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  • Solar, Storage, and other S-Words

    May 19, 2022
    By Cecil Philip, Business Development Manager & Hannah Mason, Interconnection & Transmission Specialist

    Success Happens In Time 

    When it comes to the historical discovery of electricity, the general public’s narrative belief is that on a dark, stormy night, Benjamin Franklin was so dispirited from his boredom that he decided to fly a kite out his window to see if he could get a lightning bolt to strike it. Although this questioningly dangerous key and kite experiment might sound more like a drinking game of its time, it has been accredited as the discovery of electricity. To this day, this breakthrough has been reaffirmed by symbolizing electricity with a lightning bolt icon. Benjamin Franklin’s discovery can be seen as breakthrough fallacy, suggesting that we overestimate the memorable and monumental occasion towards creation of the electrical system. However, it was only one inflection point in the slow and arduous process that inspired change and transition to the production and use of electrical system’s reality of today. 

    Change is gradual, measured in decades and not moments. Benjamin Franklin’s discovery inspired other monumental breakthroughs throughout history. Alessandro Volta soaked paper in salt water, placed zinc and copper on opposite sides of the paper, and observed the chemical reaction produce an electric current—the first battery! Michael Faraday discovered electro-magnetic induction by passing a magnet through a copper coil. Thomas Edison used an ordinary cotton thread that had been soaked in carbon in hopes of creating a slow burning filament and discovered incandescence. Nikola Tesla discovered the rotating magnetic field and created the alternating current electrical system. There is not one singular breakthrough that finalized the use of electricity.  Instead, it was a steady line of innovation, each building on the last. The electrical system that we know today has seen constant development, some obvious and consciously impactful, others subtle and unnoticeable. Many years after the discovery of electricity and the creation of the first battery, the demands of the electric grid are changing more than ever. This era will be remembered as the renewable energy breakthrough, as solar, storage, wind, geothermal, hydro, and other renewable resources revolutionize the dynamic of the electric grid.  

     

    Storage Hits Its Trend

    In recent years, the push for renewable energy has been strong, and the momentum isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With legislative pushes and increasing grid demands, developers have been working diligently to expand the renewable energy sector. To account for the changing constraints of the electric grid, influenced by solar energy production and peak demand times, energy storage has stepped up to the plate.

    Energy storage is a relatively new player in the energy sector, but the utility scale storage capacity is rapidly increasing. Starting with just 0.2 Gigawatts in 2015, storage capacity reached 17 Gigawatts in 2020, and is projected to hit 565 Gigawatts globally by 2030. 

     Ormat energy storage graph 

     Figure 1: Global Energy Storage Capacity [1]

     

    This aggressive trend has led to both competition and opportunity for developers and utilities. Utilities are moving to maximize efficiency in the electrical system and continue to mitigate risk and allow for long-term success with competitive RFP’s, policy changes, increased incentives, and updated storage goals.

    The high demand for energy storage has caused project development to become very competitive. This has created a perception that every opportunity must be pursued and exploited to its full potential. However, such fast-paced development leaves room for error, exposing energy storage project development volatility through inundated processes and oversaturated interconnection queues. Despite the hurdles, good competition is not only essential to energy storage penetration, but it also promotes the evolution of the electric grid.   

     

    Supply Has Instigated Tension 

    Meeting aggressive energy storage goals presents challenges that must be overcome. Supply chain disruptions are affecting nearly every industry, but the rapid projection of growth in the energy storage sector presents additional concerns. Costs of battery and utility equipment manufacturing have been steadily increasing. We must work to overcome supply concerns by continually evaluating innovative technologies for renewable energy and energy storage solutions.  

     

    Science Helps Innovate Technology 

    Innovative technologies are a critical factor in the evolution towards next generation energy storage. Operational requirements are continuously changing and are often defined differently throughout various energy markets. Through scientific research and testing, technology suppliers have increased the optionality of energy storage system components to allow for a more robust inventory to meet the specified parameters of multiple energy markets, including heightened safety, increased capacity, longer duration, higher efficiency, and decreased degradation. 

     

     

    Storage Harmonization Intrinsically Tuned 

    Energy will continue to be an ever-changing constant as we progress towards a more sustainable future. It’s time to get our S-words together as we create the next monumental breakthrough in the electricity narrative with renewable energy storage Charging the way.

