Siemens Energy scores a deal in the Mozambique LNG project

first_imgThe 54MW turbine rating selected for this project is said to have a gross efficiency of 39%. It is equipped with a robust, dry low-emission (DLE) combustion system that enables world-class emission performance over a wide load range, says Siemens Energy. As part of the contract, Siemens Energy will supply six SGT-800 industrial gas turbines that will be used for low-emissions onsite power generation. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter A joint venture between Saipem and McDermott has selected Siemens Energy to supply emissions-reducing power generation equipment and boil-off gas compressors for the Mozambique LNG project. The solutions provider will also supply four centrifugal compressors for boil-off gas (BOG) service. The company noted that a key feature of these compressors is the inlet guide vane (IGV) system that allows for optimisation of power consumption according to changes in operational parameters such as inlet temperature and outlet pressure. Equipment delivery to Mozambique LNG project The project, led by TOTAL E&P Mozambique Area 1, includes the development of offshore gas fields in Mozambique’s Area 1 and a liquefaction plant with a capacity in excess of 12 million tons per year. Image: 123rf. “Mozambique LNG is the country’s first onshore LNG development project and will play a key role in meeting the increasing demand for energy in the Asia- Pacific, Middle East, and Indian sub-continent markets,” said Thorbjoern Fors, executive Vice-President for Siemens Energy industrial applications. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR “We look forward to helping Total drive toward the lowest possible plant emissions profile and contributing to its goal of delivering clean, reliable energy to customers across the globe,” Fors added. The SGT-800 gas turbines that will be used for this project. Image credit: Siemens Energy. Read more about:MozambiqueLNG developments Finance and Policy Generation Webinar: African market hot spots for Oil & Gas “We’re proud to be part of this important project as a supplier of reliable, fieldproven rotating equipment that will help contribute to the long-term economic growth of Mozambique and the prosperity of its citizens,” said Arja Talakar, senior Vice-President, industrial applications products for Siemens Energy. The gas turbines are slated for delivery in the second half of 2021 and the first half of 2022. The delivery of the compressors is scheduled for 2021. TAGSLNGMozambiqueSiemensTotal Previous articleEquipping women farmers in Africa for long-term successNext articleDry type reactor from Trafo saves power for SA bank Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector With more than eight million total fleet operating hours and more than 400 units sold, the gas turbine is ideally suited for power generation, particularly in LNG applications, where reliability and efficiency are critical, according to a company statement. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA BRICS The equipment order for the Mozambique LNG project comes on the heels of a recent agreement between Total and Siemens Energy to advance new concepts for low-emissions LNG production. As part of the contract, Siemens Energy is conducting studies to explore a variety of possible liquefaction and power generation plant designs, with the goal of decarbonising LNG facility development and operation.last_img read more

