Archive: O&M

Figure 1 - Global infrastructure engineering and development company Louis Berger has deployed a solar hybrid microgrid in the rural mountain village of Barrio Nuevo, Puerto Rico, providing power to a children's shelter and a shelter for women. It's part of the company's effort to show that renewable energy is viable option for Puerto Rico today and in the future. Courtesy: Louis Berger

More Utility Workers in Puerto Rico as Power Restoration Continues

U.S. utilities continue to send workers to Puerto Rico to help restore that country’s electricity and rebuild its power infrastructure, a task that continues more than four months after back-to-back hurricanes left nearly all of the island in the dark. The Puerto Rican government this week said 83% of the island’s generation capacity has been […]

MPW Mobile Ultrafiltration and Demineralization Units Exceed Canadian Power Plant Expectations

After a major refurbishment, a Canadian nuclear plant required additional process and boiler feed water for plant start-up and commissioning.
The plant’s raw water supply contained measurements ranging from 1-10 NTU, conductivity from 70-100 and color units ranging from 180-420. The plant also experienced highly variable flow rates, ranging from 0-600 GPM, and issues with the

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A Holistic View Into Gas Pressure Regulators, Focusing on Applications

Can you remember the first car or motorbike you owned? The irresistible look and feel of its solid steel construction, and your proud feeling during the first drive through your brightly lit city. What about your last hard day at work? Pouring cup after cup of coffee from a glass pot into your ceramic mug, trying […]


Test Your Knowledge: Improving Plant Efficiency

Power plants are designed to operate at their highest efficiency. However, once a plant goes into operation, real life takes over and design outcomes are not always realized, which can seriously hurt a plant’s profitability. That’s why improving plant performance and getting back to design conditions should be every operator’s objective. This quiz is designed to test […]

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Signs of Aging in Boilers

All power plant equipment has a limited lifetime, but not all components age at the same rate. Some equipment may outlast the useful life of a plant, while other machinery may be replaced more than once

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Seven Software Tools for Energy Managers

There are many tools available to assist companies as they gain a better grasp on how their energy is being used, and what that means for the goal of efficient energy management. Not all solutions are created

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Overcoming IIoT, Edge Networking Challenges

As power plants and substations become more connected, the need for rugged networking equipment built to withstand tough conditions is amplified. The military has already gone through the growing pains, so

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A Bird’s-Eye View: Drones in the Power Sector

Unmanned aerial systems—drones—have quickly found their place in the power sector. But as the industry moves out of test cases and experiments, and into full implementation of drones, it is facing a whole

1.	Out-tasking. Qualified technicians can be brought in to service plant equipment, add staff during outages, and keep facilities compliant. Courtesy: ABM Industries

How to Leverage the Value of Outsourcing Electrical Power Maintenance

From deregulation and restructuring to new technology and globalization, the power industry has undergone dramatic changes over the past few decades. Falling barriers to entry have led to the rise of small and independent power producers, and empowered consumers with choices when it comes to where to purchase their energy. These changes have transformed a […]