     

    [1] https://www.iea.org/reports/energy-storage

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  • Casa Diablo IV facility in Mammoth, CA

    April 4, 2022

     

     We were thrilled to partner with Silicon Valley Clean EnergyCentral Coast Community EnergySouthern California Public Power Authority, and the City of Colton on the Casa Diablo IV facility in Mammoth, CA.

    This 30 MW facility is set to come online this summer, and represents a $13M investment in the Mammoth community. We’re proud of the jobs this project has created and the positive impact the facility will have on California’s decarbonization goals.

     

    Take a look at our Casa Diablo IV project - the first geothermal project to be built in the state of California in 30 years!!!
    The project is set to come online this summer and provide 30 MW of firm, zero-emission power to customers in the region. Check out this short video about the environmental and economic benefits the project will provide to the surrounding communities.

     

     

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  • A visit to our Olkaria III geothermal power plant in Kenya

    March 27, 2022

     

     On 21 to 24 March, 2 Ormat customers from Turkey visited OrPower4, Ormat power plant in Hell’s Gate, Kenya.

    The customers, Sanko Enerji and Soyak Energy, have each 3 power plant which was designed manufactured and using ORC made by Ormat. For both, first unit started operation during 2018 and to date they operate 3 units at about same capacity of over 25MW ea.

    Our Turkish customers approached us with many questions and requests to support on issues related to operation and maintenance practice and procedures. Thus, we have suggested to arrange a seminar on these issues with Ormat experienced O&M team in one of our power plants.

    OrPower4, produces 150MW with 5 different stages of the project and configurations agreed to host the group.

    The group reviewed the complete power plant and went through serious of sessions with key technical team in areas of resource management, multiple unit control and operation from one control room, maintenance practice, spare parts and stock, communication and relations with utility authorities and grid, and more. 

     

    Visiting Olkaria Geothermal power plant in Kenya

     

    Soyak visit in Kenya

     

    Sanko visit in Kenya

     

    Long term partnership

     

     

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  • The Makushin geothermal project in Unalaska

    March 20, 2022

     

     

     The Makushin Geothermal Project in Unalaska, Alaska has secured federal funding!

    We're proud to be a part of the project alongside Chena Power and the Qawalangin Tribe With the support of Senator Lisa Murkowski.

     

    The U.S. Senator for Alaska, Lisa Murkowski – a long time supporter for geothermal energy in the U.S. – announced that the geothermal project in Unalaska, Alaska has secured $2.5 million in federal funding. 

     

    Among the total funding for the state of $230 million is the geothermal project at Makushin at Unalaska that got $2.5 million. The project is a joint development by Chena Power and the Qawalangin Tribe of Unalaska.

     

    This project aim to build 30 MW geothermal power plant for the city of Unalaska with the Makushin Volcano project site 14 miles from the city.

    Ormat's part in this project is the engineering & procurement, a contract that were signed in September 2021 with estimated cost of $90 million.

     

    Makushin volcano

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  • Ormat Acquires an energy storage asset in Upton County, Texas

    January 17, 2022

     

    We are happy to announce that we have completed the acquisition of a shovel-ready energy storage asset in Upton County, Texas from Con Edison Development.

    Ormat will design, build, own and operate a 25 MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project at the site.

    The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) projects we develop, own and operate, are among the most diverse and advanced currently operating in the United States.

     

    The project is co-located with an operational 157 MW solar PV generating facility that is owned and operated by CED Upton County Solar, LLC. 

    The BESS facility will provide much needed ancillary services and energy optimization to the wholesale markets managed by the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). Texas is currently experiencing growth in renewable energy deployment and fast-acting energy storage resources are expected to play an increasing role in allowing ERCOT to absorb such intermittent generators, while also coping with increased frequency of extreme weather events.

     

    Doron Blachar, Chief Executive Officer of Ormat Technologies, commented, “This represents our second energy storage project in Texas, following the success of our Rabbit Hill BESS project which has been operating with high availability within the ERCOT market since April of this year. We are delighted to have been able to partner with Con Edison Development, a leading renewable energy developer and independent power producer, and hope to extend this collaboration further in the future. With this second project, Ormat strengthens its position as one of the early movers in the ERCOT energy storage market. Ormat is well-positioned to grow its energy storage footprint, and this acquisition reinforces our target to add between 80 MW to 175 MW revenue-generating energy storage assets by year end 2022 and is in-line with our stated strategy to build, own and operate energy storage assets in strategic high growth markets including Texas.”  

     

    As the world’s transition to clean energy gathers speed, renewable energy sources like wind and solar are penetrating the global energy market. These intermittent resources are increasingly being paired with energy storage systems to balance out the electricity supply and ensure that the supply of electricity generation matches the demand.

