Thirty-seven G114-2.1MW Gamesa wind turbines will be installed at a complex in New York. Under the terms of the contract, Gamesa will transport, install, and commission the G114-2.1MW turbines at the wind farm. The turbines are slated for delivery in 2016, with commissioning to be completed the same year. Optimized for low and medium wind speed sites, the G114-2.1MW is one of Gamesa’s most competitive models.

In the United States, the company has installed more than 4,150MW and currently services close to 1,500MW.

The U.S. accounted for 15% of Gamesa’s total MW sold in the first half of 2015.

Integrated geothermal and biomass plant in Italy

Enel Green Power brought online the world’s first biomass plant used to heat geothermal steam at the Cornia 2 geothermal power plant in Castelnuovo Val di Cecina, Tuscany, Italy. The project will increase both the energy efficiency and the power output of the geothermal cycle.

The existing geothermal plant has been joined by a small power plant fueled by virgin forest biomass sourced from a 70km radius of the facility. Using the biomass, steam entering the power plant is heated from an initial temperature of 150°C to 380°C, increasing net electricity generation capacity.

The 5MW facility is expected to increase the geothermal plant’s output by more than 30GWh per year while avoiding the annual emission of more than 13,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

ABB adding 300 jobs in Senatobia, Mississippi

Power and automation technology group ABB is building new manufacturing operations in Senatobia, Mississippi, in Tate County. ABB will establish operations in the 85,000ft2 facility formerly occupied by Twin Creeks Technologies. The project will create 200 new jobs by its third year of operation, with another 100 expected to be added by the fifth year.

The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) provided assistance in support of the project for infrastructure needs and workforce training.

“We salute our partners at the Tate County Economic Development Foundation, whose teamwork with MDA helped bring ABB to our state, creating hundreds of exciting career opportunities for the people of Tate County and North Mississippi,” says MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough Jr. “We look forward to ABB’s successful growth in Senatobia.”

Frank A. Bozich named to
OGE Energy board of directors

Frank A. Bozich has been appointed to OGE Energy’s board of directors and its audit committee, effective with its first regular meeting in 2016.

Bozich is president and CEO at the SI Group, a global developer and manufacturer of phenolic resins and chemicals used in the production of antioxidants, engineering plastics, fuels and lubes, rubber, and pharmaceutical ingredients.

Prior to joining SI Group in 2013, Bozich held several executive management positions at BASF Corp., including president of BASF’s catalysts division, group vice president of precious and base metal service, and group vice president of the integration management office. He was previously group vice president of Enterprise Technologies and Ventures at Engelhard Corp., acquired by BASF in 2006.

Bozich currently serves as a director of SI Group Inc. and various subsidiaries. He also serves as a director of the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce and Ellis Medicine Board of Trustees.

Metal belt conveyor system ramps up solar panel production

A fabrication system developed by Belt Technologies and a prominent solar panel manufacturer has increased production 1,000% during the course of one year. Belt Technologies designed and built a customized stainless steel vacuum conveyor belt for the system that can withstand high temperatures and speeds while maintaining safe handling procedures required for solar panel manufacturing.

The conveyor system has perforated holes so cells can be moved and ready for spot-welding. The belt has <0.1mm accuracy of movement for both lateral and horizontal planes. Belts can be coated to avoid soldering of bus ribbons used for solar cell assembly.