Siemens Energy Teams up With Duke Energy, Clemson University to Study Hydrogen Use

CLEMSON, S.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Siemens Energy, Duke Energy and Clemson University have teamed up to study the use of hydrogen for energy storage and as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to produce energy at Duke Energy’s combined heat and power plant located at Clemson University in South Carolina.

The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it awarded Siemens Energy a $200,000 grant for the research initiative.

The pilot project, called H2-Orange – a nod to hydrogen gas and the collaboration with Clemson University – will ramp up in March 2021 and include studies on hydrogen production, storage and co-firing with natural gas.

The studies will evaluate multiple forms of hydrogen production, including green hydrogen, which is created from water and has no byproducts. Hydrogen also has the potential to store larger quantities of energy more efficiently and for longer durations than current lithium-ion battery technology.

“We look forward to developing an advanced hydrogen energy storage system to reduce the carbon footprint on the Clemson University campus, while optimizing the cost of energy for the campus and microgrid,” said Richard Voorberg, vice president of global service operations at Siemens Energy. “We want to be a driver of the energy transition, and this is a great step toward building reliable and efficient clean energy infrastructure in the U.S.”

This unique arrangement combines the experience, expertise and perspectives of Siemens Energy as the technology developer, Clemson University as the beneficiary and Duke Energy as the owner and operator of the asset.

Siemens Energy will study the use of its Silyzer electrolyzer to produce hydrogen fuel to help power the existing SGT-400 natural gas turbine at the Clemson plant. The Silyzer can use renewables and clean energy sources to create hydrogen without producing emissions. Clemson University will lead the integration of hydrogen into the campus grid and ensure energy needs are met, and Duke Energy will provide operational, engineering and grid modeling expertise. Duke Energy also expects the results of the study to be applicable to its larger combustion turbine fleet.

“Hydrogen integration is a possibility at many of our natural gas stations,” said Regis Repko, Duke Energy’s senior vice president and chief fossil/hydro officer. “The best way to innovate is through teamwork, and this research could influence the future of energy – reducing reliance on fossil fuels, decreasing energy costs and benefiting the environment and all energy users.”

For years, Duke Energy has actively evaluated hydrogen as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to help the company meet its bold net-zero carbon goal by 2050. Siemens Energy and Clemson University also have net-zero carbon goals to reach by 2030.

“This collaboration supports our institutional goal to be carbon neutral while advancing the development of energy technologies that could have far-reaching societal benefit,” said Tanju Karanfil, Clemson University vice president for research. “We are proud to collaborate with industry leaders Duke Energy and Siemens Energy and appreciate their interest in this project.”

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Petrobras signs charter contracts for Marlim

Petrobras reports that it has signed letters of intent (LoI) with the Japanese company Modec (Marlim Unit 1) and the Malaysian company Yinson (Marlim Unit 2), for the chartering of two FPSO platforms. The units will be used in the production development project of the Marlim and Voador fields revitalization – modules 1 and 2, located in the Campos Basin.

The platforms will be installed around 150 km off the brazilian coast, in water depths of approximately 670 meters (FPSO Marlim 1) and 930 meters (FPSO Marlim 2).

The two projects will have capacity to process up to 80,000 bpd (FPSO Marlim 1) and 70,000 bpd (FPSO Marlim 2) of oil and 7 million m³/day (FPSO Marlim 1) and 4 million m³/day (FPSO Marlim 2) of natural gas.

The production start-up is scheduled for the years 2022 and 2023, according to the 2019-2023 Business and Management Plan. The units will be operated and chartered for 25 years.

MODEC Awarded Letter of Intent by Petrobras Related to Marlim 1 FPSO

MODEC, Inc. (“MODEC”) is pleased to announce that it has received a Letter of Intent (LOI) for the supply, charter, and operations of a Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel for Marlim revitalization project from Petróleo Brasileiro S.A. (“Petrobras”). This marks MODEC’s 16thproject for the Brazilian market and the period of contract for the unit is 25 years.

The FPSO’s first oil production is planned for 2022 and its operation is part of the Marlim cluster revitalization project. The field is 100% operated by Petrobras and is situated in the Campos Basin, in the northern region of the Rio de Janeiro State, 150 kilometers off the coast. The oil wells are at a water depth approximately 670meters. The FPSO will be capable of processing 80,000 barrels of crude oil per day, 7.0 million standard cubic meter of gas per day, 390,000 barrels of water injection per day and will have minimum storage capacity of 1,000,000 barrels of crude oil. This is MODEC’s sixth vessel in the Campos Basin since the company started to operate in the region in 2003.