PG&E Repowering Project Set to Begin

first_imgThe plant proposes using around 2,400 gallons of water per day (2.7 acrefeet/year) on average for cooling or other industrial purposes. The engines would use an air radiator cooling system in a closed loop system (similar to automobiles). Raw water for industrial processes and site landscape irrigation would be supplied from PG&E’s existing ground water well via a direct connection to an onsite 6-inch-diameter water pipeline. Twitter Optimizing Plant Performance: The April POWERGEN+ series activates today Air emissions from the proposed facility would be controlled using best available controltechnology applied to each engine’s exhaust. Each system would consist of a selective catalytic reduction unit for oxides of nitrogen (NOX) control and an oxidation catalyst unit for carbon monoxide (CO) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) control. Facebook Twitter Linkedin In April 2006 Wärtsilä was selected to deliver the power plant to PG&E. The project has been subject to the approval of the California Public Utility Commission and environmental permits issued by the California Energy Commission. All approvals have now been received.The plant will be in Humboldt County near Eureka in northern California and is expected to enter commercial operation by mid-2010. When compared to the existing 50 year old PG&E plant at the site, the new facility will be 33 percent more efficient with 85 percent fewer ozone forming compounds and a 34 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions production. The new facility will consist of 10 Wärtsilä 18V50DF lean-burn dual-fuel engines delivered on an engineering, procurement and construction basis. The engines will be fuelled by natural gas and will be capable of using ultra-low sulphur diesel as a back-up during times of natural gas curtailment. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The service area relies extensively on local generation resources due to power import constraints and service interruptions in the 115 kV transmission system. EmissionsAir Pollution Control Equipment ServicesCoalBoilers By chloecox – The plant is designed as a load-following and daily cycling facility to meet electric generation load and reliability requirements in PG&E’s transmission constrained Humboldt service area. The project replaces existing Units 1 and 2 (105 MW combined capacity) consisting of natural gas- and oil-fired steam turbine-generating units. Two diesel-fired mobile emergency power plants rated at 15 MW each also will be replaced. The project is expected to take about 18 months for construction and startup testing and could begin commercial operation as early as fall 2009, if there are no delays. Vietnam: scaling back coal-fired plans toward gas, renewables PG&E Repowering Project Set to Begin Wärtsilä North America Inc. last week began detailed engineering and manufacturing on a 163 MW gas-fired power plant for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) Plant construction could begin later this year and be completed in the fall of 2009. Construction cost is estimated at $250 million, or around $1,500/kW. 4.8.2008 Natural gas would be supplied via an onsite 10-inch-diameter, high pressure, natural gas pipeline owned and operated by PG&E. The natural gas would flow through gas scrubber/filter equipment, a gas pressure control station and a flow regulating station prior to entering the reciprocating engines. Mississippi Power cutting stakes in coal-fired, gas-fired stations to reduce excess MW, emissions Facebook TAGSPGE The plant would be connected to PG&E’s existing switchyard via 13.8 kV cables and bus work from the generator circuit breakers to new step-up transformers and then via two 60 kV tie lines and one 115 kV tie line into the switchyard. Normally, four of the units would feed into the 115-kV line. The remaining 6 units would feed into the 60 kV lines. Switchyard improvements would include replacing the existing 60 kV and 115 kV circuit breakers and replacement of a 115 kV steel lattice tower with three steel poles. Previous articleAdvances in Electrical Equipment DesignNext articleIberdrola takes pole position in global wind power ownership chloecox By David Wagman, Managing Editor Linkedin The reciprocating engines being installed are similar to a conventional automobile engine, containing 18 cylinders in a V-formation. During normal operation, the engines use natural gas as fuel, with a small amount of diesel fuel injected through a micro-pilot system to ignite the natural gas in the cylinders. During times of natural gas disruption or curtailment, the engines use diesel fuel supplied through a separate, conventional injection system. The dual-fuel technology is capable of operating at up to 48 percent efficiency. Auxiliary equipment includes inlet air filters, oxidation filters, gas exhaust silencer stacks, air radiator cooling array, generator step-up and auxiliary transformers and emergency diesel fuel storage tanks. The power plant would be capable of operating both in load following mode to meet local system demand and reliability requirements and in daily cycling mode, where the plant could operate up to maximum capacity during the day and totally shut down at night or on weekends. The planned life of the generating facility is 30 years, but it could be extended if it is still economically viable. No posts to displaylast_img read more

