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Anderson Power Products has expanded its Mid Power SPEC Pak connector family. The product is now available with a first mate, last break ground contact capable of accepting six to 10awg (13.3mm² to 5.3mm²) wire making the Mid Power SPEC Pak suitable for three phase, four wire configurations up to 600Vac and 80amps. The company claims it is highly adaptable, allowing the user to customise the connector to meet unique design requirements. The connector can be configured with up to four color coded, six to 10awg power or ground contacts and up to eight, 12 ~ 24awg auxiliary contacts which can be used for remote sensing or communication applications such as AS-I, CAN, Ethernet, Profibus and others. Mid Power SPEC Pak, like the other connectors in the SPEC Pak family, is environmentally sealed to IP68, exceeding the IP67 industry standard. This rugged, compact connector is UV, chemical and flame resistant.
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PW Power Systems, ~ a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries ~ has announced a contract with Generacion Frias S.A., a subsidiary company of Albanesi S.A., to provide an FT4000 Swiftpac unit for its location in Frias, Santiago del Estero, Argentina. This will be the first FT4000 in Latin America. The gas turbine generator package engine is powered by a Pratt & Whitney PW4000 derivative gas generator, offers a 60 to 120MW package of peaking and base-load power in a compact footprint. The engine is designed for simple-cycle, combined-cycle, or cogeneration applications. The free-turbine design of the system allows for flexible power plant operation down to 25% of full load, synchronous condensing operation without a clutch, and spinning reserve capacity.

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As part of as push for indepenmdence, the Scotish Government's energy minister Fergus Ewing (pictured), compares Scotland and Norway’s experience since the discovery of North Sea Oil, highlighting the mismanagement of the resource in the UK and the opportunities with independence.

The UK and Norway both began extracting oil and gas from the North Sea in the early 1970’s.

While both countries are amongst the largest oil producers in Europe, there are some interesting differences in their approach and economic performance: in 1970, levels of GDP per capita in Norway were 7.5% lower than in the UK. By 2013, GDP per capita in Norway was over 80% higher than the UK.

Norway is ranked top of the UN Human Development Index in 2014, a measure of standards of living. The UK was 14th in the UN HDI rankings.

Norway has established an oil fund that is now worth over £500bln, equivalent to £100,000 for every Norwegian citizen. This is something that successive UK Governments have failed to do, Mr Ewing claimed.

With independence, Scotland would have a second opportunity to steward its oil and gas assets for the benefit of the nation, as well as supporting the growth of an industry that in many areas is the best in the world, he said.

Welcoming the report North Sea – Two Futures Mr Ewing said: “Norway is a great example of how, by fostering a stable and predictable fiscal and regulatory regime, a resource rich nation can not only develop a very strong oil and gas sector, but through the development of an oil fund use its energy wealth to benefit the whole country.”

“Unlike Norway, the UK Government has been missing the point ~ formulating policy based on short-term gain instead of focusing on the long-term impact upon value generation, and the need to sustain investment in all areas of the oil and gas industry.

“There is no doubt that as part of the UK we have so far lost out on the very real benefits that an independent country can secure.

“For example, Norway has established an oil fund that is worth over £500bln ~ equivalent to £100,000 for every Norwegian citizen.

“While over the same period the UK Government has accumulated £1.3 trillion of public sector net debt.

“Poor stewardship of resources, frequent changes to the tax regime, a lack of focus on value creation and mismanagement of revenues are all mistakes that we cannot let happen again, and which an Independent Scotland will address.

“In value terms half the wealth from Scotland’s oil remains and it is imperative that Scotland does not allow the same mistakes to continue. By grabbing the independence opportunity next month we can emulate Norway’s example, instead of putting up with yet more mismanagement and poor stewardship of this vital resource.” — Scotland goes to the polls on September 18 to vote for independence from the United Kingdom.

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Global installations of tidal stream and wave power are set to grow to 148MW and 21MW respectively by the end of this decade from almost nothing today, according to new research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, but these are still trifling amounts in the context of the world’s power system. The emergence of marine renewable energy technologies is taking longer than hoped, due to project setbacks, fatigue among venture capital investors and the sheer difficulty of deploying devices in the harsh marine environment. This latest forecast represents a downward revision from the figures of 167MW for tidal stream and 74MW for wave that Bloomberg New Energy Finance published a year ago. Angus McCrone, senior analyst at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “Governments in countries such as the UK, France, Australia and Canada have identified tidal and wave as large opportunities not just for clean power generation, but also for creating local jobs and building national technological expertise. That continues to be the case, and we will see further progress over the rest of this decade. But caution is necessary because taking devices from the small-scale demonstrator stage to the pre-commercial array stage is proving even more expensive and time-consuming than many companies ~ and their investors ~ expected.”

Victoria's Hazelwood Power Station will trial Queensland black coal as an auxiliary startup fuel in one of its generation units next week. A GDF SUEZ spokesperson said the use of black coal in the startup process may result in a more visible dark plume from the chimney stack. The trial comes as part of GDF’s ongoing investigations into alternative startup fuels, amid the upcoming “temporary” closure of HRL’s Energy Brix power station, Hazelwood’s supplier of startup briquettes. The spokesperson said the Environment Protection Authority had been notified of the trial, which he said was permitted under the station’s operation licence.

Stonehenge Metals has signed an agreement to buy the Protean Wave Energy Converter . Stonehenge intends to assess the potential of the Protean WEC to create improvements in renewable energy production by refining it to produce a suitable pre-commercial model; creating a scalable power array from the pre-commercial model so as to provide the power requirements of a prospective customer, testing the scalable power array for its potential to deliver cost effective power, verifying the results, including commissioning an independent expert to qualify the testing results and commercialisation. Under the agreement, Stonehenge has a 2-year option to wholly acquire Protean Energy Australia with $500,000 minimum spend over 18 month. The agreement will also see Sean Moore, Protean WEC inventor join Stonehenge as chief technology officer. The Protean system is based upon a point-absorber wave energy converter buoy device which floats at the water surface and extracts energy from the waves by the extension and retraction of a tether to its anchoring weight on the sea bed. The device is unique in that it optimises the conversion of energy from waves through all six degrees of wave movement or motion.The Protean WEC has been trialled at a 1.5 metre wide sale in the sea off Perth, proving the system can successfully convert the power from waves into usable energy. The waver converter uses compact architecture to produce power very efficiently from a small, low cost design targeted at keeping the projected levelled cost of energy down.