Author Archives: Aaron Larson

More than 4,500 visitors and 170 exhibitors attended this year’s energy storage event in Düsseldorf, Germany. Dr. Dirk Uwe Sauer, RWTH Aachen University addresses the audience in this image. (Source: Lee Buchsbaum)

Energy Storage Nibbles Around the Edges of the Power Grid

Held once again in Düsseldorf, Germany’s huge exhibition center March 13–15, the 12th annual International Renewable Energy Storage (IRES) Conference and Energy Storage Europe Conference attracted roughly 4,500 international visitors, and more than 170 exhibitors, from over 60 nations. While showcasing the latest in energy storage technologies, presenters discussed developing markets worldwide, offered detailed case […]

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GenOn Energy to Retire Three California Gas Plants

In a move that demonstrates how difficult current market conditions are, even for some natural gas-fired facilities, GenOn Energy—a subsidiary of NRG Energy—said it will shutter three California gas-fired power plants for economic reasons. The company notified the California Public Utilities Commission and California Independent System Operator (CAISO) in letters dated February 28 that it […]

The engine room of the Falk Co. power plant in Milwaukee, Wis., included a 550-kW main generator and a 125-kW auxiliary generator, both driven by Allis-Chalmers horizontal cross-compound Corliss engines.

From the Pages of POWER Magazine: #TBT #ThrowbackThursdays

In early 1882, U.S. industry was still heavily dependent on the water wheel, and many housewives cooked on wood-burning stoves. Power was made where it was used because there was no effective means of transmitting energy long distances. But 1882 was a year of dramatic changes. The world was just beginning to grasp the implications of a new, incredibly versatile […]

Auf der Heimfahrt aus Berlin während der Autofahrt entstanden. Nachbearbeitung mit Darktable. EIn tolles Programm. :)

Arised on the way home from Berlin during the car trip. Post processing with Darktable. A great programme. Courtesy: Florian Richter

Germany’s New Coalition Government Agrees to Phase Out Coal, but Will Miss 2020 Emissions Targets

Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) members agreed to join their longtime rival and governing partner, the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), and reluctantly entered into a third grand coalition government on March 4. While this ended months of anxious handwringing following September’s national elections, the entire process was mired in frustration as the prospect of yet […]

Boiler chemical cleaning

Test Your Knowledge: Boiler Chemical Cleaning

Most engineers and operators know (or should know) that boiler tubes containing deposits create long-term reliability problems for the boiler. Long-term overheating of the metal will result from prolonged operation with heavy tube deposits. The tubes will first bulge and then fail. Because the deposits tend to be widespread, this generally means that large sections of […]

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Test Your Knowledge Archive

Test Your Knowledge The quizzes provided here offer an easy way to test your knowledge of various power-related subjects. If you want to learn more about the quiz topics, follow links to articles from the POWER archive, which are provided on each individual quiz webpage. Boiler Chemical Cleaning Quiz Gas Turbine Failure Modes Quiz Improving Plant Efficiency Quiz […]

The 2018 winning Connected Plant Game Changers together with presenters, Dorothy Lozowski, Editorial Director (center) and Aaron Larson, Executive Editor (left). Photo credit: Travis Burton

Congratulations to the Connected Plant Game Changers

The Connected Plant Game Changer Award recognizes those people who are leading the charge in implementing digital technologies in their field: either in the chemical process industries or in power generation. Nominations are open to individuals who have used tools associated with digitalization to contribute to innovation, solve a problem or make improvements, as well […]

1. A changing landscape. The Vogtle expansion project made progress even amidst uncertainty as owners considered options late last year including possible abandonment of the project. This image was taken December 14, 2017. Courtesy: Georgia Power

Vogtle Improves Safety and Productivity Following Westinghouse Bankruptcy

According to Georgia Power’s Eighteenth Semi-annual Vogtle Construction Monitoring Report (VCM) released on February 28, more than 12 million man-hours have been worked without a lost-time injury at the Vogtle expansion project since Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy on March 29, 2017. Additionally, the company said productivity has improved since Southern Nuclear Operating Company assumed overall […]

Frederick Johnson - Pictured is City Utilities of Springfield Maintenance Supervisor Frederick Johnson at his desk inside the John Twitty Energy Center reviewing an automated work roster in the ARCOS Callout and Scheduling solution. Courtesy: City Utilities of Springfield, Mo.

How to Automate Workforce Scheduling

If you’re a power plant supervisor, you’ve undoubtedly been forced to find a worker during off-hours on the spur of the moment. New tools are being used today that allow automating the callout process—and workforce schedule. Last summer City Utilities (CU) of Springfield, Missouri, joined a list of power companies automating workforce scheduling and callout […]

Kozienice Power Plant. Courtesy: Enea

King Coal Is Alive and Kicking in Poland

Running counter to the overwhelming trend in Europe, coal remains the king in Poland. The country’s governing party unabashedly champions the industry as the foundation of its energy sector—a footing it doesn’t want to abandon. In December 2018, as ministers and delegates from all over the world attend the United Nations-sponsored climate conference (COP24) in […]