MODEC is responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction, mobilization, chartering and operations of the FPSO, including topsides processing equipment as well as hull and marine systems. SOFEC, Inc., a MODEC group company, will design and supply the spread mooring system for the floating unit. In addition to the Marlim 1 FPSO, MODEC will also provide three more FPSOs for the country within the next years: the FPSO Carioca MV30, the FPSO Guanabara MV31 and the FPSO Almirante Barroso MV32. These FPSOs will be deployed in the pre-salt of Santos Basin.

“This new contract reflects our commitment with our operations in Brazil and with Petrobras,” commented Yuji Kozai, President and CEO of MODEC. “Brazil is a key country in our business strategy and is about to enter a very promising period for the energy segment. Brazilian market and Petrobras have been supporting us by strengthening our position in global offshore oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years. It is our wish to continue to support the development of the local oil and gas industry, either through mature fields like the Marlim revitalization project as well as green field projects in the pre-salt, amongst others.”

President and CEO of MODEC Brazil, Takashi Nishino highlighted the company’s history in the region. “MODEC began its operations in Brazil back in 2003, precisely in the Campos Basin. We are very honored to receive a new contract for the region. Today, more than half of MODEC’s employees around the world work in Brazil and more than 90% of our workforce in the country is composed of Brazilians. Our history in Brazil is a source of great pride for us.”

Compression Cooling Models from Hudson Products

Compression Cooling Detail from Hudson Products

Compression heat exchangers are the primary apparatus used to protect gas compression equipment as well as controlling the conditioning of natural gas. Hudson Products is at the forefront of compression cooling in the natural gas industry and RTS Corporation provides premier engineering services and solutions for these apparatuses. Today, the experts at RTS Corporation will discuss the configurations and models of compression cooling offered by Hudson Products in greater detail to help you select the ideal compression solution for your business.

Compression Cooling Models from Hudson Products

Hudson Products has several high-quality models to choose from:

Vertical Forced Draft

Vertical Induced Draft

Forced Draft Engine Drive

Horizontal Forced Draft

Vertical Forced/Induced Draft

RTS Corporation has the experts to implement and install the Hudson unit you choose — and help you to decide which one is right for you.

What are Compression Coolers Primarily Used For?

The compression coolers from Hudson Products were designed for reciprocating natural gas compressors. Primarily, these would be used in gas processing plants, transmission, and storage.

Why Hudson Products?

Hudson Products offers best-in-class engineering and precision construction. Their products were designed to meet the everyday needs and challenges of your project under the harshest conditions. RTS Corporation only works with the best suppliers, so you can trust that Hudson Products more than meets the standard.

Hudson has been leading the charge on production technology for over 75 years. Not only are their products the highest quality possible, they’re also cost-effective. Through tireless improvement and innovation, they became the leading manufacturer of air-cooled heat exchangers. They’ve since expanded their offerings to include compression coolers, created with the same quality and precision that they’ve become known for.

RTS Corporation is happy to work with Hudson Products to install solutions and provide services for their air-cooled heat exchangers, axial flow fans, and compression coolers.

Contact RTS Corporation for your OEM Equipment Needs

RTS Corporation offers the highest quality engineering services and OEM product solutions. Our specialty lies in the oil and gas industry, and our expert staff can help you find the perfect solution for your needs. For more information about all RTS Corporation has to offer, contact us today at 203-459-9835. Or if you prefer, you can contact us via email at Lastly, you can request more information directly from our website with our online request form. We’re happy to help you in any way we can.

Oil and Gas Industry: Siemens SGT-800 Enhancement

Oil and Gas Industry: Siemens SGT-800 Receives an Update

At RTS Corporation, we pride ourselves on keeping up with the constant technological advances that occur in the oil and gas industry. Siemens recently launched a performance enhancement for their SGT-800 industrial gas turbine. This upgrade is designed to provide owners and operators with significant fuel savings and CO​2​ emissions reduction in order to facilitate improved energy production. Learn more about the SGT-800 Gearbox design provided by RTS and how it can benefit your company with RTS Corporation.

SGT-800 Performance Enhancement

The upgrade offers up to a 3.5 percent increase in simple cycle gas turbine efficiency and up to an additional 10-megawatt output, enhancing the power of the turbine from 43-47.5 megawatts to 53 megawatts. For combined cycle applications, the enhancement could also result in a power increase of more than 20 megawatts and a 3.5 percent lower heat rate, based on a combined cycle 2xSGT-800 and one steam turbine according to Siemens press release. This upgrade results in significant heat rate improvement, which contributes to fuel savings and CO2 emission reductions within major markets in the oil and gas industry.

