Partner spotlight: GE, Intel, Veolia, ABB

Fri, 2015-08-21 06:00 -- SCC Staff

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GE's big battery energy storage project dubbed a "game changer"
Council Lead Partner GE will provide a 30-MW battery energy storage system as part of Coachella Energy Storage Partners' supply contract with the Imperial Irrigation District (IID). Representing GE’s largest energy storage project to date, the plant will be located in California’s Imperial Valley, approximately 100 miles east of San Diego. The facility will aid grid flexibility and increase reliability on the irrigation district's network. “This project is a game changer to the energy industry and will be one of the largest battery storage plants in the western United States,” said Ziad Alaywan, P.E., a California energy veteran and president & CEO of ZGlobal Inc. The deal marks GE’s third project using lithium ion battery technology since expanding its portfolio in recent months, joining recent announcements with Con Edison Development in California and Convergent Energy + Power in Ontario.

Intel exec suggests how 5G will transform lives
At its annual developers' conference, Intel executives talked about the ways 5G technology will enable a variety of new capabilities including powering the ever-growing Internet of Things (IOT). “I call 5G basically the fusion of all of the wireless technology,” said Aicha Evans, Council Associate Partner Intel’s Corporate VP and GM of the Communication and Devices Group. This convergence of existing networks -- 2.5G, 3G, 4G, LTE or Wi-Fi -- will transform the way we communicate and interact with the world, she said. According to a post on the Intel site, Evans believes that by 2020, when 5G will come online globally, some 50 billion “things” will be connected. And as everything in our lives becomes more connected --from our fitness trackers and cars to robotic manufacturing plants and banking – the post suggests our cultural landscape will also change. “I think the capabilities enabled by 5G are going to revolutionize how we live our lives,” Evans said.

Veolia tapped for wastewater treatment project in W. Virginia
Veolia will design and build a state-of-the-art advanced wastewater treatment complex in Doddridge County, West Virginia under an agreement with Antero Resources Corporation. The complex includes an initially designed 60,000 barrel per day facility that will allow Antero to treat and reuse flowback and produced water rather than permanently dispose of the water in injection wells. The facility will use an an advanced evaporation and crystallization technology from Council Associate Partner Veolia that has been successfully utilized in facilities around the world. West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin praised the project, stating, "Antero's planned advanced wastewater treatment complex in Doddridge County is good for the environment and good for West Virginia's economy."

ABB contract supports economic growth in Saudi Arabia
ABB, a Council Associate Partner, won orders worth around $150 million from the Saudi Electricity Company (SEC) to expand five existing substations to help ready the country’s
transmission system for a 50% expansion of power generation capacity to accommodate a growing economy. SEC, Saudi Arabia’s national power transmission and distribution operator, is increasing the capacity of the substations, with three located in the central region and one each in the eastern and western regions. "We are privileged to continue supporting the development of Saudi Arabia’s power infrastructure," said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Systems division. "These substations will strengthen the grid and enhance transmission capacity, enabling electricity to reach more consumers and support this growing market, in line with our Next Level strategy."

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