Archive: International

Ceramic clad. General Atomics says its silicon carbide ceramic technology greatly enhances nuclear fuel rod coping time under loss of core cooling and improves performance across normal operations. The company’s cladding design combines a tough composite layer with an impermeable monolithic layer. Courtesy: General Atomics

How General Atomics Developed Its Revolutionary Nuclear Fuel Solution

The U.S. is pouring funding into developing new fuel technology for advanced nuclear reactors in a bid to help the flagging industry. On April 27, it awarded General Atomics (GA) $3.2 million for two projects that the San Diego, California-based company is developing, including an accident tolerant fuel (ATF) solution that the company says is […]

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India’s Power Industry Struggles to Solve Pollution Problems

In a bid to tamp down pollution, India’s government in December 2015 notified the country’s coal generators they would need to meet—for the first time—new emissions limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxide (SO2), and mercury, as well as tightened limits for particulate matter (PM) and water consumption. The gazetted notification gave new plants until […]

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Sulzer expands facility capability with new lathe

Industrial gas turbines are increasing in size. As a result of this, repair facilities that overhaul and repair these machines must keep pace. One of the key tools is a large lathe. As one of the leading industrial gas turbine and rotor repair providers in the world, Sulzer has recently upgraded its service center in

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THE BIG PICTURE: CEO-to-Employee Pay Ratio

As required for the first time by a new Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rule mandated by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and Item 402(u) of Regulation S-K, public companies in early 2018 began disclosing ratios that compare total compensation paid to principal executive officers (PEOs), such as a CEO, to the median of the annual […]

Distributed photovoltaic generation, Germany, July 2014. Courtesy: Bentham Paulos

Renewable Growth Soars, Buoyed by Distributed Generation

Nameplate renewable capacity surged to more than 2,000 GW worldwide at the end of 2016, constituting more than 28% of total generating capacity (Figure 6). Most (56%) was hydropower, followed by wind (23%), and then solar, mostly from photovoltaic (PV) at about 15%. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) the expansion was fueled […]

Working together. The benefits of outcome-based services are numerous, but the most-significant benefit is arguably the opportunity for energy companies to focus on their core business. Courtesy: Honeywell Process Solutions

Rethinking the Service Delivery Model for Guaranteed Outcomes

Service delivery models are today undergoing unprecedented change to accommodate the needs of customers trying to navigate business and market uncertainties. Around the world, industrial manufacturers are facing new and familiar challenges ranging from economic and competitive pressures and the tightening availability of resources, to aging workforces, rising technology and operating costs, and heightened focus […]

Ice prepared for ice baskets. The flake ice is prepared and stored inside this massive bin. When initiated, the flake ice is blown into either the Unit 1 or Unit 2 condenser where it is weighed and loaded into baskets. Courtesy: TVA/Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

Maintaining Nuclear Plant Ice Condensers: A ‘Cool’ Responsibility

Although nuclear plant ice condensers are rare—only seven sites throughout the world have them—the theory behind these passive heat sinks is quite novel. In fact, some next-generation plant designers have built upon the concept and incorporated passive accident intervention schemes into their plans. A nuclear plant ice condenser is a passive, static heat sink that […]

Hoa Binh Hydropower Plant (Dam) Courtesy: PV Power

POWER Digest [June 2018]

Marking an important milestone in energy storage’s steady charge to become a key element in balancing variability posed by renewables, ACCIONA Energia has received a prototype certificate from DNV GL for a

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Equipment Showcase: Boilers, Burners, Combustion

Boiler and burner manufacturers, along with those who supply combustion control systems, work with a variety of industries, providing power generation to commercial, industrial, and residential sites. A 2017

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Novel Geothermal Power Technology Being Deployed in Canada

In a bid to tamp down pollution, India’s government in December 2015 notified the country’s coal generators they would need to meet—for the first time—new emissions limits for nitrogen oxides (NOx)