In an effort to improve operating experience and OEM optimization, this upgrade is infusing the components included in the later version of the SGT-800 (50.5-54 megawatts). In this version, an improved compressor blade design is included for increased aerodynamic performance, as well as optimized gas path mass flow and component cooling in the turbine section. These upgrades result in a moderate increase in combustion chamber firing temperature. Siemens recommends installing the upgrade in conjunction with a scheduled major overhaul, as it uses features from existing and proven SGT-800s with higher ratings.

Visit RTS Corporation for the Latest in the Oil and Gas Industry

At RTS Corporation we are proud of the steps our team has made to help move the oil and gas industry forward, with the SGT-800 Gearbox design being the latest example. Our team specializes in OEM and engineering service for critical oil and gas power generation applications. With our years of experience and connections with industry-leading equipment manufacturers, we have what it takes to carry large-scale engineering projects to completion.

If you are interested in learning more about how RTS Corporation can assist your business in the oil and gas industry contact us today at 203-459-9835. Or, if you prefer, you can contact us via email at Lastly, you can request more information directly from our website with our online request form.

How Do Different Industries Make Use of OEM Equipment?

OEM Equipment in Different Industries

OEM equipment is a common part of many industrial setups. RTS Corporation can provide the best quality OEM equipment for gas, oil, and power generation facilities. But what other industries make use of OEM parts and components? In today’s blog, RTS Corporation looks at some of the most common industrial applications of OEM equipment, from small parts of a large operation to entire pieces of machinery.

Consumer and Commercial Electronics

How many consumer electronic items do you encounter day-to-day? Now more than ever, we are surrounded by consumer electronics. Even those on a tight personal budget are still able to afford a feature-packed smartphone or laptop and most of us have a large high-definition TV in our home.

All of these items use OEM components such as multi-conductor paired cables, coaxial cables, hook-up wires, tubing, sleeving, and many others. The use of OEM equipment is part of what has made so many consumer electronics affordable for so many people.

Computers, Gadgets, and Technology

Many of these consumer electronics come in the form of gadgets like smartphones and games consoles, as well as larger home appliances like washers and dryers. Development and innovation in OEM components have helped to make much smaller parts for things like smartphones, and even smaller parts for things like the SD card you might use to increase the capacity of that smartphone.

Aviation, Aerospace, and Military

OEM equipment is an essential part of the aviation industry and, subsequently, aerospace and military manufacturing. From airplanes to space shuttles, and from fighter jets to tanks, a wide range of OEM parts are used in these industries. This includes components like connectors and terminals, fiber optic and data cables, magnetic wires and many others, providing critical functionality for operations in these industries.

Vehicles and Transportation Equipment

Not only do airplanes use a variety of OEM parts, but your car, truck, or SUV does too. Whatever vehicle you use day-to-day will include OEM components that are vital to the way it functions, such as high-temperature hookup wires and specifically designed automotive wiring harnesses.

Medical and Healthcare Equipment

There is a good reason why high-quality medical equipment is absolutely necessary when it comes to curing disease and saving lives, and OEM equipment provides a vital resource in this industry. High-temperature hook-up wires, portable cords and cables, components that aid in automation, even ways to simply manage cables are all OEM components that are in constant use. These are just a few in a list of many, many more.

Get the Best in OEM Equipment from RTS

Of course, the power generation and mining industries are also heavily reliant on OEM parts. RTS is dedicated to providing the best in OEM components and equipment for oil, gas, and power generation. If you are looking for a source that you can rely on, talk to the team at RTS Corporation.

We have provided parts and components for countless clients, and we can also offer additional engineering services to improve your processes and results. Our goal at RTS is to provide excellent products, reliable on-time delivery, and the very best in field service support from experienced engineers. Take a look at our range of engineering services.

What Goes Into Field Service Engineering? We Can Explain

What is Involved in Field Service Engineering?

Providing the best in OEM equipment and experienced engineering services, RTS Corporation can offer a lot to those in the engineering industry. Whether you require solutions in oil and gas, or power generation, we can offer high-quality components, engineering consultancy services, and field service engineering.

If you have yet to look into hiring outside consultants for your projects, you may be unfamiliar with field service engineering and what a field service engineer can offer. In this blog, RTS Corporation is looking at some of the details in field service engineering.

