MANN+HUMMEL joins Hydrogen Council

MANN+HUMMEL, the global leading filtration expert, has joined the Hydrogen Council. As the first CEO-led global initiative of its kind, the Hydrogen Council was founded in 2017 at the World Economic Forum in Davos. More than 80 leading energy, transportation and industrial companies are currently members. Joining forces with government policymakers, international authorities and the public, the council aims to establish hydrogen as a solution to facilitate the exit from fossil fuels and nuclear power, and to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

2020 01 20 114828“We believe hydrogen plays a crucial role in limiting CO2 emissions. As a member of the Hydrogen Council, we are delighted to be sharing our innovations centered on protecting fuel cells and jointly invigorating the global debate,” says Kurk Wilks, President and CEO at MANN+HUMMEL.

The filtration expert draws on many years’ experience engineering cost-optimized system solutions to extend the life and durability of fuel cells. “Systems have to be durable, reliable and cost-effective for fuel cell technology to be widely accepted on the market. We at MANN+HUMMEL have developed an innovative air duct system for the cathode path to protect sensitive components and ensure the fuel cell has a highly efficient supply of clean air,” says Dr. Michael Harenbrock, Principal Expert Electric Mobility.


MANN+HUMMEL is a leading global expert for filtration solutions. The company group with its headquarters in Ludwigsburg, Germany, develops solutions for motor cars, industrial applications, clean air in interior spaces and the sustainable use of water. In 2018 the group achieved sales of approx. 4 billion euros worldwide with more than 20,000 employees at more than 80 locations. The products manufactured by the group include air cleaner systems, intake manifold systems, liquid filter systems, plastic components, filter media, cabin filters, industrial filters and membrane filters.

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Leroy-Somer announces AREP+, an improvement of its auxiliary winding technology for the TAL alternator range.

AREP+ significantly improves the electrical performance of equipped alternators, including gains in motor starting capacity of up to 30%.

AREP+ will be progressively offered on the Leroy-Somer TAL industrial alternator range from November 2019.

The new AREP+ system uses the output voltage of the main stator as H1 and a single auxiliary winding H3 inserted in selected slots of the main stator. The combination of these inputs is then used to power the controller, combining the power of a traditional Shunt system with the reliability and control level of an AREP system. Under the same conditions, more power is taken to supply the regulator, which increases the excitation capacity.

This excitation system is made possible by the improvements brought by Leroy-Somer to its range of regulators such as the R180 or the D350. The new regulatrors are able to process much higher voltage than with a standard AREP system without any risk for the excitation chain.

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The AREP+ system improves the electrical performance of equipped machines, especially during transient short circuit, load shedding or load impact phases.

As a result, the starting kVA performances areimproved by up to 30% depending on the generator models. This level of performance is decisive in situations where generators are used in an industrial context where electric motors must be started.

Because of its optimized design, the AREP+ technology also allows other performance improvements:

  • • Accelerated response time of the excitation chain, with an observed decrease of 20 to 30%
  • • Quicker startup of the excitation system, up to twice as fast with a theoretical start possible from 20 Hz.

"We are extremely satisfied with the performance of the AREP+ system," said Wenbin Ding, Low Voltage Product Manager "This new innovation is part of our commitment to offer reliable and efficient products with the TAL range, taking advantage of latest electric power generation technologies. It also proves that our strategy to grow our internal expertise around excitation systems is paying off."

During its development, the AREP+ system has been tested and subjected to a number of deforming loads. Under these conditions, the AREP + offers a remarkable level of performance, comparable to that which can be observed on a conventional AREP system.

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The AREP+ technology has been tested and used by some Leroy-Somer OEM customers for several months, and the first feedback from the field demonstrated satisfactory levels of performance and reliability.

AREP + technology will be rolled out over the entire TAL range before the end of the year, and on the LSA range from the beginning of 2020. It replaces the current AREP technology, which will eventually be completely replaced.

About Leroy-Somer Electric Power Generation

Leroy-Somer Electric Power Generation Europe and Asia Pacific (EPGE), a business unit of the Nidec Group, is a leader in industrial alternators with power ranging from 10kW to 25MW, focusing on Europe, Asia and Africa markets. With its two leading brand, Leroy-Somer and Kato Engineering, EPGE works with generator set manufacturers and electric power producers in these areas to help the industry provide reliable and efficient power solutions. EPGE has over 2,000 employees, 7 production sites worldwide and a global service network. For more, visit

About Nidec

Nidec, the parent company of Nidec Leroy-Somer Holding, was established in Kyoto, Japan in 1973 by its Chairman and CEO Shigenobu Nagamori. In 1979, Nidec became the first company in the world to successfully commercialize a direct drive spindle motor for HDDs based on a brushless DC motor. Since then, the company has grown into a world-leading comprehensive motor manufacturer encompassing more than 300 subsidiaries employing over 100,000 people throughout the world and with annual sales exceeding €11B. Nidec's motors, drives, generators and related products are found in a diverse range of applications including computers, smartphones, home appliances, automobiles, manufacturing plants, robots and more.

