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Fortnightly Magazine - September 2012
ITC Great Plains commissioned the Hugo-Valliant HVDC transmission line and substation project in Oklahoma.

be financed in part with a US$65.3 million grant from the Commonwealth of Australia. For the project, Lockheed Martin will assist with OPT PowerBuoy project design and system integration, and will support overall project management. In addition to the grant from the Commonwealth of Australia’s Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, the partners are assessing financing opportunities and pursuing power purchase agreements with local utilities and industrial customers. Lockheed Martin and OPT began collaborating in 2004, first on the development of an advanced system for the U.S. Navy, and most recently to design and launch utility-scale wave energy converters off the coast of Reedsport, Ore.

Mitsubishi Power Systems Americas signed a deal to maintain and service the turbines at five U.S. wind farms owned by Infigen of Australia. The agreements cover 564 1-MW turbines across wind farms in four states. Mitsubishi will provide extended warranties, turbine maintenance services, and replacement components for the turbines until March 30, 2017, superseding original equipment manufacturers’ warranties for some of the turbines. Mitsubishi will be responsible for all turbine maintenance costs, including labor and component replacements for a fixed cost per turbine, subject to liability caps. Mitsubishi also is providing turbine availability guarantees backed by liquidated damages provisions, with performance payments if turbine availability exceeds prescribed levels.

Bechtel Power awarded a contract to Unirac to supply the ground mount system for the 110-MW Catalina photovoltaic (PV) project in Kern County, Calif. The project is expected to be one of the largest PV ground mount installations in North America, covering 1,100 acres. Completion is scheduled for 2013.

The first three wireless EV charging systems were installed on Nissan LEAFs as part of the Plugless Power program. The systems use electromagnetic induction to charge EV batteries without driver interaction.

 

Candu Energy signed an agreement with Enertech to jointly provide passive autocatalytic recombiner (PAR) technology to the nuclear industry in the United States and select international markets. Enertech will focus on sales and marketing of PARs offered by Candu for use inside the containment buildings of nuclear power plants and other facilities where hydrogen gas can collect and create an explosive atmosphere. PARs activate without the need for external power or operator action, preventing hydrogen buildup. 

FirstEnergy Nuclear Operating Company (FENOC) completed construction of the emergency operations facility for its Perry nuclear power plant. The new 12,000-square-foot facility supports overall management of activities related to maintaining public health and safety during a plant emergency. The facility also will be used during quarterly training drills and bi-annual exercises evaluated by the NRC and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Features include: enhanced environmental data monitoring and collection technologies; an online database for sharing plant conditions and other event information in real time between emergency responders; and updated computer equipment and telecommunications technology. Multiple power supplies ensure the facility won’t be affected by a power failure. Located in Concord, Ohio, the facility replaces an existing emergency operations facility located on site at the Perry plant.

Transactions

Southern Company and Turner Renewable Energy acquired from SunEdison a 20-MW PV power plant on a 154-acre site in the City of North Las Vegas, Nev. SunEdison will be responsible for ongoing operations and maintenance. Construction of the solar array began in October 2011 and startup is expected during