Strong and Varied Knowledge of Your Industry

Providing field service engineering means having a strong foundation of knowledge about many industry-specific engineering requirements as well as general standards and practices that apply across all industries. A skilled field service engineer must have a practical knowledge of the many different types of machinery and equipment they will encounter in their work.

A field service engineer is the person who is sent to repair equipment when it is damaged, defective, or no longer operational. This means they need to be able to know going in what they will need to do to assess and fix the issue in order to get operations back on track.

Competency and Skill

Field service engineers take this knowledge and combine it with the skills and experience necessary to put it to use in unique and demanding operational settings. Field service engineering is a hands-on career, and the engineer needs to be able to roll up their sleeves and get to work on a wide variety of equipment in an equally wide variety of scenarios. Exceptional practical skills and abilities, as well as a deep knowledge of industry-specific engineering, means getting the job done in a timely and reliable way.

Willingness to Travel and Adapt

Field service engineers are often required to travel extensively. This means that engineers need to be prepared for long and frequent trips for work and to act as an exemplary representative of their company when they are on the job. Depending on the kind of work, trips can be longer or shorter, and the locations can pose very different demands.

Engineers can quickly go from working in isolation, with the peace and quiet to focus on the job, to a busy environment where their ability to concentrate is tested to its limit. The key to field service engineering is the combination of knowledge with the ability and willingness to think fast and adapt to different working environments.

Contact RTS About Field Service Engineering

If you are looking for an engineering consultant or field service engineer that you know you can trust, contact RTS Corporation today. We have helped countless clients improve their processes and get better, more efficient results. We can also provide OEM equipment that meets any industry standards. Take a look at our range of engineering services.

What Value Can an Engineering Consultant Bring?

The Value of an Engineering Consultant

RTS Corporation is not just about offering industry-leading solutions in OEM equipment. We also offer engineering services designed to be tailored to your individual needs. If you are looking for an engineering consultant for help with a project at any stage in the process, RTS Corporation can help. But what can an engineering consultant bring to your project or processes? In this blog, RTS Corporation will look at some of the details of what a consultant does, and the benefits they can offer.

Cost-Effective Efficiency

The biggest and most effective benefit of using an engineering consultant is the improvement of overall efficiency. A good consultant is equipped with the skills and experience to greatly cut down on the time a project or process takes and identify places where cost can be reduced, without impacting overall operations.

Availability of Vital Knowledge

A skilled consultant is also equipped with a wide array of knowledge. Engineering consultants are experienced with the extensive variety of engineering requirements across many industries. Not only can the skills of RTS engineers be utilized in gas, oil, and electric industries, but consultants will also frequently work on infrastructure and environmental projects in many sectors.

Depending on their area of expertise, a consultant can potentially be the missing piece in your project when it comes to in-depth knowledge. This knowledge will then be readily available to be utilized by your organization through targeted analysis of your processes and operations with the consultant.

Saving Costs on Your Operations and Planning

It can be difficult to keep a close eye on your budget when you are managing a facility or a major project. Keeping operations in check can be overwhelming, and if you are not equipped with an easy way to budget and count costs, you can end up overspending. A consultant can offer the added benefit of being able to arrange and organize services with cost always in mind.

Keeping Up with Key Economic and Industry Development

A key part of being a good engineering consultant is keeping up with industry changes. Being a consultant is about more than just using existing knowledge, it is also about adapting to change and implementing new strategies for those who employ your services. A consultant can bring you a fresh, modern perspective in place of outdated methodologies.

Find an Engineering Consultant You Can Trust with RTS

Ultimately, the value of employing the services of a consultant will far outweigh the cost. If you are looking for an experienced engineering consultant, contact RTS Corporation today. We offer engineering services across the oil, gas, and power generation industries. We can also offer you the best in OEM equipment for whatever you need. Whether you are starting a major project or you have found that your current processes have slowed or stalled, talk to us about the solutions available from our engineering services.

RTS Corporation on Safety in the Electrical Power Industry

RTS Corporation: Safety and the Electrical Power Industry

RTS Corporation provides engineering services and OEM equipment for the oil, gas, and power generation industries. With all of the experience that we have gained in working with a variety of clients in these industries, we have developed a deep understanding of how important safety is across many workplaces and industries.

Not just safety in equipment, but in processes, policy development, staff training, facility design and functionality, and much more. In this blog, RTS Corporation takes a closer look at some specifics for safety considerations in the electrical power generation industry.

OSHA and Related Regulations on Safety

Whatever industry you operate in, following OSHA regulations is essential if you are based in the United States. OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, is part of the US Department of Labor and determines a variety of guidelines across all industries for the health and safety of American workers.