Canadians Rule the Podium on Opening Day of AGDF in Wellington

first_imgMore from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! Horse Sport Enews Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. The 2020 Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) opened the winter season at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center (PBIEC) in Wellington, Florida, with Canadian riders filling all three podium places in the FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Lövsta.The 15-strong class was won by last-to-go Jill Irving on her own Degas 12 and was the qualifier for the Grand Prix Freestyle CDI-W, presented by Lövsta, which takes place under the lights on Friday evening. AGDF, which hosts seven weeks of CDI competition, runs through March 29.“I was really thrilled with him,” enthused Irving, who is based between New Brunswick in Canada and Wellington, Florida. “He’s going to be 18 this year and I’m going to be 57, so we’re both having to take good care of ourselves for the future. I’ve had him since he was six and this cooler weather was really his cup of tea.”The De Niro son’s test was well balanced and unhurried, with just a single mistake in the two-time changes. Irving and her team mates have their sights firmly set on the Tokyo Olympics this summer, and this marked a good start in her and Degas 12’s campaign. This win comes off the back of Canada’s team gold at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in July of 2019 and this was the duo’s first competitive outing since then.“It’s my childhood dream to go to the Olympics — for every athlete they’re the dream. I feel really prepared for this journey, but Canada needs to take the best horse/rider combinations and I hope that’s me, but if it’s not, we take the best,” said Irving, who has a second horse, Arthur, at international grand prix level.She also praised the AGDF for elevating the status of competitive dressage in the US: “The AGDF is amazing and I’ve been coming here since 1992; it’s less stressful than a European tour where you’re always moving to different venues, with paperwork and travel,” she explained. “But here, the Friday night under the lights shows prepared me for Aachen. I thought, it’s just like Global, but bigger.“Dressage horses need this show in North America. The footing is great and we’re a family here; I can come and invite people to watch and it’s a world class facility. It gives us the opportunity to compete against people like Steffen Peters and Laura Graves — all the big guns — without having to go to Europe. I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Global. It’s put dressage on the map for the United States. When I’m an old lady and I can’t ride a horse, maybe I can own one and still come.”The top three finishers in the class — Irving, Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu and the up-and-coming 23-year-old Naima Moreira Laliberte — all train with Ashley Holzer, with whom Jill is based at Wellington.For Fraser-Beaulieu, this was her second show back with her long-time partner All In since having a baby in the summer of 2019. She and the large-framed 15-year-old chestnut gelding by Tango scored a little under 70%, with Moreira Laliberte and the elegant Sandro Hit son Statesman less than 1% adrift.There were 19 starters in the day’s other grand prix class, the CDI3* Grand Prix presented by MTICA Farm, which is a qualifier for Saturday afternoon’s CDI3* Grand Prix Special. The California-based 55-year-old Steffen Peters, the penultimate rider, overtook the long-time leader, Great Britain’s Susan Pape to claim the class with 70.826%.Under Peters, Akiko Yamazaki’s 12-year-old gelding by Spielberg out of a Krack C dam showed brilliance peppered with patches of over-exuberance, resulting in a wide range of marks from the five-strong panel of judges. This was Peters and Suppenkasper’s first show since competing at Aachen in Germany in July of 2019.Susan Pape finished second with 70.435% on Harmony’s Eclectisch, an 11-year-old black stallion by Zenon, who was stepping up to grand prix internationally for the first time. Germany’s Michael Klimke was third on another Harmony Sporthorses-owned ride, scoring 70.109% with Harmony’s Royal Dancer, a 14-year-old by Royal Blend.In the morning’s para equestrian classes, Grade 1 rider Roxanne Trunnell convincingly won her classification, riding Karin Flint’s Danone I son Dolton, to an 81.131% victory — a winning margin of almost 6%.“I was extremely proud of how Dolton handled the windy weather today,” said Trunnell of the eight-year-old gelding who posted a personal best score in this class. “He has been really eager to go these past few days so it’s been nice not having to remind him to keep marching, but at the same time I’m having to sit relaxed enough so as not to make him look like he’s rushing. It’s a really fine line.“Dolton has taken it upon himself to make sure I’m safe on his back, so I think the windy weather really made him tune in and listen to what I was asking,” added Trunnell, who is competing in Wellington for her fifth consecutive year.Kate Shoemaker rode Solitaer 40 to a 71.667% win in the Grade IV test, while Beatrice De Lavalette piloted Sky High 15 to a 70.435% victory at Grade II. The Grade III was also won on over 70%, with the USA’s Rebecca Hart and Fortune 500 (70.049%) beating Canadian Olympian Lauren Barwick and Sandrino (69.5%).In the Grade II class, Mexico’s Erika Baitenmann Haakh and Leonora performed an incredibly consistent test to win the six-strong class with 70.101% — the only plus 70% of the classification.The para dressage classes resume on Friday morning with action in all grades. The day also features the first small tour classes of the 2020 AGDF with two Prix St Georges tests, as well as the showcase FEI World Cup Grand Prix Freestyle to music under lights during the evening session.For more information and results, visit www.globaldressagefestival.com.FEI Grand Prix CDI-W, presented by Lövsta1. Jill Irving (CAN) on Degas 12, her own 18yo Hanoverian gelding by De Niro: 70, 70, 70.109, 72.065, 69.783, 70.3912. Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu (CAN) on All In, her own 15yo KWPN gelding by Tango: 68.587, 69.674, 68.261, 69.783, 70.87, 69.4353. Naima Moreira Laliberte (CAN) on Statesman, KML S.A.R.L’s 13yo Hanoverian gelding by Sandro Hit: 69.13, 68.152, 69.565, 70.761, 65.978, 68.7174. Heather Blitz (USA) on Semper Fidelis, Rowan O’Riley’s 14yo Oldenburg mare by Sir Donnerhall: 66.196, 69.022, 67.391, 70.109, 66.739, 67.8915. Lindsay Kellock (CAN) on Sebastien, Enterprise Farms LLC’s 14yo Rheinlander gelding by Sandro Hit: 65.435, 68.37, 67.717, 69.891, 67.174, 67.717 Tags: Dressage, Naima Moreira Laliberte, Adequan Global Dressage Festival, Degas 12, All In, Jill Irving, Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu, Statesman, SIGN UP last_img read more

