodium-cooled fast reactor prototype that was operated successfully for more than 30 years at Idaho National Lab (INL), PRISM is the only sodium fast reactor to have successfully completed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) preapplication review process. The PRISM Probabilistic Risk Assessment, developed with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) in 2016, provided a validation of the advanced reactor’s safety.


About GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy

Based in Wilmington, N.C., GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) is a world-leading provider of advanced reactors and nuclear services. Established in 2007, GEH is a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry. The nuclear alliance executes a single, strategic vision to create a broader portfolio of solutions, expanding its capabilities for new reactor and service opportunities. The alliance offers customers around the world the technological leadership required to effectively enhance reactor performance, power output and safety. Follow GEH on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Bechtel

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that create long-term progress and economic growth.  Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.  www.Bechtel.com

Joint initiative aimed to facilitate the increasing adoption of renewable generation while maintaining focus on grid safety and reliability

San Ramon, California, November 13, 2018 – PPL Electric Utilities and GE Power Digital announced a joint initiative to develop and test software to manage and control electricity from renewable and stored energy sources.

The initiative will enable both companies to learn more about the impact of this type of power —  called Distributed Energy Resources (DER) — on grid management and accelerate the advancement of technology to support it.

DERs are local electricity generation, storage and other energy resources typically connected to the grid at the distribution level. With the growth of renewable resources, such as wind and solar, DERs play a growing role in the grid and make network operations more dynamic and complex for utilities like PPL.

Challenges exist because energy resources like wind and solar are not constantly available. At the same time, the grid must be able to assimilate the power while still providing safe and reliable service for all customers.

Planning for, monitoring and controlling DERs while maintaining reliability requires in-depth system knowledge combined with advanced technologies. GE’s DER Orchestration software uses automated and adaptive technologies to manage the impact of distributed generation. GE was recently recognized by IDC MarketScape as a leader in DER management systems.1

PPL will adopt GE’s DER Orchestration and integrate it with the utility’s Advanced Distribution Management Solutions (ADMS). This combination will enable the utility to model and improve grid operations, maintain grid reliability, enhance load forecasting and improve bi-directional communication with DERs. PPL and GE will test the software within the utility’s service territory for assistance with future product development and verification for others within the industry considering DERMs solutions.

“Matt Green, chief information officer at PPL, commented, “There will be more change in the electric utility industry over the next 10 years than we have experienced in the prior 100 years. Distributed energy will be everywhere, but we’ll still need the grid. With the proper investments to successfully orchestrate DERs, the grid will become more valuable. Utilities are best positioned to provide the platform of the future and enable emerging technologies to thrive. To accomplish this, we need long-term strategic relationships such as the one we have established with GE.”

Responding to changes in the grid while maintaining reliability is a key focus for PPL. Their investments to date include installing smart grid technology, designing data analytics models to improve equipment maintenance and replacement and installing better protection against damage from lightning strikes. PPL is ranked in the top 10 percent nationally and first in the Mid-Atlantic region in keeping the lights on for its customers, according to system average outage frequency figures from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Reliability is directly related to customer satisfaction. PPL routinely ranks among national leaders in customer satisfaction, according to a noted national study. The study measures utility customer satisfaction by examining key factors, with power quality and reliability having the highest weight.

“Distributed energy brings with it variability that places new stresses on the grid. To address this challenge, new approaches to business and operating models along with advanced software solutions are critical,” said Jeff Wright, vice president of product management for GE Power. “We’re glad to be working directly alongside a forward-thinking utility like PPL. Not only are they focused on innovating for the future, they’re focused on doing it the right way for their customers – safely and reliably.”