     

    WE STORE ENERGY FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

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  • Ching-Shui inauguration ceremony in Taiwan

    November 28, 2021

    Taiwan's first commercial Geothermal power plant with Ormat technology of 4.2MW, in Yilan County, would generate enough electricity to power 10,000 households and has potential for expansion to further utilize the area’s geothermal resources.

    Yilan has long been recognized as having a potential for geothermal energy generation in Taiwan, with hot springs in the area.

     

    Ormat equipment and technology was import to Taiwan, to our customer, Chingshuei Geothermal Power Corporation.

     

    The plant extracts water with temperatures of up to 180°C from 1,200m to 2,100m underground and runs it through a heat exchanger to generate electricity, before pumping it back into the ground again.

     

    In the future, Quingshui Geothermal Power Plant will recruit technicians and technicians in Yilan, and increase local employment opportunities through local talents. It hopes to attract local young technical talents to return and prosper the local economy and develop local employment opportunities. 

    Taiwan Vice President Lai Ching-te said at the inauguration ceremony that he hoped all sectors would work out a good green growth strategy to allow Taiwan to move more steadily and smoothly towards its goal of achieving decarbonization by 2050.

     

     

     

     

    For the last three decades, ORMAT has built power plants around the world- over this long history we have learned the critical lessons needed for successful and complete a geothermal project anywhere around the globe, meeting our budget and schedule goals.

     

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  • Ormat will supply products to San Jacinto in Nicaragua

    August 12, 2021

    We are pleased to share the signing of a contract with POLARIS INFRASTRUCTURE to supply a 10MW geothermal power plant. The new binary plant will extend the existing San Jacinto Geothermal Project owned by Polaris, In Nicaragua.

     

    In the process of securing this contract, we made another step to increase our presence in Latin America as a strategic territory.

     

    As part of the agreement, Ormat will supply products to a 10 MW of a geothermal air-cooled Ormat Energy Converters (OEC) to Polaris Infrastructure Inc. , a Toronto-based company engaged in the operation, acquisition and development of renewable energy projects in Latin America, for the San Jacinto facility in Telica, Leon, Republic of Nicaragua.

     

    Doron Blachar, CEO of Ormat Technologies, said, “This contract expands our backlog and provides further evidence of the increase in the demand for our products after the slowdown we have experienced over the last year, mainly related to COVID. Demand for clean, renewable energy continues and Geothermal remains attractive as a baseload option. As a recognized leader in geothermal we expect to recognize increased interest from partners and operators around the world.”

     

    Marc Murnaghan, Polaris’ CEO commented, “Adding this Binary Unit will help us expand the capacity of the resource, taking full advantage of the potential energy from the resource. This will enable us to meet the demand of the extended PPA, providing clean, renewable, and affordable electricity to the citizens of Nicaragua and increasing cash flows for the years to come. Ormat has a proven reputation, supplying clean, reliable, cost effective and sustainable electricity for more than 55 years to power grids on five continents.”

     

    Polaris infrastructure

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  • first line shaft pumps in Europe!

    July 11, 2021

    Ormat Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: ORA) is delighted to announce that it has signed a supply contract for the delivery of a geothermal production pump (OPP) for the Landau geothermal plant in Germany.

     

    This is the first line shaft pumps in europe, part of 140 ormat's production pumps around the world.

     

    Once delivered to site and installed, Ormat’s Proprietary Production Pump (OPP) will replace the existing pump.

     

    Ormat’s OPP pumps with a capacity of up to 1200m3/hr

     

     Maximum pressure of 69 bar

     

    Maximum depth of 830m

     

    Best suited to supply the geothermal market needs in Europe

     

     

     

    Ormat’s  hydraulic components are designed using state-of-the-art CFD, FEA, and CAD software programs, in order to ensure optimal performance and reliability.

     

    Ormat’s OPP product line of customized geothermal production pumps delivers renewable energy solutions world-wide. The pump for the geothermal plant in Landau /Germany will be Ormat’s first line shaft pump delivered to a geothermal plant in Europe.

     

    The vertical integration of ORMAT provides many advantages when it comes to production pumps. Ormat personnel manage every phase in the life cycle of a geothermal production pump: Design and drilling of the wells, pump specification according to reservoir conditions and limitations, mechanical design, pump assembly, installation, performance monitoring and troubleshooting

    This diverse base of in-house expertise enables Ormat to adapt to new and existing well constructions and other challenges, including high temperatures, deep settings, high flow rates, challenging brine chemistry, etc.