Macpherson Coaches welcomed into the Roberts Travel Group

first_imgMacpherson Coaches, Donisthorpe, has become part of nearby Roberts Travel Group in Hugglescote, Leicestershire.Roberts has taken on the forward private hire, tours and day trip bookings, along with some of the assets (four vehicles) and most of the staff.The moves comes as MD Neil Macpherson has decided to exit the business after a difficult period of trading.The move protects customer bookings and ensure a smooth transition, meaning it’s business as usual.With 75 vehicles and 150 staff, it cements Roberts’ position as one of the region’s leading operators.Macphersons, a long-running family coach holiday and hire business, has been providing quality services since 1986.Started by Neil’s father, Harry Macpherson, in 1986 as a retirement business, it gradually grew and was a member of the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) and a member of its bonding scheme.Says Roberts Travel Group MD Jonathan Hunt (pictured right): “I have always admired and respected the work of Macphersons Coaches and held Harry, Neil and their team in high regard.“Our aim is to provide a good quality service that will see customers coming back time and time again, just like they always have with Macphersons.”Added Neil Macpherson (left): “We are really pleased to be teaming up with Roberts and feel we, our customers and staff will be in safe hands with Jonathan and his team. We believe their values are the same as ours, where customers are at the heart of the business, and everyone works towards a great customer experience.”last_img read more

DRKWAV ft. Skerik, Medeski and Deitch Set to Release ‘The Purge’

first_imgWhat do you get when you take MMW’s keyboardist John Medeski, Lettuce/BreakScience/Pretty Lights drummer Adam Deitch, and sax-master Skerik? DRKWAV. These three are no strangers to playing with one another, but have come together as a proper trio for the first time to put together their debut album, The Purge. The album is due out February 24th via the Royal Potato Family, and was co-produced and mixed by studio wizard Randall Dunn.All you have to do is look at the band’s name to realize the sounds created by this venerable trio. DRKWAV creates deep, dark, and spacey sonic explorations, all while allowing light to be shed by the masterful playing by each band member.DRKWAV’s The Purge will be available as a limited edition, multi color vinyl, double LP set, as well as on CD and digital formats. Tour dates to support the release have been announced for the Northeast and Colorado in late February and early March with additional shows to be announced. The group will be playing Brooklyn Bowl on March 5th.The group released their first single today, via Soundcloud, titled “Darkwave.” Take a listen below: DRKWAV – THE PURGE Track ListingSide A1. Darkwave2. SoundtrackSide B3. Count Chockulous4. DaturaSide C5. Scars6. Hell BassSide D7. Gazzelloni8. Shmeeans KutiDRKWAV Tour DatesFebruary 27 – Boston, MA – RegattabarFebruary 28 – Portland, ME – AsylumMarch 4 – Providence, RI – Columbus TheatreMarch 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn BowlMarch 6 – Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music HallMarch 7 — Washington, DC – The HamiltonMarch 12 – Ft. Collins, CO – Aggie TheatreMarch 13 & 14 – Denver, CO — Cervantes’ Masterpiece BallroomApril 7 – New Orleans, LA – Maisonlast_img read more

Du Bois Institute awards four with medals of honor

first_imgThe W.E.B. Du Bois Medal, Harvard’s highest honor in African American Studies, was presented on Friday (Dec. 12) to Ingrid Saunders Jones, Richard L. Plepler, Tamara Robinson, and Tavis Smiley, at a ceremony at the Harvard Kennedy School to honor their outstanding “contributions to culture, art, and the life of the mind.”Ingrid Saunders Jones is part of the functional leadership of the Coca-Cola Co., senior vice president of Global Community Connections, chairperson of the Coca-Cola Foundation, and senior vice president of the Coca-Cola Co.Under her direction, Global Community Connections has had success in the areas of conservation and sanitation, physical fitness and nutrition, recycling, and education around the world. As chairperson of the Coca-Cola Foundation, Jones has contributed more than $256 million to initiatives including scholarships for high school students and programs that increase the academic achievement and success of students in public and secondary schools.Richard L. Plepler is co-president of Home Box Office (HBO), where he is responsible for programming and corporate communications. In this position, and formerly as HBO’s senior vice president of corporate communications and executive vice president of corporate communications, he has been involved since 1992 in all creative aspects of the network and has been a driving force behind some of its most innovative programming.Plepler’s community involvement is broad and reflects his interest in the arts, health care, education, and public policy. He sits on the board of directors of the Phoenix House as well as New York Outward Bound, and is on the Advisory Committee of FilmAid International. As a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Plepler serves on the chairman’s Advisory Council, and on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Global Business Coalition on HIV/AIDS. At Harvard, he serves on the National Advisory Board of the Du Bois Institute and is a member of the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School.Tamara Robinson is vice president and director of programming at Thirteen/WNET in New York, where she is responsible for the development and oversight of all national and local programming, including special presentations, mini-series, and ongoing programs such as “Nature,” “Great Performances,” and “American Masters.”Acknowledged as a leader in public television, Robinson has received numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy for “Smithsonian World” and several Emmy and Golden Cine Eagle nominations.Tavis Smiley is host of the late-night television talk show “Tavis Smiley” on PBS and “The Tavis Smiley Show,” distributed by Public Radio International (PRI). Outside of his role in the media, Smiley is also an author and a philanthropist.As a member of the press, his interviews with newsmakers from the fields of politics, entertainment, activism, the arts, and ordinary life have earned him a reputation as a wide-ranging, meticulous, and tough journalist. His advocacy for community investment, financial empowerment, and cultural education have made him a catalyst for cultural change.last_img read more