About PPL Electric Utilities

PPL Electric Utilities provides electric delivery service to more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in Pennsylvania and ranks among the best utility companies in the country for customer service and reliability. PPL Electric Utilities is a major employer in the communities it serves. It is a subsidiary of PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL). For more information visit www.pplelectric.com.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world's Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader providing equipment, solutions and services across the energy value chain from generation to consumption. Operating in more than 180 countries, our technology produces a third of the world’s electricity, equips 90 percent of power transmission utilities worldwide, and our software manages more than forty percent of the world’s energy. Through relentless innovation and continuous partnership with our customers, we are developing the energy technologies of the future and improving the power networks we depend on today. For more information please visit www.ge.com/power, and follow GE Power on Twitter and on LinkedIn

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WILMINGTON, North Carolina—November 12, 2018—Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) and Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) today announced that GNF ENUSA Nuclear Fuel S.A. (GENUSA), a joint venture between ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas S.A. (ENUSA) and GNF, has been selected to provide fuel reloads for the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Eurajoki, Finland.  


The new fuel supply contract awarded by TVO to GENUSA following a competitive bid, runs from 2020 through 2038 and includes reloads of GNF2, a high-performance fuel assembly designed to deliver increased energy output while decreasing overall fuel cycle costs. Over the course of the contract, TVO and GENUSA expect to evaluate the suitability of future fuel designs to meet TVO’s operational goals.


"TVO's experience using GENUSA's fuel has been excellent, so I am pleased to see that the fuel has fulfilled our strict quality requirements again and we can revitalize the cooperation," says Marjo Mustonen, Production Manager, and Senior Vice President of TVO. "Our goal is safe and undisturbed power operation of the plant, and this long-term contract helps us to achieve this important goal and also secures the fuel supply for nearly two decades."


“We fueled the Olkiluoto reactors for several years and as we continue to evolve our products to further strengthen reliability and performance, we are pleased to provide fuel to TVO for many years to come,” said Amir Vexler, CEO of GNF and president of the GENUSA Board of Directors.  


"ENUSA is very proud to once again support TVO by fabricating fuel at our Juzbado Fuel Plant for Olkiluoto NPP,” said Roberto Gonzalez Villegas, ENUSA Director for Business Development and Technology, and member of the GENUSA Board of Directors. “TVO was one of our first customers abroad and we are happy to see that we have obtained their confidence for a long collaboration.”


Fuel for Olkiluoto, utilizing GNF-supplied components, will be fabricated by ENUSA in Spain at its Juzbado Nuclear Fuel Manufacturing Plant. Since its incorporation in 1996, ENUSA has manufactured fuel sold by GENUSA to operators of boiling water reactors across Europe. TVO was the first customer of GENUSA after its inception. 


The initial assemblies, whose components are designed by GNF, will include the enhanced GNF2 spacer as well as the Defender™ PLUS debris filter that is designed to improve the chance of stopping debris before it reaches the fuel assembly.


About TVO

TVO produces at the Olkiluoto nuclear power plant about one sixth of all electricity consumed in Finland. The production of nuclear electricity is environmentally friendly – it does not generate emissions that promote climate change, and thus TVO is a significant contributor to the common fight for the climate.


About GNF

Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) is a world-leading supplier of boiling water reactor fuel and fuel-related engineering services. GNF is a GE-led joint venture with Hitachi, Ltd. and operates primarily through Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, LLC in Wilmington, N.C., and Global Nuclear Fuel-Japan Co., Ltd. in Kurihama, Japan.



GNF ENUSA Nuclear Fuel S.A. (GENUSA) is a Spanish company based in Madrid, jointly owned by GNF and ENUSA to market and sell nuclear fuel and related services to the European boiling water reactor plants.



ENUSA Industrias Avanzadas S.A. is a Spanish company supplying its customers the latest-generation of solutions in the nuclear fuel cycle including management and supply of enriched uranium, fuel manufacturing, related engineering and fuel services and irradiated fuel management.

Country’s utilities and government regulators are focused on aggressive electrification, decentralization, and digitization efforts, report finds

A second structural impediment to fully realizing DER benefits is the current grid planning approach, which biases grid design toward traditional infrastructure rather than distributed alternatives, even if distributed solutions better meet grid needs. Outdated planning approaches rely on static assumptions about DER capabilities and focus primarily on mitigating potential DER integration challenges, rather than proactively harnessing these flexible assets.

