Atlas Copco to supply 2 generators for Turkey’s geothermal plant
Atlas Copco has received an order from Celikler Jeotermal Elektrik Uretim A.S to deliver equipment to a turnkey geothermal power plant in Aydin province, Turkey. The order includes two turbo expander generator trains, capable of producing a total 45 MW of clean energy.
The plant, which is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2012, will be built in the geothermal field at Pamukoren, a high-potential growth region for geothermal energy. The project will reduce CO2 emissions by 238 000 tons a year at its peak production.
“Atlas Copco expansion turbines and compressors are renowned in the renewable energy sector. They are operating successfully at geothermal plants in the United States since years,” said Stephan Kuhn, president of Atlas Copco’s business area Compressor Technique. “This order is another sign of our competitiveness in this market segment where we expect further growth in the future.”
Pennsylvania reaches to 100-MW of installed solar capacity
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future announced that solar power has reached a new historic level in Pennsylvania. According to PJM’s Generation Attribute Tracking System, the Pennsylvania state reached 100 MW of installed solar capacity.
“This is an incredible success story,” PennFuture President and CEO Jan Jarrett said. “In just four years, solar has grown from 3 MW to 100 MW and has helped to create as many as 6,700 jobs and more than 600 solar businesses. While this is a tremendous accomplishment, the faster-than-projected growth of the solar market is crashing the market for solar renewable energy credits (SRECs). Low SREC prices are making it more difficult to finance solar projects, putting the industry at risk.
Jarrett added; “To continue the growth in solar and protect the thousands of Pennsylvanians now working the solar industry, the Pennsylvania legislature should pass the Solar Jobs Bill (House Bill 1580) this fall.”
GE acquires majority stake in Converteam for $3.2 billion
General Electric has completed its acquisition of Converteam for $3.2 billion. Converteam is a leading provider of power conversion and automation systems and high-efficiency power electronics, motors and generators.
The acquisition further expands GE’s position in the multi-sector energy efficiency, electrification and automation industry. In addition, the company’s expertise and geographical reach also will enhance GE’s ability to bring localized solutions to fast growth regions, including Brazil, Russia, China, India and the Middle East.
“GE is thrilled by the growth opportunities that this acquisition brings. GE will heavily invest in new product developments to further expand our offerings in core segments such as metals and marine, while addressing increasing demand for high energy efficiency in oil and gas, thermal power generation and renewables,” said John Krenicki, GE vice chairman and president and CEO of GE Energy. “We are fortunate to have GE veteran Joe Mastrangelo to run the Converteam business.”
Calisolar to build solar silicon production facility in Mississippi
Calisolar plans to build a new 16,000MT solar silicon production facility in Lowndes County, Mississippi. The facility will build on the success of the company’s solar silicon production facility in Vaughan, Ontario, and allow the company to meet the ever-increasing demand for its solar silicon.
Calisolar will produce silicon metal and solar silicon at the Mississippi facility, which will cost about $600 million. Germany-based SMS Siemag will supply the majority of the equipment to be installed at the facility. Zachry Holdings Inc. will provide engineering service and will develop the facility along with several local Mississippi construction firms.