NASCAR.com to live stream three events from Kansas on Friday

first_imgTwo of the three NASCAR national series are headed to Kansas Speedway this weekend. The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will have three events live-streamed on NASCAR.com/live on Friday, May 10. These will include both Gander Trucks practices and the first practice in the Monster Energy Series.The Gander Trucks will get things started at 9:30 a.m. ET with their opening practice. Gander Trucks final practice will follow at 11:30 a.m. ET. Bookmark NASCAR.com/live and don’t miss any of the action as the top drivers return to the track.RELATED: Full Kansas ScheduleOnce the Gander Trucks practices end, the Monster Energy Series will roll out at 12:30 p.m. ET for its first practice.Commentary from MRN will be available on the live stream.To recap, here is the full schedule of on-track activity being streamed on NASCAR.com:— 9:30-10:30 a.m., ET: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series First Practice— 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ET: NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Final Practice— 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series First PracticeFast Friday will kick off on FS1 and the FOX Sports App at 3 p.m. ET with Monster Energy Series final practice. That will be followed by NASCAR Race Hub: Weekend Edition at 4 p.m. ET.  The Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Qualifying is at 7 p.m. ET, and the night finishes off with the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Digital Ally 250 at 7:30 p.m. ET.Then, tune in Saturday May 11 for the Monster Energy Series Digital Ally 400 on FS1.last_img read more

Cookies, Potato Chips, and Clothing Help Inmates to New Life

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreA jail-based brand that includes crispy potato chips, crunchy cookies and formal shirts seems an unlikely route back to life in the outside world for inmates in South Asia’s largest prison.Yet efforts by the Tihar Jail complex in New Delhi to transform the lives of its inmates and prepare them for a fresh start through vocational training in diverse fields has created the successful TJ’S brand of goods.The project, that includes a website to boost sales, helps to channel the inmates’ energy constructively, while building their self-esteem,(READ the story in the Reuters)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

Girl Brings Literacy to Her Impoverished Village By Opening Library of Her Own

first_imgMaria Clara gathered the literature by creating a campaign asking for book donations. Once she’d been given enough material, she opened the library in an abandoned office used to provide phone services to a nearby state highway.RELATED: Library Connects Homeless Patrons With Mental Health Treatment –With Great SuccessThe student lives in a village called “Povoado de Serrote” – a very poor area of Bahia in northeast Brazil.Despite the size and the simplicity of the structure, the establishment will offer valuable research material for nearby students. According to government agencies, the reading rate of an average Brazilian is 1.7 books a year; and since the average income for regional families is only $120 a month, residents simply can’t earn enough to buy books, making the library an exciting new hub for improving literacy.Click To Share This Book Story On Your Facebook – Photo by Eco DesenvolvimentoAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThis 12-year-old girl decided to open a library in her impoverished village to provide incentives for residents to read more often.last_img read more