    All of this means that Ormat accounts for many factors and uncertainties in the preliminary design of its pumps, in order to avoid costly failures following installation.

     

    There are more than 140 Ormat production pumps in operation around the world. Since Ormat operates these production pumps at its own plants, all of Ormat new production pump components are tested in real geothermal wells, as the last phase of their R&D process.

    Over the years Ormat have developed extensive knowledge on how to detect problems and what is the best response for each scenario. In recent years Ormat have programmed this knowledge into its own control systems, so the pump will automatically react accordingly when a problem is detected, making normal production pump operation completely autonomous.

     

    Ormat is constantly looking forward developing new products, improving existing products, and implementing new technologies, in order to provide the best solutions for the industry.

     

    Ormat production pump

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  • We've done it! Ormat Completes McGinness Hills Complex Expansion

    June 22, 2021

    In the last year Ormat's teams have been working to complete the expansion of the McGinness

     

    Hills Complex in Eastern Nevada.

    The McGinness Hills Phase 3 increases the power plant net capacity to approximately 69 MW, bringing the entire McGinness Hills complex capacity to a total of approximately 160 MW.

     

    The Phase 3 expansion is an example of Ormat’s continued commitment to maximize output during peak hours by deploying our most advanced plant designs such as improved air-condensers, turbines, and other design improvements. The new capacity is sold under the SCPPA power purchase agreement.

     

    The McGinness Hills Phase 3 power plant continues to sell its electricity under the current 25-year long term portfolio power purchase agreement with Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) to provide 100% of the geothermal power from the expansion project to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). LADWP has been receiving 48 MW of McGinness Hills 3 geothermal power plant since December 15, 2018. The recently completed McGinness Hills Phase 3 Expansion project on May 5, 2021 will provide an additional 21.25 MW to LADWP. These two projects, coupled with the four other Ormat geothermal projects totaling 57.4 MW, brings LADWP’s total Northern Nevada geothermal portfolio with Ormat to 126.65 MW.

     

    Doron Blachar, CEO of Ormat Technologies, said, “The McGinness Hills Complex is the largest geothermal complex in Nevada and the fourth largest in the United States, providing clean, renewable, environmentally responsible energy to the residents of Nevada and Southern California. This enhancement effort increases our capacity and improves our operating efficiency, ensuring that our customers and the residents we serve will enjoy renewable baseload energy for years to come. We leveraged the capabilities and expertise of our product segment to rapidly and cost-effectively bring this expansion online. This new state-of-the-art facility will provide additional electricity for approximately 12,000 homes while offsetting approximately 120,000 tons of CO2, providing the highest level of efficiency and safety in the geothermal industry.”

     

    “The completion of McGinness Hills Phase 3 geothermal plant provides a significant step toward our 100% clean energy future. Unlike wind and solar, which only generate power when the wind is blowing or the sun is shining, a geothermal plant produces energy continuously, so we can rely on it for base-load renewable power, 24/7 around the clock,” said Reiko Kerr, LADWP senior assistant general manager of Power System Engineering, Planning and Technical Services. “The 126.65 MW geothermal portfolio currently online will provide approximately 4.7% of our customer annual energy needs and helps attain our goal of 80% renewable energy by 2030. When added to our other non-greenhouse gas resources, it will result in approximately 97% carbon free energy by 2030.”

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  • New contract secured in Indonesia

    June 22, 2021

    Ormat is pleased to announce about the new contract secured in Indonesia with Star Energy Geothermal Salak.

    The new Geothermal power plant will supply 14 MW that will extend the Salak Geothermal field in Indonesia.

     

    We are proud to take partnership with a local contractor that will provide the EPC services. The supply of the plant is expected to be completed within 12 months from contract start.

    The Salak geothermal field is located near Jakarta on the southwest flank of the Gunung Salak volcano and is currently contains geothermal power plant utilizing steam.

     

    The new 14 MW Salak geothermal power plant will use air-cooled Ormat Energy Converter and will allow 100% geothermal fluid reinjection which serves both to sustain the reservoir and to produce electrical power with virtually no environmental impact.

     

    Doron Blachar, CEO of Ormat Technologies, said, “This contract signals that the markets for our products segment are beginning to reopen as the impact of Covid-19 dissipates. We expect to record revenue partially in 2021, with the balance in 2022. Demand for clean, renewable energy continues and municipalities and utilities are seeking to expand the use of geothermal resources wherever possible. As the impact of the pandemic continues to decrease, we plan to pursue additional contracts worldwide.”

