11 Apr 2019 | 03.14 pm
Micro Turbines For Temporary Power
SSE Enterprise partners with Pure World Energy
11 Apr 2019 | 03.14 pm
The ‘Semi-Permanent Power’ solution will help developers cut emissions and energy costs, making it particularly suitable for new construction in cities and towns across the country.
It uses gas-powered micro-turbines to generate temporary or medium-term power on site, that is ultra-low in NOx (Nitrogen oxides) and SOx (Sulphur oxides) emissions, especially when compared with diesel-powered generators.
The SPP generators use technology from US company Capstone, developed to meet strict California emissions levels, and are particularly suitable for areas where the electricity grid is under pressure to supply extra power for major developments.
The partners say that in Dublin for example, the high levels of development and consequent demand for industrial-scale power is putting pressure on the grid, possibly causing development challenges to major projects.
“The modular design of the micro-turbines means they can be installed from as low as 65 kVA to over 10 MVA to match individual customer demand,” SSE Enterprise said, “making the technology more flexible and scalable for a wider range of projects”.
SSE regional director Patrick Rooney said: “We believe this Semi-Permanent Power solution could be game-changing. Until now many construction companies, developers and industrial manufacturers have had to rely on diesel generation to meet their onsite needs, and an increasing number are looking for a cleaner, cheaper and more flexible options.
“Demand for new city infrastructure has never been greater. But constrained power networks are now effectively becoming a barrier to development. Our micro-turbine technology is designed to solve both these issues at once by providing a cleaner source of temporary generation, tailored to meet the varying demands of each customer,” Rooney added.
PWE chief executive Sean Fitzpatrick commented: “We are offering a hybrid model that will give customers cost certainty and greater reliability.“Given the amount of focus we are seeing in the UK and Ireland on reducing pollution in our cities we think this is a very timely market intervention.”
Photo: Sean Fitzpatrick and Patrick Rooney