Archive: Nuclear

ISA/EPRI conference offers a smorgasbord of control cuisines   

This year’s main course, as usual, was instrumentation and controls. Side dishes of digital nuclear plant controls, plant controller and IT security, corrosion monitoring, and model predictive control added their own distinctive flavors. There was something for every taste, from the theoretical to the practical.


Global Monitor (July/August 2006)

Russia’s new nuclear navy;Russia’s old nuclear navy; First LMS100 fired up by Basin Electric;More Jenbacher gensets to Hungary; A baseload-size wind farm?; EEI bestows Edison Awards; POWERnotes


Globalization: The new millennium’s "invisible hand"

Participants in the CEO Roundtable at Electric Power 2006 raised a plethora of issues affecting decisions on future electric power generation. Representing a cross section of power producers, the industry leaders made clear that, although globalization has lost its luster in the power generation sector, its impact on the domestic industry remains profound. Ten years […]


Global Monitor (May 2006)

Nuclear hot streak continues/Who’s winning in U.S. wind power?/ Canadian wind picking up too/ Brazilian port powers itself/ Biomass meets CHP in Sweden/ Power surfing from Scotland to Germany


Monster moisture separators

Thermal Engineering International (TEI) (USA) Inc. (Santa Fe Springs, Calif.)—a subsidiary of Babcock Power Inc. (Danvers, Mass.)—recently shipped two of the largest pressure vessels in the company’s 90-year history. The pair of huge (13-ft-diameter, 110-ft-long) moisture separator reheaters (MSRs) were designed at corporate headquarters and built in TEI’s factory in Sapulpa, Okla. The 300-ton MSRs […]

Cold fission?

The remote town of Galena, Alaska, which pays three times as much for electricity as the national average, is seriously considering a very unusual way to generate as much electricity as a clutch of diesels could provide. Recently, town officials initiated talks with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) about installing a small nuclear reactor in […]