     

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  • A 15-Year Agreement for geothermal power with CPA

    March 20, 2021

    Ormat and Clean Power Alliance Signed a 15-Year Agreement for geothermal power

    This month (May 2021), Ormat announced that it signed a 15-year power purchase agreement for geothermal power with the Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the fifth largest power provider in California. CPA will purchase 14 MW of power from the Heber South geothermal facility in Imperial Valley, CA. This agreement is a huge milestone for CPA as its first geothermal power contract, and we are proud to partner with the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation.

     

    The addition of Heber South will contribute to CPA’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and enhance overall reliability for CPA’s more than one million southern California customer accounts.

     

    This is Ormat’s first contract with CPA, creating the potential for additional agreements in the future as CPA pursues aggressive goals to provide renewable energy to southern California.

     

    Doron Blachar, CEO of Ormat Technologies, said, “This agreement establishes a mutually productive relationship with CPA, a recognized leader in the renewable sector, and gives Ormat additional security through a longer-term PPA than our prior agreement. Ormat will add 14 MW of renewable energy to CPA’s already diverse energy portfolio, enabling CPA to power 19,400 homes and bringing CPA closer to meeting its regulatory obligations under SB 100 and SB 350, which requires that 65% of Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) procurement be sourced from long-term contracts beginning in 2021.”

     

    “Partnering with Ormat Technologies is a great fit for Clean Power Alliance as the Southern California Heber South facility will allow us to provide renewable geothermal electricity to our customers when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing,” said Ted Bardacke Executive Director of Clean Power Alliance. “This is a win for the environment and a win for grid reliability.”

     

    Heber Complex, California, USA

     

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  • Join Ormat Waste Heat Free Webinar

    March 20, 2021

    When: May 5th 2021

    UNLOCK THE VALUE OF WASTE HEAT POTENTIAL

     

    Ormat is proud to start a series of free lectures on her REG - Recovered Energy Generation.

     

    Did you know that industrial waste heat can be a valuable resource for emission free electricity?
    Join our FREE WEBINAR about the world of Waste Heat and Recovered Energy Generation.
    Learn about Ormat activity in the waste heat market, our projects in the USA and Europe and how you can use this technology in your factory.

     

    Sign up to learn about Waste Heat Recovery projects, Tools for calculating heat power generation and how it can help you.

    This webinar will be made out of 3 sessions:

     

    May 5th 2021 - Introduction to Ormat Recovered Energy Generation - REG

    May 12th 2021 - Make it practical - Tools for calculating heat power generation

    May 19th 2021 - Experts panel & Open Q&A

     

    Click to register 

     

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  • Vallecito Energy Storage Facility in California is on!

    March 20, 2021

    Ormat is proud to announce Commercial Operation of the 10 MW/ 40 MWh Vallecito Battery Energy Storage Facility in California

     

     

    Ormat announced the commercial operation of the 10 MW/40 MWh Vallecito Battery Energy Storage System (Vallecito BESS). The Vallecito facility brings together best-in-class products, services and engineering talent to provide much needed local capacity, ancillary services and energy optimization to the region’s power grid.

     

    The Vallecito BESS provides local resource adequacy to Southern California Edison (SCE) under a 20-year energy storage resource adequacy agreement. In addition, the facility will provide ancillary services and energy optimization through participation in merchant markets run by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO).

     

    The Vallecito BESS is Ormat’s second operating BESS facility in California with one more project under construction and multiple other projects in various stages of development.

     

    “The Vallecito BESS facility will provide resiliency to the Goleta area and it will also help enhance the overall reliability of the grid as California transitions to 100% emissions-free renewable energy,” said William Walsh, SCE vice president of Energy Procurement & Management.

     

    “We brought together best-in-class products, services and engineering talent to deliver a battery energy storage system that provides much needed local capacity, ancillary services and energy optimization to the region's power grid,” commented Doron Blachar, Ormat’s Chief Executive Officer. “Vallecito represents our seventh operating BESS facility in the US and underscores our strategy to develop, own and operate energy storage facilities in several key US markets, including California, New Jersey (part of the PJM Interconnect), Texas and Vermont (part of the ISO New England). Ormat is committed to be an active participant in California’s effort to achieve its goal of 100% carbon-free electricity by 2045 through massive deployment of renewable energy and energy storage resources. We are pleased to expand our decades-long relationship with SCE with this latest resource, and look forward to continuing to leverage our proven development and operations capabilities to provide load serving entities and grid operators with the expertise to enhance grid performance, stability and responsiveness – while delivering capacity where it is needed the most.”