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Azelio signs MoU for energy storage project in Jordan

Azelio has agreed on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Jordanian company Hussein Atieh & Sons Co. (HAE), to work together on setting up a small-scale project in Jordan. The project paves the way for a commercial collaboration of about 25 MWe of Azelio’s energy storage technology in the Jordanian market until 2023. This capacity is forecasted along the following timeline: 50 kWe in 2020, 3 MWe in 2021, 7 MW  in 2022 and 15 MWe in 2023.

The first project will have a capacity of 50 kW with 13 hours of storage and will be installed in Jordan Q4 2020. The identified preliminary end-user has submitted an Expression of Interest (EoI) to assess Azelio’s technology for the supply of electricity to a steel factory. The system is intended to offset the factory’s electricity consumption during peak hours. The initial plant will demonstrate the technology’s capability in the given application at the client’s site and is intended to be followed by additional capacity in 2021 for a larger offset of the client electricity bill.

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Both parties’ intention is for HAE to become one of Azelio’s sales, installation and O&M partners in Jordan. HAE is a privately owned general contracting firm which in the last six decades (since 1961) successfully has executed several projects of varied and complex disciplines throughout Jordan. HAE is certified as a first-class general contractor in Jordan covering several disciplines in electromechanical works and infrastructure projects. HAE is interested in Azelio’s technology for long-term storage hours applications. Azelio’s aluminum-based storage solution dispatches electricity when needed around the clock. Fully charged, the storage system produces electricity for 13 hours at nominal power.

“We are very pleased to start out in Jordan together with HAE by proving our technology’s ability to offset high on-grid electricity costs. This is a very interesting segment for us as it has strong commercial drivers,” says Azelio’s CEO Jonas Eklind.

“The renewable energy in Jordan and Middle East has seen tremendous development in the last years. The pioneer technology of Azelio will unleash further potential in the renewable energy market. HAE is confident that it together with Azelio will enable customers to operate efficiently by having 24/7 renewable energy supply”, says HAE’s General Manager Assistant Mohammed Atieh.

About Azelio
Azelio is a public Swedish company, specializing in thermal energy storage with dispatchable Stirling-based electricity production when and where it is needed, modular and to a low cost. The technology is revolutionary for its unique ability to store thermal energy for production of electricity at nominal effect for 13h. The company has over 120 employees, headquartered in Gothenburg with production facilities in Uddevalla and development centres in Gothenburg and Åmål in Sweden, as well as international presence in China, Spain and Morocco. Since the start in 2008, the company has invested over one billion SEK in technical development. In June 2018, the company changed its name from Cleanergy to Azelio and in December 2018 the company was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm First North. FNCA Sweden AB, +46(0)8-528 00 399,, is Certified Adviser.


ABB celebrates 20-year milestone in DCS leadership

ARC’s 2018 market analysis report confirms ABB as No. 1 in the global Distributed Control System market for the 20th consecutive year

In a growing market expected to reach $17.4 billion globally by 2023, a market analysis report by the ARC Advisory Group, a leading industry analyst firm, confirms that ABB increased its share of the Distributed Control System (DCS) market to 20.0 percent, retaining its leadership position for the 20th year running. 

According to the report, ABB’s strong presence in many end-user industries was a major factor in this success. The DCS market saw its main growth in oil & gas, chemicals and refining, where also ABB has a strong footprint.

“I want to thank our long-standing customers for their cooperation and loyalty over decades,” said Dr. Peter Terwiesch, President, ABB Industrial Automation. “Partnership and collaboration with our customers have shaped ABB’s automation offering and domain expertise into what it is today. I am also pleased that new customers, in traditional and new industries, are finding value in ABB’s DCS solutions.” The company grew its market share by 1.8 percent since 2008.

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“Being independently verified as the global market leader in DCS for 20 years is an outstanding moment of pride for ABB, and a testament of our technology leadership and the strength of our long-term customer relations. We continue to invest in developments that extend the power of the DCS, to combine electrical and process automation, and help our customers leverage the era of digitalization with cloud and edge-based applications and services,” Terwiesch said.

“In dynamic, digitalizing industries, it’s challenging to maintain consistency with the fast pace of technology development and rapid market changes,” said Harry Forbes, Senior Analyst, ARC Advisory Group. “As analysts, it’s interesting to observe how ABB manages acquisitions, maintains installed bases and addresses the Internet of Things with consistency in DCS and other automation market spaces.”

In the process and hybrid industries, DCS are the heart of plant-level digitalization, helping producers to become more productive and profitable. They automatically control production processes, thus assuring high production availability, maximum asset utilization, increased process efficiency and optimum product quality. Ultimately, DCS enable safe, smart and sustainable goods production, power generation and water purification to enhance the lives of people around the world.  

ABB’s DCS is also a collaboration tool that integrates electrification, instrumentation, automation, telecommunications and safety. Supplementing its production role, data is gleaned from DCS to derive improvement actions that customer and ABB experts employ to drive plant and enterprise operations.