Section II demonstrated how California could realize an additional $1.4 billion per year by 2020 in net benefits from the deployment of new DERs during the 2016-2020 timeframe. This state-wide methodology was then applied to the planned distribution capacity projects for California’s most recent GRC request, showing how the deployment of DERs in lieu of planned distribution capacity expansion projects in PG&E’s next rate case could save customers over $100 million. 

Motivated by the challenge faced in designing a grid appropriate to the 21st century, this report first focuses on determining the quantifiable net economic benefits that DERs can offer to society. The approach taken builds on existing avoided cost methodologies – which have already been applied to DERs by industry leaders – while introducing updated methods to hardto-quantify DER benefit categories that are excluded from traditional analyses. While the final net benefit calculation derived in this report is specific to California, the overall methodological advancements developed here are applicable across the U.S. Moreover, the ultimate conclusion from this analysis – that DERs offer a better alternative to many traditional infrastructure solutions in advancing the 21st century grid – should also hold true across the U.S., although the exact net benefits of DERs will vary across regions.

Designing the electric grid for the 21st century is one of today’s most important and exciting societal challenges. Regulators, legislators, utilities, and private industry are evaluating ways to both modernize the aging grid and decarbonize our electricity supply, while also enabling customer choice, increasing resiliency and reliability, and improving public safety, all at an affordable cost.

The share of renewables in overall power generation is rapidly increasing, both in developed and developing countries. Furthermore, many countries have ambitious targets to transform their power sector towards renewables. To achieve these objectives, the structure and operation of existing power grid infrastructures will need to be revisited as the share of renewable power generation increases.

Renewable energy technologies can be divided into two categories: dispatchable (i.e. biomass, concentrated solar power with storage, geothermal power and hydro) and non-dispatchable, also known as Variable Renewable Energy or VRE (i.e. ocean power, solar photovoltaics and wind). VRE has four characteristics that require specific measures to integrate these technologies into current power systems: 1) variability due to the temporal availability of resources; 2) uncertainty due to unexpected changes in resource availability; 3) location-specific properties due to the geographical availability of resources; and 4) low marginal costs since the resources are freely available.

A transition towards high shares of VRE requires a re-thinking of the design, operation and planning of future power systems from a technical and economic point of view. In such a system, supply and demand will be matched in a much more concerted and flexible way. From a technical perspective, VRE generation can be ideally combined with smart grid technologies, energy storage and more flexible generation technologies. From an economic perspective, the regulatory framework will need to be adjusted to account for the cost structure of VRE integration, to allow for new services and revenue channels, and to support new business models.

There are several technological options that can help to integrate VRE into the power system grid: system-friendly VREs, flexible generation, grid extension, smart grid technologies, and storage technologies. New advances in wind and solar PV technologies allow them to be used over a wider range of conditions and provide ancillary services like frequency and voltage control. Flexible generation requires changes in the energy mix to optimise production from both dispatchable and non-dispatchable resources. Smart grid technologies can act as an enabler for VRE integration, given their ability to reduce the variability in the system by allowing the integration of renewables into diverse electricity resources, including load control (e.g. Demand Side Management (DSM), Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI), and enhancing the grid operation and therefore helping to efficiently manage the system’s variability by implementing advanced technologies (e.g. smart inverters, Phasor Measurement Unit (PMU) and Fault Ride Through (FRT) capabilities).

Energy storage technologies can alleviate short-term variability (up to 2 Renewable Energy Integration in Power Grids | Technology Brief several hours), or longer-term variability through pumped-storage hydroelectricity, thermal energy storage or the conversion of electricity into hydrogen or gas.

Two immediate applications for deploying innovative technologies and operation modes for VRE integration are mini-grids and island systems. The high costs for power generation in these markets make VREs and grid integration technologies economically attractive since they can simultaneously improve the reliability, efficiency and performance of these power systems. This is, for example, the case of the Smart Grid demonstration project in Jeju Island, South Korea.