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  • A look in to the depth of a well - DOWNHOLE POSITION SENSOR

    March 20, 2021

    A NEVER-BEFORE SEEN GLIMPSE INTO TO THE DEPTH OF THE WELL

     By Benjamin Eilan 

     

    Ormat engineers has been developing a new sensor to easily operate production pump in wells that are consider extremely challenging.

     

    One of the main challenges in the operation and commissioning process of a deep geothermal line shaft pump is the differential movement between rotating and stationary parts.

    Production pump are designed with extra axial play, meaning, they can tolerate more differential movement between rotating and stationary parts before an impact occurs.

     

    However, in some cases even this extra axial play is not enough, and an impact between rotor and stator occurs, in what is called "topping" or "bottoming". This kind of impact can end in a very costly catastrophic failure, in some cases, only a few minutes (!) after a pump has been commissioned.

     

    To answer this challenge, Ormat has developed and patented a novel downhole position sensor which tracks the rotor's relative position in real time, enabling operations teams to perform all commissioning and operations with a never-before seen glimpse into to the depth of the well.

     

    Ormat has been developing and testing this sensor over the last few years, and with its aid – easily operating production pump in wells that were previously considered extremely challenging.

     

    The chart below illustrates this sensor's contribution: a startup of a deep pump was attempted, but the position sensor alerted that the impellers were dangerously close to contacting the bottom of the bowls, so the pump was immediately stopped, it's spacing was readjusted, and it has been running ever since.

     

    Pump Commissioning Chart

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  • New design change - EXTENDED LINESHAFTS

    March 20, 2021

    HIGHER LOAD CAPACITY ENABLES A 30% INCREASE IN PRODUCTION PUMP FLOWRATE

    By Benjamin Eilan 

    A design change on an industry standard has enabled ORMAT to increase flow and generation revenue without costly drilling of more wells

     

    For many years Ormat has been successfully driving its line shaft production pumps with industry standard lineshafts. A line shaft transfers the power from the motor, which located on the ground, to the pump deep below the surface.

     

    While widely used, the industry standard equipment has its power limitations, practically limiting the pumped flowrate from a single well. In an effort to increase flowrate from existing wells, Ormat developed, in close collaboration with its vendors, an extended lineshaft assembly, including all the associated parts.

     

    The extended lineshaft has been successfully installed and operated in wells in Ormat's fleet and enabled an increase of 30% in the flowrate extracted from these wells, directly impacting the power generation in the plant.

     

     

    Extended Lineshaft

     

    Extended Lineshaft

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  • Introducing Ormat’s between-bearings turbine

    March 20, 2021

    INCREASING PRODUCT LIFE AND PERFORMANCE WITH CUTTING-EDGE TECHNOLOGY

    By Alex Katz

     

    We are proud to introduce our new, high-performance between-bearings turbine, yet another step towards our vision of a sustainable, renewable energy future.

     

    Utilizing the traditional radially split design, the turbine rotor in the new product is supported between the axially spaced bearings. The new design offers the best of both worlds. Maintaining the radially split design optimizes high temperature and pressure management while keeping costs to a minimum. The between-bearings rotor Enhances rotor durability, increasing the product life of the bearings and improving the power output from a single turbine by up to 50% when compared to the overhang design.

     

    Ormat’s between-bearings turbine design is field-proven, with over 25 turbines already in operation globally. It operates with up to five expansion stages, for maximum performance and efficiency.

     

     

    Steamboat Hills Repower, 2020

    Steamboat Complex 1988-2020, NV, USA, 84 MW

     

     

    We’re on a mission to become a leading global provider of renewable energy, while building a geographically balanced portfolio of geothermal, recovered energy, and storage assets. The between-bearings turbine is the newest addition to the Ormat family of advanced technology that already includes 71 patents…and counting! We aren’t going to stop here—our team of over 200 engineers is continually working on new technologies to improve power stations through creative thinking and advanced technology. Stay tuned to find out what they come up with next.

     

     

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  • Top Energy new geothermal power plant

    January 27, 2021

    Congratulations to our client, Top Energy, for the commissioning of the Ngawha geothermal power station in New Zealand. The Ngawha power station will generate 32MW of power for New Zealand far north.