An example of the best-in-class technology that producers turn to is ABB’s single-channel Select I/O. With its digital marshalling capability, Select I/O allows users to engineer large capital projects with maximum flexibility and resilience to late changes, thus reducing cost, schedule and footprint. 

ARC’s report suggests that services are likely to be a fast-growing segment of the DCS market. In addition to traditional services, ABB invests heavily in remote-enabled, software-assisted services that are important contributors to DCS security, performance improvement and lifecycle evolution.

ABB is involved in industry bodies and user associations such as the Open Process Automation™ Forum, NAMUR, and OPC Foundation, to develop and promote open standards and interoperability, ensure customer-focused technology development and foster collaborative industry leadership. 

Looking ahead, emerging countries continue to be a key focus for market development. A resurgence of the global oil & gas upstream industry, expansion of the chemical industry in Asia, and development of the global Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) market are a few of the trends driving growth forecasts for DCS. 

Founded in 1986, ARC Advisory Group is the leading technology research and advisory firm for industry, infrastructure, and cities due to its in-depth coverage of both operational technologies (OT), engineering technologies (ET) and associated business trends. ARC’s analysts and consultants have the industry knowledge and the first-hand experience to help clients find the best answers to the complex business issues facing organizations today.  ARC provides technology supplier clients with strategic market research, and helps its end-user clients develop appropriate adoption strategies and select the best technology solutions for their needs.

ABB Industrial Automation offers a range of solutions for process and hybrid industries, including industry-specific integrated automation, electrification and digital solutions, control technologies, software and advanced services, as well as measurement & analytics, marine and turbocharging offerings. Industrial Automation is #2 in the market globally.  With its deep domain knowledge and experience of delivering world-class products, systems and solutions, Industrial Automation helps customers to increase their competitiveness, improve return on investment and run safe and smart operations.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a technology leader that is driving the digital transformation of industries. With a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB has four customer- focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, and Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by the ABB Ability™ digital platform. ABB’s Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.


Azelio’s verification project in Morocco delivers first electricity

Azelio’s verification project in Morocco has been completed and the first electricity has been produced according to plan: that is, by the end of the year. The verification of Azelio’s solution for the storage and production of sustainable electricity on demand around the clock, is a significant step in the industrialisation of the company.

During the fourth quarter of 2019, Azelio has prepared its verification project with its strategic partner, the state-owned Moroccan Agency for Sustainable Energy, Masen, at Ouarzazate Solar Power Station (also known as Noor Power Station) in Morocco, one of the world’s biggest. Since two modules comprising Azelio’s energy-storage solution were deployed in early December, further installations have been carried out. The first electricity from the energy-storage has been produced, whereby Azelio fulfils its goal of producing electricity before the end of the year.

Today there are two modules on the site, consisting of energy-storage units as well as units designed to convert stored heat to electricity which is then used to boost the thermal energy storage. The modules also comprise a Stirling engine which converts the heat energy stored to sustainable and dispatchable electricity around the clock. The storage units will be charged with the help of electricity generated by 1 000 square metres of solar panels.

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The aim of the verification project is to generate data showing the technology’s performance levels in a real-world environment over the coming months. This means that the technology will become bankable since Azelio’s customers will be able to use this data to seek funding for projects involving Azelio’s technology.

“I am impressed with the goal-oriented and successful work that has been carried out by Azelio’s employees both in Sweden and on location in Morocco to complete the verification project,” says Peter Gabrielsson, Vice President Operations at Azelio. “Our collaboration with our strategic partner Masen has been very effective, and the next step is for the verification project to start generating useful data.”

Azelio CEO Jonas Eklind says: “This has been an eventful year for Azelio, which we are now ending successfully with the delivery of the first electricity produced during our verification project in Morocco. We have now laid the foundations for the industrialisation of our technology, and I look forward to starting to turn the great interest shown in Azelio’s solution into actual orders next year.”

Earlier today, Azelio announced that the rights issue for which the subscription period ended on December 23, 2019, was oversubscribed. The company will thus receive approximately SEK 350 million before deduction of transaction costs. The funds will finance the company’s ongoing operations and the commercialization of its thermal energy storage technology and Stirling-based sustainable electricity generation.

For further information, please contact
Jonas Eklind – CEO                                                     
Tel: +46 709 40 35 80                                                              

About Azelio
Azelio is a public Swedish company that specialises in Stirling-engine-based power solutions involving the storage of thermal energy for the production of sustainable electricity on demand. The technology is revolutionary owing to its adaptability, allowing it to operate in systems that include other renewable solutions, and also on account of its unique capacity to store the power for a lengthy period at a low cost for the production of electricity at nominal power for 13 hours. The company has over  160 employees, is headquartered in Gothenburg, has production facilities in Uddevalla, development centres in Gothenburg and Åmål, as well as international offices in China, Spain and Morocco. Since its establishment in 2008, the company has invested over SEK 1 billion in the technical development of the Stirling engine and energy-storage solution. In June 2018, the company changed its name from Cleanergy to Azelio, and in December 2018 it was listed on Nasdaq Stockholm First North. FNCA Sweden AB is the company’s certified adviser: +46(0)8-528 00 399,