Furthermore, the right assessment and understanding of VRE integration costs are relevant for policy making and system planning. Any economic analysis of the transition towards renewables-based power systems should, therefore, consider all different cost components for VRE grid integration, such as grid costs (e.g. expansion and upgrading), capacity costs and balancing costs. Integration costs are due not only to the specific characteristics of VRE technologies but also to the power system and its adaptability to greater variability. Therefore, these costs should be carefully interpreted and not entirely attributed to VRE, especially when the system is not flexible enough to deal with variability (i.e. in the short-term).

Moreover, RE integration delivers broader benefits beyond purely economic ones, such as social and environmental benefits. Even though not straightforward, these externalities should be considered and quantified in order to integrate them into the decision-making process and maximise socio-economic benefits.

Due to the rapid technological progress and multiple grid integration options available, policy makers should build a framework for RE grid integration based on the current characteristic of the system, developing technological opportunities and long-term impacts and targets. In particular, policy makers should adopt a long-term vision for their transition towards renewables and set regulatory frameworks and market designs to foster both RE development and management of greater system variability. Such regulatory frameworks could include new markets for ancillary services and price signals for RE power generators that incentivise the reduction of integration costs.


Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL) Wednesday said it has bagged orders worth Rs 1,322 crore in domestic and overseas markets.

The project was awarded to the company through competitive bidding prices and commissioned in December 2017.

REC has a loan book of Rs 2 lakh crore and provides loans to power generation companies, transmission companies, state electricity boards and renewable energy providers.

Sterlite group CEO Pratik Agarwal said the country will soon need to award tenders for large transmission lines, on the lines of Green energy corridors.

The company got two orders totalling Rs 644 crore for design, supply and construction of 500 kV and 230 kV transmission lines in CIS and Africa region, respectively.

The 400 kV line is the final leg of a 465-km transmission system that has been built at an investment of ?2,400 crore, the company said in a statement.

BOULDER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A new report from Navigant Research examines microgrid programs in specific US states, providing recommendations for stakeholders globally and strategies for long-term success with or without direct government support.

The US is the world’s most active market in terms of government support for microgrids interconnected to traditional grid infrastructure. This support includes fragmented collections of regulations, standards, and public policies, as well as new laws and specific programs enacted after extreme weather events. Click to tweet: According to a new report from @NavigantRSRCH, five principles based on lessons learned in the US can help guide microgrid policy support around the world.

“Shifting from grants to market-based incentives, targeting funds toward new clean and smart technologies, choosing projects that foster new financing business models, creating metrics that capture the value of resiliency, and allowing for flexibility and midcourse corrections can help guide microgrid policy globally,” says Peter Asmus, research director with Navigant Research. “These recommendations have been molded by the experience and performance to date of the US government and are adaptable to the unique factors in different regions and market segments.”

Since government support for microgrids tends to be steered toward applications that need financial support to be viable and that serve the public interest—rather than the private interests of commercial and industrial entities, for example—these recommendations remain focused on projects with similar needs and goals.

The report, Designing the Ideal Microgrid Program to Accelerate Global Deployment, details the history, status, and success of specific US state programs in the hopes that policymakers can learn from what has worked—and what has not. The states (and territory) covered include: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Puerto Rico. The report outlines a flexible and nimble strategy for the long-term success of microgrids through a diminished reliance upon direct government support. It also provides five recommendations for future microgrid government support as well as advice for key market participants such as private sector vendors, utilities, and government regulators. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

About Navigant Research

Navigant Research, the dedicated research arm of Navigant, provides market research and benchmarking services for rapidly changing and often highly regulated industries. In the energy sector, Navigant Research focuses on in-depth analysis and reporting about global clean technology markets. The team’s research methodology combines supply-side industry analysis, end-user primary research and demand assessment, and deep examination of technology trends to provide a comprehensive view of the Energy Technologies, Utility Transformations, Transportation Efficiencies, and Buildings Innovations sectors. Additional information about Navigant Research can be found at www.navigantresearch.com.

About Navigant

Navigant Consulting, Inc. is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigant’s professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the Firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigant’s practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at navigant.com.