     

    Ormat is proud to have provided the engineering, procurement, and construction services to bring Top Energy’s newest power station to life, and we’re ready to help your company realize its full energy potential with our wide variety of geothermal production products and services.

     

    Community owned Top Energy recently commissioned the Ngāwhā geothermal power station (OEC4) after an intensive three-year construction, well drilling and plant assembly programme.
    Despite delays due to COVID-19 the power station was completed six months earlier than planned.
    A testament to the hard work the company and its contractors United Civil Construction, Iceland
    Drilling, Culham Engineering and Ormat Technology, Inc.
    The Ngāwhā power station secures an independent, renewable and affordable power supply, ending the region’s reliance on the National Grid and electricity being transported from the south.

     

    Read more in Top Energy Public Advertise

     

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  • Another success in Turkey

    December 24, 2020

    We are proud to announce that Gurmat EFE 8 unit 1 was recently brought online at an exceptional short schedule, after a unique effort of the owner and Ormat start-up teams.

    "Once again a fruitful and trustful cooperation between Guris and Ormat is proven to lead to a successful implementation and productive project." Says Gad Shoshan, Sales Director for the Turkish Market

     

    The 30 MW unit, one of two in this project, brings the Germencik “Idris” site, west of Aydin to a total capacity of 260 MW which 165 MW produced out of 7 Ormat units."We cooperate with Ormat for many years. We went through many commercial and technical discussions. Down the road we know that we will get a reliable and efficient machine, operated at the shortest schedule" says Riza Kadirli Deputy General Manager of Guris "Since Ormat is the major operator of its equipment, we are sure that every piece of the equipment installed in our power plant is the highest quality from O&M perspective. After all, geothermal is a long-term business".

     

    EFE8 unit 1 is the 42 unit operation in Turkey starting 2006. The total installed capacity of 923 MW makes Ormat the largest equipment producer in the Turkish geothermal industry.  

     

     

     

    ABOUT ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES


    With over five decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal Company and the only vertically integrated Company engaged in geothermal, recovered energy generation (REG) and Energy Storage.

    With 68 U.S. patents, Ormat’s power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 578 employees in the United States and 830 overseas.

    Ormat’s flexible, modular solutions for geothermal power, REG and Storage are ideal for the vast range of resource characteristics. The Company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has installed to utilities and developers worldwide, totaling over 3,000 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current 933 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Indonesia and Kenya.

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  • Puna Geothermal Power Plant - An Island within an Island

    November 12, 2020

    We’re excited to announce that as of November 5, 2020 our Puna power plant has resumed operation supplying clean, renewable energy for Hawaii. We expect to reach full operation by the middle of 2021.

    Over the past two and a half years, Ormat has been working closely with Hawaiian Electric to get our Puna Geothermal Power Plant back up and running after the devastating Kilauea Volcano eruption.

    PGV came online in 1993, providing Hawai'i Island with clean, safe, renewable, reliable and affordable energy. 

    On Sunday afternoon, May 27th (Hawaiian time), the approaching lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano, blocked the main access road to the power plant, covered the wellheads of two geothermal wells, burnt  the substation of the complex and an adjacent warehouse that stored a drilling rig.

     

    “After safely securing the plant during the lava intrusion all we could do is sit back and watch this amazing phenomenon.” says Jordan Hara, Ormats power plant manager “I really appreciated Ormat’s commitment and support given to our Puna plant during this event and through recovery. When the lava stopped the next thing that came to my mind is when can we get back online”.

     

    Our teams worked day and night to get the power plant back on. On November 5th, 2020, the electricity production partially resumed. We expect to gradually ramp up to 15 MW by the end of 2020, subject to the successful connection of an additional production well to the power plant.

    Final goal is resuming full operation by the middle of 2021.

     

     

    ABOUT ORMAT TECHNOLOGIES


    With over five decades of experience, Ormat Technologies, Inc. is a leading geothermal Company and the only vertically integrated Company engaged in geothermal, recovered energy generation (REG) and Energy Storage.

    With 68 U.S. patents, Ormat’s power solutions have been refined and perfected under the most grueling environmental conditions. Ormat has 578 employees in the United States and 830 overseas.

    Ormat’s flexible, modular solutions for geothermal power, REG and Storage are ideal for the vast range of resource characteristics. The Company has engineered, manufactured and constructed power plants, which it currently owns or has installed to utilities and developers worldwide, totaling over 3,000 MW of gross capacity. Ormat’s current 933 MW generating portfolio is spread globally in the U.S., Guatemala, Guadeloupe, Honduras, Indonesia and Kenya.