LOOK E-765 Optimum adds removable e-bike system developed with Bernard Hinault

first_imgLOOK announced their addition to the rapidly growing e-road segment, the E-765 Optimum. Developed with the help of cycling legend Bernard Hinault, it features the Fazua Evation motor and battery system, which can be entirely removed to convert the machine back to a normal road bike. Other spec includes disc brakes, wide tire clearance, and a variable-modulus carbon frame to optimize ride quality.LOOK E-765 Optimum pedal assist e-road bikeLOOK is known for their heritage in road, but they’ve also branched out more in to gravel and even the growing e-bike segment. The new E-765 Optimum uses the popular Fazua Evation drive system with custom tuning developed with LOOK specifically for this bike. It’s also completely removable, for those that want to convert the bike back to a lighter-weight rig, for rides where pedal assist isn’t needed.Check out the video and press release below for more details.PRESS RELEASENevers, France: LOOK are delighted to announce the arrival of two new gravel bikes to their range – the 765 Gravel RS and e-765 Gravel – signifying the historic French marque’s arrival in the fast-growing segment.The e-765 Optimum bike represents a brand new direction for LOOK, utilising the marque’s unrivalled carbon expertise and marrying it to the excellence of an integrated Fazua motor and battery system. The e-765 Optimum is made entirely in-house, and as a result carries with it LOOK’s potent performance DNA alongside the convenience of electrical assistance.At the core is a fully-fledged carbon performance road bike – the carbon frame is made up of specifically optimised fibres laid up into an endurance-bred geometry that allows the e-road bike to meet the needs of its rider; stiffness and responsiveness where it’s required balanced by compliance and durability. With these ultra-precise fibre orientations – 25% high modulus, 31% intermediate modulus, 31% high resistance and 13% specific fibre – it is now possible to achieve a high level of performance, with a firm focus on practicality.The frame’s seatstays are an important source of innovation – created using a new ‘3D Wave’ design that incorporates two deflections into the tubes, LOOK’s engineers have built an extra 15% vertical compliance into the rear triangle of the e-765 Optimum, compared to a standard carbon construction, resulting in a comfortable all-day ride.The integrated Direct Drive headset system and oversized bottom bracket area offer up intuitive and direct handling as well as plenty of stiffness – even for 5-time Tour de France winner Bernard Hinault – and super-efficient power transfer so that every pedal stroke is maximised. This combination of endurance geometry and strategically-optimised carbon frame design makes the e-765 Optimum equally exciting and easy to ride.“It is a genuine revolution for any cyclist – I would never have believed they could retain all of the sensations of a 100% muscle-driven bike. It has become my benchmark bike!”– Bernard HinaultFazua motor integrationMeanwhile, the e-765 Optimum’s neatly integrated Fazua motor and battery system produces assistance without disrupting the aesthetic of the bike.Fazua’s motor and battery system is world-renowned for its integrated and lightweight design – the motor and battery adds just 4.6kg to the overall weight of the bike, with the entire machine weighing an average of 13.4kg. The motor will assist riders up to 25km/h, with four modes possible including a 400W ‘rocket mode’ selectable through the handlebar-mounted remote, while the system offers minimal resistance through the bottom bracket when rolling at faster speeds and on zero assistance mode. The pedalling sensation feels just like a non electrically-assisted bike thanks to the optimised weight distribution the Fazua system enables.The close partnership between Fazua and LOOK has enabled the French brand to research their own power mapping profile for the electronic control unit, developed for optimum performance in a road riding situation following a year-long study into rider habits by LOOK.The Fazua system has an integrated app, which allows the rider to turn your smartphone into a fully-functional bike computer, including GPS navigation, speed recording, as well as providing metrics on how they are using their battery power and motor, and temperature readings. Plus, the electrical system is completely detachable, converting the e-765 Optimum into an ordinary pedal-powered road bike. —The LOOK e-765 Optimum is available immediately in two trims: Shimano Ultegra Di2 for €7,699, or Ultegra mechanical components for €6,499.[Ed: LOOK USA representatives reached out to us to address confusion regarding the speed cutoff limit for the pedal-assist motor. The original press release originated from their European offices, and did not address USA speed regulations. Please see the official stance below from LOOK USA for clarification.]“The E-765 Optimum and E-765 Gravel will be available in the US with a max pedal assist of 20 mph/32kph. The regulations in the EU limit the motor to 15mph/25 kph of pedal assist. We chose to partner with Fazua on the system to design a bike was light enough to ride without any assistance on flatter road, to seamlessly integrate into the ID of the frame, and to extend to the battery life, and ultimately ride distance. To meet these requirements a slightly smaller, and less powerful, battery system and motor were necessary. The result is a system that feels very natural when riding under assist and in the end you forget you are on a e-bike. That’s where this bike is different and fantastic, it’s our hybrid bike : Human power + electric power.”LookCycle.comlast_img read more