* The information contained in this press release concerning the report, Designing the Ideal Microgrid Program to Accelerate Global Deployment, is a summary and reflects Navigant Research’s current expectations based on market data and trend analysis. Market predictions and expectations are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ materially from those contained in this press release or the report. Please refer to the full report for a complete understanding of the assumptions underlying the report’s conclusions and the methodologies used to create the report. Neither Navigant Research nor Navigant undertakes any obligation to update any of the information contained in this press release or the report.

POCASSET, Mass., Nov. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and a leading manufacturer of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs), today announced that it received an order for a New Generation REMUS 6000 AUV from the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science Technology (JAMSTEC) as part of the Strategic Innovation Promotion Program (SIP): Innovative Technology for Exploration of Deep Sea Resources. This initiative is within the framework of the Cross-Ministerial Programs undertaken by the Cabinet Office of Japan.

The New Generation REMUS 6000 is based on the proven legacy vehicle design and features a modular architecture that allows for the addition of multiple payloads including customer sensor packages, forward fins and additional battery sections. With new low-power core electronics and a hydrodynamic hull design, it has increased endurance for longer missions.

"We are honored to be able to supply the deep water AUV solution to support JAMSTEC's highly respected deep sea resource exploration capabilities," said Graham Lester, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Hydroid. "Our vehicle, with a modular architecture that allows for advanced capabilities and flexibility of operation, is the ideal solution for JAMSTEC's current and future operational needs."

A JAMSTEC representative expanded on the news by saying, "We, JAMSTEC, strongly believe that the New Generation REMUS 6000 will bring valuable results to the SIP. JAMSTEC is heavily committed to this program and is leading the development of survey technologies in the deep sea. We expect Hydroid will provide strong support for the program and, together, we will build a strong relationship."

For more information about Hydroid and its line of REMUS AUVs, please visit www.hydroid.com.

About Hydroid, Inc.
Located in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, Hydroid is the world's most trusted manufacturer of advanced Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). Our Marine Robotics systems provide innovative and reliable full-picture solutions for marine research, defense and commercial markets. Our REMUS vehicles represent the most advanced, diversified and field-proven family of AUVs and AUV support systems in the world. For more information on our technology, please visit www.hydroid.com.

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TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today that it has received an order for its BLEnDer® RE energy-management system to monitor and control the battery and power conditioners (PCS) of what the company believes will become the world’s largest energy-storage system (240MW output and 720MWh rated capacity) at Kita-Toyotomi Substation in Toyotomi, Teshio, Hokkaido, which is owned by North Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission Corporation. The order has been awarded by Chiyoda Corporation, which will execute the design, engineering and construction for the Grid Reinforcement Pilot Project for Wind Turbines, which is led by North Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission Corporation under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry’s Agency for Natural Resources and Energy. The energy-storage system is expected to commence operation by March, 2023.

Grid Reinforcement Pilot Project for Wind Turbines
Upper Hokkaido in northern Japan has favorable wind conditions and abundant open land, making the area suitable for wind turbines. Renewable-energy power suppliers have been applying to construct wind farms in the area, but as these wind farms proliferate, fluctuations in their power output will increasingly impact the electricity demand-and-supply balance. Consequently, energy storage systems must be introduced to improve the balance and thereby strengthen the grid with stable power supply.
Under the pilot project, Hokkaido Wind Energy Transmission Corporation will introduce transmission facilities and high-capacity energy-storage systems to enable groups of large-scale wind turbines of over 500MW to be connected to the grid in northern Hokkaido.

The BLEnDer® RE energy-management system monitors and controls batteries for renewable energy power supply. The system, which incorporates Mitsubishi Electric’s reliable energy-management technology for stable power supply, will help to balance electricity demand and supply, such as power surpluses from renewable energy, and comply with Hokkaido’s strict grid codes for connecting private-generation systems (wind-turbine and photovoltaic) to grids to sell power to utilities.