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  • WIND GUIDING VANES PATENT

    October 1, 2020

    We are proud to release for commercial implementation, our recent registered patent for WIND GUIDING VANES

     

    For couple of years Ormat studied the wind flow production effect on its Don A Campbell geothermal complex and confirmed the theoretically known major effect on Air Cooled Condensers thermal performance. Ormat managed to recover 2000 MWh to the yearly production using its recently patented  Wind Guiding Vanes (WGV), developed using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis and optimization process.

     

    Following the promising results, Ormat now offers the WGV to its worldwide clients.

     

    Wind has a major effect on Air Cooled Condensers thermal performance, thus, on geothermal plants power generation. To regain plant generation during winds, wind effect analysis was performed in Don A Campbell, an Ormat geothermal power plant in Nevada. Field tests were executed on small scale system, including fan flowrate measurements and smoke tests. Results showed a significant performance improvement with the WGV system equipped bays in windy conditions.

    Rankine cycle condenser thermal performance determines the turbine back pressure, thus has direct impact on power plant generation, especially in low enthalpy (geothermal heat resource) Organic Rankine Cycle application. Following the promising results, full scale solution was implemented in Don A Campbell and is now a commercial patented solution.

     

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    Early this year, Ormat published a Technical paper reviewing the wind effect mitigation methods for air cooled condensers, fundamental analysis of the problem and Ormat designed solution.


    Read the complete description, tests and results in the article.

     

     

    Don A. Campbell Complex, NV, USA, 36 MW

     

     

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  • ORMAT IN TURKEY - Oct 2020

    November 17, 2020

    The month of October 2020 has seen a tremendous growth of its geothermal power generation capacity. Ormat Technologies had a great part in this growth!

    In October alone we have operated 3 geothermal power plant for our customers and partners. Among the plants are the 3.5 MW Emirler geothermal power plant, a new business for its owner Halil Pekdemir and the 20 MW Nezihe Beren geothermal power plant of Maren.

    Emirler - The Pekdemir business is in the agriculture market, growing and distributing agriculture products to supermarkets. They also own their own chain. They are a big agriculture landowner around the Denizli area.
    Several years ago, Mr. Pekdemir found geothermal resource in his land. First, he used it to heat and cultivate some of his greenhouse. But with the discovery of a stronger resource in Emirler, we met and worked on a program to develop it for electricity generation too.
    On Dec 6th ,2019 we sign the first unit, Emirler JES 1, in a capacity of 3.5 MW.
    We are very proud that with the full support of Pekdemir team, headed by Sinan Akbay, we succeeded to deliver and install the first unit in a record time of less than 11 months.
    Now we are planning the continuation- Emirler JES 2 and other areas in the future.

    Nezihe Beren - Yet another geothermal power plant of Maren, one of Kipas Holding companies. Maren signed their first geothermal plant in Germencik area (Irem) with Ormat on Feb 11, 2010.
    Nezihe Beren was signed on June 20, 2019 for 20 MW gross capacity. It is Maren’s 7th power plant, and with ken 1& 3 and Kiper 1, Kipas hold 10 power plant in total rated gross capacity of 220 MW.
    With this power plant, the number of Ormat technology based operating powerplants in Turkey reaches 40, and 3 under construction.

     

    Emirler, Pekdemir, Turkey, 3.5 MW

     

    Emirler, Pekdemir, Turkey, 3.5 MW
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  • STEAMBOAT HILLS GEOTHERMAL PLANT 360-degree VIDEO

    November 17, 2020

    With travel and safety restrictions limiting our geothermal facility tours this year, our business development and marketing teams have come up with a creative solution to show off our newest facility! Check out the 360-degree video of our newest geothermal facility, Steamboat Hills, below. With 360-degree video technology, you can pause the video, move the screen, or tilt your phone to view the plant from any perspective you want. Give it a test drive on your laptop, phone, or tablet device to see geothermal as you’ve never seen it before. (Recommended browser is Chrome, recommended setting of 1080p.)

    The Steamboat Hills complex is located in Washoe County, Nevada and is part of the Steamboat Complex that is comprised of six power plants utilizing binary systems with both air and water cooling. The generating capacity of the complex is 84 MW, with the first plant reaching commercial operation in 1992, and the most recent plant reaching commercial operation in June of 2020.

     

     

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