When it comes to industrial or manufacturing work, OSHA has a long list of highly specific standards and regulations. This includes anything from the condition and use of fixed ladders, to the storage and handling of volatile substances, to the operation of helicopters. You can find all of their industrial guidelines on their official website.

Workplace Hazards

For more general safety guidelines, RTS Corporation recommends you pay close attention to the environment your staff is working in. This is as true for an established facility as it is for one that is being planned. Neglecting safety, either through cutting corners or not being aware of hazards, is extremely dangerous.

For the electrical power industry, this includes factors such as the proper condition of cables and connections, along with the proper facility design considerations to ensure that cables and connections are fitted and secured safely. Keeping a facility clean and free of moisture and damp is vital too, as these can increase the risk of fire and electrocution. In order to avoid accidents, any tools related to maintenance must be kept away from the facility floor and industrial equipment must be secured properly when not in use.

Safety Gear and Staff Training

When it comes to accidents, providing the right safety gear for all staff — from the technicians on-site every day to administration officials touring the facility — is essential. Non-conductive equipment must be available, including helmets, gloves, footwear, eye protection, and insulated tools such as non-conductive rope.

Quality Equipment and Good Practices

The team at RTS Corporation would also like to stress the importance of quality in your equipment as it pertains to the safety of your facility. This does not just mean the quality of the machinery, but also of any all of the equipment and safety gear that your technicians and engineers will use. It also means their training. Proper safety training and adhering to industry-standard best practices is absolutely vital to the safety of your staff, the functioning of your facility, and the integrity of your operation.

Contact RTS Corporation About Engineering Services

RTS Corporation does not just provide advice for the electrical power generation industry, but also for oil, gas, and alternative forms of power and engineering applications. We are dedicated to being an invaluable resource for complex projects requiring innovative design solutions. Contact us to talk about our engineering services today.

Why is Sustainability an Important Factor in Engineering Services?

Importance of Sustainability in Engineering Services

Providing the best in engineering services requires an in-depth understanding of the engineering industry. Whether it is oil and gas refining or power generation, the team at RTS Corporation is committed to staying at the forefront of engineering services.

Along with this, RTS Corporation is also dedicated to sustainability. Sustainable engineering services are vital across a wide variety of industries, and in this blog the professionals at RTS Corporation will explain why sustainability matters.

What Is Sustainable Engineering?

Sustainable engineering involves designing and managing systems to use resources in a way that is sustainable. Simply put, this means creating energy in a way that does not negatively impact our environment, or that minimizes or compensates for environmental impact.

The philosophy behind sustainable engineering, and the sustainability movement in general, is to preserve our environment for future generations. The aim of sustainable engineering services is to do this in a way that also does not impact the efficiency or productivity of industrial processes.

Pollution Prevention and Material Management

Pollution from industrial processes and manufacturing has been an issue for a long time, but the push to tackle it is relatively new in comparison to how long it has been going on. Part of the reason for this is that people’s awareness of our environmental impact has vastly increased over time. Another factor is that the technology to carry out industrial projects while minimizing harm to our environment simply was not there before.

Thanks to companies like RTS Corporation and related organizations, as well as a number of governmental and global initiatives, the push towards environmental protection has resulted in significant innovations. Improved technology and understanding has resulted in greener technology. Professional engineers with increased awareness have allowed for using these technologies in the most productive ways.

Accomplishments of the Sustainability Movement

To better illustrate this, we can give you a few examples of what the sustainability movement has achieved:

Green Materials

Green materials include things that can be recycled, reused, or have their supply easily replenished. The term “green materials” may also be used to refer to locally-sourced materials.

Water Conservation

Innovations in water conservation include low-flow plumbing and interior fixtures. Newer homes designed for water and energy conservation also offer savings when it comes to the cost of utilities.

Energy Efficiency

Sustainable engineering has led to extensive improvements in energy efficiency in everything from industrial applications to household electronics. Coupled with increased public awareness, the push towards better energy efficiency has helped save both money and resources.

Contact Us About Sustainable Engineering Services

As you have seen here, sustainability is an essential part of effective engineering services. This is unlikely to change any time soon, so your projects need to be guided and managed to be modern, efficient and cost-effective. This is where RTS Corporation can help.
We are dedicated to providing the best in advanced, detailed and professional engineering and project management services. If you are looking for a team that understands the engineering industry to bring this knowledge to your processes, contact RTS Corporation today.