BLEnDer is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation

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MELBOURNE, Australia, Nov. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- SunPower Corporation (NASDAQ: SPWR) today launched the 19-percent efficient Performance solar panel for homeowners in Australia, available in several designs up to 325-watts. Backed by SunPower's industry-leading 25-year warranty covering both power output and panel construction, the Performance panel delivers long-term reliability with a unique shingled cell architecture that outperforms conventional panel yield in real-world conditions such as partial shading and elevated temperatures.

"With the high-quality Performance panel, SunPower offers unbeatable value to our customers compared to conventional solar technology," said Chris O'Brien, SunPower Managing Director, Australia. "And as with all our solar solutions, we've leveraged SunPower's 33 years of experience to ensure Performance panels deliver superior aesthetics and a sleek appearance for any roof."

This launch follows the successful 2017 introduction of SunPower's commercial Performance solar panel now integrated into more than 350 projects in Australia, including the 349-megawatt Limondale solar power plant that is currently under construction in New South Wales and Australia's largest solar project to date.

With nameplate manufacturing capacity of over 2 gigawatts, SunPower's Performance solar panels are the most deployed shingled solar panels globally, with proven results. DNV GL, a global independent energy expert and certification body, has named SunPower's Performance solar panel a top performer in all five DNV GL reliability tests which included thermal cycling, damp heat, humidity-freeze, dynamic mechanical load and potential induced degradation.  

The Performance solar panel is part of a comprehensive high-efficiency product portfolio that includes SunPower's Maxeon-based X- and E-Series solar panels, and, beginning in 2019, will include its newly developed next generation technology. For more on this new technology for the Australian residential market, visit www.sunpower.com.au/performance.  

About SunPower
As one of the world's most innovative and sustainable energy companies, SunPower (NASDAQ: SPWR) provides a diverse group of customers with complete solar solutions and services. Residential customers, businesses, governments, schools and utilities around the globe rely on SunPower's more than 30 years of proven experience. From the first flip of the switch, SunPower delivers maximum value and superb performance throughout the long life of every solar system. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, SunPower has dedicated, customer-focused employees in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America. For more information about how SunPower is changing the way our world is powered, visit www.sunpower.com.

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Oceanco's 109m/357ft 'Project Bravo' was launched on 17 November 2018. Bravo is a prime example of Oceanco's new wave of forward-thinking yachts. With her naval architecture by Lateral Naval Architects, exterior design and layout by Nuvolari Lenard and interior by Reymond Langton Design, Bravo is unlike any preceding Oceanco. She is the first Oceanco to utilize its innovative LIFE (Lengthened, Innovative, Fuel-efficient, Eco-friendly) design. LIFE revolves around intelligent naval architecture that leverages a number of fundamental principles, which create a harmonious balance between weight, power, technical areas and luxury interior on board.

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James Roy, director of Lateral Naval Architects comments, "The LIFE design's use of advanced hybrid propulsion incorporating significant battery capability, combined with a single tier engine room allows novel use of space to deliver areas of outstanding luxury accommodation."

Bravo embodies Oceanco's expertise in building large complex yachts, whereby project management proficiency played an integral part in Bravo's success. "A bespoke project of such magnitude and splendor will always present interesting challenges and opportunities" says owner's representative, Burgess.  "With Project Bravo we created a truly spectacular yacht whose excellence is a clear reflection of the commitment of a dynamic and professional project team."

After the innovations introduced with "Alfa Nero", Oceanco asked us to "raise the bar" and create another remarkable and revolutionary design, says Dan Lenard, senior partner of Nuvolari-Lenard. "Our approach with Bravo was to maintain a stunningly sleek profile without sacrificing any interior space. This new exterior style concept is bound to create a new design stream. It is important to us that we started this new stream together with Oceanco"

The yacht's elegant contemporary interior compliments the exterior design. Pascale Reymond, partner in Reymond Langton Design, says, "We worked with artisans and craftsmen to create bespoke artworks, fabrics and signature furniture pieces that all combine to create a warm, inviting environment on board for the Owner's family and guests."

Bravo pushes the limits within the world of superyachts to a new level!

Technical Specifications 

     Length                    109m / 357ft
Beam                      16.3m / 53ft
Exterior Designer         Nuvolari Lenard
Interior Designer         Reymond Langton Design
Naval Architecture        Lateral Naval Architects
Owner's     Representative    Burgess


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DUBLIN, Nov. 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

The "Electric Scooters Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Product (Standing /Self-Balancing, Folding, Retro), By Battery (Sealed Lead Acid, Li-Ion), By Voltage, And Segment Forecasts 2018 - 2025" report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com's offering.

The global electric scooter market size is expected to reach USD 28.56 billion by 2025 at a 7.3% CAGR during the forecast period.

Growing demand for fuel-efficient vehicles over shorter distances, rising carbon and greenhouse gas emissions, and government initiatives encouraging adoption of green vehicles are expected to drive the electric scooters market. Favorable demographic conditions and ease of transportation have also fueled demand for electric scooters across the globe.

Increasing fuel prices are the most impactful factor driving consumers to find alternative modes of transport. This, combined with the announcement of The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to curb oil output, has favored the adoption of green transportation.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), escalating fuel and oil prices are underpinning economic conditions for alternatives such as electric vehicles and biofuels. Moreover, electric scooter sales are supported by government subsidies in European and Asian regions. These policies are expected to become more resilient with soaring fuel prices.

Asia Pacific is expected to dominate the market over the forecast period owing to increasing investments in vehicle charging infrastructure. Moreover, countries such as China and Taiwan are emerging as manufacturing hubs for electric scooters. In 2017, China accounted for around 87% share in the Asia Pacific electric scooter market.

North America is expected to exhibit the highest CAGR over the forecast period. The goal of reaching 1.5 million zero emission vehicles by the governor of California by 2025 is contributing to regional demand. The market for electric scooters is however, witnessing some challenges owing to new traffic laws being framed by regulatory bodies in lieu of public safety.

Further key findings from the study suggest:

  • By product, the retro segment is expected to dominate the market owing to significant demand among youth and elderly population for electric scooters fitted with seats
  • Based on battery, the sealed lead acid segment dominated the market. However, stringent laws to reduce lead released into the environment are compelling manufacturers to incorporate NiMH and Li-Ion batteries
  • Asia Pacific is expected to be the largest regional market over the forecast period due to massive investments in vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Prominent industry participants include Gogoro, Inc.; Terra Motors Corporation; Mahindra GenZe; Vmoto Limited; Xinri Electric Vehicle Co. Ltd.; and BMW Motorrad International

Key Topics Covered

Chapter 1 Methodology and Scope

Chapter 2 Executive Summary

Chapter 3 Market Definitions

Chapter 4 Industry Outlook

Chapter 5 Electric Scooters Market: Product Segment Analysis
5.1 Retro
5.2 Standing/Self-Balancing
5.3 Folding

Chapter 6 Electric Scooters Market: Battery Segment Analysis
6.1 Sealed Lead Acid
6.2 Nimh
6.3 Li-Ion

Chapter 7 Electric Scooters Market: System Segment Analysis
7.1 24V
7.2 36V
7.3 48V
7.4 Greater Than 48V

Chapter 8 Electric Scooters Market: Regional Outlook
8.1 North America
8.2 Europe
8.3 Asia Pacific
8.4 Latin America
8.5 Middle East & Africa

Chapter 9 Company Profiles
9.1 AllCell Technologies LLC
9.2 BMW Motorrad International
9.3 BOXX Corporation
9.4 Brammo Inc.
9.5 Gogoro Inc.
9.6 Green Energy Motors Corp.
9.7 Greenwit Technologies Inc.
9.8 Honda Motor Co. Ltd.
9.9 Jiangsu Xinri E-Vehicle Co. Ltd.
9.10 KTM AG
9.11 Mahindra GenZe
9.12 Peugeot Scooters
9.13 Suzuki Motor Corporation
9.14 Terra Motors Corporation
9.15 Vmoto Limited
9.16 Yadea Technology Group Co. Ltd.
9.17 Yamaha Motor Company Limited
9.18 Zero Motorcycles Inc.

Chapter 10 KOL Commentary

Chapter 11 Recommendations

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